Agriturismo holidays in Italy

For some people, the ideal vacation can be summed up as: getting to the airport, checking out a luxury hotel, spending the rest of the time in the pool or the beach with the latest bestseller. This may be a good way to relax and unwind in a disorganized and unhelpful time, but it always seems to me that it is a waste of time, especially when you are a foreign country. I don't defend the race around museums or culturally worthy sights, especially when it's hot and it faces queues and children crossing, but maybe there is a way to get the best of both worlds.

In Italy, one way to experience, cook and live the true taste of a country is to reserve yourself Agriturismo. This translates roughly as a "farm vacation", but the type of vacation stay you find can vary from simple and rural to a level of sophistication that equates to any five-star hotel.

Down on the farm?

In order to formally qualify for "agricultural tourism" status in Italy, the place must actually be an existing farm or agricultural activity of some kind. There may not be livestock necessarily, it can grow grapes for wine, organic food, make olive oil etc., but there must be a direct link to agriculture. to Agriturismo They should also try to offer their guests typical local food in the area, and the goods for sale in the farm store must also be produced by the farm itself.

Being Italy, the original definition of real farm board and housing is a little bit more now, how do I put it, and apply it flexibly, at least by the residence providers. Anything may be offered to you from a room with meals (or without) to a complete farm with additional activities such as horse riding, mountain biking, wine tasting, cookery, or courses in ceramics or ceramics. A search on the Internet will reveal a wide range of hotels with rural accommodations, breakfasts, villas and self-catering apartments mixed with old farms, all under the comprehensive title agriturismi. Read the descriptions carefully to see what is shown. You may find that a boutique country house or b & b may be just what you are after trying the full farm.

Food is glorious food (and wine!)

to Agriturismo Vacation can be a great way to try another side of Italy. Of course, staying in a hot tourist area like the heart of Florence or Rome is unforgettable and enjoyable. But just imagine an alternative, where a stroll along Strada Bianca (The unleaded road) can lead you to a small rural village or a local festival – with villagers' food and wine for a few euros – with music and dance. Perhaps this white road leads you to the market, where you can buy slices of slow pork bread with fennel, a kilo of freshly picked peaches and a bottle of local wine to enjoy later on your balcony.

a lot agriturismi The owners will not be very happy to advise you on how to make the best use of your stay, suggest informal restaurants (managed by their cousins ​​or their friends or their friends from friends) that you will not find otherwise, or arrange wine tasting or even taste olive oil. Yes, it does exist – you drink fresh green hot oil from small or small cups or from wrinkling between your thumb and thumb!

Two to try in Tuscany

There are a number of websites which groups are collected from Agriturismo Accommodation One of these is Landscape Properties, which has more than 3000 vacation accommodation providers in its database. You can search by accommodation type, location, vacation type or budget, then book directly with the owners.

Here are some examples from Tuscany. The first Agriturismo Ardene is a stone's throw from the medieval town of Montpulciano (famous for its wine) and full of traditional Tuscan features: terracotta floors, chestnut beams and, of course, fantastic views. This is an example of a real farm with recently restored animals on a very high standard.

The second is Tenimenti della Spinosa, on the borders of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio in the beautiful Maremma region, and it offers self-catering apartments in a series of farms spread over an area of ​​80 hectares (200 acres). The farm has its own 20-acre DOC vineyard, so you'll be fine with wine!

If you look at these properties, you'll see that while they preserve the character of the original farms, they also provide swimming pools, internet connection, jacuzzi and all the other modern amenities that you might have thought you would give up if you stayed on an Italian farm.

Giving up sun loungers by the hotel pool will not be a sacrifice.


Six inexpensive and creative ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, a day that puts fear in the hearts of men every year. Each year, prepare yourself for the next year; you are going to do something different. If you still don't have any creative ideas for a special surprise, don't panic. Here are some Valentine's Day gift ideas (many inexpensive) that are sure to please your love on that special day.

Balloon surprise

This one will require handwritten notes for your Valentine's Day. Phrases like "I love you", "Thank you for being you", or "You mean to me more than anything else" are good and sayings that have a special meaning only for you. You can write short memories of fun things you did together, an unforgettable vacation or a special moment that you shared, such as the birth of a child. Once you get the written notes, cut them into small sections. Make sure that each note is small enough to be folded and placed in a balloon. You can buy a small helium tank and balloons at most party stores. Take a balloon, enter a note in it, and then blow it up. When Valentine's Day returns home, ask each balloon to read the love letter.

Repeat your first date

Unless it is just a complete disaster, your first date is likely to be of emotional value to you and your loved ones. What is the best surprise on Valentine's Day there can be a re-creation of the first date, the time when you fell in love? Go to the same restaurant, rent the first movie you watched together, and make her dance on the same bar – everything she did on that first date, made it happen again. Even if it is a disaster, you can recreate it and make it better the second time around.

Flight getaway

This amount will need more money and a little preparation, but it sure is fun for both of you. Secret weekend plan. If you have children, arrange nannies without telling your love about them. Book airline tickets, make a reservation at the hotel, and when she revolves on Friday, he surprised her by packing her bags, ready to go. Las Vegas is a great escape destination. You can also renew your promises in a fun atmosphere, such as a wedding chapel containing an impersonated Elvis celebrating. If you can't afford a big trip, book a weekend bed and breakfast a short drive away. The getaway with just two of you will be fun no matter where you go.

Special songs

Here is an inexpensive way to show that you remember these special love songs. Make a CD of songs that have special memories for you and your love. You can do this on your computer using iTunes or Windows Media Player. If you don't already have the songs on CD, you can download them from places like Amazon, or iTunes for as little as $ 1 each. Every time you hear this disc, you will think about it!

Romance Junk Hunt

Buy small gifts such as a bag of candy, a bottle of her favorite perfume or one rose. Then create some of your gifts like a handwritten poem, a CD of special songs, or a handcrafted Valentine's Day card. Write the clues that will be attached to each gift, and tell her where to find the next present. Make your last present something long-lasting like a picnic dinner, or a bottle of champagne hidden near a fireplace or underwear in the bedroom.

Fun chocolate

If you like chocolate, this might be a very interesting and exciting idea. Make a bunch of chocolate pudding and feed them together sitting next to the fireplace. You might want to put a blanket or something on the floor if it turns into a fun food battle. For spices, remove one article of clothing every time you feed your loved ones and ask them to do the same. This may also result in a romantic shower for two, so keep the candles ready in the bathroom.

As you can see from these ideas, Valentine's Day does not need to be anything extravagant. It takes very little effort and creativity on your part, and you can turn this Valentine's Day into a day that special someone will remember forever!


Hello from Austria – a journey through Raabklamm and a visit to Graz – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Inspired by my adventure in the cave yesterday, I met my friend Andrea and Herbert early this morning for a tour of the Raab river (Raab River Gorge), surrounded by limestone mountains containing more than 700 caves, including the famous Katerloch and Grasshöhle, It has two generally accessible caves and main sights in the Weiz region.

Once again, we drove through the hills of Göttelsberg, Haselbach, Leska and Dürntal to park our car near the entry point to the Raab Gorge Strait. Andrea gave me a couple of Nordic walking poles that I was about to try for the first time. Nordic walking, also referred to as “pole walking” or “fitness walking”, is a sport made up of walking using modified skiing poles. Nordic Walking became very popular in Finland and Scandinavia, and became very popular throughout Europe, although it has not yet spread to North America.

Initially I was a little skeptical of this concept, but as soon as I tried walking poles, I realized that walking up and down both became a lot easier because the poles provide additional support and balance. Continuous arm movement burns up to 40% of calories more than walking alone and facilitates faster movement, even on flat ground. The additional benefit of walking in the north is that part of a person's weight is distributed to the poles, which reduces pressure on the back as well as knee and hip joints.

Now convinced of the hiking trails, we began our descent into the Rap River valley on the forest path gently, then steeply sloping. Raabklamm is the longest strait in Austria and is divided into "Grosse Raabklamm" (the Great Raab Strait) with a length of about 10 km, and "Kleine Raabklamm" (a small Raab strait, about 7 km in length). We were heading straight towards Grosse Raabklamm, the governor of the two cities, which are characterized by vertical slopes of limestone, wooden bridges, suspension bridges and walking by the river as well as portions of pathways that deviate from the water and transport you a high portion of the slopes. I had discovered Klein Rabbelis early last Saturday with my brother-in-law Annelies.

Raabklamm itself has remained very natural and underdeveloped and is home to a very diverse group of animals such as foxes and marmots as well as snails, a species of wild sheep also referred to as "goat antelope". Amphibians such as ladders and a variety of predatory birds contributed to the designation of Raabklamm as the "Natura 2000" protected area, a nature reserve throughout Europe. The plant life along steep limestone slopes also includes remains of ancient pine forests and a variety of plants in the Alps.

We just covered part of the entire Grosse Raabklamm, sometimes climbing by the river, and at other times we were slipping away from the river along the slopes of the gorge. My friend Herbert used two suspension bridges to unearth the laws of physics, and I began to get rid of cattle while Andrea and I were walking through them. Fortunately, the suspension bridges are very durable and all tracks and ladders are well maintained. After an hour and a half walk, we reached the water dam which is part of the local hydroelectric system. Electricity was supplied to Austria in the late nineteenth century, primarily at the initiative of the local electric pioneer Franz Bichler. To this day, hydropower provides about two thirds of all electricity used in Austria, and the city of Fayez was one of the centers from hydroelectric power generation early on.

After admiring some fairly old hydroelectric equipment, we went back to the local country road and then went back to my car, which we had parked early, to our point of origin. Andrea and Herbert had to leave and I was planning to continue my journey to Graz, the provincial capital. But before that, I had to feed on my appetite, and I was just a minute away from a popular local restaurant whose Austrian delicacies would almost certainly hit the place. Gasthaus Reisinger is one of the restaurants located next to Raabklamm. In fact, the Austrian concept of "Gasthaus" is a more rustic restaurant than it is a great restaurant in North America. Gasthaus (literally translated: "guesthouse") serves traditional solid Austrian cuisine; often, it will also contain an outdoor patio as outdoor dining is very common in Austria; Gasthäuser offers many overnight accommodations with breakfast.

This is really the case with Gasthaus Reisinger which not only serves Austrian cuisine and a beautiful patio, but also works as a bed and breakfast, mostly for guests from places like Vienna or other urban parts of Austria and Germany. I sat down to admire the long list and decided in two local specialties: "Fritattensuppe" (ribbon pie soup), an ingredient that I should always eat several times when I return home, as well as "Mulbratlbrot" – a piece of Austrian rye bread, covered with a thin layer of butter and thin slices of Smoked pork chops, covered with radish.

Rye bread covered with a variety of cold cuts or smoked meats is a traditional meal in Austria, and it is a popular snack for hikers and visitors to "Buschenschank" (a restaurant serving local, rural food owned and operated by local wineries). On this perfect day, the sun was shining and I thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and peaceful hills of Eastern Styria. Once again, I realized that the area where I grew up was a beautiful neck of the forest. The restaurant owner, Mr. Resinger, brought me my meal and we started talking a little bit about the fact that I was a local who immigrated to Canada more than 20 years ago. On the other hand, he used to work full-time at a local woodworking plant until a few years ago when his elderly parents began getting full-time care. Since then he has run his full-time hospitality establishment with his wife and children, an exemplary Austrian family business.

The meal was delicious, and after picking up ice cream for dessert, I was totally prepared for the next destination: Graz, the capital of Styria and the second largest city in Austria. Just minutes away from the restaurant, I parked my car to look at these rolling hills, one of my favorite areas when I grew up, and to chat with some cows hanging around a large pasture.

Much of Austria's livestock industry still depends on free roads, and adds a significant contribution to the country's economy. Nearly 80,000 livestock farms own about 2.1 million livestock, of which about 800,000 are dairy cows. Only 5.5% of Austrian livestock farms have more than 100 animals, and the small size of the farms ensures a close link between the farmer and his animals. These cows clearly had a quiet lifestyle and their unrestricted ability to roam the mountain pastures.

I continued to drive along 25 km of rural roads rolling to the largest urban center in Styria. With a population of about 250,000 Graz is the second largest city in Austria. Although an important regional and industrial center, Graz does not know well small towns such as Salzburg and Innsbruck. Because of its meticulously preserved architectural heritage, Graz was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, and became the European Capital of Culture in 2003. Its name is derived from the Slovenian term "Gradec" which literally means "little castle".

At the eastern entrance to the city, there is a suburban area called Mariatrost which is crowned by the large pilgrimage church Mariatrost. I stopped at the top of Burburg Hill, stopped my car and walked past a large restaurant at the front of the church. Maria Consolation Church was built between 1714 and 1724 in the Baroque style.

Of particular note is the frescoes in the interior of the church. Two large 61-meter tall towers conceive the church and dome at the eastern end of the building and can be seen from far away. The façade of the church is accessed by a set of stairs called Angelus Steps. The Maryatrost Church is to this day the second most important pilgrimage church (after Mariazel) in the Austrian province of Styria.

I continued my trip to the center of Graz and parked my car in the underground garage next to the Graz Opera – more than 20 euros is not exactly an inexpensive way to see the city, but it is difficult to find affordable parking in the city center of Graz. My first stop was the Graz Opera House, a new building that opened in 1899 and was damaged during an air raid in World War II. A few steps west, you reach Herrengasse, Graz's main shopping street, surrounded by dozens of fine retailers and restaurants with outdoor patios. A line of Graz tramway continues along this main street.

The western side of Herrengasse features two main scenes: Landeszeughaus (Armory), a weapons museum with about 32,000 pieces of exhibits including chariots, helmets, shields, rifles and pistols, as well as Landhaus, Styrian county government headquarters. This palace is one of the greatest Renaissance structures in Central Europe, and was built in the first half of the sixteenth century according to the plans of the famous architect Domenico del Alio. The arched three-storey courtyard is a true architectural jewel, and visitors at the southern end of the square can relax in the historic Landhauskeller restaurant, which features an attractive courtyard.

On the other side of Herrengasse is "Gemaltes Haus" – also called "Herzogshof" (Colored House or Duke & # 39; s Estate), which is a colorful house whose Baroque paintings were created in 1742 by Johan Meyer and illustrated the gods of Roman-Greek mythology. A few steps north, you reached Grazer Hauptplatz, or Graz Main Square. This spacious triple square is mainly framed on two sides of five and six luxurious homes consisting of a variety of intense Baroque colors such as salmon, ocher and brick red, many of which feature detailed façade decorations.

The Rathaus – the southern side of the square – is a mysterious historic mansion in the late nineteenth century, in the city hall of Graz. Directly in front of it is the Erzherzog-Johann-Brunnen (Archduke Johann Fountain) and is surrounded by many nearby fast food outlets and retailers selling traditional Austrian sausages, french fries, flowers and magazines as well as roasted chestnuts in the fall. The north-eastern side of Hauptplatz boasts views of Graz's most famous landmark: "Uhrturm" (clock tower), which is located on the Schlossberg Hill overlooking the city.

I continued walking north through this pedestrian zone along the historic Sackstrasse and walked into a truly historic restaurant: "Krebsenkeller" (Crawfish Cellar) has been a restaurant here since 1538 and its inner courtyard is full of culinary fans. Located across the street, the famous Erzherzog Johann Hotel has also been a restaurant since 1852. Just a few steps north, I walked to another historic building whose patio is decorated with astonishingly sculpted all kinds of American football.

Meters away is situated on the so-called Schlossbergplatz, a square surrounded by many bourgeois houses and historic restaurants with a stairway leading to the Schlossberg. Then I crossed the road and walked south by the River Mor to one of Graz's most recent landmarks: "Murinsel" (Mur Island) was built in 2003 when Graz was the capital of European culture. New York designer Vito Akonchi created an artificial island design that connects the eastern and western banks of Moore and is supposed to resemble a crust of the sea. The interior of the island includes an amphitheater, restaurant and children's playground.

Now you need to explore the city's most remarkable hike: Schlossberg (literally "Castle Hill"). I did this by taking the Schlossbergbahn funicular as part of the Graz public transport system. The original steam-driven inclined mountain train opened in November 1894 and was in operation until 1960. After extensive renovation and rebuilding steep rails, the inclined mountain train started operating again in 1961 until it closed in February 2004.

The third generation of this oblique mountain train started in early 2004 and cost about 2.5 million euros. The new generation of vehicles is more spacious and features fully enclosed ceilings and windows that provide a wonderful view of the city as you climb up the mountain. It takes just over 2 minutes to go from the base station to 123 meters high to the top station and cost 1.70 €, it's an affordable and interesting way to get to the famous Graz Hill.

At the top, I went out to the outside patio of a restaurant that offers a wonderful view of Graz and the surrounding mountains. A few steps away I saw Glockenturm ("The Bell Tower"), a historic building from 1588 that still houses a 4,200 kg bell and is referred to as the Liesl. The Schlossberg used to include a 16th-century medieval castle (hence the name "Castle Hill") which was ordered destroyed by Napoleon in 1809. Only the Bell Tower and the famous Graz Tower, Uhrturm, were allowed to stay from the castle. The locals paid a large ransom to the French forces to stick to their beloved landmarks.

Walking south from Glockenturm reached Stallbastei ("Stable Bastion"), a fortress with 20-meter high walls and 6 meters thick that started construction in 1544. Today there are many cannons adorning the stronghold and in the open front there is a beautiful view of the city . Below the well is the "Türkenbrunnen" (Turkish Well), a well that reaches 94 meters high and extends to the groundwater level of the Mur River. His intention was to provide water, even during extended siege periods.

Uhrturm itself, widely known as the Graz symbol, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The tower sign is supposed to date back to the 13th century and was already mentioned in historical records in 1265. Its current appearance dates back to 1560. There are four large clock faces adorning the four sides of the tower, and the interesting thing is to note that the wristwatch is smaller In terms of accurate.

Originally, the tower contained only a very large clock, and the minute hands that were later installed should have been smaller in order for people to distinguish between one another. Fortunately, due to the ransom paid in 1809, the tower survived and we are still able to admire it today while the rest were removed from the fortification. The tower was also used as a fire alarm, as a "poor guilty bell" recorded during executions, and as a bell that announced the hours of the local hospitality institutions' closure.

Below Uhrturm, there is a small garden surrounded by flowers that provides great views of the city and the main square. It began to descend from Schlossberg along warp-like pathways in the park and stopped at the entrance to Schlossbergenulin (Schlossberg Tunnel), part of the tunnel system that was built on the mountain and was used as shelters for air strikes during the air attacks of World War II. Today you can cross the base of the mountain through this tunnel. At the base I reached the Karmeliterplatz square. One of the buildings on the north side of the adjacent Sporgasse features a stunning interior patio and I wish I had more time to explore the treasures hidden in the secret Graz squares.

I turned left onto a street called Hofgasse and stopped at a very unusual building: the Edegger-Tax bakery, the so-called royal bakery, the oldest institution of its kind in Graz that dates back to 1569. It is an impressive 1896 wooden gateway distinguishing it from the houses surrounding the stucco, and in the late In the 1800's, this bakery became an official supplier for the royal families of Austria.

I continued walking to Freiheitsplatz ("Freedom Square") which is the location of the Graz Theater. Grazer Dom, the cathedral dating back to 1438, is located across the street from the Schauspielhaus theater, and the south side of this late Gothic church is adorned with three paintings: Black Plage, War and Locusts. Austrian imperial weapon coats as well as Styria and Portugal coats indicate historical aristocratic ties.

The mausoleum of Austrian Emperor Francis Ferdinand II is located right next to the Dom, and is one of Austria's most important structures for behavior and early Baroque. It was designed in the late 1600s and is the last place where Francis Ferdinand rest as well as a variety of other Habsburg rulers.

She continued the walk in Bürgergasse and switched to Little Abraham Street in Santa Clara until she reached Glockenspielplatz (“Carillon Square”), appropriately named for Carillon built in 1905 which enchants the crowd of spectators three times daily at 11 am, 3 and 6 pm. A wooden couple in traditional and male Steyr outfits with a high glass of wine, dancing on the 24-bells old tunes.

This entire region is part of Bermuda-Dreieck ("Bermuda Triangle"), Graz's most popular entertainment area centered around Mehlplatz, Prokopigasse and Färberplatz. Dozens of hospitality institutions, mostly with outside patios, entice locals and travelers alike to explore the cooking and leisure opportunities offered by Graz.

Through one of the little corridors I ended up returning to the main square and took another small alley, filled with bars, restaurants and small retail stores at the back of the Franciscan Church (Franciscan Church). From the front of the church, there is a perfect view across the Murst in "Kunsthaus", and the Graz & # 39; Museum of Modern Art that was completed in 2003 looks like a circular spaceship. The entire city center of Graz is full of bars, restaurants, and all the squares and side streets are full of "Schanigärten" (outdoor patios) that tempt you to sit, rest and enjoy some delicious Austrian food and drinks.

I totally enjoyed exploring Graz, and I went home to relax with my brother and husband and to meditate on a day full of discoveries. There was a lot to see in Graz, but I would like to leave some destinations for my next visit. After having a nice pizza dinner at a local Weiz restaurant, and I went to bed early tomorrow, we will go on a great trip: a trip to the mountains of Slovenia and Italy!


Rental income and taxes

Were you thinking about getting a rental property or renting part of your house for income? This article will go through the basics of renting a property. For more information, visit the CRA website and search for rental income.

The rental income is when you rent out a property to someone else to use it. The property is usually thought to be a property, but it can be anything that can be rented like cars, snow skiing, power tools, computer, etc. The expectation is that there will be profit because if there is no money to make, there will be no taxes due. There is still a requirement to report activity in most cases, but renting is something that generally assumes that money will earn over time.

Rental income versus business income

If you only rent a property, this will be considered rental income. If you provide a service that is compatible with the property and charges for it, this will be considered a business. The classic example of showing difference is Bed and Breakfast. Since there are meals and laundry services that may be provided, this is considered a business rather than just providing a place to stay in the hotel and do cooking and cleaning. If there is an existing job and a rental property is a part associated with it, then the rental will be considered part of the work. For example, if you are making auto parts and renting part of your space temporarily, this rental will be part of auto parts business rather than rental income.

What difference does it make if your business is or not?

The differences between rental income and commercial income are that the rental income transferred to the husband or child can be attributed to the person who transferred it while the income from work does not include this restriction. This means that everyone who pays for the rental property will have to declare income for tax purposes. If you have children who share the profits from renting for a job, this means a difference in who can post income and expenses. Rental income is obtained when the property owner lives, while a work income tax is imposed in the place where the work is located. If you have multiple real estate rental sites or multiple companies with different tax rates, this could mean a higher or lower tax bill depending on where the companies live. Available discounts may vary between rental income and commercial income. There are different rules regarding asset depreciation or the Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) to rent properties instead of companies. Rental income will not be subject to CPP discounts but business revenue will be. The rental period contains a calendar period for the calendar year, but the company can change this to any time during the year. Depending on your circumstances, these differences can save you money or create a larger tax bill.

How can you report rental income?

Rental income is reported on Form T776 – Statement of Rental Income which can be found on the CRA website. This form will be presented with a personal tax return as an additional document. If the rental is part of a company, the template to use is T2125 – Business Activity and Professional Activities Statement which is the business model. This will also be added to your personal tax return as an additional document.

Current expenditures versus capital expenditures

Current and capital expenditures are the money spent during the current tax period. If there are expenses that occur to maintain the property and in the same work order as before the money was spent, then this will be called current expenses. Examples include the costs that occur daily to operate the rental property – such as utilities, insurance, and property taxes. Capital expenditures are money that is spent on something that is expected to last for a period longer than one year, which is either a separate component obtained for the property or an improvement of the property. If the money spent will make the property more valuable or useful compared to otherwise, this will be called a capital account. An example of a separate item would be a kitchen appliance within the rental property. This device is expected to last more than a year, and it can be moved to another part of the house as a separate item, it is used by the tenant, and therefore it represents applicable expenses for deduction. If there are costs incurred to create or obtain a property that is available for rent, these costs will be considered capital expenditures and will be part of the acquisition cost instead of separate expenses. The intention behind the money and condition of the property before and after the calculation is important in determining how to handle the money spent for tax purposes.

Tax treatment of current and capital expenditures

The main difference between current and capital expenditures is the timing of their deduction. Current expenses are deducted in the year in which they occurred completely. Capital expenditures will be deducted over the life of the asset, which usually means a period of years. This means that charges will be deducted more slowly. The spread of the discount over several years is called amortization. This is calculated by knowing the category of the item or expenses, finding the related depreciation rate, then using that as a partial deduction every year until the expenses are fully calculated. For example, if you purchased a device and were a Category 8 item, the associated depreciation rate would be 20% per annum. This means that if you purchase a device at a cost of $ 1,000, you can deduct 20% of $ 1,000 or $ 200 a year.

Depreciation of the property itself

Whether to calculate depreciation on the property itself is a choice to be made by taxpayers. There are advantages and disadvantages of claiming these expenses. The first factor to consider is that consumption on the property cannot be used to create a loss when renting the property. If your property is not profitable, you will not be able to claim a large amount of depreciation even if you wish. The second factor that you have to keep in mind is that if you require a devaluation, you will likely have to pay more taxes later when selling the property. Land and buildings are not undervalued much. When there is a sale, there are usually capital gains that are incurred and a small portion of that profit will be taxed. If you are claiming depreciation along the way before selling, your tax bill will be higher.

Do you use the drug personally?

If you are renting something and using it personally at the same time, the rental part and personal use must be divided in one way or another. This is because anything used for personal reasons will not be deductible or report the tax return, but it will be the rental of the property. If the house is rented, the space will be divided into space for personal use and leasing, and any expenses will be prorated to reflect the amount of expenses that must be allocated to the rental property.

The rules discussed in this article are very general and will apply to most rental situations. For more specific cases and more details, visit the CRA website.


New Countryside – Back to our American Roots

In the wake of the worst recession since the Great Depression, it appears that Americans are seeking a return to a simpler way of life. They want to reconnect with food and nature. Reducing waste and expenses has become a priority. Live a little "smaller" than before is essential. Unfortunately, they are told that the only way to live responsibly is to return to a dense urban environment.

Land planners, environmentalists, and governments are pushing for a more centralized urban life. Their primary belief is that by increasing our density in urban areas, we can reduce our dependence on cars, use less resources and reduce our environmental impact. While this may satisfy a segment of our society, some people desire a quieter rural lifestyle. The question is whether we can balance the need for space with a relatively high density. One answer is "New Rural".

The “new countryside” is defined as a development that balances the need to minimize the total use of land for shelter and maximize land use in green spaces or sustainable agriculture. Other elements in New Ruralism restore their relationships with our neighbors, and learn to respect our food by understanding how to lift it and reconnect abroad. Much of what was meant to be American was a sense of independence based on self-sufficiency, matched by the ability to rely on a neighbor for help. In modern America, we lost much of what our ancestors identified.

A key component of the neo-colonial concept is high-density housing. At first this appears to contradict the rural idea for a new rural, but it leads to more greens. There are many reliable examples under the "new colonialism". An excellent example that has stood the test of time is the Israeli supervision. Unlike the Israeli kibbutz where the land is collectively owned, the Moshav has a private land for cultivation as well as land for a private house. Houses are arranged on relatively small plots while most of the land is left for cultivation. Close proximity to homes gives way to the nearest community, resulting in neighbors interacting with one another. Unlike urban settings, the overall feeling is pastoral and comfortable. It is interesting that there are some attempts in the United States to attract city residents to the country for agriculture. Unfortunately, they take vast tracts of land and leave many as isolated as they were in the city.

High-density housing makes room for larger open spaces that can be used in agriculture or left as a green space or a combination of the two. A piece of cultivation can come in many forms. A shared garden and teamwork can be cultivated. Alternately individual owners can rent packages for their gardens. With sufficiently large spaces, commercial operations can be used to supply an on-site restaurant. In Georgia, Serenby has a 25-acre farm providing vegetables for an on-site restaurant, breakfast and breakfast. Other developments such as Montaluce use the on-site vineyards to supply the grapes with wine. Some attempts are simply designed to include agriculture for the wealthy rather than trying to bring people closer to their food.

In New Ruralism, homeowners are becoming more related to food. With a global market, we can buy fruits and vegetables outside of the local seasons. Processed foods increase our separation from the plants and animals we eat. Our children have no idea where the foods they eat come from or how they are raised. By motivating homeowners to participate in growing fruits and vegetables or raising livestock, New Ruralism gives them new respect for the food they eat.

Along with restoring respect for food, homeowners are drawn to nature. We have lost so much in television, internet and other forms of indoor entertainment that we have forgotten the beauty of our surroundings. The same open area used for planting can also be used in greenery. Park and garden systems can help relax homeowners as well as better health.

Certainly there are restrictions on the "new countryside", but it is a good concept that gives people an alternative to urban life. We have been constantly told that crawling in the suburbs is a fundamental mistake and that we need to return to cities. Infill is the priority of development. There is something American about being contradictory. "New colonialism" is a great expression of our fundamental pursuit of freedom.


How to make a perfect bouffant omelette

A perfect bouffant omelette

I was unable to designate "puffy" or "fluffy" as a description; both are appropriate.

If you are looking for a better recipe for perfect omelette, try me out. It never fails me and it's so easy to do it over and over again, over and over again

So for that special omelette for your next breakfast or if you want to surprise your husband at breakfast on Father’s Day, here's how to do it:

4 large eggs, separated

Salt, 1/2 teaspoon

Pepper, just a few grind as desired

Water, 4 tablespoons

Butter or oil (or bacon drops, my personal favorite!), 1 tbsp

Beat the egg white until it is still dry.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Beat the yolk until thick and the lemon color. Add salt, pepper, and water. nicely Fold the egg whites. You don't want to let the egg whites fall apart … just put them on a tablespoon or similar scraping ingredient.

Heat butter, oil, or distill in an omelette skillet over low heat. If you don't have an omelette frying pan, use the best high sided frying pan.

When the pan becomes hot, add the egg mixture. Reduced heat to medium – low. Cook for 3 minutes or until you see the eggs begin to blow and firmly sit on the bottom.

Place the pan in a preheated oven. Bake 10 minutes or until the top part dries and does not retain an impression when pressed down.

Cut about halfway through the center. Slide a narrow spoon under the half and turn the pan over the other half. Carefully loosen the omelette if it is not already dismantled, and bend it in half with one swift, deliberate move.

Serve immediately with or without sauce or toppings

Optional extras


Crab meat or small shrimp

Fried mushrooms

Jellies, jams or jam

Bacon cubes

Fried onions

Tomato sauce with chopped green onions


Depression and breakfast – do cereals for breakfast keep you depressed?

Not so long ago, on the advice of naturopath, I tried the low mix of GI with almond milk for breakfast. Presumably healthy right? For the next few hours I felt like I was fighting to stop drowning. My feelings were immersed in the darkest depths they had lived in for many years. If I hadn't realized what I would normally feel in the morning (when I don't take cereal for breakfast) I would have been ready to crawl to bed for a few days to hide, or worse … Fortunately, the feeling passed by midday and I was back to my normal self.

When I eat cereal for breakfast, it makes me depressed. How does the doctor not know to tell me that? I haven't eaten cereals for breakfast for more than 6 years. No porridge, not low GI Morusine, no chips, biscuits or bubbles. Just 3 generations ago, there was no such thing as breakfast cereals, but now most people cannot imagine what you can eat at breakfast if you cannot eat something in a container that has white liquid on it.

I would not suggest that everyone skips cereals for breakfast (although I may justify it). The important thing is to know what works for you. Some people make the best time for protein, while others contain carbohydrates. Try something different for a few days and see if depression elevates.

You may notice the difference right away and never want to return. Take a note of check-in with yourself throughout the morning. Set an appointment on your calendar or set an alarm on your watch to remind you to see how you work. Also ask the people you spend time with in the morning to notice if you look different too.

So what can you eat instead of cereal for breakfast? Many cultures around the world do not contain breakfast cereals. Instead they have something to eat that would eat at any other time of the day. For example, large sums were left from the previous night, baked beans, steamed broccoli, tuna salad, tofu and leafy greens, and even omelettes included vegetables. And no, two pieces of toast or raspberry pie are not good alternatives. We aim for good protein sources.

How about asking friends about ideas? Do you know anyone from non-western backgrounds? If so, ask them what they eat for breakfast – there are many cultures around the world that do not take breakfast from a box, so there must be answers to it.

But how long does it take to prepare something other than cereal for breakfast? For lifestyle 9-5, being able to throw something into a container put white liquid on it and then bolt the door saves time in the morning. My question is: How important is your health to you? Well, I will stop preaching from above. Time is a consideration in the morning and I imagine having to find something for children as well as only increases pressure. How about a large skillet of scrambled eggs, a bowl of beans, or a large salad with sausage?

What about the extra cost? The pills are cheap but you get what you pay for. Are you currently paying for depression medication? If you can reduce or eliminate your medication by changing what you eat for breakfast, you'll free up some money to buy high-quality food instead.

If you are eating protein breakfast, what about calcium from milk? So, the dairy industry is convinced that you can't get enough calcium from other sources, right? If you want to try a cereal breakfast for a few days, try eating it at the last meal of the day instead. I know it might seem like your back is in college and he has nothing else to eat, but if you work well with high protein in the morning, it might also be best to eat carbohydrates at night. Try it and see – kids will love Grandma.

Remember, it is about discovering what works for you. We have all the different types of metabolism that require different proportions of proteins and carbohydrates at different times of the day. By changing our diet and noticing the difference in how we feel, we can find out what is right for each of us.


50 ways to take care of yourself

It is important to be able to do what you can feel comfortable on a daily basis. You do not depend on others because you can take care of yourself. When you are self-care, you are not selfish. In fact, when you feel good, you have more to offer others. The following suggestions will help you learn about the healthy ways you can present yourself.

Place a checkmark next to the things you want to do to feed yourself.

___ 1. Take a bubble bath

___ 2. I buy myself roses

___ 3. Take a sauna

___ 4. Get a massage

___ 5. Take a shower by candle light

___ 6. Have breakfast in bed

___ 7. Go to the pet store and play with the animals

___ 8. Visit the zoo

___ 9. Walking on a scenic road

___ 10. Stop and smell the flowers

___ 11. You have a manicure or pedicure

___ 12. Wake up early and watch the sunrise

___ 13. Watch the sunset

___ 14. Relax with a good book and / or calm music

___ 15. I start the stove myself

___ 16. Play my favorite music and dance to it myself

___ 17. Go to bed early

___ 18. Sleeping outside under the stars

___ 19. Stay in bed all day when I'm fine

___ 20. Fix a special dinner just for me and eat by candlelight

___ 21. Participate in my favorite sport

___ 22. Go for a walk

___ 23. Walking in the rain

___ 24. Run on the beach

___ 25. Take a scenic drive

___ 26. Meditation

___ 27. Buy new pants

___ 28. Browse in a book or book store for as long as I want

___ 29. I buy myself a stuffed and liked animal

___ 30. I am writing a love letter and mailing it

___ 31. Ask a special person to look after me (examples: feeding, cuddling, read to me)

___ 32. I buy something special that I can handle

___ 33. Go watch a good movie or show

___ 34. Go to the park and feed the ducks, swing on the swing, etc.

___ 35. Visit the museum or any other interesting place

___ 36. Go to the harbor and listen to the boats

___ 37. You have a face

___ 38. I give myself a face

___ 39. Enter a hot tub or Jacuzzi

___ 40. Record a confirmation bar

___ 41. Write down my goals

___ 42 Call an old friend

___ 43. Bake or cook something special

___ 44. Go shopping in a window

___ 45. Buy a meditation tape

___ 46. Listen to the positive stimulus tape

___ 47. I am writing in my own book all my victories for today

___ 48. Gently apply lotion all over my body

___ 49. Call a new support friend

___ 50. I tell myself all the things I appreciate and love about me, and I give myself a big hug.

Now that you know what you want to do, plan your schedule specifically when will you do the things you selected. You deserve to feel good!


Bodenmais – Crystal Town, Germany

When you think of European crystal, the Czech Republic or Austria usually come to mind. Germany, however, owns itself when it comes to the crystal and glass market. The quiet town of Bodenmais, near the German / Czech border, amid the surrounding Bavarian Forest forests, is more than just great treasures.

A perfect sight for a postcard, breathtaking Bodenmais as it is full of fun. The small village, dating back to 1300, is filled with crystal and glass shops along its quiet streets. The Joska plant is the most prominent – a colossal complex of stores to watch demonstrations, blow your glass, taste a delicious meal, and of course – buy the perfect crystal. Joska Hotel has a family-friendly atmosphere, where small hands and feet can explore Kinderland. Filled with activities, education, and a large playground, children play safely while crystal lovers enjoy the delicate goods offered by the factory. Excellent customer service doesn't end at the checkout desk, Joska packs its customers' discoveries in cushioning packaging boxes and study boxes, and will ship internationally, if needed.

There are many other activities in Bodenmais besides those involving glass. What is a crystal without candles to lift the atmosphere? Juska stores a selection and there are many candle outlets throughout the city. Or handmade wood accents for the home? Bodenmais is home to talented craftsmen. Shop? Cross-country skiing can be enjoyed in the Bodenmais countryside. Shops offer ski equipment rental for visitors before skiing, and offer many delicious meals after enjoying sports. For a more relaxing experience, you can explore Silberburg (Silver Mountain). The mines are not only interesting but provide special treatment results for those who suffer from respiratory disorders. Countless other recommendations can come from one of the many friendly families who run great bed and breakfast homes throughout the city.

Bodenmais welcomes local and international visitors to the attractive paradise full of stunning crystal. Whether you are in the "Sesame Shopping" mood or the "Let me just rest" mood, Bodenmais asks you to breathe the calm alpine air and enjoy all that awaits. Author / photographer Vicki Landes provides more information about Bodenmais via her blog and newsletter.


Swellendam – South Africa's best kept secret

Swellendam, the third oldest city in South Africa, is located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, and has a lot to offer visitors with an interest in history, nature, outdoor activities and art. Swellendam is ideally located midway between Cape Town and George, and is therefore an ideal place for tourists. In these two hours from Cape Town to Swellendam, you will pass through pristine villages and towns. You can take a trip back in time and stay in some of the historic homes and country houses in the area, which provide bed and breakfast. Rainfall is widespread throughout the year, and there is little wind and moderate temperatures throughout the year.

Swellendam has been an important travel hub for centuries. The first travelers and explorers were exchanged with the Khoy-Khoy people, and in 1743 the Dutch East India Company announced that Swellendam was a judicial district and constructed Drostedy that had been completed in 1747. Drostedy, a national monument, is Drosteddy which dates back only to the eighteenth century . In its original form it will give tourists a wonderful insight into the lives of the settlers.

More adventurous tourists can go on a Swellendam hike. This hiking trail is located in and around Marloth Nature Reserve, and is one of the most beautiful routes in Cape. There are many short paths if the six-day hike is too long for you. In this trail, you will see areas of cannabis alternating with a cool native forest, small animals and birds. Other sections of the trails will give you the feeling of living in a secluded and peaceful wilderness. A six-day hike requires a moderate to high fitness level, and therefore is not recommended for those who like it. Marloth Nature Reserve is also one of the best bird sites in Western Cape and is therefore worth a visit.

The rare and beautiful Bontebok antelope and other small buck species can be seen in the Bontebok National Park. This park is only 6 km from Swellendam. A total of 126 different birds have been identified here. There is a charming caravan park on the banks of the Breede River, where there are also fully equipped chalets for hire and where day visitors are welcome to swim, fish or picnic.

Other than hiking in the heart of adventure you can also enjoy a day or two off the rafting in the river. Breede boat adventure is 2.5 hours' drive from Cape Town. In this adventure, you will enjoy spending your day in two-man mohawk rowing boats in the calm waters of my postal and social nights around campfires. The Up the Creek Camp is located near Swellendam, on a hillside overlooking the river, where the accommodations are A-shaped chalets or 3 bull carriages. The property includes comfortable beds with linens and duvet. All in all, this adventure is worth trying and is perfect for a family to enjoy together.

Youngberry can be tasted at the Buffeljags Dam. These cultivated cranberries were imported to South Africa in 1939 by Professor OSH Reinecke. The industry is sadly declining due to endless problems associated with wind and rain damage or to much heat, pest attacks and insufficient labor during the maximum harvest period from mid-November to early December. Today over 90% of all annual crops are just over 600 tons produced by farmers in the Swellendam area. On your visit to Hermitage Liqueur Farm, just 3 kilometers from the city, you can taste some alcoholic drinks made with young types. Other Youngberry products are on sale here.

Famous artists, such as ceramic vases, Jean de Tua, visit him and other artists in the city.

Other activities offered by Swellendam include:

* 4×4 Mountain Experience: Marloth Nature Reserve

* Riverboat River * Sunset cruises on a wooden double deck raft

* Pavel Gatch Dam for water sports

* Horse tracks

* White water raft in the Brady River

* Water skiing

* Many well-known artists have settled in Swellendam and can visit their studios

* Pop at Sulina Faerie Sanctuary: The Magic Show Faerie & Garden

* Breede River cruise on double deck boat – "Pot se Vlot" * Car sail boat trips

As you can see Swellendam is worth a visit. Come and enjoy a few days of relaxation in our beautiful city while demonstrating all your needs.

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