|Kingsbrae's formal garden and maze.|
Not only are the gardens artful, art plays a large part throughout. Every year Kingsbrae holds a Canadian Sculpture competition. Entries are displayed with the winner added to the sculpture garden.
"The Lost Stone" by Dave Hind, first place in the 2014 sculpture competition.
The Artist-in-Residence program adds to the creative atmosphere. Painter Geoff Slater gave us a sample in the art studio during which we all painted a small work using a limited palette and enhanced by croissants and mimosas. The "of art" label is debatable.
|The set up.|
|Artist Geoff Slater.|
You see, driving over the seafloor at low tide is the way to reach Minister's Island.
|Not low enough.|
|Almost. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|Across we go.|
|The Van Horne home. Photo by Debi Lander.|
It would have been a wonderful place to summer, with its colonnaded front porch,
Van Horne's accomplished art work, his collection of native Canadian crafts, the charming Dutch wallpaper in his grandson Billy's bedroom,
the working Dutch windmill and the paths and trails around and through the heavily wooded island,
We hated to leave but tide and whale-watching boats wait for no one. Island Quest was the boat to catch for a whale-watching cruise into the Bay of Fundy.
We saw lighthouses,
sun bathing seals,
but no whales that I recognized. Captain Chris said a fin we saw belonged to a small-toothed whale, but it looked more like a dolphin to me. Fun, but not what we hoped.
|Downtown St. Andrews-by-the-Sea;|
|Rossmount Inn and Restaurant|
|Graziella and Chef Chris Aerni.|
There was a clubby and cozy bar specializing in single malt Scotches across the hallway but we merely looked in wistfully.
The Sandman was calling our names.