January 14, 2019.
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....
January 10, 2019.
Architect designed home with spectacular ocean, islands, and mountain panoramic views...ready to enjoy!
Every now and again, the perfect home appears...this gem is on special Salt Spring Island, and awaits your pleasure!
Designed by architect H. Schubart (he studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, and moved to Salt Spring from San Francisco, in the 1960s), this perfect rendering of the authentic West Coast Contemporary design ethic is a gem.
Lovingly upgraded by the current owner (only the second owner...you can see this is a loved property!), the home offers an open plan living/dining, with feature stone fireplace, and kitchen off.
Easy access to expansive decking...a sunrise vista and a sunset glow...choose your deck.
Two bedrooms/two bath, privately located, with ocean or garden views, welcome you home. The plus? A separate entry suite with bed/bath, and kitchenette, for guests...a private deck...and that inspiring panoramic view.
Close to Ganges Village, to Sailing Club, to all services and amenities...yet wonderfully private and serene.
Enjoy ocean, islands, mountain vistas from this beauty. Ready to move into and to enjoy!
Easy to view.
January 5, 2019.
January 6 is known as Epiphany...and, in the English tradition of the Twelve Days of Christmas it's called Twelfth Night...Shakespeare created a play for this celebration.
The Christmas Tree is taken down, decorations stored till next year...a special dinner and a special cake are part of this final festivity. A coin hidden in the cake brings luck for the year to the lucky one who finds it.
Traditions keep the threads of family life in place.
The ending of this annual event is also the signal that the "real New Year" is underway. And your resolutions are?
A New Year does bring the promise of something yet to be discovered.
Early January is a time to plan, to think, to consider. Take advantage of this seed time.
Do some day trips to nearby communities...take in B.C.'s award winning museum in Victoria...enjoy a skiing day at Mt Washington...storm watch at Tofino/Uclulet...walk the beach at Parksville...choose to meander another neighbouring Gulf Island. Change it up a little. Savour the return to special Salt Spring.
And, on Twelfth Night, the recognition of the voyage of the Magi, light candles to welcome the slow march to longer days, to early Spring.
January 2, 2019.
Beautiful character home...a yesteryear allure with today's lifestyle options...a rural acreage, ready to enjoy!
Seeking the unique and the beautiful? Here it is: an heirloom property on Salt Spring Island.
A sunny and private 10+ acres, in a premier rural neighbourhood, close to Village, to lake, to theatre, to golf.
Totally upgraded by current owners (only the second owners of this historic property), yet retaining the appeal and charm of the architect designed home.
Initially home to a British family, working and living in China, designed and built by a Vancouver architect and contractor, the home enjoys an homage to an Edwardian-style ethic.
Main level: Formal entry/foyer, expansive living with feature fireplace and access to private garden patio, formal dining, recently renovated kitchen, plus guest bath, library/den, separate laundry/pantry.
Upper level: master-sitting with dressing room and ensuite bathroom. Three other bedrooms (one currently an office and another a sewing/craft room), plus full bathroom.
Lower level/basement: expansive storage, workshop, wine room, furnace room.
Wood floors, custom windows, yellow cedar panelling...a lovely homage to another time...an authentic character home...with all the required elements of a happy 21st Century lifestyle.
A priceless offering! The plus? Subdividable. A further plus? Zoned for separate guest cottage & separate studio.
Live with grace and charm...easy care lifestyle!