Thirty.

I turned 30 last weekend and Chris had a surprise getaway planned for me!
Let me tell you about my weekend...

Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

...Friday we caught the 11 am ferry to Salt Spring Island.


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

...our first stop was at the Oystercather for fish & chips and rasberry beer.


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

After lunch we walked to the Gulf Islands Spinning Mill.


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

...where Amy and Vivienne so graciously gave us a tour.


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island
{ Fibre Drying in the Sun }


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

Amy walked us through the entire process, each step required another piece of machinery, it was fascinating. I think Chris had just as many questions as I did.


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

~ a side note ~

The first design I ever published was the Mustard Scarf. The yarn I used, 100% Wool from the Gulf Islands Spinning Mill, was purchased from their booth at the Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Fair (my first fibre festival!). Since then I've always wanted to travel to Salt Spring to take a tour of the mill.


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

On our walk back down the hill I bought two little tomato plants from the Chorus Frog Farm stand, happy birthday to me!


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

...Then onto our B&B, Monivea, where we picked up our room key and had a quick tour of the art gallery. Wendy, who showed us around, also painted the beautiful piece hanging in our bedroom!


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

We walked into town for supper. The Tree-House Cafe had awesome live music and incredible food (and a tree growing right through the center of the restaurant). The open air construction made me feel like we were somewhere tropical, it was so relaxing.


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island
{ Flourless Chocolate Torte }


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

The weather over the weekend was the best we've had all year, the next morning we opted to have our breakfast in the garden among ponds and streams...


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island
{ Gardens of Monivea }


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

...doesn't this look amazing?


Jane Richmond Blog - Thirty on Salt Spring Island

...After breakfast it was off to the Saturday Market (which has quadrupuled in size since our last visit maybe 5 or 6 years ago). It was so wonderful, if you're local I highly recommend taking a day trip just to wander this market. There is something for everyone and anything sold at the market has to be made on the island by the vendor so everything there is highly unique.

...all in all I had the most wonderful birthday weekend, it was such a surprise and a treat, I hope you enjoyed my little recap :)



Thank you Chris.


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Interested in taking this trip? Here is a map of some of the places we visited during our stay...

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