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summer in the country, Salt Spring Island style... - 05/31/09 11:36 AM
The summer mood is here! The weather is great, the kayakers are out, paddling to Chocolate Island, and the sailboats are racing on Wednesday evenings again. The marinas are full, and the Saturday Market in the Park is buoyant and "the" place to be! The B & Bs are busy, the Hotel is full, Hastings House attracts its clientele, and the restaurants are enjoying the summer season appeal. Al fresco dining choices abound! The studios are open, the roadside veggie stands, the cheese makers invite you, and the vineyard tastings are in full spate. Bicycle tours, scooter rentals...tennis in the Park, (0 comments)
Maple Bay oceanfront, residential/commercial mix...opportunity! - 05/30/09 10:44 AM
Looking for a terrific opportunity? Here's a gem! Waterfront property, building offers residential option, plus a commercial section...live and work, right on the seaside, at prestigious Maple Bay, on Vancouver Island. Adjacent to good parking, and to a government dock, for easy access by sea, this property enjoys all of the benefits of oceanside living, plus there's an exceptionally popular restaurant...assume the business and enjoy this prime location and lifestyle opportunity. If another use for the commercial is in your mind, such as an art gallery/gift location, or take out picnics for boaters or...you decide!...the owner may agree to close his (1 comments)
Remember to "give", even in tougher times... - 05/29/09 01:01 PM
Are you taking those tiny and daily steps towards a "green lifestyle"? Keep it simple and consistent, and check out the CBC and Cisco's joint initiative: One Million Acts of Green project, for some good ideas to get you started, and to encourage you to maintain these changes. Remember, there is no "them"...there's only "us", and it is up to all of us, as individual voices, to create a softer footprint on the world. Remember, too, in these "tougher times" that any small donation, of either time or money, helps out some very worthy causes. The Foodbank, the Copper Kettle, the (8 comments)
remember Raffi and his work to create the Child Honouring Centre on Salt Spring Island... - 05/28/09 03:33 PM
The Driftwood weekly newspaper puts out a "magazine", which showcases many of the interesting people who call Salt Spring Island or the Southern Gulf Islands "home". It's called Aqua, and comes out six times a year. Worth picking up a copy, if you see it around town, and it is included in that issue of the weekly newspaper, of course. There's also an online version, on the Driftwood newspaper's website. This month, Raffi is showcased, with an emphasis on the new directions in his musical life. Check it out! Remember, too, that Raffi is creating a Child Honouring Centre on Salt (0 comments)
commercial/residential, with oceanview, for sale on Salt Spring Island! - 05/26/09 11:42 AM
Looking for a great retail location, with a super living space above, right in the heart of Ganges Village, with an oceanview, and excellent visibility, both from walking and from passing car viewings, and with parking behind? Here it is! Land and building only. The owner of this location has listed the property for sale. The Stone Walrus Gallery business, currently in place, has a lease until end of August, so that they can sell off their inventory and retire. These former owners of the location will be closing and moving to their retirement home, and so will be vacating the (0 comments)
Almost summer thoughts, from Li Read on Salt Spring Island... - 05/25/09 11:36 AM
May 25, 2009. This is the time of year when I always think our "real arrivals" start to occur. People who already own property, here, and aren't yet able to be here full time (perhaps children still in school, or might be the six months less a day requirement, if from out of country, etc.) also arrive around now, and open up their homes for "the season". Suddenly, the entire Island shows a rhythm of activity that is very welcoming -- the Market in the Park, on Saturday mornings, is busy and vibrant, the Tuesday Market with the organic food/fresh baked (3 comments)
almost waterfront for sale on Salt Spring Island...terrific ocean views! - 05/23/09 11:37 AM
Here's a stellar oceanview home, close to all amenities, and on water and sewer systems, with privacy, great sun exposure, and a totally renovated home, beautiful and easy care garden...expand summer living pleasures, here! In a quiet area, close to golf, theatre, tennis, services, amenities, lake and across a quiet country road from the ocean (almost waterfront!), this beauty awaits your pleasure. Like a townhome alternative, with its easy care flair, yet without the strata council hassle! Easy to show! You will love it! (www.liread.com/1603.htm) (3 comments)
salt spring island events, in late May... - 05/22/09 12:36 PM
May 22, 2009. Don't forget to pop into Pegasus Gallery for their current show -- runs through to May 30th. Eight Island artists are represented in this show, all with dramatically different perspectives and expression. Enjoy! Tonight and tomorrow, and again on the 28th to 30th (on 31st, it's a matinee performance), catch the world premiere of Mort Ransen's "If I Were Me." At ArtSpring, at 8 p.m. We're so lucky to have such talent in our midst. Be sure and catch one of these performances. Auntie Pesto's is up and running again, after a complete renovation...check it out! Afterwards, drop (1 comments)
thoughts on social media marketing from Li Read on Salt Spring Island... - 05/20/09 02:34 PM
So, is everyone jumping on the social media marketing bandwagon? I welcome you to follow me on Twitter, and to be my friend on Facebook, and to link to my business profile on Linkedin. I've been blogging since 2005, although I didn't realized that this was what I was doing, until 2008. My daily blog is on my main website ( www.liread.com/blog.htm), and I also have auxiliary blogs through particular sites, some entries the same, and others quite different. I do think that the Internet erased time, geography, age, gender, race and created a global environment that is "intellect to intellect". (2 comments)
superb oceanview acreage for sale on Salt Spring Island.... - 05/19/09 11:00 AM
Here's a super "west coast contemporary" architect designed home, with wonderful ocean, islands, mountain vistas (Mt. Baker's majesty on view!), on a private and sunny 8 + acre "natural" state property, just minutes from Ganges Village and all services/amenities, yet in its own tranquil world. Great hiking/walking trails, here! A "mountain perspective", in an area of fine homes. This gem of a home offers wood floors, custom window treatments, dramatic living, dining with garden view, country kitchen with breakfast area, and a deer fenced easy care garden area, around the home, with stellar rock work and appealing pond. Lovely bedroom appointments, (5 comments)
mid-May market thoughts on Salt Spring Island & Southern Gulf Islands... - 05/18/09 06:09 PM
Last October, I began to blog that I thought we would find the media reporting changing "tack" by May, and shifting from "gloom and doom" to more heartening perspectives. The media uses statistics that are always 90 to 120 days "out", as they get these from the mls/board systems, and therefore are taking readings of the "past". Realtors (and conveying lawyers and appraisers, who follow along in the wake of the realtors initial business, a subject transaction) always know before the media, then, if a shift has occurred. Yes, it was "bad news" all over, in the Fall of 2008. Collapsing (0 comments)
salt spring oceanfront for sale! - 05/16/09 12:10 PM
Looking for a peaceful lifestyle, in a very pleasing seaside home, with a crushed shell and sand beach at your doorstep, a mooring buoy for your boat, for now, and a foreshore licence that allows you to build a dock? Here it is, waiting for you on special Salt Spring Island! Private, with historic orchard, sunny (s/sw/w exposures...enjoy those sunsets!), and in an area of fine homes. A lovely gated courtyard entry enjoys morning sun, and offers spaces to sip tea, and soak in the peaceful enclave. A formal entry leads to an appealing living room, with wood burning fireplace, a (2 comments)
Tonight is the opening of several art gallery offerings on this lovely Island. We are so lucky to be among so many talented and highly creative people. Make a point of dropping into the openings, tonight, and meeting both the artists and the gallery owners who showcase them for us. Pegasus Gallery, on the Boardwalk, opens their New Works by Eight Island Artists show, with a reception set for 5 to 8 p.m. Steven Armstrong, Roland Gatin, Gail Johnson, John Macdonald, Peter McFarlane, Morley Myers, Randolph Parker, and Ronald Smith are "on view" for your pleasure. Be (3 comments)
salt spring island pastoral cottage for sale! - 05/13/09 04:02 PM
Looking for a sweetheart of a retreat property? Here's a treasure, in the heart of the beautiful Fulford Valley, on special Salt Spring Island! An authentic 40s style charmer, recently upgraded, with all the appeal of a true rural/pastoral hideaway. Barn, outbuildings, plus new garage that mirrors the charm of the original. Patios to expand summer living pleasures, plus orchard (can sell your produce from the farm gate stand), and one could put in a small vineyard, if desired. Walk to Burgoyne Valley Park and to ocean from here, too. Private, sunny, pastoral and mountain views, good water, ready to just (6 comments)
day trips off Salt Spring Island...easy to do! - 05/11/09 11:02 AM
Sometimes, day trips are the thing to do.... Going to Victoria? Be sure to take in the B.C. Museum's display, walk the esplanade area ringing the inner harbour, catch the harbour ferry to the Songhees side and stroll that walkway, do tea at the Empress, wander the specialty shops along Government Street, including Munro's Books, if you time a visit with Swiftsure Race, on the U.S. Memorial Day weekend, you will be captivated by the beauty of these sailboats, and the spinnaker start to this race is breathtaking....places to eat, for lunch or dinner? Give me a call, and ask for (1 comments)
remember to support those in need.... - 05/09/09 12:45 PM
In these troubling days, where people are concerned about job losses, faltering balance sheets if in retail, and an approximate 30% drop in tourist incomes, in many resort based areas, it's easy to pull in and to forget those truly in need. Try to remember the food bank, the Copper Kettle, the Salvation Army, the SPCA, and all of the other very worthwhile ways to create goodness for those in need. We may not be able to give as much as in previous times, but tiny amounts have a way of adding up. The Arts, too, whether music, symphony & opera (8 comments)
Things to do on Salt Spring Island, in early May... - 05/08/09 01:10 PM
May 8, 2009. Don't forget to spoil Mom this Sunday! Lots of lovely restaurants offering special brunch menu and all the studios are open on tour, nice things to do with Mom, that are a little out of the ordinary. Don't forget Mort Ransen's production of three of his plays, running from May 21 to 23 and 28 to 30 (matinee on May 31st). Check with ArtSpring re ticket info (250-537-2102). We're lucky to have such world renowned talent, right in our midst. Enjoy! Join the new owner and his manager at J. Mitchell Gallery, in Grace Point Square, for a (0 comments)
salt spring island oceanview opportunity! - 05/07/09 11:54 AM
A superlative oceanview opportunity on special Salt Spring Island! A custom designed home, with exceptional finishes and all the bells and whistles in place...a designer kitchen, a wonderful outdoor kitchen, plus wood burning fireplace, to expand summer living pleasures. Open plan living/dining, with easy access out to expansive view decking (sunsets forever, from here!). Library/den, custom office, separate laundry, terrific bathroom, plus powder room, completes the main level. Master sitting, with a dramatic ensuite, and his and hers walk-in closets, is in its own private upper level "wing". Guest bed sitting, plus full ensuite, and stacked washer/dryer, and with own private (0 comments)
early May market thoughts, for Salt Spring Island & the Southern Gulf Islands... - 05/03/09 11:16 AM
May, 2009. So...the "real" 21st Century continues to roll out beneath our feet. It seems, though, that we are becoming more accustomed to the chaos theory of societal change, and are not so fearful of abrupt shifts. I think, when we look back to 2008, in future years, we will be calling it the Year of the Fear, and in fear driven moments it's natural to simply "stop". We are, after all, merely human. Locally, our market slowed in both 2006 and in 2007, and sales were sparser than they had been in that buoyant period between 2000 and 2005. We (2 comments)
early May happenings on Salt Spring & the Southern Gulf Islands... - 05/03/09 10:54 AM
May 3, 2009. On May 9th, enjoy Auntie Kate and the Uncles of Funk, a popular Island blues band, at Fulford Hall -- it's a fund-raiser for SWOVA...CDs available at the event. Enjoy! Rock on! Something new in town: Persnickety is now open, in Grace Point Square -- little details for little people -- kids boutique. Check it out! A week today is Mother's Day...Brunch is available at Calvin's Bistro, and at Hastings House. Spoil Mom! Visiting Vancouver? Catch the Celebrating B.C. Arts & Culture exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. While there, don't miss the Emily Carr paintings. May 8 (0 comments)
pastoral sweetheart for sale on Salt Spring Island... - 05/02/09 11:19 AM
Here's a pastoral sweetheart, in a quiet and rural area of lovely Salt Spring Island, with the illusion that you're on a large acreage (neighbouring properties are large acreages, and their homes are distant from boundary lines, so the effect is that this sweetie sits on a large parcel, too). Very sunny and private, with two bed/two bath home, country kitchen, dining room, large living with sliders out to deck, verandah style deck off kitchen, separate laundry. Detached garage and workshop, outbuilding for storage, plus fenced veggie garden (you can be self-sufficient, here). Close to lake, beach accesses, park hiking/walking trails, (2 comments)
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