and then…….!

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a day of ups and downs and ups again. began with the farmer’s market – flowers, fruits, veggies, jams, babies finding music there and dancing to live strings as the sun gleamed down. and then…. a car surprise – went from oil change in 15 minutes and 19 dollars, to front suspension in 2.5 hours and 838 dollars. threw in a free light bulb.  and then…..thai dinner – hot spicy fun and laughter and burning lips with friends, including our volleyball player in a cast ‘with a slight break/chip’. and then……ran into aut/out-fest, filled with rainbows, beads, italian ices and drag queens.  and then…..wandered into a wedding back at the scene of the morning farmers market, more music and beauty everywhere.  and then… a  bicycle built for 7.  full circle.  and then…….

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But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world.

There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.

 Dave Matthews

 

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  1. Loved the title – like you were running out of breath form the large and interesting day you had. You certainly live in a beautiful little nook of the world and unlike my posts on my day you are succinct and still able to cover the width and breadth of all around you (I admire that as I babble so). The bike does go forward doesn’t it and not in circles? I have visions of everyone sitting on and wheeling around but not getting anywhere 🙂 Lovely post Beth thank you xx

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    • jen/mum: thanks and that was exactly it, the way a child so excited about sharing a story would tell it, with so many things going on, and everything is connected with, ‘and then.’ i tend to be a bit of a minimalist, try to simplify things in life, and thus my approach to most pieces i write. the bike moves forward if all participate in the pedaling, a group effort. my pleasure –

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  2. Oh, too bad about the simple oil change and the resulting things adding up to a much bigger bill! I think your approach reminds me of the teachers out on recess. I explain my rapid speech in person, as I am always trying to finish the story before a child fell down (then) or a grandchild (now) has an interrupting thought! I love to hear your varied and eventful days, both in and out of the classroom! This one included lovely photos and fun times! You are NEVER boring!!

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    • thanks for the car sympathy, just a part of life. you are right on about the speech pattern and having to try to get everything in before the next mini crisis. thanks for the never boring comment, i’ll take that as a compliment )

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  3. That was an expensive outing but what a great finale, actually I think that ditching the car and encouraging the use of that seven seated bicycle could be a novel idea, and I will even help with the pedalling if you like? 😉 Have a truly awesome start to your week, and don’t worry about the repair bill, it is always swings and roundabouts with car maintenance and then… Well get on your bike, there is some heavy pedalling to get used to 😉 lol

    Andro xxxx

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  4. It was good of them to throw in a free light bulb, but when you think about it they should have perhaps added a new wing mirror and brand new car attached to it after such a hefty repair… I mean fair’s fair 🙂 By the way, the farmers market looks good and with live music makes it a real treat 🙂

    Andro xxxx

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  5. I love these markets as everytime I am visiting a small town or other cities in Australia other than Sydney I am trying to see the various markets they have as I feel it reflects the true soul of the people in some manner and the way they come together to organize somethign like this. lovely pics Beth..and thanks a lot for bringing all the memories 🙂

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