I work as an accountant and in my free time I am a seeker of knowledge, a yogi, and an epicurean and this is my blog. Since I wrote my first “About Me” bio last year, we moved from our floating home on the Fraser River in beautiful British Columbia to our summer cottage in Red Bay, Ontario.
As I mentioned previously, life has an interesting way of turning everything upside down every now and then and this past year was no exception. MTA and I decided to leave British Columbia and semi-retire to our cottage in Red Bay, Ontario. “Where the heck is Red Bay?” you might wonder? Well, it’s located on the west side of the peninsula that juts out into Lake Huron fondly known as the “Bruce” by the locals and it is a 20 minute drive north west of Wiarton (the home of the ground hog Wiarton Willie). Ok, so you may not find it on the map !!! It’s a small town and it’s cottage country and the only store is the one that is in the trailer park which only opens for the summer months !!! So sign up for my blog e-mail updates and you will see why this beautiful spot on Lake Huron went from our summer cottage to our retirement home.
The second part of our retirement plan was to find a place in the sun for the cold Canadian winter months. In 2011, we traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for a real estate expedition, as MTA had researched that on average Phoenix had 211 clear days per year and is one of the sunniest cities in the US. Gotta love that! We really liked Phoenix…..it was hot, the real estate prices were low and it reminded me of my home town of Kamloops BC with all the sage brush, rock and dry heat. But when MTA’s brother (Bro) heard that we were looking in Phoenix he said “you are water people” you need to be on the water so come and stay at our place in Saint Petersburg, FL (St. Pete) and check out the real estate there. Florida real estate prices were one of the lowest in the US after the great recession of 2009 and one of the slowest to recover so the housing prices were still affordable. Bro and his lovely wife bought their home in Old North East part of St. Pete which reminds me of the Dunbar neighbourhood of Vancouver with their older homes nicely restored to their original beauty and tree lined streets. In November 2012, we both had work related conferences in Florida and decided to spend a few days in St. Pete between conferences. Bro was right, we fell in love with the City of Saint Petersburg with its beautiful waterfront, arts and entertainment, lots of sunshine and close proximity to our cottage. Also, it was going to give us some balance between country and city life. Coincidentally, St. Pete is also located on a peninsula, with Tampa Bay on the east side and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. According to Surprising St. Petersburg website, St. Pete has an average of 360 days of sun each year and holds a Guinness World Record. Click on the link and find out why.
To be continued……