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Summer-summer thoughts...

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

Summer-summer has finally arrived on the great Pacific Northwest Coast.  

Fondly called the "wet coast" by many, it felt like June-uary and then July-uary, until the past couple of days.   This is such a beautiful part of the world.  Summer is such a short season...important to catch it while you can. 

So many things are different this year, due to the covid-19 huge impact on all of us.  In B.C., we were shut down for ten weeks..."stay home/social distance" was the provincial government edict, and that meant closures between March 12 and June 9.   We are now in stage 3 of soft reopenings.  

One worries about whether some businesses will make it.  I live in a rural/recreational area, and tourism is the main industry.  The season basically runs from March Break to the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend (mid-October), but it really focuses on late June to mid-September.   Hmmm.....     Any special events that had large gatherings (such as markets, and fall fairs, and weddings), have all been postponed or cancelled.

Although a very different pattern is evident, the area is so beautiful.   Whether sitting on a deck or a patio star-watching, or hiking a park/reserve trail, or kayaking to nearby islands, or social distancing at a seaside coffee stop, it's all good, all lovely, and the sunsets dazzling over the ocean towards us, at 9:30, are still beautiful to observe.

That's the key...observing what is in front of us, observing ourselves at this quieter time, observing those around us (do they need our help?), observing the natural rhythms of our world and trying to match our days to these slower patterns.   A pause can be good for us all.

Time to let our creative selves emerge?   Hmmmm.....



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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Li- what a beautiful post. I am in Texas now and we are having to regroup because our numbers started going up. I'm just trying to appreciate each day, stay in contact with my friends and family, and take it one day at a time. 

Jul 21, 2020 07:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Li - enjoy your summer and may the creativity continue. . . 

Jul 21, 2020 08:27 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Li... I've been to the Pacific Northwest many times and I can totally understand why it's called the wet coast... but I also know why it's such a beautiful place.

Jul 22, 2020 04:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful description of the "wet" coast.  A trip your way is still on our list perhaps next year...A

Jul 22, 2020 08:53 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Loved hearing from you all...thank you for the comments.

Jul 22, 2020 03:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 25, 2020 07:11 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It sounds wonderful and in many ways similar to NW Montana. I actually had a meeting to attend a week or so ago, and the host canceled because "It was too nice out." Haha.

Jul 26, 2020 04:57 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Li Read there are many activities to enjoy beyond those that result in crowds.... crowds are the villain today in this pandemic.... the virus has no borders.... it runs rampant if you allow it.

Jul 26, 2020 05:39 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Li Read 

I've only heard that your area is as beautiful as it is. We will have to make a journey there to experience it. The only thought I'll share of this "virus" is I'm sick of it, (pun intended), and what the non-remedy is doing to the fabric of people.

Jul 26, 2020 05:48 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

As a man with family in and lots of vacations to Oregon and Washington, I can appreciate your humor. It may seem strange to say this amongst the pandemic and deaths it has caused, protests and deaths they have been fueled by, but I truly have been making the best of this year. But, my trauma was last year, so the current state of the world has got nothing on my personal 2018-2019 life. Perspective is a beautiful thing.

Jul 26, 2020 06:50 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

We will likely tag along with our friends Ron and Alexandra Seigel next year.  I'd love to visit the beautiful island you describe. Summer continues today on the "wet" coast with temps in the mid to upper 90's - good time to be near water. D 

Jul 26, 2020 07:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Li Read - we certainly can take time now to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Jul 26, 2020 10:25 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Exactly Liz!  This would have been a great post for the June contest (which is lost for the moment). It was all about making the best of the covid situation and creating all good!  Your area sounds fabulous......!!!  We're planning up trip up north at some point this next year....and we might just have to cross over to Canada!

Jul 26, 2020 11:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Li:

Sounds like a wonderful area to live in or visit!

Your last paragraph really says it all beautifully!


Jul 26, 2020 08:31 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Li Read ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured you post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. Your part of the world sounds lovely and agree a pause can actually be good for all of us to have time to think, reflect and put our lives in perspective.

Jul 27, 2020 06:20 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Li Read - Your world in which you live is very different from where I live now and other states in America. The pandemic has certainly been challenging here too. By now, I hope you had opportunities to enjoy whatever summer was left than when you wrote this piece in July and that Fall gives you more freedom to roam about freely and feel joy.  

Oct 13, 2020 03:28 PM