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Copyright, Li Read, 2006
October 31, 2006.
"Be kind to yourself. As the Buddha wisely said, "If your
compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." Be aware
of the judgments that you cast upon yourself and gently seek to
(from "1001 Ways to Relax" by Mike George)
October 30, 2006.
"I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it
through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present."
(comedian, Joan Rivers)
October 29, 2006.
"For the first time I have lately become aware of the fact that the period of our earthly
existence is limited. During the whole of my life this idea has never actually come into
my mind. It occurred to me very distinctly when I was looking at an old tree there in the
garden. When we came it was very small, and I looked at it from above. Now, it waves high
above my head and seems to say, "You will soon depart, but I shall stay here for hundreds
(composer, Jan Sibelius)
October 28, 2006.
Don't forget the fireworks on Hallowe'en night! Starts at 7:30 p.m., and is sponsored by
the Salt Spring Island Volunteer Firefighters' Association and Salt Spring Island Fire
Protection District. Done from the Coast Guard dock, the show can be seen from the
Boardwalk and from the end of the Harbour. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate served at the
fire hall, afterwards. (Note: no fireworks at Fulford, this year).
See you there!
October 27, 2006.
"I wasn't as smart then as I am now. But who ever is?"
(singer, Tina Turner)
October 26, 2006.
Looking to build your dream? Here's a special 4.70 acre parcel, on special Salt Spring
Island, mainly level, with serene & panoramic ocean views, over other Gulf Islands towards
the Lower Mainland mountains. A level "ridge", the property controls its view, and gets
excellent all day/year round sun exposure -- can get sunrises and sunsets from this gem.
Zoned for main home, plus separate guest cottage and separate studio, there's a roughed in
driveway and a drilled well. A great holding property! See Li for the details!
October 25, 2006.
"Il n'est pas interdit de preferer le bonheur."
(ecrivain, Albert Camus)
October 24, 2006.
"I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the
first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the
second half is enjoying it."
(editor, Frances Lear)
October 23, 2006.
Gabriola Island, a twenty minute ferry trip from Nanaimo, & the most northerly of the
Southern Gulf Islands grouping, offers a wonderful array of thoughtfully developed
On a level "ridge", with viewscapes across Georgia Strait to the Sunshine Coast, and right
around to Richmond, a Vancouver suburb, with all of the dramatic Coastal mountains in
view, too, these properties also enjoy vistas over the Southern Gulf Islands, down towards
the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, and across Southern Vancouver Island.
These are spectacular offerings, and the developer is carefully creating "natural"
driveways, and doing what might be termed "landscape clearing".
A wonderful place to create your dream home, and with easy access to major Vancouver
Island communities, and to Vancouver, via the B.C. Ferries or via floatplanes out of
Nanaimo Harbour. See Li for more details!
October 22, 2006.
The local weekly newspaper's (Driftwood) monthly real estate supplement will no longer be
delivered with the paper.
Canada Post will no longer accept 100% advertising items as deliverable in newspapers. The
Driftwood's response is to increase numbers of these realty booklets in drop boxes on
ferries and around the Island.
If you've been used to receiving same in the newspaper, if you're a subscriber, just be
aware that it won't arrive that way, anymore. For the first month, only, this next issue,
the supplement will arrive separately, by mail, but the Driftwood will not be doing this
as a regular feature.
The Driftwood does have an online version of all of its publications, including the
quarterly Aqua magazine, and the monthly real estate supplement will also be in this
format. The Driftwood's website is: www.gulfislands.net and you can find the online
version of the entire paper, there.
October 21, 2006.
"Put forth your effort
With no thought of gain."
(Deng Ming-Dao: "Tao...Daily Meditations")
October 20, 2006.
Spectacular Mayne Island lowbank oceanfront point of land (64+ acres), with first growth
trees, historic apple orchard, walking trails to several beaches/coves, and including St.
John Point. Sunny (e/s/w exposures), superb panoramic views of ocean/islands/mountains
(see Mt. Baker and towards the Olympics), and totally unique anywhere on the Southern Gulf
Islands or Southern Vancouver Island. Potential for subdivision, or leave "as is" (has
been owned by same family since early 1950s, and remains unspoiled/undeveloped), and treat
as your own private nature preserve. Wonderful property! See Li for more details.
October 19, 2006.
"Age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was twenty-one
and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young. When I'm in front of an
audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age."
(comedian, George Burns)
October 18, 2006.
Looking for an authentic character home, on a serene Gulf Island, with oceanview panorma,
and easy access to a beach? Tranquil Mayne Island, with easy ferry routes from both
Vancouver and from Victoria, offers what you're seeking. Vistas over dramatic Miner's Bay
& Active Pass, this 1920s home has been lovingly restored to its authentic self. A busy B
& B, with an excellent water supply (reportedly, 8000 gallons a day), this gem allows for
the perfect summer/weekender retreat, or keep the business aspect going and enjoy the off
season yourself. See Li for more details!
October 17, 2006.
"The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It's doing something that you
appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry souffle. I did
that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it."
(chef, Julia Child)
October 16, 2006.
Fear of public speaking? Salt Spring Toastmasters is your answer!
They meet Monday evenings, at 7 p.m., at ArtSpring, and anyone is welcome to drop into
See you there!
October 15, 2006.
This is my "techie nephew's" birthday, today. He's an integral and important part of my
"team", and looks after the website maintenance and also helps, hugely, with ad copy that
you may see in various magazines.
Happy Birthday, Scott!
October 14, 2006.
Ever wanted to fly through the air? Did you know you can learn this wonderful skill on
Salt Spring Island? Salt Spring's Flying Dreams is offering a series of aerial arts
workshops and special one-time classes for newcomers who have only dreamed of flight, as
well as for the serious aerial acrobat.
The beginner to intermediate adult workshop, set for the weekend of Oct. 21/22, is "ideal
for those who are curious about aerial arts and want a taste of the cirque experience",
noted a recent press release.
The following weekend will offer a more advanced level of training for adults, focussing
on act creation and perfomance skills.
Call Mihaliyi at 250-537-4840, for further details.
October 13, 2006.
Did you remember the first annual Salt Spring Business Awards? Nominations close on Oct.
16th -- there are seven categories:
* business of the year award
* new business of the year award
* business ambassador of the year award
* home base business of the year award
* green business of the year award
* citizen of the year award
* chamber of commerce member of the year
This first annual event is supported by the Driftwood newspaper and the Chamber of
Commerce. You can contact the Chamber (at the Visitor's Centre in Ganges) with your
October 12, 2006.
Imagining our Future is what the Islands Trust on Salt Spring is asking Islanders to do.
The Trust is striking various focus groups, and are asking for dedicated community members
to take part in same for the review of the current Official Community Plan.
The focus groups will be on the following topics:
* Ganges Village, including Ganges Harbour.
* Fulford Village.
* Economic Sustainability, Jobs and Tourism.
* Population, Housing and Settlement Patterns.
* Potable Water.
The groups will be established by month's end, and be involved until March or April, 2007.
Contact the Trust, no later than October 13th, to be involved.
Participation is important. This is your Island!
October 11, 2006.
Jill Louise Campbell has just launched her first complete art collection in a show geared
for touring through Western Canada over the next two years.
Called "Tibet -- a heart wisdom collection", it showcases 24 original watercolour
paintings, inspired by her travels to Tibet in 2003.
This first show is being held in the Chemainus Gallery theatre space through to November
Worth the ferry trip from Vesuvius to Crofton, and the ten minute drive to Chemainus --
it's on our doorstep!
See you there!
October 10, 2006.
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we
October 9, 2006.
Monday is the Canadian Thanksgiving Day. Check the Driftwood newspaper for the restaurants
that are offering a turkey dinner, with all the trimmings. Some restaurants offer their
holiday menu on the Sunday, as well as the Monday.
In this Harvest season, we have much to be thankful for, whether it's friends and family
that we will be celebrating with, whether it's pleasing elements in our current
lifestyles, whether it's the fulfillment that comes from volunteer work, whether it's
satisfaction that we are lucky to all be here, on this beautiful Island, enjoying both its
natural beauty and its eclectic lifestyle offerings.
No place is perfect, of course, and there are many worrying insecurities facing the world
today, but it's important to stop, look and listen, and to recognize our fortunate state
and our many blessings.
Enjoy the day! Share its pleasures!
(As of Today, I have being doing this Realtalk feature for one year. Thanks for reading!)
October 8, 2006.
"I used to believe that you can design your own destiny, until I realized that you're
like a surfer, taking the wave that comes, riding it and negotiating the different things
that happen in the sea of life. What occurs to me now is that I'm far more ready to go
with the flow of things."
(actress, Raquel Welch)
October 7, 2006.
Are you planting bulbs? If you want to see those Spring delights...daffodils, tulips,
lilies, scilla, alliums and more -- then now's the time to be planting!
Vines? Clematis, passion vine, honeysuckle and more.
Check out Thimble Farm, Foxglove, Garden Faire for your Spring delights.
October 6, 2006.
Artist's Bistro is offering some different dining ideas, this Fall. Today through Oct. 9th
they're inviting one to celebrate Octoberfest with them. Bavarian food and beer are
featured on the specialty menu (Bavarian pork roast, crispy duck, Octoberfest ribs,
Bavarian "Brezals"). Regular menu available, too, of course.
On Friday nights, throughout the Fall, there will be a candlelight dinner & dance, with a
five course dinner ($70 + tax).
October 13th will be Tango Night and Dinner and October 20th will be Vienna Waltz and
Dinner, and October 27th will be "Hallowe'en Night and Dinner).
See you there!
October 5, 2006.
"Human life -- indeed all of life -- is poetry. It's we who live it,
unconsciously, day by day, like scenes in a play, yet in its inviolable
wholeness it lives us, it composes us. This is something far different
from the old cliche, "Turn your life into a work of art"; we are works of
art -- but we are not the artist."
(psychologist, Lou Andreas-Salome)
October 4, 2006.
Into Swing? Dal Richards, an icon on the Vancouver music scene, will be playing at
ArtSpring on October 8th, at 2:30 p.m. Dal and his seven piece band turn the clock back,
bringing alive the great swinging classics of yesteryear. A wine-tasting, with Garry Oaks
Winery, takes place at 1:30 p.m.
See you there!
October 3, 2006.
Super spectacular Salt Spring Island! Here's a point of land, with an original H. Schubart
designed home, recently renovated (2006). Hank Schubart studied under Frank Lloyd Wright,
and he arrived on Salt Spring, in the mid-60s. This beauty is on a point of land, on Scott
Point Drive, with views of ocean/islands/mountains that are without parallel! Wonderful
vistas! Sunny (e/s/w exposures), easy care landscaping, lowbank deep water oceanfront, and
a wonderful open plan west coast design, three bedrooms/3 bathrooms, office, den, wood
floors, skylights, decking to follow the sun, hot tub, and the best oceanfront lot on
Scott Point. Wonderfully private, too. Don't delay on this gem! If you're looking for
exceptional waterfront, it doesn't get any better!
October 2, 2006.
Just met Peter Judd, on Mayne Island -- he's looking to make Mayne Island a "cool
community". Yesterday, he had an information meeting at the Mayne Island Community Centre,
with a workshop on how to make Mayne a cool community, combating global warming. For more
details on Peter's ideas of personal responsibility, to lower the effects of global
warming, on an individual basis, contact him at: 250-539-2244.
Let him know that you heard about him from Li! Thanks!
October 1, 2006.
"When Goya was eighty he drew an ancient man on two sticks,
with a great mass of white hair and beard all over his face, and the
inscription "I am still learning."
(writer, Simone de Beauvoir)
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Contact Li Read at RE/MAX Salt Spring, 131 Lower Ganges
Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2T2, Toll-Free 1-800-731-7131