Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Geography We Call Home - The Entry Door

There is an old estate axiom and goes like this "when selling your home - paint the front door".
The meaning of this expression is clear, if you want to successfully market your property make sure that the buyer's first impression is a winner.
The front door is the ceremonial entry into your home even though it may be infrequently used. Today, with a car dominated society most of us enter our dwellings through the garage or a side door. However when company comes a calling, entry through the front door structures the interior of your home from public to private; living rooms to the front and more intimate kitchens and family rooms to the rear.  In terms of presentation this order greatly assists the real estate agents showing the house to prospective buyers.

The front door says a lot about what to expect from the property and the owners.  Is it well maintained, glamorous or neglected, sad and needing repair?   The buyer's first opinion of the property forms at curbside, the next, on the doorstep.  By time they pass through the entry, the "purchase or take a pass on this one" decision might already have been made.

Speaking of repairs, the door locks have to work properly and the hinges should not creak unless you have a haunted house to sell. The area in the immediate vicinity of the door should be cleared so that a party of 3 can arrive without having to dodge around bushes or worry about tripping over toys, chairs or ornaments.  If evening is approaching the warm glow of a porch lamp will help create the right mood.

The front entry is so important, after all, when company arrives it is through this door that we share our first welcome and later say our last goodbyes.

Note: The pictures are from the Gail Mullock © Scandinavian collect. Many thanks.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Paragliding off Mount Woodside

Setting Sail
The Chilliwack* area is well known for its hiking, white water rafting, wilderness camping, fishing and boating outdoor activities.

Lately, recreation has been taking to the skies and I was fortunate enough to capture a few pictures recently of some of the wonderful paragliding off Mount Woodside in the nearby District of Kent.

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky. ~Amelia Earhart

Leaving Earth

Soaring with the Wind and Sun

This is a sport with significant risks as noted in a previous article and reported by the newspapers of the recent tragic death of Lenami Godinez-Avila; training and diligence is required. 

Still, the Mount Woodside launch area was very busy, despite these concerns, when I recently took these photographs.


One of many advantages of residing in this fabulous part of the Fraser Valley is access to its rugged beauty.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Where the Rivers Meet

A meeting of the Fraser and Harrison Rivers © SM

This picture taken a week ago from Mount Woodside shows Harrison Bay and the Harrison River, on the right, emptying into the mighty Fraser River.  The size of the Fraser River spring freshet is an item of constant speculation and for properties not protected by dikes some concern.  The area had a major flood in 1948 and in 1894 since then considerable work has been done to ensure the effects of a major flood will not happen again.

Interesting Links
Chilliwack Museum
Agassiz Harrison Museum

For more information on the preventative Fraser River dike work undertaken since 1948 click here.
History of the Fraser River dikes click here.
For snow pack and flood watch sites, Provincial Emergency Program click here.
Definitions and descriptions click here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Beauty and Hope

The Hermann's Hiking Group is well known for their hiking excursions in the Fraser Valley and I had the pleasure of joining this group about a year ago.  My goal at the time was to learn about the magnificent setting my family and I call home.  I didn't realize that I would come away with so much more.  Below are some of the snapshots that I took yesterday.

There is something quite magical travelling through deep woods as layers of green surround and enfold you. You smell the freshness of the forest and listen to quiet...

© Stephen Mullock

Fairyslipper © Stephen Mullock
If you look closely you can find flowers of all types - some bold and others shyly protected under a canopy of leaves.

Hooker's Fairybells © Stephen Mullock

Pacific Bleeding Heart © Stephen Mullock

Everywhere there are reminders of the giant trees that once towered here before logging interests moved in.  Now a new generation of trees grow in their stead.

It is the journey and not so much the destination that the hiking experience is about, however, both Flood Falls and the Town of Hope Outlook are truly exceptional places of
 - beauty and hope.

Flood Falls © Stephen Mullock

Town of Hope © Stephen Mullock