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Farmer’s Market Magic

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Going to an island is a great get-away; After a sunny and breezy ferry ride, I finally disembarked at a familiar place that I visit every summer — Salt Spring Island.

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Although this visit has almost become a yearly ritual for me, every time I step-foot into the Island, I always find something new, something mesmerizing, especially the magical Saturday Farmer’s Market.

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The earthy, ragged, natural looking and mismatched colors art pieces are eye-catching and the market scene feels like rays of rainbow of colors bursting all around.

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Strolling leisurely down the hustle and bustle of this crowded market and immersed myself in the endless stalls of creative artisan artwork and goodies was one of the highlights of my magical island get-away.

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Bursting with Joy

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The weather is so gorgeous outside!

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Basking under this shining and warm Autumn sunlight

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enjoying the soft breeze of the cool Autumn wind

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listening to the shimmering greenish turned golden leaves rustling on the branches

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my heart bursting with joy!

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Happy Labor Day

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So grateful that the whole country is having a holiday for my birthday ~~

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Labor Day ~~ just happened to fall on my birthday this year!

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Normally on my birthday, I like to spend time in solitude to reflect on life and on God.

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But since a couple of friends were going on an outing, I tagged along.

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The excursion was a canoeing trip with 3 people:
one with strong-muscled arms steering at the stern,
one at the bow paddling away,
and me, tucked in the middle of the boat
– leaning back, relaxing, meditating, closing my eyes…

nah, with eye open wide enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

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I was so glad, since it was my birthday and its Labor Day, one definitely needs to let go of all work to sit back and relax, what’ a life!

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In the midst of paddling, due to the low level of water of the tidal lake, our canoe almost got stuck on the bottom of the slough.

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Quick(I was thinking in my heart), somebody please jump off and push the canoe to prevent it from sinking. Since it was my birthday, I thought I could just sit still and let the rest figure out what to do.

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to my dismay, there was no hint of anyone wanting to get up at all to do the laboring! With no option, this birthday gal finally come to her senses that she would be the one to drag her feet into the icy cold water and muddy slough to tow the canoe! The reason being that since the rest had done their share of laboring the strenuous paddling, someone got to take responsible for the other more important task, such as this:

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Well, what supposed to be a 2-hr relaxing canoeing trip, ended up to be a 5-hr strenuous laboring! So on this Labor Day which happened to be my birthday, I had to labor by hopping off and on the boat, pulling and pushing the heavy vessel on the slough, like pulling a gigantic stubborn buffalo!

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