Artsy-Fartsy, Fishy, & Full of Cows

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Day 76   August 24, 2014          Inverness to Dingwall, Nova Scotia, Canada

On the way out of Inverness, we stopped at the Inverness County Center for the Arts. We viewed the local art, and bought some cow themed greeting cards done by a local artist. We were eyeing some whimsical wooden cow sculptures, but decided against taking one home with us.

Inverness County Center for the Arts. Our first art stop.

Inverness County Center for the Arts. Our first art stop.

Up the road a bit, we stopped to peruse the La Bella Mona Lisa Gallery. They were also selling more of the exact same series of greeting cards that we’d just purchased. We found out that the artist who did the cards, actually owned this gallery. We bought a couple more cards for our collection.

Our second art stop.

Our second art stop.

Heading clockwise around Cape Breton.

Heading clockwise around Cape Breton.

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

What's this? A secret government project? Cape Breton

What’s this? A secret government project? Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

Rocky alcove, Cape Breton

Rocky alcove, Cape Breton

Rocky alcove, Cape Breton

Rocky alcove, Cape Breton

Great views! Heading clockwise around Cape Breton.

Great views! Heading clockwise around Cape Breton.

Further on up the road, I spied a funky grey shack with a “Folk Art” sign hung on the side. Too interesting to pass up! But when we walked up to the door, it was closed for the day. Damn!

Our third art stop. Home of the cows and of the fresh mackerel.

Our third art stop. Home of the cows and of the fresh mackerel.

As we were walking away, we saw an older couple getting out of their car and waving to us. We lucked out! These were the owners of the folk art shack. They were just returning from a day of fishing.

The wife came over to talk to us and to open the art shack for us, while the husband went inside the adjacent house. In a couple minutes, the man came back out. In his hand he held up a very large zip lock baggie, full of these amazing fishies that he’d just caught. And for no reason other than to share, he gave them to us! Fresh caught mackerel. They were beautiful….shiny and colorful like I’d never seen!

Mark put the fish in our fridge, and then we all went into the art shack to have a look around. Imagine our amazement to see a shack full of wooden animal sculptures, including cows. Well, what do you know? This fisherman was the actual artist! And yes, he was the same artist that made the cow sculptures we’d been admiring back in Inverness.

Our fate was sealed. We had to buy a wooden cow. It was meant to be. I knew this wouldn’t be a purchase we’d regret later. We already owned one wooden cow sculpture that we’d bought 30 years ago in Wisconsin. It was time we owned two cows.

That’s how we became “five.”   2 Crazy People + 2 Dogs + 1 Airstream Motorhome + 1 Cow

We spent the night at the Hide-A-Way Campground in Dingwall. Pretty cool campground, with great views of the coast. After watching the sunset, we cooked up those amazing mackerel that the cow artist had given to us. They were almost too beautiful to eat! Delicious!!

Campground

Campground

View from our camp site

View from our camp site

Great views from the campground.

Great views from the campground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An interesting neighbor. Will make a point to meet them in the morning.

An interesting neighbor. Cool camper! Will make a point to meet them in the morning.

Fresh as you can get, mackerel.

Fresh as you can get, mackerel.

 

 

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