When life closed some doors, it allowed other ones to open and that is when I made the move from London,Ontario Canada with my 2 dogs and 2 cats to my new home on Salt Spring Island.
As friends have said, the 'house found me'. It was love at first sight with the house...the view..new friends and of course, the westcoast lifestyle!
In my other life, I have been a social worker, a municipal councillor, a teacher, a chef, a TV host and producer,a travel writer, a volunteer and over the past 10 years, a hospitality advisor with a Canadian not-for profit organization working all over the world...not to forget, a wife and mother to 4 children.
Susan Wetmore purchased this cottage in 2009
Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.
All my life I wanted to live by the sea, especially on Canada's west coast. I wanted to go to the snow, not it come to me.
As well, I had a dream that one day I would live in New Zealand again but that is on hold at the present time. Within 2 hours of seeing this house, I made an offer to purchase and have never regretted it.This house is as close as I can get to New Zealand!
It overlooks the sea so that the dogs and I can walk at low tide, checking out the variey of starfish, molluscs,flotsam and jetsam that the sea brings in on the tides...migrating whales swim in my 'front yard', joined by sea lions, seals and river otters.
Crab boats check their catches regularly.Tugs ply the waters hauling huge loads of lumber and pulp,sailboats skim along no matter the weather as do the pleasure craft, especially in the summer months.
I see the sunrise over the neighbouring island of Galiano, and then reflect on the sunset on the cliffs later in the day.To cap off the view, at night we see the reflection of the lights from Vancouver and on a perfect day, we can enjoy the majesty of the snowcapped coastal mountain range on the mainland.
Finding this property, making it my home and then sharing it with guests from around the world is truly a dream come true!
What I absolutley love about this home is that it is the perfect home for all the entertaining that I do. With the french doors open and the deck set up for summer entertaining, I can entertain in style...with a million dollar waterfront view.It doesn't get any better than this!