If you want an out-of-print book, there are many wonderful used bookstores and thrift shops. But if you are looking for specific topics, online is often better. I recently searched Amazon.com for books about British Columbia. I found a nice selection for not much more the shipping charge of $3.99 USD. It’s strange, hardbound books are usually the cheapest at $.01. Given the choice, I purchase from GoodwillBooks.com. It’s reputable and profits go to a good cause.
On Island Time: Stories and drawings about island life and the small wonders of the natural world (Douglas and McIntyre, 1998) by Hilary Stewart was a recent arrival. This one cost $3.99 plus shipping, but it was a signed copy. Cool!
On Island Time is the memoir of renowned author Hilary Stewart covering the years leading up to and including her life on Quadra Island. Quadra is one of the Discovery Islands just off the coast of massive Vancouver Island. It’s easily reached (or relatively so if you know ferries) from nearby Campbell River. Quadra Island, and many other coastal communities, attract authors, artists, and individuals wanting to get away from big city life.
Hilary discovered Quadra while passing through with a friend on the way to his property on Cortes Island (an additional ferry away). Heading home one day she discovered a property for sale near the Quathiaski Cove ferry dock. Her decision was a spur of the moment event, much like our float cabin purchase. Another similarity is that Hilary had to wait for retirement to move into her dream home. She built a cozy cottage, but had to rent it out for eight years. We kept our cabin private, but had to wait five years before we could retire, and three more before we got our permanent residency to live there full time.
|Rebecca Spit Marine Park on Quadra|
Another interesting aspect was her work with educational programs at the Strathcona Park Lodge near Campbell River. Wayne and I were just there this summer. We saw lots of young people having dinner and talking excitedly about their daytime activities.
Are you thinking of getting away from the city to retire? Are you younger, but want a change of pace for yourself and your family? Reading about others' experiences helps you discover the advantages and pitfalls. But like Hilary’s and our experience, sometimes the decision comes to you in the most unexpected way. You just have to know when to make it happen.
Have you made a big change in your life? How did you come to that decision? How is it working out? I’d love to hear. -- Margy