Saturday, August 18, 2007

Eat Your Heart Out, Hrothgar!

What do you get for the medievalist who's got everything? Well, in the case of my children, they decided to make me a birthday castle. First, here are the cardboard-masons who constructed the edifice. Apparently, from the Korean flag atop the structure, this was a European/Korean fusion style castle.

... followed by a close-up of the front gate. Note the alligator in the moat. The finger belongs to the young female cardboard-mason.

And finally, a look at the interior of the castle. I am informed by my in-house medieval archeologists that the red objects are medieval chairs, and the other is a medieval table with a green tablecloth with (from top to bottom) a sword, a pitchfork, and a torch. The white tubes are the interior view of the four turrets of the castle.

So, woe to the troll, dragon, or Viking who tries to assault the lands of Nokes. We are defended by an impregnable castle. We can sit out a long siege in comfortable red chairs while our 'gators eat you alive.


  1. Anonymous9:45 PM

    That was both touching AND adorable. Happy birthday, Doc.

  2. Happy birthday! Pictures like that are why they minted the cliché "TOO cute!"

  3. Happy Birthday, Doc Nokes!

    Very cute kids, too -- daughter with a great American smile, son with those fine Korean digital skills...

    Jeffery Hodges

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  4. oh, wow, that is the coolest birthday present ever :) Bonus points to your kids!

    I've been wanting to convince my mother to make me a birthday cake castle... but ever since my brother's lego castle lamington cake suffered from subsidence, she's avoided architectural cakes. sadsad.

  5. That is one awesome castle! Will they build me a home when I move to the country to commit my incoherent ramblings to print?

    Happy birthday!

  6. Okay, I'm with J.J. Cohen on this one: too cute, too adorable, etc. Plus, priceless. And yes: Happy Birthday, Dr. Nokes! Let's put off our ongoing feud for at least a month. What do you say?

  7. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Wow, that's one sweet kitchen in the background! I'm loving the new fridge! Thanks for posting the photos!

    oh, yeah, by the way, cute kids.