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Hallowe’en 2015 In Sooke

Happy Hallowe'en

Happy Hallowe’en

Happy October, and Happy Hallowe’en! The big night is almost here, and it’s nice that it is on a weekend so we can all enjoy it. I’m not sure the weather is going to cooperate for the little ghouls and ghosts trick-or-treating, but there are still lots of fun family activities going on. Read on… if you dare…  Read more

Valentines Day in Sooke – Top 5 Ideas For Romance

Sunset at Otter Point by Jason van der valk

Sunset at Otter Point by Jason van der valk

It’s Valentines Day – are you stuck for ideas for romancing your sweetheart? Here are 5 top places and activities to ignite the candle of romance in your life. Even if you’ve already got plans, bookmark this page for the next time you’re looking to impress that special somebody.

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Bootcamp In Sooke with MIJO Fitness

As some of you know, I’ve been working on losing some weight and getting back into shape. It’s a typical story: boy is single, boy gets in shape. Read more

Sooke Parks in Profile: French Beach Provincial Park

French Beach Provincial Park is a 59 hectare (146 acre) camping and day-use provincial park, about 22 km from the centre of Sooke. It’s a scenic 15-20 minute drive along West Coast Road. Roughly triangular-shaped, the park fronts upon the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its sand-and-pebble beach is about a mile (1.6 km) long, so there is lots of shoreline to explore and places to relax and enjoy the scenery. Read more

Butchart Gardens Christmas Lights Display

The Sunken Garden at Butchart

The Sunken Garden at Butchart

Last night, my wife and I got out and enjoyed the crisp December evening and headed out to world-famous Butchart Gardens on the Saanich Peninsula. Every year they decorate the gardens in thousands of lights, creating a truly magical Christmas experience. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, it was a gorgeous, starlit evening, and the lights were amazing. The gardens are decked out in a Twelve Days of Christmas theme, so along the garden paths there are little vignettes displaying the different parts of the famous song. It was fun to hear everyone reciting or singing “fiiiiiive golden rings” and so on as they approached the various displays along the route.

I brought along my camera, tripod and shutter release to get some long exposure shots of the lights. Lights at night are one of my favourite things to photograph, and I think the results turned out quite well.

A large cedar with lots of presents

A large cedar with lots of presents

There was a brass quartet playing Christmas carols, a carousel, and a skating rink set up for all to enjoy. The admission might seem a little steep at $23.50 for adults (lots less for kids, price list here) but if you buy a yearly pass and go more than twice it pays for itself (many will go once a season, or more if you have guests in from out of town).

I hadn’t been out to Butchart Gardens in about 5 years or more, and I had forgotten how lucky we are to have such a world-class attraction in our back yard. It truly is a top-notch operation and it’s no surprise how popular it remains, after over 100 years in existence.

Enjoy these photos – you can view the rest on my Flickr page.

Ponds are frozen over at the Gardens

Ponds are frozen over at the Gardens

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Santa is Adventurous in Sooke: Santa SWIM this Saturday!

Nice Shirt!

Nice Shirt!

I just found out about this via the Kids In Victoria forums, so details are a little sparse. This Saturday, December 20th, 2008 you can swim with Scuba Santa at the SEAPARC recreation complex in Sooke from 1 until 3.

There will be games to play and prizes to be won.

I had no idea Santa was such a sporting enthusiast. Swimming on Saturday and skating on Sunday!

If anyone has any more details about this event (cost, etc.), please leave a comment below!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Sooke Santa Skate Postponed – Now On Dec 21, 2008

Much to my surprise, I arrived at the SEAPARC arena yesterday to set up for the Sooke Santa Skate and no one else from the office was there. Apparently, the arena had trouble getting staff there because of the snow on Saturday night and Santa had difficulty getting there too. So, the skate is now scheduled for this Sunday, December 21st, 2008 at the same time, 2:00 – 3:00. More information can be found on my previous post about the event.

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Friday Morning Link Fest – Christmas, Etc. Edition

That’s right, folks, it’s a link fest. I don’t think I’ve ever actually done one, and I’m not sure why. I read lots of stuff online and I really should share more with you.

HMCS Rudolph: The 21st annual navy lighting contest gets underway tonight at CFB Esquimalt. Protecteur, Winnipeg and Algonquin will be part of the kick-off tonight.

Skate with Santa: Just a reminder that my office is hosting the annual Sooke Santa Skate at the SEAPARC Arena this Sunday, from 2:00-3:30. It would be great to meet some of my readers.

Go Peak to Peak: One of my favourite places, Whistler-Blackcomb is opening its brand new, record-setting Peak 2 Peak Gondola this weekend. Cruising across the valley between the two world-class mountains, visitors will sail over 3 kilometres between the towers!

Radius Victoria Rises: Like a zombie, it just keeps coming back from the dead. This time, as office space until the condo market improves.

Rental Housing Scarce: Victoria, Vernon, Kelowna, and Vancouver remain some of the tightest rental markets in Canada. The CMHC doesn’t take into account basement suites or private rentals, but nonetheless demand is there enough to drive up rents about $60 this year.

The Real Thing: One of several articles I read this morning about sales of real Christmas trees being on the increase this year. Personally, I won’t allow the fake ones in the house, but obviously that isn’t an option for some people.

Grinch Warning: The BBB warns of lots of potential Grinches out there on the Intertubes ready to steal your Christmas. Be wary of scams and use common sense! My lovely wife-to-be is not a scammer, just so you know.

8 Lives Left: After taking a spin in the washing machine, a kitten named Punkin Head Lover Bum has a perfectly reasonable fear of water.

Have fun this weekend, I can’t wait to get my tree!

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Things To Do In Sooke: Mead Tasting at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm [Video]

Watch the video below – All about Mead and Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery


Sooke Activities: Tugwell Creek Meadery and Honey Farm from Tim Ayres – REALTOR® on Vimeo.

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