Uncommon Common Art 2015 – Part Two

So my tour and treasure hunt for art continued.  After lunch at the Port Bistro Pub in Port Williams and here is another meal had there which is the soup and salad of the day with some parsnip crispers on top.P1020733

Then it was on to the next location which was near Noggins Corner where we always go for fresh produce and perhaps baked goods or more even though it seems a bit pricey.  I have done the corn maze before but not in recent years as I felt trapped in it the last time with little help.  Half of it depends on finding the map inside and memorizing it.  I usually found most but one clue.  I may try again this year or next.   This time I was bypassing the cornfield and U-picks for a trail I didn’t even know they had in back. P1020738 P1020739 P1020741P1020734

I got a map at  the produce place but I  was looking for the Uncommon Common Art.   One woman wasn’t sure if it was still there but gave me difficult details to get there. P1020750 P1020751 P1020752 P1020753

Some of it was there and there was some new stuff as promised and surprise  pictures.  Again I was mesmerized by discovering yet again an area I didn’t know was there and it felt so empty and mystical.  Like a fairy tale come true as I wondered through it.  It had a slightly eerie feeling as there was the sound of creaking trees.   Maybe it was pines as I heard as song about that tonight but it added a strange element.   As if I was the first person to come through it until once again there was an area with noisy trucks and digging as I had found down the road a few months ago.  That is when I turned around.  It is only so long until your paradise will be overtaken with the industry of man and then you must run back to where you came from and start again.  Peace and happiness are hard to find for any length of time.   P1020755 P1020756 P1020760 P1020761

I think I found some animal homes above.

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Further I wandered into the depths expecting fairies or elves.  I found more birds on trees and a surprise sweet heart that delighted my soul.  And then it was time to go back to reality and cross the bridge, back through the corn field and pumpkin patch and on to the next art installment located on a residential street in Wolfville.

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And there was more that I saw that day and more that I hope to see before it is over even though I don’t have much time in the next few  weeks.  There are many more interesting looking  art displays in cool locations.  I also want to get more yummy valley veggies and fruit.  The temperature is just about right there at this time.

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Uncommon Common Art 2015 – Part One

http://artofnature.ca  See this website for nature paintings.  Art and and nature are the best combination.

I read that this wonderful display of art is in its eighth year.  Can that be true?  I live in Nova Scotia and visit the Annapolis valley regularly.  It is like a spiritual touchstone or mystical encounter with nature.  I have done the corn maze and should do it again.  I have looked over vistas and pondered coasts that amaze me in their beauty.  I have interacted with the low key, friendly natives and sweltered at times in the summer heat trying to relive times spent in Southeast Asia kinda.  Although at every turn I mostly had the place to myself or maybe there were a few people there and I complained under my breath.   “How dare two people invade my space on this lovely summer or fall day.”  I know we are so spoiled here.

So I had read about this display of art and finally got a chance to come up again as I had been spending recent weeks on the South Shore in beach country.  It was about 26 or so on this day and above average but September can throw up heat or hurricanes from the warmed up  Atlantic.

Upcoming is a taste of the things I saw on this day.  There are other displays I want to visit in the future.  I had a lobster poutine at the Port Bistro Pub that wasn’t as good as remembered.  Heard complaints about seafood  while there  but they also over browned it and added something I didn’t like.  I added salt and pepper.   I had a blueberry lemonade that was nice on this hot day.

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We got veggies at Noggins Corner and the new potatoes are the highlight so far.  Real food-yum.

I had coffee and a scone at Central Cafe in Kentville which was nice and led to the first two places on the trail of Uncommon common Art I picked up my pamphlet at the Kentville  Visitor Information Centre .  I started at the lovely Miners’ Marsh which doesn’t have much shade on a sunny day.

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It was fun trying to find them and I asked people sometimes to be sure so it led to nice interactions.  It was like a treasure hunt and art search and nature hike and I learned things about local businesses I still didn’t know.  I didn’t feel exploited as prices were fair to cheap.    All around it was a cool experience .  I felt I was given more than I took.  That tends to happen in the sweet valley of Nova Scotia and I come away with my faith in humanity revived.

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These were were at the Concrete Museum in Centreville.   On this hunt I was led to places I still didn’t know about and that was great.  The Concrete  Museum was not open when I was there but looking inside I saw a very old stove.   You could pull wires to make these birds move.  Their wings would flutter or they would scoop down for a drink.  I found my first and only (so far) geocache in this area though they are supposed to be all over.  There were many earwigs inside of it.

After this I took a cool back road to Port Williams to eat  the above mentioned poutine  with another long wait.   The same thing happened in Lunenburg lately.  We seem to be unlucky that way lately.

There were nice farmland vistas.  It is so relaxing and nice to be around food sources though some say we should grow more of our own and I tend to agree.  Be as self-sufficient as possible.  Local and fresh is noticeably better.  We have some wonderful produce here and I love this time of year.  This post will continue.