|We can see many birds and boats from our home. This yacht left the harbour one morning last year|
as the gulls slept on the sandbar. Note: yacht is not mine.
Almost a decade ago when Linda and I were planning on drastically reducing our ecological footprint, we realized that if we weren't going to be travelling, we better like were we were at. We wanted to live somewhere beautiful enough that we wouldn't want to leave.
After some brainstorming we decided that beautiful place would be on the Pacific ocean. While that is what we were asking the universe to bring us, we weren't fully expecting to have a waterfront home materialize.
But the universe works in mysterious ways, and we got what we wanted in a small apartment with large windows looking out on the ocean about 5 meters away. The apartment is small, more the size of a cozy cabin on the beach than a house in the city.
|High tide in the front yard.|
Size is not the only similarity to a cottage - our home, like most cottages, is situated in beautiful natural surroundings. It is a lot like a bird blind with a view of a large harbour that hosts not only bald eagles, mallards, oyster catchers, geese and other birds, but also river otters, harbour porpoises, seals, and salmon.
There is always wildlife of some sort to look at and enjoy. Just this morning we had geese and ducks eating the green grass between us and the water. It was so cold out that the birds were sitting down to eat so their frozen feet were covered and warm.
Cougars, and wolves also live here, and once we watched as a black bear ambled between us and the sea wall. And all from the comfort of our couch. Living here feels a lot like being at a cabin or cottage, or even like camping. Because of this, it has been easy to stay put - we love being here among the natural beauty and quiet.
Living in this location has helped us reduce the amount of travel we do, but I think it has helped reduce our overall spending as well. Because we enjoy the quiet life at home, we are not motivated to go out often. Going out, like travelling, means spending money, so staying put with the rest of the wildlife here is alright with us.
I am not sure if we would feel the same if we lived in the big city in a small apartment with only one window looking out at a brick wall 10 feet away (I actually looked at a place exactly like this many years ago - I passed on it).
If you can, live somewhere beautiful. It is good for the pocketbook as well as the soul.
|The end of another beautiful day on the beach.|