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Today Andy went with me to the Ladner Village Market where we had tons of fun.  He helped me pick out a cute whale stuffy with a matching book at Stephanie MacPherson’s table; a Christmas gift for a special little someone.   Stephanie creates wonderful stuffed animals and soft cover books that tell a story about the animal. Her business is called Stephanimals  Andy wanted to make friends with all the stuffies.

Stephanie and her creations

We couldn’t resit buying two Bakewell tarts to take home for tea with hubby.  Being British, these bring back fond memories for him.  Andy seems to like his sweets as well.  There were many stalls of fresh baking which were difficult to pass by.

Many people were out at the market which is a popular event every other Sunday in the summer.  Great music, beautiful flowers, pottery, interesting garden stones and fresh farm produce were in abundance.  I came home laden with many goodies.

We had a wonderful barbeque later with grilled patty pan squash, eggplant, cherry tomatoes and yellow peppers, roasted fingerling potatoes with fresh garlic, and coleslaw. All items bought at the market, with Andy’s help. Yummy!

Andy is not burried in the peppers if that is what you were thinking!

Ladner is a quaint village ten minutes from where I live.  I love to go to the Sunday market in the summer whenever I can.

Do you have a market near you where you can browse crafts, baking and produce?

Andy joined me at the Heart of Ladner Night Market where I had a table promoting my books.  The night market is held once a year and is a fund raiser for The Delta Hospice.  It is a wonderful family event.  Live entertainment, face painting, a bouncy castle, fresh produce, jewelry, various local artists displaying their wares as well as tasty treats are featured. Across the way from my table was a vendor selling Turkish coffee and baklava (yummy).  For dinner I had sushi and my husband had samosas.  There is something for everyone. Many young families with toddlers, babies in strollers and tweens were about, as well as grandparents and other seniors.  I was amazed at how many  dogs, of all shapes and sizes, attended.  (all on a leash and some in strollers)

Three puppies attending the Ladner NIght Market


Andy and my dear husband helped sell books.  Andy soon became friends with Ali Baba the camel and Pedro the pony, all very popular with the kids.


There was a lot of interest in my newest book Amanda in England-The Missing Novel. One woman wants to buy one for her 88 year old aunt who loves reading about England. How sweet. A draw was held for a free copy as soon as it arrives from the printer. It was great to see many people out, having a good time and stopping by to chat.  I hope everyone who bought  Amanda books, enjoys reading them.


Andy had a good time, made many new friends and was greeted by one of the organizers of the event, Michael from Open Space Yoga.

I was pleased to be part of this local event and thank the organizers for doing such a fabulous job.

Andy’s adventures on the west coast of Canada continues……….

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