Sunday, March 22, 2009

BUON COMPLEANNO, GINO!

It is Gino the artist's birthday today so yesterday wife Linda organised yet another tea party. This time, she and Chiara had made teacakes, which I hadn't tasted for years:



And here is Gino very seriously cutting his cake:



I was surprised to find me staring at myself from the mantelpiece!



My present to Gino was this little booklet I had made of photos of some of his paintings and my thoughts about them:





Simi is the author of the last page and is sure you all want to see what she wrote:

“Hello, art fans! I’m Simi, the art-savviest dog in Sicily! I was really pleased when my Uncle Gino decided to paint me from this photo which appears in my EU doggy-passport because my mummy says it’s the best picture she ever took of me. She’s always telling me I have a lovely, smooth snout and that Uncle Gino has captured this. Well, I think so, too, and he got my pose and my expression just right. I don’t know why he doesn’t send this picture to the Royal Academy but I suppose it’s because all the other artist humans would just give up if they saw it.

I like Uncle Gino because he speaks to me in Italian [in which, of course, I can bark fluently] tickles my ear and makes my mummy laugh.

Happy Birthday, Uncle Gino and I hope you get lots of Bonio biscuits to eat today!

With love from

Simi la waggissima xx
woof!”

6 comments:

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

A beautiful present you gave your friend Gino..a great tribute too!

Winchester whisperer said...

Bravo WL (and Simi)! No candles on the cake?

Michelle said...

What a thoughful gift! Great idea.

jams o donnell said...

WHat a wonderful gift Welshcakes

Ellee Seymour said...

They are two wonderful, special, personal gifts. I hope he had a very happy birthday.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Glad you think so, Anne. You reach an age - I know I have - where one is more tactful, WW! Thanks, Michelle. I'm pleased that you think so too, jams. Thanks, Ellee. I'll pass on your good wishes to Gino.

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