Frank and his brother are twins with different dates of birth. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, doesn’t it? Not a joke, but a true story; trust me.
Meeting interesting people is always a treat; and the great thing is, you never know when or where these unique personalities will show up in life.
In June, while on holiday in a town about four hours fromLondon, we encountered just such an individual. He’s a sculptor we met while touring around Prince Edward County, taking in the cheese, the wine, the lake and the arts scene.
First off, I gotta say, I’ve been to many sculpture exhibitions and usually they are boring. And did I mention uninteresting? Most often they are massive hunks of iron, or tin or some such in no discernable design with ridiculous names like Project #33 1/8 or Belgian Waffle.
A pleasant surprise greeted us at this gallery. The spaciousness and light, with windows overlooking the greenery, invited us to come on in and stay a while.
I noticed the caretaker; it was Frank, actually, seemed preoccupied with some computer thing so we wandered around on our own. If I liked the place I would wait til he was free and then speak to him; if not I would leave and let him carry on with whatever he was doing.
I’m not easily impressed. I was very impressed with what I saw. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pics so had to grab some stuff from my pal Google. All the sculpture posted in this blog is by Frank de la Roche.
One of the first pieces we noticed was entitled “G string”. That’s what it was. Many of the pieces were carved in wood –very smooth and polished; beautiful to view and sensual to touch.
This will give you an idea
I’m pretty sure the title is not if you love me but I had to get the prompt in somehow.
He eventually did finish with whatever and we did start to chat.
A totally fascinating and charming man. My neck ached after the hour spent with him; I am very short and he is very tall. His laugh is catching, he finds humour in anything, his eyes behind his glasses sparkles and his enthusiasm for everything left me better informed on any number of subjects from local restaurants to wind turbines.
Wind turbines are a hot topic in the County. Proponents of this form of energy, including the government of Ontario, want to install wind turbines but if they put them where they wish, the tourist industry, which the county depends on, may be lost. These groups wish to place the turbines in the lake but too close to shore; hence the noise factor (and many more issues all of which are not really relevant to the prompts in this blog) would be disruptive. The residents would prefer the turbines go further out into the lake and hope for a change in topography. The topic took up a great deal of discussion time and I learned more than I really cared to know about wind energy.
After that topic ran out of wind, we learned more about the artist.
As you may gather, Frank is a delightful person to talk to, friendly, interesting, and knowledgeable about many subjects. He told us his twin shares the property. But his brother, whose name we never learned, is boring. I did get the impression that the brothers are good friends but two different individuals you’ll not easily find.
“My brother is dull. For god’s sakes, he’s the CEO of a huge corporation and I am me.”
His hand gestures, pointing to himself and his exaggerated body language said even more than his words.
“We even have different birth dates.”
Yes, I hear you, finally she got to the point!
I looked at him, curious. “How can that be?”
“Well, he was born just before midnight. I knew what he was gonna be like and I wanted no part of it! So I waited and came out a little after midnight. Hence, two different dates of birth.”
His high pitched guffaw shook the room. And I was laughing in anticipation of his next line.
Finally we had to leave for the winery, though I almost hated to go; it’s so rare to meet such an engaging person.
There were more funny stories but I’ve covered all the prompts now, so enjoy the video
Blogophilia 22.4 Topic: “If You Love Me …. “
(Hard, 2pts): include the word topography
(Easy, 1pt): mention the yellow brick road