We are heading to the UK for a family reunion from July 14 to August 5th. We have an older, lazy, demanding female cat and a burgeoning garden, both of which require some daily attention. We live in a stunningly gorgeous area of Vancouver Island, mid-way between Parksville and Nanaimo. The house is large, private and in a very quiet area yet only minutes from beaches, hiking, golf, shops and restaurants. This would be an ideal base for anyone wishing to explore by day-tripping as we do not expect you to hang around the house all day. You will, however, be reminded by Emmy that your job on this earth is to brush her. At her command. Some careful watering and weeding of the garden will be necessary as a lot of our plants and vegetables are new. We are pretty much surrounded by trees yet have a couple of sunny decks, a hot tub and a fire pit. We call our place a resort but please, no smokers or partiers. Golf is just down the road (Fairwinds), as are the beaches and walking trails. We love it and I'm sure you will too.