Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Agassiz's Pioneer Park in November

Downtown Agassiz shares Pioneer Park with the Agassiz-Harrison Museum and the Agassiz Harrison Observer newspaper other than that it is a block long walk in an awesome urban forest.  Here the trees, some 80 feet in height, gracefully tower over grass yards, playgrounds and picnic benches - providing shade in summer and wonderful fall showing of colour.  Canada day celebrations are held here and recently a portion of the park was used for the Wayward Pines movie set.  Reseeded, the park is once again open for visitors.

Agassiz Harrison Museum and CP Caboose ©

The many tree species found here and most are unique to the area and identified by plaques. There are European Copper Beech, Acer Maple, Dutch Elm, Oak, Akebono Cherry and the London Plane deciduous trees just to mention a few.

Pioneer Park details © Stephen Mullock

I am so pleased that whomever selected these trees chose these now giant deciduous trees.

There is a well known correlation in real estate between "green spaces" and property values.  Tree plantings can add aesthetic beauty throughout the seasons and a sense of grace year round.  Even now, many bare of their leaves they remain majestic.

Imagine living here...take a walk in the park

All pictures © Stephen Mullock

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Maple Memories in Scarlet

This time of year we see some pretty spectacular fall colour in the Chilliwack, Sardis, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs areas but not a lot of red maples unless you have planted them.

Our very stately Norwegian maple was planted some 24 years ago in our back yard. During the spring and summer, the leaves are green providing us with privacy. In the autumn, the leaves are transformed into the most beautiful scarlet.

I love catching a glimpse of its blaze of colour from the interior of our house - it is a fantastic backdrop.

Of course, deciduous trees have to be raked and this can mean a couple of hours of work outside.  I picked the bright sunny, but somewhat blustery day we had yesterday for the job.  Usually I have helpers but not this year, everyone was away, getting some early Christmas shopping in at the Circle Craft show in Vancouver.  In years past, I have taken a number of photographs of my family being buried in a leaf mound or lying on top of them.  There might even be one of my daughter Emily with her published children's book "Go Away Unicorn" down then left side column of this blog.

This year however, it was just me, my camera, a rake and a big tree....

Turns out raking with someone else IS a lot more fun.  I recommend never doing this alone. Some jobs need more than one person.  For example, when I jumped into a big pile of crunchy leaves - there was no one to see it. :(  

Maybe I should have taken a selfie.

Selfie in Maple©

Enjoy these beautiful fall days we having, what a great place to live.

  • FYI - raking up leaves will ensure that your property does not appear neglected.  Grass needs oxygen and sunlight for proper growth. Leaf removal will also ensure that garden pests will not find refuge in the decaying plant materials affecting the health of the next year's yard. 

 All pictures © Stephen Mullock

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sardis Park - My Fall "Walk About"

Sardis Park is a 5 ha (12.28 acres) park complete with a lovely circular path, some play equipment for the kids and a lot of birds.  I took a "walk about" this past week hoping to capture some fall colours.

Sardis Park© Stephen Mullock
Chilliwack is rich with parks both small and large. All are worth exploring with the family. There are 17 "major", 6 "nature" and 96 "neighbourhood" parks in total.  These open spaces are an important part of Chilliwack's charm as a family community.

"Sardis Park" is one of the "major" parks and is surrounded by a wonderful and sought after residential neighbourhood.  It is an area that I quite often short list for my buying clients based on a number of superior locational attributes.  I have to admit I also like this area because I have a lot of fond memories growing up here - even swimming in this man made pond when it was still allowed.

Let's take a walk.

The place name "Sardis" was selected by Mrs. Vedder back in 1887, who when asked to provide a moniker, opened the Bible and choose "Sardis" the Fifth Church of the seven Churches of Revelations.

It had originally operated as a gravel pit, but, I heard the operators struck a "spring" and the pit gradually filled with water.

There are plenty of birds and at this time of year large flocks of Canada Geese descend to rest on their journey southward. Plenty of honking can be expected as these visitors are a little bit nervous around people and can really work themselves up.  Don't get alarmed if they take flight - it's not you - it's them.

The ducks are a different story.  Whether watching them catch dinner amidst a swirl of colour or catching the last rays of sunset on a log - they are delightful to watch. 

The park has changed with the times. The noisy days of summers past have been replaced with quiet and the hues of autumn.  Quiet, that is except for the occasional honk or quack.

Imagine living here....

Ducks all lined up in a row © Stephen Mullock

MAP of Sardis, B.C. - the park can be accessed by vehicle off of Manuel Road, or by one of the three walkways around the park.

Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.