January 11th, 2018 — There seems to be a big disconnect between what BC Assessment thinks a structure on a Salt Spring Island property is worth and what the owners think it’s worth. This house, not the land it sits on, was assessed at $295,000 in 2017 which is a lot of money for a very old run down 1200 square foot house. A few weeks ago the new owners began stripping it to the studs so they can rebuild onto the original building. Assuming the siding will soon go and the roof will be replaced, what remains are the studs, rafters, and joists. I didn’t count them but I will guess there are about 300 and that number divided into the assessed value make them worth close to $3000 each.
November 8th, 2017 — People in Vancouver are always complaining that bike lanes such as this one in the 500 block of Pacific Street cause traffic congestion and conveniently ignore all the construction that’s going on.
December 28th, 2017 — The Silk Purse Arts Centre on the West Vancouver waterfront sits behind a massive inflatable flood protection barrier because of the extreme high tides expected this month. The centre is slated for demolition in the near future.
January 1st, 2018 — Sailboat driven ashore by the wind sits on the rocks next to the seawall near English Bay Beach.
January 1st, 2018 — My cell phone, is it or isn’t it water proof, that is the question? The polar bear swim at English Bay Beach.
December 15th, 2017 — The vintage tugboat Seahorse anchored in Ganges Harbour.
December 24th, 2017 — Christmas decorations on the west side of Vancouver.
December 19th, 2017 — If you want to know about ancient Rome you can’t beat Mary Beard’s book SPQR shown here with all the important parts marked by stickies inserted by Carol for her masters course at SFU. Mary Beard, by the way, thinks this is “a neat pic!”.
December 14th, 2017 — Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island about a quarter to four on a Thursday afternoon; a very busy place while the ferry from Swartz Bay unloads.