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Sun, 10-20-2013 - 6:14pm

I am back home from the Nova Scotia trip with Susanne.  Came home yesterday.  It was a good trip.  The first week being taken up with the studio work to make the stained glass windows.  Norbert, the artisan who owns and runs the studio helped Susanne realize her drawing designs for the windows, into actual stained glass windows.  It was a great that I could stay and watch the process.  I actually was allowed to stay and document the process by taking photos with Susanne's camera.  It is expected that after the photos are edited, they will be put on a website for everyone to access to see  how the process is done.  This will be especially of interest to other artists who might want to do the same but who, like Susanne, have never done any sort of work in this medium. 

It took less than 5 full days to bring the preliminary work of the stained glass to fruition.  Susanne didn't have to do a lot so much as colaborate with Norbert as to which coloured glass to choose for each piece of the stained glass pieces that would eventually make up the designs of the two windows. Norbert had to do the actual cutting of the glass pieces since this takes some expertise to do so and to do it quickly, as time is of the essence!  Susanne did get to do some painting on some of the pieces - done with paint made from powdered glass and which after painting on, is fired in a kiln.  The actual leading of the pieces, to attach all the pices of the glass desgin (like a big puzzle) is done by Norbert's son.  It is his job to attach the lead strips and to solder the pieces together.  That was to be done after we left the studio, since Susanne had no part of this process. And then they will ship the finished windows to the church in Banff - perhaps they will arrive in a week or two.  At some point the windows will be fitted into their places.  I may be able to go to see when that is done or after it is done.  

After our week at the studio, we were free to vacation for the remaining week in Nova Scotia.  We spent time on an area of the south shore and visited Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove.  We then went north to spend some days on the shore by the Bay of Fundy.  The fall colours were superb!  We must have hit the peak period of the colours, especially in the middle to north area of the penninsula.  We spent the last two days in the city of Halifax.  All in all we  had a good time.  Most of the time the weather was wonderful...warm and sunny.  We did have some rainy cloudy days nearer to the end of our stay though.

So that in a very small nutshell (!) was our time in Nova Scotia.  It was interesting and fun!. 

Shirley

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Sun, 10-20-2013 - 6:39pm

Sounds like an awesome trip. It's good that you are both willing, and ABLE, to take a trip seperate from Ray.  The best relationships are between people who have friends and lives apart from their spouses, as well as with them.  it gives you something to talk about when you get back together!

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Sun, 10-20-2013 - 6:41pm

Are you allowed to share any of the pics?

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Sun, 10-20-2013 - 10:33pm

Sabr, what you said in that post is exactly what Susanne has said many times - it' s true, that in doing things some things separately, we can come back together and share our experiences. 

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Sun, 10-20-2013 - 10:38pm

When the pictures are edited and eventually put on the web (as I think they will be accessible by all) then I'll let you know of the link.  This may take some time, though before it is on the web...Susanne has to edit them and then send them to Norbert who will also look them over and give the final permission to have them put out there to the public, so to speak.  Not that we expect he will have any real objections but it is a courtesy to give him the ability to look them over and see that they are acceptable to him.  It's not for me to put any of those pictures out and most of them are actually on Susanne's camera (and subsequently her computer).  I took a few with my own camera but I won't publish them publicly...though if Susanne wants any of mine to add to the website they will eventually be on, then she can have them.

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Mon, 10-21-2013 - 8:49am

Makes sense; no problem - just excited to see the design!

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Mon, 10-21-2013 - 11:42am

It sounds like a nice trip Shirley. That's great that the foliage was at peak and that you mostly got good weather.

Does NS have any regional dishes or beverages that you tried? Oh, and just wondering, but what did you do on Thanksgiving? 

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Mon, 10-21-2013 - 12:28pm

Nova Scotia has lots of seafood dishes on their restaurant menus.  I ate a lot of seafood!  I had seafood chowders, and fish and chips (haddock fish) and fish cakes (though I was disappointed with those as they put a  lot of potato into the cake and it took away from the taste of the fish - but it must be one way for the restaurant to profit by using less fish that way!).  I ate seafood chowders more than once as it's a dish I like and it is well made in most restaurants down there - it' s  made with a milk base and they don't add hardly any thickeners at all, if any, really.  I had pan cooked scallops and I once I ordered fried clams since I've not had that for ages...I last ate them in Nova Scotia eons ago.  So I had my fill of seafood!  Oh, I had a lobster roll - actually it was not a roll but a sandwich (they used two slices of bread instead of a bread roll) and they mix chopped lobster with mayonnaise and whatever....I found that to be okay, but in reality I think I would have liked to eat just plain cooked lobster, but I didn't want to deal with that in a restaurant - you get the whole creature on your plate and you need to crack the claws and well, it's a  messy business. 

The only beverage that I can say is specific to Nova Scotia is Alexander Keith's ale...a beer made in Nova Scotia and which one sees a lot of ads around there for to promote the beer.  I didn't have that - though I've had it before years ago...basically it's beer! 

On Thanksgiving day, Monday, Susanne and I were at Peggy's Cove.  There is a restaurant right there, close to the rock and the lighthouse and we decided to have supper there.  They were offering a turkey dinner on their menu - so we opted for that! 

Shirley