Yesterday was my birthday, so I took the day off and spent it doing some things I wanted to do. I slept in, puttered around for a while, and then went to Chapters (bookstore). I wandered through the stacks of various genres and bought one book which I've been planning to pick up for a while. I had been planning to add to my P.G. Wodehouse collection as well, but found to my dismay that Chapters only had one of his books. And not just one book, but only one copy of said book. I could hardly believe it. Then, as I was walking away muttering to myself, I passed by an entire shelf of Margaret Atwood. Dear Chapters: any bookstore with a preponderance of Atwood books and one measly copy of a Wodehouse novel is doing it wrong. Off to Amazon I go.
In the afternoon I headed over to downtown Halifax and went to the Public Gardens, a beautiful 16 acre garden in the middle of the city which has been open since 1867: 150 years ago. It's a lovely spot to go to read, picnic, attend concerts at the bandstand, or just wander around enjoying the beauty of the gardens. Actually, my mother called me while I was there to wish me happy birthday and when I told her where I was, she said she and my Dad had been there the night before for one of the summer night concerts. This is the bandstand where they take place:
And here are a few more pictures I took around the gardens:
Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, and Ceres, goddess of agriculture and fertility:
After this, I headed off down Spring Garden Road to the new library which I've never had opportunity to visit before now. This ain't your grandma's library; it was a little intimidating, actually. It's really impressive of course, but doesn't feel... cozy, like where I'd want to sit and read.
Later I went to the waterfront, because I was meeting one of my sisters for supper and her office is at one of the piers. I was thinking that it seemed really crowded for a weekday afternoon but as it turns out, there are three large cruise ships in port at the moment: