Cowichan Cabin for Sale

Off Grid Cabin In the Woods, a Peaceful, Affordable Retreat
The cabin is an off-grid building close to the Cowichan River. It is surrounded by bird song, maple forest and ferns.The octagonal cabin was inspired by Navajo hogans … includes design elements from yurts. A double door opens onto a deck above a babbling creek.  Solar power system with LED lighting. Wood and propane heat. Skylight. Kitchen with lots of cupboards. Bathroom with claw-foot tub and on-demand propane water heater. Sleeping loft. Running water from a water tower.  Rainwater collection plus well water. Includes a woodshed, tool shed and storage, A 400 square foot storage building could be developed as a guest house or office.  R20 insulation in roof, walls and floor keep the cabin warm and dry all winter. Good cell signal. Satellite internet.
It is in a remote corner of an RV campground on native private land on Johnny Bear Road which cannot be sold.The park operates like a typical manufactured home park. You own the buildings and pay rent for the land and services. The rent for the 1 acre lot is $550 month. The cabin and outbuildings are $55K. I am open to a lease-to-own contract with $25K down and total payments of about $1000 month. Yes you can afford to live on the Island in a cabin by a river.

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I have always wanted an online catalogue of building materials and prices. I need to see what the options are for materials and what they cost. I recently discovered that Rona has put their building products including lumber and plumbing parts online. This makes planning and pricing a building project much easier. For customers in remote areas, it can save a lot of driving and aggravation to be able to order a plumbing part online. Thank you Rona.


Running Through the Rain


A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in a store. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.
It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.. We all stood there, under the awning, just
inside the door of the WalMart.
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’
She said.
‘What?’ Mom asked.

‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated.

‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.

This young child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain..’

‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.

‘No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?’

‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘ If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything! ‘ ‘

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be

nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,’ Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did.
I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health.. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Send this to the people you’ll never forget and remember to also send it to the person who sent it to you. It’s a short message to let them know that you’ll never forget them.

If you don’t send it to anyone, it means you’re in a hurry.

Take the time to live!!!

Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you’ll need each other —
And don’t forget to run in the rain!

— Ann(Nancy/Bal) Ballantyne

1421: The Year China Discovered America

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had

ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships,

huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built

from the finest teak, were under the command of

Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admirals.

When they returned in October 1423, the emperor

had fallen, leaving China in political and economic


Lost in China’s long, self-imposed isolation that

followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had

reached America seventy years before Columbus and circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan.

Also concealed were how the Chinese colonized America

before the Europeans and transplanted to America,

Australia, New Zealand and South America the

principal economic crops that have fed and clothed

the world.