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Things To Enjoy On Gabriola

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

Things To Enjoy On Gabriola

Breathe in the sunsets at Berry Point; Reduce your stress and take a leisurely Kayaking tour on a summer’s evening amongst Salish Sea; Attend the incredible Gabriola Theatre Festival: fantastic entertainment August 18 – 20th; Respectfully explore approx. 80 petroglyphs carved in rock, thousands of years old; Swim in the beautiful clear water off Sandwell Park, or just sunbathe; Walk the boardwalk of Folklife Village, originally part of Expo ’86; Visit Good Earth’s and many farmers’ organic gardens and take home some fabulous vegetables; Take a walk amongst the...

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“We Serve”

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

“We Serve”

Gabriola Lions Club is planning an Open House on Monday, May 8th at the Agi Hall.  You’re invited!  6:30 – 8:30pm as is our usual meeting times.  Refreshments provided.  “We Serve” our Lions motto internationally, and to Gabriola, it is ingrained in everything we do.  We have over 40 members, all ages, men and women.  Our club has history:  in 1975, over 40 years ago, Eric Boulton was approached by the Nanaimo Lions Club and they helped form our own club which has grown, and enveloped the almost 5,000 residents living on Gabriola.  The Lions number more than 1.4 million...

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The Reason Why.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

The Reason Why.

Gabriola Art Council and why I live here.Gabriola’s Art Council is the breath of live, of energy on this “Isle of the Arts” community.  I’m proud to be a sponsor and member, and an artisan of sorts.  I love to write.  The late night seems to be my most creative vibe.  Turn on a Brazilian rap, lilt the ivories and sink into my keyboard.  The words flow.  A little of Hemmingway, a little of Wolfe, a little of Martin, a lot of Gabriola.  Why do I live here?  This ramble has more to do with the isle d ’Gabriola than me.  Back a ways, in July I recall of 2002 maybe it was, I...

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Who Burnt the Toast?

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

Who Burnt the Toast?

 My Gabriola Kitchen. Who Burnt the Toast in my Gabriola kitchen is really a lead in to the end of this article, however I think you might enjoy the journey sandwiched. Today my kitchen is quiet.  December 27th.  Cozy, warm, in hibernation mode.  Simmering a pot of smoked sausage soup in a much too large a stock pot for one.  So, I’ll share.  Call up a few friends if they aren’t too full of the bird, put on the fireplace, candles for atmosphere.  A simple repast.  No kitchen is too small to create within.  Elbows down, even in my family’s kitchen, 3 to 4 of us can harmonize,...

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Housing Crisis

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles, Real Estate | 0 comments

Housing Crisis

The worsening problem of housing affordability is producing hardship for people all across British Columbia and the Capital Region District. In particular, people on fixed or limited income like seniors or single-parent families may face bigger challenges in finding and maintaining stable housing. In response to the problem, numerous pundits have come forward to offer perspectives and guidance. Jake Fry is the founder of Small Housing BC and is one such pundit. I saw Mr. Fry speak on Tuesday, October 11 at a community town hall meeting entitled “Let’s Talk About Housing...

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Where’s Gabriola, You Say?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles, Real Estate | 4 comments

Where’s Gabriola, You Say?

Here’s a clue! Starts with “G”. In the Gulf Islands, west coast of Canada. Surrounded by the Salish Sea. On the south side, you can see Nanaimo, Cedar, Ladysmith. On the north side, you can see Whistler and draw your eye along the horizon to Vancouver. From our highest peak, you can see Saltspring Island, also part of the Gulf Islands. In a matter of elimination, we aren’t Galiano or Ganges. We’re Gabriola. So let me show you how to find us, how to plan your visit to us, and how to get around on our beautiful island. This is going to be a comprehensive review, so put your feet up...

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Why Natural Gas?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

Why Natural Gas?

Natural gas is better for your pocketbook. There are real benefits to using natural gas for your home heating and your appliances. With the recent drop in the price of natural gas announced by Fortic BC, natural gas continues to be the most cost effective choice now and into the future. A natural gas-fueled furnace is cheaper to run because natural gas is generally less expensive than electricity. That’s true even in British Columbia where we enjoy relatively cheap hydro-electricity. Gas units are more powerful and can heat the home more quickly than electric units. Natural gas furnaces...

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Artisans of Gabriola

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 1 comment

Artisans of Gabriola

In the clearest, broadest sense, Arts Gabriola “A creative, engaged, and inclusive community sustaining Gabriola’s vibrant island culture, oversees the importance of arts in community and individual development—both social and economic”.  When I was scanning the scape looking for gifts for buyers and sellers of real estate properties here on Gabriola, I discovered right before my very eyes, Allana Thorne, creator of The Thorne Crate Co.  Established in 2012 as a start-up she focuses on quality Gabriola-made juicy items stuffed into nifty baskets, all wrapped up spiffy so you can see...

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Too Far From The City

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles, Real Estate | 0 comments

Too Far From The City

Did I hear you utter under your breath, “Too far removed from the city for me.” I know you’d be gobsmacked with our “Gabriola emergency services infrastructure”.  And, this is what I’m going to call it because moving here without much thought to what would happen if:  I locked myself out of my house, out of my car, the campfire got out of control, found my neighbour running down my driveway with his hand slit open from his band saw, hadn’t heard from my elderly neighbour for weeks, witnessed through the autumn mist a crush of Highland cattle herding themselves down Burnside...

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Singles Buying On Gabriola

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

Singles Buying On Gabriola

Should I? Should I? Why not? I did!  And here are a few pointers about buying on Gabriola, single or not. I’ll admit I was green about the edges; completely taken with Gabriola; totally unaware of country-life in a rural community, much less an island. I won’t go into the cushioned, city-girl lifestyle, 24/7, but you get my drift. And yet, I knew this was for me, moving from the city to the country. Couldn’t be all that different, I mused to myself. Just a bit more ‘hands-on’. What does it mean to be a steward of your own land? It sounded more ethereal than down to earth or real....

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Cider Is The New Beer?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Food, Real Estate | 0 comments

Cider Is The New Beer?

Right under my very nose … I had driven by many times and had thought to myself, “Oh! What industrious people who’ve moved onto Gabriola.” New barn – impressive! Planting acres of apple trees and cultivating 25 varieties of apples seemed an enormous venture to me, the drive-by observer. Ravenskill Orchards has been tending, grafting and watering over the past few years and has evolved into the most expansive pedestrian orchard ever, right here on Gabriola. Keith and Martie Mackenzie saw the dream. They bought 27 acres of undeveloped land in 2002. Through clearing and cleaning,...

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Vanessa’s Gabriola Vacation

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Lifestyles, Real Estate | 0 comments

Vanessa’s Gabriola Vacation

Gabriola vacation with Vanessa. Admittedly, I was at 6’s and 7’s when the time came. It was Friday, July 10th. “What does she like to do?” I asked my son, Matt. “Oh, Mom! Everything. And, she loves the beach.” Quick hop and a skip, hugs, with smiles and laughter all around and I, being her grandmother, scooped her up. The anticipation of my seven year-old grandchild for the weekend was something we’d been looking forward to and here we were, finally. A backpack hoisted, way too heavy for whatever a little girl needs for the weekend of all of 2½ days, and off we trundled to my...

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Women in Hats

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Lifestyles, Real Estate | 0 comments

Women in Hats

Summer on Gabriola … I love the beaches especially. There must be a dozen or more beaches, and who knows how many beach access paths to lookout points, secret spots for lovers, and book writers. If you asked me which is my favourite, it would be Drumbeg Park at the south end of Gabriola as my numero uno in beaches.  Second would be Gabriola Sands, or locally called Twin Beaches because the road access is through an isthmus with two beaches either side.  Cool, eh?  Then, if you asked my third and fourth choices, they would be Descanso Bay and Sandwell Beach, with a fifth of Joyce...

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Yes, We Have Water On Gabriola

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Real Estate | 2 comments

Yes, We Have Water On Gabriola

Tell me truthfully. Would I move to a place that didn’t have water? Heavens, no! I’m asked this question many, many times, given that I live and work on Gabriola Island. I would expect that this is a very common concern for just about all of us, and especially for women. Hah! I thought that might get your attention. Why women you say, and not men or children, cats and ducks. The fact is that most of the time, in my career as a REALTOR®, it is women who make the decision to buy, where, when and how. With close scrutiny by the hairy eyeball, the question comes. “What’s this about the...

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Small Town Retirement

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Real Estate | 2 comments

Small Town Retirement

If cost isn’t an issue, then there are plenty of beautiful places to spend your retirement: a penthouse in Saint-Tropez, perhaps a small winery in Tuscany, or a hideaway in the Bahamas. For most retirees, the issue of cost is a factor. So, when we start to think about retirement, the first question we ask is “Can I afford a home in that particular location?” The second question we often ask is, “Would I enjoy living there?” Looking to move to an affordable home in a community that offers a good quality of life is, for most retirees, a dream come true. Fitting all the necessary...

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Sirens Blaring

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Sirens Blaring

I set off a house alarm this week. Not once but twice …. all within about 15 minutes. Two things the prospective buyers now know is that the alarm works and their realtor is technically challenged. It is quite intimidating to have those things go off and you wonder how long before the cops show up, or at least my clients did. Security did show up and they weren’t too worried when they saw the “for sale” sign, as realtors tend to set off alarms. These days many people have alarms on their houses. Here are some tips for when you put the house up for sale. It can save you money as...

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