Early Saturday morning boarded a bus to Stratford, ON to watch Shakespeare in Love at the Avon Theatre. Fantastic play - hilariously funny. The actors all did a fantastic job pulling all the comedic elements together. My only criticism (if you can even call it that) is the loss of the 'romance' of the play. I just didn't see the love/romance between the two main leads Luke Humphrey (Will Shakespeare) and Shannon Taylor (Viola de Lesseps) although there seem to be a little of it by the end of it. Still it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the play. Suffice to say the cast got a standing ovation and at least 3 curtain calls! Love day trips like these and we were home in time for dinner! Going back next week to see The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe.
Sunday afternoon was spent wandering harbourfront at the Redpath Waterfront Festival taking in a few tall ships, a viking ship, a Canadian navy vessel, and a Spanish galleon cruising the harbour. These ships are stunning and so much fun to watch. I took many pics while one of my favourite poems by John Masefield ran around in my head!
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.!
Kajama Tall Ship
US Tall Ship
Viking mast head detail
Canadian Naval Ship
This duck was posing for photos down by the water - it was hillarious!!!
Also over the weekend got caught up on some tv - and I finally got around to watching the series finale of Penny Dreadful which I'd been procrastinating on for obvious reasons. PD deserves it's own post as it was both emotional & heartbreaking. I can't believe this series is over.