I awoke to the sound of music….my husband singing Happy Birthday :) and a little while later I had one of his specialties for breakfast: grilled cheese sandwich. After breakfast we began our day. We started with Dartmouth ( as sister city to Halifax located on the opposite side of the harbour) was filled with a bus trip to downtown, a walk to the ferry, a trip to the Alderney Gate Library (I checked out a book on Bavarian Crochet) and a quick snack at Two If By Sea – a bakery that began at the Dartmouth Farmers Market and after a few months opened a brick and mortar shop. The portions are huge and delicious. Jason (my husband) and I split a chocolate chip cookie and a croissant and enjoyed our water in mason jars.
|The Giant Cookie at Two If By Sea|
In the afternoon we returned via the ferry to Halifax and walked to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. There were a few notable exhibits on Maud Lewis, folk art, and an audio exhibit on ocean sounds using reclaimed electronics/speakers that interpreted real time data from ocean buoys. I very much enjoyed the exhibit on Maud Lewis: she created her bright paintings without any sort of artistic education or having ever visited a gallery. She painted from her heart.
|Artwork on the Roof of the North Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia|
After the gallery we walked up Spring Garden road to see the movie Black Swan (fantastic acting by Natalie Portman) and picked up take out a Baan Thai for supper. We ate supper while watching a documentary on Netflix about the Amish culture. I now understand that Amish people put community well-being before technological ease, and it gave me much to consider.