Mid-January means early Spring is coming soon...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)


A poet called this time of year the "bleak mid-winter".

Early Spring can begin on the Pacific Northwest Coast by February...and the days are already getting longer.

This mid-point in January is a good time to plan a garden, create a repertoire of soup recipes, watch old movies (comedies like Local Hero or My Favorite Year or Some Like It Hot), take day trips, meander art galleries, declutter the house...January is a perfect time to follow the rhythms of this four season region and to savour one's personal downtime.

Some daytrip ideas? The B.C. Museum in Victoria, tea at the Empress, Victoria's Art Gallery. Coffee stop at True Grain Bread in Cowichan Bay. Beachcombing at Parksville's Rathtrevor Beach. An overnighter means storm watching at Uclulet/Tofino. Skiing at Mt Washington. Catch a ferry to one of our neighbouring Gulf Islands...each has their own signature. And...it's always great to return home to Salt Spring.

January...a month of beginnings. Take advantage....



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Comments (7)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely post, and thank you for introducing me to the term, "bleak-mid winter!"

Jan 16, 2019 10:38 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Li Read - Those are beautiful sentiments and puts my mind at ease knowing spring is soon to follow. I was at my listing yesterday and noticed the daffodils growing in my Seller's yard. 

You bring up great ideas to pass the time while waiting: plan a garden, create some soup recipes and make them too, movies, art, and cleaning closets in preparation for spring. Ah! It all sounds wonderful!

Jan 19, 2019 12:25 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Li Read - Love the post!  I brightens my day to think that spring is around the corner.  Bulbs are already sprouting.  I am a sunshine gal.  We get around 300 days of sunshine in Sedona AZ,  and the last few days have been pretty bleak!

Jan 21, 2019 11:41 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's the one time of year that I struggle to keep my attitude on the sunny side of the street.  I love this post, I think you did a similar one last year. Also appreciated that one. We're almost through it... ;) 

Jan 22, 2019 02:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Li, we are seeing a bleak mid-winter here too, snow every other day now.   Wish we could plant, but around here it will be closer to April/May.

Jan 24, 2019 05:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Li, Nice that the day light is sticking around a little longer each day, before we enjoy it.


Jan 26, 2019 08:03 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hi Li, I just wanted to stop in it has been a long time we connected and I missed the interaction. Wishing you a fantastic and prosperous 2019, Endre

Jan 26, 2019 10:26 PM