Any given Saturday has much to offer—especially when the sun is out. Armed with books, a computer, a camera, and no set schedule, a Saturday quickly becomes a creative’s dream. Work, as a writer and photographer, often overtakes its allotted portion of the work-life balance, and as such, preservation of one’s leisure time depends on adaptability, and carving out mid-day work sessions is how I’m most productive. But to start any slow Saturday: taking down inspirations in the morning sunlight with a fresh cup of coffee at hand makes draft revisions feel effortless. Our flowers from the week past have begun to bend—I add one stop to my to-do list: the Farmer’s Market. The day begins to take shape. I slot my laptop into my pack and set off—a city to traverse before sundown.
I wander through the flats, Vancouver’s gallery district, and then head downtown, working my way through my list of galleries. Vancouver’s art scene is growing, if limited in its transcendental abilities—the scene is often top heavy and inaccessible. I carry my thoughts to my favourite cafe, Liberty, and write up a brief review for one of the shows I’ve just seen, sipping an iced americano, pleased with the sunny start to my day.
In the afternoon, I meet up with my partner and we wander through Van Dusen Gardens before a baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium. This is where leisure and life take priority. I pull a book out of my pack and we rest for awhile, chatting and reading in the sun. We’ve missed the rhododendrons, but the towering delphiniums give us the colour we were hoping for. We make our way to the baseball game and settle in for nine innings. After the Vancouver Canadians win, we swing by the tail end of the Kitsilano Farmer’s Market and pick up a bunch of miniature petunias, the stragglers of the lot. The flowers nestle into my pack, wrapped stems tucked between notebook and computer.
After a day so full, I can’t imagine doing much else—we begin the bike ride home, sun soaked and tired but pleased. There’s not much better than enjoying a full, sunny, and productive Saturday before heading home with fresh cut flowers.
Pictured is the Urbo Classic Backpack, designed for busy creatives everywhere.
Written and photographed by Megan Jenkins