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  – by Barry Mathias,  Photography by nuttycake.com – The modern architectural design of this house is a contrast to the traditional, well-established homes of leafy Fairfield and Oak Bay. Built and owned by Rob and Janice Mickelberry, the house demands your attention with its flat roofs, lack of chimneys and large windows. Apart from the home on the left, also built by Rob, there are no other buildings of comparable design in the area, yet it suits its environs. “I bought the property ‘sight unseen’ about three years ago,” Rob says,Read More
– by Hans Tammemagi – A key to the success of the wineries bordering the Salish Sea (southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) is that they produce quality wine with a distinctive coastal character. “At the most fundamental level,” said Elaine Kozak, the winemaker at Garry Oaks Winery on Salt Spring Island, “we have completely different growing conditions. The Okanagan and Ontario’s Niagara region are continental, whereas here there is a moderating maritime influence. We have milder winters, a longer growing season, and no problems with freezing during harvest.”Read More

Posted On July 30, 2014By seasideIn Top Stories

Finding Paradise: The Galapagos Islands

– by Monica Reekie – Feasting my eyes on amazing scenery and architecture, meeting people from all over the world, and sampling their wonderful ethnic food has become a passion of mine. As a photographer, I have truly enjoyed capturing some magical moments in very unique places. When asked about my favourite cities, Saint Petersburg, Istanbul, Vienna, Venice and others all come to mind for different reasons. In 2013, I was given a life-changing opportunity by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic. I never dreamed that my heart and soul could be soRead More

Posted On July 30, 2014By seasideIn Top Stories

What’s Happening This Fall!

Kids and Teens ONLY – by Doreen Marion Gee – SEPTEMBER Sept 10 – Oct 22 Teen Yoga Active lively yoga for teens to the beat of modern music. Builds strength and mindfulness. Focuses on the physical needs of teens. Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm. 7/$69. 13-17 yrs. Panorama Recreation Pool Mezzanine. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama; 250.656.7271. Sept 13 Drop-In Rock Climbing Thrilling new adventure at “The Boulders Climbing Gym.” Instructors certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Experienced staff help kids scramble up the walls. Registration required one week in advance. Drop-in every SaturdayRead More

Posted On July 30, 2014By seasideIn Home & Garden, Top Stories

Developing a Masterpiece

  – Story by Barry Mathias  |  Photography by RealMark Solutions – The two-acre property is situated in a flat landscape that once had been farmland. There is a “sold” sign outside. I turn off the quiet road onto a curving gravel driveway with smart, white curbing, and arrive at a distinctive two storey grey and white building with double garage doors. “I call it the Coach House,” Marcelo says. Beyond it, about 100 feet further down the driveway, is a large two-storey building with dormer windows, and a double garageRead More