Music, Smiles and All Good Things

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“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” 
~ Confucius, The Book of Rites

 

Ben and I ventured to the Mullumbimby Farmers’ Markets yesterday morning. We got there a little later than usual, about 8.30am, because after my pre-dawn meditation I sat down at the computer and hammered out some more words for my memoir. The reward for all my toil? Breakfast at the markets – whatever I wanted, plus a good local coffee.

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Normally I’d race around first and grab the things I want that always run out – kale, certain kinds of bread, organic free range eggs, hibiscus and ginger kombucha drinks, but the weekly busker was so engaging, his music so mellow and warm and inviting that we grabbed a coffee, stopped at a table in the middle of the markets and sat down to listen.

So, it seems, did just about everyone else.

The tables were packed, and people found spaces on the grass to sit in the early morning sunshine and listen to the performance too. It was like being at our own private concert.

There was lots of smiling and clapping. Little toddlers danced blissfully, friends hugged, and strangers came together to share in the magic that is music.

Such simple pleasures, but oh so good!

The busker’s name is Mark Heazlett. He’s a local musician from Brunswick Heads here in the Northern Rivers. He sure did make the market a wonderful day out. If you’re ever round our way I can thoroughly recommend a trip to our Friday Farmers’ Markets. Maybe I’ll see you there! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Music, Smiles and All Good Things

  1. There is NOTHING LIKE A FARMERS MARKET! And the feelings of human compatibility, music, food, laughing children….etc…. at a market! I used to go to every one I could find in New York City and savored every single thing. Here we have only one and no organics, shamefully sad is Florida I have to say…..we have one on Hollywood Beach on Sundays but it is only produce and run by only one man who loves to toot his own horn quite a bit, and there is no creativity there, just the organics veggies and way too expensive.
    But I wanted to thank you for telling the name of that market ”Mullumbimby” which I went to while I spent 3 months in Oz and it was THE BEST MARKET I HAD EVER BEEN TO ! It is also the largest! I thank you for saying the name because I have been trying for too long to remember it…..and nearby was the store “Heritage” or something like that? who also have an organic stand at that market, and they have a family estate where they grow and eat all their own produce and build their own beautiful furniture…..I bought a hemp blouse in a store nearby their store which sells only hemp products and I always wish I had bought two of those pullovers, I adore it still since 2009. How nice to hear of these things, I have wonderful memories of these! blessings, lady

  2. The little town in Wales, where my half house is situated , has a farmer ‘s market on a Wed. It is placed on a fabulous beach. There is Guitar music ,aromas of food ,lively chatter it’s like heaven.
    Cherryx

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