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Me and Mariko enjoying our time off work (she was my work mate at the Clayburn Inn B&B. I got sooooo lucky!)

Me and Mariko enjoying our time off work (she was my ‘partner in crime’ at the Clayburn Village B&B. I got sooooo lucky!)

Yesterday, I left Abbotsford, B.C. and headed to Vancouver.

(This was probably the last time to ever see the wonderful friend I made from Germany — and my wonderful hosts at the Clayburn Village B&B. I thought I wouldn’t get emotional over it, but I did.)

Something REALLY HAPPENED there for me — and it was this amazingly BEAUTIFUL thing — that was produced from people really working together. Really collaborating and supporting each other 🙂

Mariko and I were there for over two weeks hosted by the most kind people I think I’ve met in a while — Leslie and Ramsey Oren, owners of the Clayburn Village B&B (in Abbotsford, BC).

Scones were made almost every morning. (Now I know best ones come straight from the oven and in one's mouth.)

Scones were made almost every morning. (Now I know best ones come straight from the oven and into one’s mouth.)

I will miss Leslie’s EPIC scones fresh from the oven. I will miss walking into her kitchen to smell the apple butter cooking in the crockpot. I will miss being called to a dinner that is fully complementary to the hard work that day. (Add on top of it Leslie’s apple crunch, or her banana cocoa ice cream, and it just feels like ‘mom’s love.’)

Leslie made apple butter in the crock pot -- using apples that were picked from her trees. (Guess who got lucky enough to take some back to Texas??)

Leslie made apple butter in the crock pot — using apples picked from her trees. (Guess who got lucky enough to take some back to Texas??)

I will miss my German friend Mariko for her youthful exuberance — and what I kept referring to as her German ‘efficiency.’ I will miss having to share a bathroom with her. (She kinda felt like my little sister.)

We thought we wouldn't have a chance to even lay the pavers on this side of the path...but we worked long hours toward the end of the week to see that we had a frame work we could at least see take shape.

We thought we wouldn’t have a chance to lay the pavers on this side of the path…but we worked long hours and got it done…so we were happy to set up the framework for the ‘finishing sand’ stage. (Yep, that’s me crouched over placing pebbles with mortar.)

I will miss watching Mariko get excited about something they don’t have back home. (I will miss desperately trying to find something on tv we can both understand…preferably something in ‘SLOW ENGLISH.’).

We also rebuilt this brick wall surrounding a drainage pipe. For Leslie, it's a new planting area.

We also rebuilt this brick wall surrounding a drainage pipe. For Leslie, it’s a new planting area.

As we left the house yesterday I hugged Ramsey and we both told Mariko we would be seeing her famous buildings one day (as she has not only a creative mind but the determination to sell her visions/ideas.)

On the last two nights 'Bek' from New Zealand showed up. (She'll be finishing out the path. She had this great idea to use colored pieces for some detail work. It'll look amazing once the finishing sand goes on.)

On the last two nights ‘Bek’ from New Zealand showed up. (She’ll be finishing the path — and came just in time … Bek had this great idea to use colored pieces for some detail work. It’ll look amazing once the finishing sand goes on.)

(Mariko, my German friend, I truly, truly enjoyed getting to know you and being the other half of our team. I know you are just as proud of the work we accomplished. CHEERS!!!)

More path detail

More path detail (of the area we ‘finished off’ with polymeric sand.)

I love the path so much I had to take this one.

I love the path so much I had to take this one.

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Funny…the ants like the path too…see that little mound of dirt by the middle of the picture — those guys took up shop! The audacity!!