We have returned from vacation, and I am feeling much better than when we left. The two weeks before we left were very emotional and busy and somewhat disastrous, and I had a bit of a breakdown. While away, I rested much, slept much, and did no work...it was very enjoyable. I have many, many things to do now, but I am going to take it slow and try not to have another breakdown, at least not for a long while!
So I was pretty vague about where we were going, but i will tell now that we have returned. We travelled to our favorite little getaway, about 3 hours east over the border into Canada: Stratford, Ontario. Stratford has a Shakespeare festival of sorts every summer. It is actually not so much a festival the way I would think of a festival usually, but the whole town is Shakespeare themed and there are constant performances in theatres around town. Incredibly acted performances by some of the best actors, often with amazing costuming. We saw Othello and Merchant of Venice. There are yummy places to eat and a lovely river that runs through the town, filled with swans and Canadian geese. We spend much time just walking along the river and watching the birds. We stay at a quaint B&B and have quiet mornings with french toast and quiche for breakfast, and evenings with wine and chocolate. It is a very different pace that what we are used to.
Perhaps I will tell more of our tales in the next few days, but I will leave you with "why I love Canada, in a nutshell". This quote below, was penned by a Canadian author, and is printed ON the Canadian $20 bill. On their money! A quote by a female author about Art, is on their money! Awesome.
"Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?"
-writer Gabrielle Roy (1903-1983)