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Change, change, change.... I think it's the mantra of our time. Spoke earlier to a woman trying to sell advertising space in an English based magazine...the target market was a live/work somewhere else in the world scenario. She called me because my name was on a database from 2010...I had advertised in a magazine targeted to people wishing to immigrate to Canada. That magazine folded after 11 issues, she told me...because advertising revenue had evaporated by 2011. Ah, yes...publishing as it used to be done...another casualty of the big eraser we call the Internet. Nothing has remained untouched. No business (9 comments)
In my beautiful Pacific Northwest Coast region, there are several different floatplane companies, all with regular scheduled flights here and there...mainly out of Vancouver, B.C. All of them, though, offer these half hour scenic tours. Spring on the Coast is a super time to take advantage of one of these aerial juants. There is something very clarifying about that bird's eye view. You're not so high up that you lose contact with the way down there earth, as on a jumbo jet to someplace major...you're about 500 to 1100 feet up, depending where you are. You get to see who (14 comments)
So...the Year of the Snake. In Western lore, the snake isn't necessarily admired...not so in the Chinese astrology system. In the Asian zodiac, the Snake is seen as a sign of wisdom and of change. Snakes can shed their old skin, remember, and grow a new one. Does this mean shifts and changes and reforming in countries, in personal philosophies, in politics, in lifestyles? Will there be new inventions this year that might change how we live? The Year of the Snake promises to be interesting. How does your particular animal sign fare this year? Always fun to find that (11 comments)
We who live in the great Pacific Northwest Coast region know that these last few weeks of February play tag with Spring's softness. We who live here year-round, not escaping the grey shroud of winter with trips to Scottsdale, or Palm Desert, or Cabo, or Maui, we emerge from our muffled raincoated winter cocoons to feel a little restless, with a good case of early Spring Fever. What to do? Day tripping, of course! And, with a "haven't done this for awhile" theme. What is the old adage? A change is as good as a rest? So...some day trip suggestions, (4 comments)
ask for lis list: Lakefront equestrian acreaqe on Salt Spring Island...call me! - 02/13/13 11:12 AM
78 acres, lakefront, stellar equestrian opportunity, seminar space a plus! Superlative rural acreage, on a beautiful lake, on special Salt Spring Island! This pastoral waterfront acreage enjoys zonings that offer farm/agricultural opportunities, plus potential for subdivision on one portion. This approximately 78 acre property is currently in three titles, and is being offered as one total "unit". A very pleasing country home, with private entry winding through forested privacy, plus separately sited equestrian facilities, offices, seminar space, are located on one parcel. Also with lake access, there are two adjacent undeveloped pastoral acreages.. Interested in farming? Be self-sufficient here.
Continuing (8 comments)
ask for lis list: New holiday in B.C. Family Day is today...enjoy! - 02/11/13 09:58 AM
February 11, 2013. Today is a new Monday holiday in B.C. It's known as Family Day. Hope you spent this new holiday weekend enjoying some winter-into-spring events...and also continue to savour this unexpected day, that could be a treat all to yourself. Holidays are times to share events with family & friends, of course, but mini-breaks can also be a moment to take time to recharge. Easing out of full winter into an early spring moment can make us feel restless, almost dissatisfied...instead of complaining about an attack of spring fever, why not do something completely different from the norm? (4 comments)
Frankly Scarlet is for sale...a winning business in a superb location. Here's your future! Here is your opportunity...style, allure, and integrity in this jewelery, gifts, gallery store...with high visibility location, whether driveby or walkby, and with flair of presentation.
Yes, it's Frankly Scarlet, in prestigious Grace Point Square. Excellent lease, "as new" premises, with fine inventory in a range of price points...the destination shopping location for that special item.
The lease does allow for other inventory options, too...definitely a good business in place and a trajectory for growth, too...a winning combination. Serious inquiries only. Do not disturb (8 comments)
In the Canadian Gulf Islands, one can still find charming little cabins, tucked away on properties close to beaches...old style summer camping. When the Gulf Islands became "discovered" as the true treasures they are, then the kinds of dwellings on the islands also began to become more luxurious. The little "hard tent" cabin above is actually for sale, on a very private half acre lot, close to a sandy beach...it's asking $149,000 (Canadian Dollars).
You can also find retreat properties in the 8 million range, and that is definitely a newer version of a Gulf Islands recreational property.
Did you know? Salt Spring Island has a hospital, plus extensive seniors oriented opportunities. A superb retirement lifestyle is available. It has 3 elementary, one middle, & a state of the art senior secondary school. There is a private school on island, too. A great family oriented lifestyle can be found here. Salt Spring also offers a theatre (ArtSpring), an indoor pool, and a brand new library resource centre in the heart of Ganges Village. Two marinas, a Sailing Club with private dockage, plus 8 lakes (4 of them open to the public for swimming, sailing...no power motors allowed on (2 comments)
On Salt Spring? Looking for some daytrip adventures, to wake you up from Winter's thrall? Fulford Harbour to Swartz Bay puts you in touch with the discoveries of Sidney/Victoria: Sidney-by-the-Sea town, Butchart's Gardens, Mattick's Farm, Oak Bay Village, B.C. Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Abkhazi Garden, Victoria Art Gallery, Fairmont Empress for High Tea...galleries, specialty shops, garden delights...return home same way, or, if time, follow the Malahat Drive route & return to Salt Spring via Crofton to Vesuvius...it's called the Circle Tour.
Feeling like a long walk on a sandy beach? Catch the ferry from Vesuvius to Crofton, follow "old highway" (4 comments)
ask for lis list: Rainy Day Poem.... - 01/11/13 10:28 AM
Rain... Smeared across windscreens, Blurring, cars bunched in tight Lines on pooling ferry deck. Trip to city. Sea & Sky & Islands drifting... Grey, Indistinct, Between start & destination. Tones of grey. Pearled light, Charcoal ocean, Sepia forests, Rain silvered, Rain drowning Edges With oozing Wet. Rain. Does it wash Clean? My muddied world Speaks The tongue Of Rain. (L.R.)
Here we are, in that holiday moment between Christmas & New Year's. This is one of those archetypal moments between a down & an up market trend. The societal shifts delivered by the Internet revolution are well underway. The low interest rates, the genuinely good land opportunities with motivated sellers of same, the protected investment aspect of a purchase on a Gulf Island (call me for details), and the desire for protected investment/safe haven options...these elements all conspire to make this the optimum moment to be a buyer in our kind of area. More info? Call me! Salt Spring Island (9 comments)
An aerial shot of a property is definitely what an eagle or a goose or a wren might see, catching the updrafts, soaring over the landscape.... It's often a help, when marketing an acreage or a craggy sloping property, where it's difficult to appreciate boundary lines or neighbouring parcels, to call for that aerial vista. There's something about the distance, though, in an overview shot, that can help us to detach from the immediacy of our ground level experience of space. Maybe it's a metaphor, too, for how to approach the stresses of profound societal change that afflicts many of (4 comments)
ask for lis list: Superb 33 acre North Trail Island, close to Vancouver, is for sale! - 12/03/12 09:45 AM
Seeking 30+ acre private island, a farm/pastoral gem, with power by cable from Sunshine Coast, & beauty everywhere? Here it is...on the doorstep of world class city, Vancouver, B.C. A unique and beautiful private island opportunity in the amazing Pacific Northwest Coast. Nestled in the Salish Sea (now known as Georgia Strait). North Trail Island is part of the Thormanby Group of islands, off Sechelt, BC. North Trail Island, a 33 acre private island, offers a rural farm opportunity, with all the amenities of Sechelt (including a hospital) at your doorstep. Water is supplied to the island by a waterline from (7 comments)
What does shopping local really mean? Does it even matter? A bookmark, given out by a retail store, may give the answer: "Thanks for shopping at your local independent store. Here's what you just did: 1) you kept dollars in our community, 2) you embraced what makes us unique, 3) you created local jobs, 4) you contributed to the tax base, 5) you supported our local schools, 6) you created more choice, 7) you took advantage of our expertise, 8) you supported local entrepreneurs, 9) you made us a destination, 10) you helped our community gifting program. Craft fairs, gallery (0 comments)
At this darker time of year, on the Pacific Northwest Coast, we look forward to the various community light-ups & parades...this holiday season is about light & fellow feeling. Salt Spring's light up in Ganges Village, with retail stores decorating windows as a part of it, brings the town core alive with colour & fun. Seasonal music from the Firehall loudspeaker, special openings & extended shopping hours...an invitation to shop local. Craft Fairs, Gallery Receptions, Studio Tours, concerts...the season's pleasures are offered on Salt Spring. Two Santa visits...one by floatplane, & later, one via boat...enjoy! Day trip in your plans? (5 comments)
What is it about the Pacific Northwest Coast that holds such allure? Unlike the rest of Canada, which does experience real winter, this thin strip of land between sea and mountains enjoys a micro-climate that some term "cool Mediterranean".
Georgia Strait, which lies between the huge mass of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, is considered to be some of the best protected boating waters in the world. Lately, the Strait is being called by its historic name: the Salish Sea.
Communities on the Mainland side (known as the Sunshine Coast) are also reached via ferry from the (2 comments)
Love live theatre? Catch the Salt Spring Community Theatre's presentation of the comedy Love Thy Neighbour...matinee at 7 p.m. tonight & 2 p.m. tomorrow, at Mahon Hall. Appreciate choral music? At ArtSpring, at 8 p.m. tonight & matinee at 2 p.m. tomorrow, enjoy Viva Voce...a selection of music that invites reflection & inspiration...under the direction of talented Deb Toole. Music is a flavour that energizes Salt Spring...live venues for talented musicians that call this Island home: Treehouse Cafe on Fridays/Saturdays, Harbour House Hotel on weekends, Salt Spring Inn on Saturdays, Raven Street Cafe jazz nights on Sundays, Moby's (0 comments)
ask for lis list: Oceanfront small acreage on Salt Spring Island...exceptional! - 11/16/12 09:26 AM
Oh so beautiful oceanfront land...forest, vistas, sea...the best!) Develop your dream! Incredible oceanfront property awaits your pleasure on special Salt Spring Island! At the wonderful "south end", off a quiet country road. Turn off Beaver Point Road onto Bridgman Road, then left on Fraser. Lyoness Road begins at the end of Fraser Road, and this exquisite property is the very last in this unique preservation subdivision. Sunny (all day sun exposures), very private, and part of an historic family holding. Beautifully developed, to retain the natural features of this land - old growth forest and natural meadow mix. This is the (6 comments)
On Salt Spring? Interested in promotion of tourism, as an engine of community business? Be at the CRD meeting on the 19th. Call the Chamber office or the CRD for more details. On Salt Spring? Have a concern about the B.C. Ferries proposed changes to both scheduling & fare costs (an upward direction!)? Be at the Ferries meeting on the 15th. On Salt Spring? Wanting to support & to grow the local business community? Join the Chamber & advocate on behalf of business, with the provincial government. Basically, anyone providing a service or an item, for sale, is in business...it's (4 comments)
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