All too often these days we find ourselves shocked to discover another link to our past is gone.  Dwindling budgets for things related to heritage are having a notoriously negative effect, and the overall economy being what it is dictates that contemporary developers have to consider costs and profits when taking on projects.  These factors result in the ongoing erosion of what little heritage we have left standing these days.  So, when we were invited to return to Cowichan Station to photograph the 100th year reunion of Cowichan Station School and to see the progress being made by the community in re-purposing the heritage schoolhouse, we literally hopped at the opportunity.

Cowichan Station School - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Let’s start today’s feature by stepping back in time a few years.  In September of 2011 Mrs. Toad and I were out and about on one of our usual adventures and we happened to be exploring in the community of Cowichan Station.  On our way out we came across the Cowichan Station Rural Traditional School boarded up.  The feel of sadness was palpable as we wandered the grounds shooting the boarded up school, all the while wondering deeply what was in store for it.  A bit of research revealed that the school did indeed form an important part of the heritage and history of Cowichan Station, and that things were rather uncertain.  These thoughts and photographs were documented in our two posts from that year titled “School’s Out” and “The Playground Children Forgot“.

Cowichan Station School - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Within days of publishing our posts we were contacted by folks within the community who were very excited to share with us the pending good news on the facility.  A group had formed to work together to find a way to breath a second life into this wonderful link to the past by refurbishing and renovating the building to turn it into a multi-purpose building for the community to use.  That’s all we needed to hear to become fully entrenched in the story, and avid fans of the proposal.  We then returned to shoot the school again, and we documented the emerging story and photographs in our post titled “Hope Springs Eternal“.

Cowichan Station School - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

By August of 2012, things had really started to take shape following concerted efforts to raise funds and organize community volunteers.  We can honestly say we were filled with excitement to see the progress underway, and the vibrant local appetite to save this storied school and find a new life for it.  We photographed and documented this phase, publishing a post entitled “The Phoenix Rises“.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

So here we find ourselves, 2 years later, completely inspired and heart warmed to see the incredible effect that people can have when they come together in community spirit in an effort to facilitate change.  Today The HUB at Cowichan Station is full of life and hope, finding a whole new purpose in serving the community.

As we toured the site on our visit, we quickly realized the sheer scope involved in a project like this.  Incredible sums of money have been raised through community donations and grants, and these funds have been allocated carefully to help bring the new vision to life.  This rather quick change to the site is a direct testament to community love and determination, if you ask us.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

It’s also really important to note and thank all the sponsors of the site, for if not for their generosity and consideration this would not be possible.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Now that we’ve covered a wee bit of the history behind the school and the story that brought us here, let’s move forward to take in the sights and stories of the 100th year reunion event itself.  The turnout was amazing, all day long people streamed in and out taking in all the events and features that were going on.  Young and old alike found reason to connect with The HUB, as is evidenced by the note board that sat in the main front entrance greeting visitors as they arrived.  I found this particular note to be wonderfully poignant, a true message of what has driven this entire process over the course of the past few years.  Quite honestly, we simply don’t see much of this kind of community spirit in these modern times, and it is beyond inspiring to see it happen here, right in front of our very own eyes.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

A lot of care and thought had gone into the displays and features at the event, really adding a wonderful dimension and depth to the unfolding story of the day.  At every turn we encountered something that caught our eye, immediately pulling us deeper into the story and the meaning of the day.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cliff Ross, one of the original alumni from roughly 1927 at the school, attended to unveil a commemorative plaque that had been made to note the milestone.  It was so inspiring to see him and hear him talk as he dropped the sheet covering the plaque to reveal something that is wonderful, and will be enjoyed by the entire community for all time moving forward.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As the day unfolded, the gym was constantly full of chatter and laughter as people made their way around to take in the displays and photographs, and to talk to friends and strangers alike.  This is the pure definition of community, in our minds, and in many ways made the whole day feel like we had stepped back in time to a simpler era where people reached out to each other and enjoyed sharing time and stories together.  It was a wonderful experience to witness and take in, and the entire day was full of heartwarming moments to cherish.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Even though it was damp and slightly dreary outside with occasional bouts of rain, this certainly didn’t stop the outdoor enthusiasts from enjoying the ambiance of the Cowichan Station community and surroundings.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Just around the side of the school, in front of the annex, a garden/flower sale was going in.  Hosted by some of the friendliest folks you’d ever have the pleasure to meet, the sale was a roaring success even considering the effects of the weather on the day.  Getting the people who were running the sale to smile was an easy endeavor, and their smiles were wholly indicative of the entire feel of the celebration at hand.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Back inside it was time to cut the ceremonial cake.  Annabelle Thorne, a former student, teacher and principal of the school, was on had to perform the cake cutting duties.  At one point I was lucky enough to have a few moments to just chat with her, and found her to be an absolute delight.  This bridging of generations was a fabulous addition to the overall event, helping to make it that much more meaningful.

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The final scheduled event for the day was the filling of the Time Capsule, intended to be opened in 2039 roughly 25 years from now.  Ken Hemstock, another of the original alumni of the school, was here to facilitate the loading and locking of the capsule.  That was a lot of fun, seeing all the items that were going into the capsule and wondering about what everyone in the future would think of these items upon opening it.

Cowichan Station School - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

What a difference a few years and some incredible community spirit can make.  When we first visited the school in 2011, we discovered a playground haunted by the little ones who used to spend countless hours on the slide and swings.  Today we find an entirely different scene.  Colorful toys are now found everywhere and the playground is alive with the sounds of children once again enjoying the wonder of playing outdoors.  The feeling we had was rather profound; that distinct realization that when people come together in a common cause no mountain is too large to move.

Cowichan Station School - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Cowichan Station School - 100 Year Reunion - Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cowichan Station School – 100 Year Reunion – Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Our final note of interest in this story was discovered on our tour with Gord Iversen who is a very active member of the community, an avid photographer, and a special friend.  As we toured the basement, we came across the room that houses all the state-of-the-art plumbing and machinery for the ultra-contemporary geothermal heating and cooling system.  What a dichotomy it was to see this in comparison to the scene we encountered 3 years before in the same room.  The original system was referred to as “the octopus” as it had wires and hoses aplenty leading to and from it.  The modern incarnation is a marvel in both technology and design, and when you consider the incredible effort and work that went into its design and implementation it really leaves you inspired.

It’s really amazing to see the vast differences in the facility that have transpired over a rather short period of time.  When considering all this in context with all the exciting plans in store for this wonderful old schoolhouse, it’s now easy to see a bright future for it as a stalwart part of the community.  So many of the buildings we visit over time are torn down for various reasons; some financial, some personal.  We just can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see a community like Cowichan Station come together in such a cohesive manner to affect change.

This change will be felt for decades to come as future generations return time and time again to the Cowichan Station HUB to both enjoy the facility itself, and to create a living bridge between our past and our future.

To see the entire catalog of photographs from the event, please visit our gallery “Cowichan Station 100 Year School Reunion“.

Elegance oozes from every corner, every curve, every surface of this car, and the crowds that surrounded it knew it was something special, even if they didn’t know the rich tapestry of history behind the famous Packard name in the automotive realm.  The chrome and finish on the details of the coach speak to the great care that has gone into its maintenance over the years.  It felt as if we were all bearing witness to a fabled unicorn, and many of us knew this special moment would be a once-in-a-lifetime event that would never occur again.

Thank you for joining us once again as we continue our running photoblog series “The Toads At The Gathering“, featuring stories and photographs we captured at The Motorcar Gathering 2012 held at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Victoria a couple of summers ago now.  In today’s post, we are going to take a look at a classic vintage Packard Phaeton that was on display at the event.

1930 Packard Tonneau Windshield Phaeton - Model 740 - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

1930 Packard Tonneau Windshield Phaeton – Model 740 – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada –

Many of us look upon the period of time in the 20′s and 30′s as a time of great romance.  It was a period of time that found no real active wars, and people were experiencing a quality of life that hadn’t been had before, at least before The Depression set in during the 30′s.  The great world wars were not yet upon us and entertainment and lifestyle played a center stage role for those who enjoyed the finer things.  Thus was born great brands like Duesenberg and Packard, brands that live with us still today even though the factories are now long gone.

1930 Packard Tonneau Windshield Phaeton - Model 740 - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

1930 Packard Tonneau Windshield Phaeton – Model 740 – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada –

Cars like this rose on the laurels of being considered to be crafted to the highest standards.  People weren’t afraid to pay a premium for the utmost quality, and the designs of the finer cars from this era really reflect this.

This particular Packard is a Tonneau Windshield Phaeton, Model 740, with the Super 8 389CI engine.  At the time it produced a whopping 106 horsepower, and although this won’t break any records on today’s tracks it will certainly be plenty to move this lovely coach around in fine fashion and style.  Interestingly enough, it was noted that this car was used as a royal tour car in 1939, hosting the King and Queen of England in Victoria during that time.  This fun little fact adds a great dimension to the story.

1930 Packard Tonneau Windshield Phaeton - Model 740 - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

1930 Packard Tonneau Windshield Phaeton – Model 740 – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada –

Interiors of the era may have been sparse in comparison to today’s contemporary car, bereft of such features and comforts as air conditioning, GPS navigation and satellite radio to keep us company as the miles tick by.  But they were elegant and incredibly beautiful in their simplicity and construction.   Only the finest materials of the times were used, featuring wonderful wood dash panels and the best quality leathers for the seats and doors.  One glance at a car like this and you are immediately drawn into a time now long behind us.  You are instantly beckoned to sit behind the wheel as you don your hat and scarf rolling across the vast countryside taking in the sights, sounds and fresh air.

A simpler time, perhaps, but no less wonderful for it, that’s for sure.

Thanks once again for taking the time to visit us here at The Hollow, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below!

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, and there certainly is no lack of that around these parts lately!  Today’s post finds us in our own backyard where we are continuing a photoblog series we started in 2011 called “The Hollow’s Backyard” where we feature the sights and experiences we had at our local Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival.  Each year the Maple Bay Marina plays host to his terrific event, and we try to make our way down to see all the incredible boats on display and meet the folks who own and love them.  It’s been a couple of years since our last visit, so we’re thrilled to take you back to the marina with us for 2014.

Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

People come from points all over the world to attend this annual event.  Some come to take in the sights and to meet everyone, while others lovingly detail their boats to bring to the marina to put on display for everyone to enjoy.  This years event found us under a slightly overcast sky, but it was pleasant out and the light was wonderful for photography.  For much of the afternoon as Mrs. Toad and I walked the docks meeting everyone, the waters were fairly still, which produced wonderful reflections of the boats and their surroundings in the bay.

Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Boats of all sizes, shapes and origins were to be found at the festival this year.  Some were meticulously maintained, while others were clearly used quite regularly, and we are going to assume enjoyed as well.  If you’re into boats, you love them, and a lot of avid boaters are out on the water as much as the weather allows.

As most of you who follow us regularly know, I love cars, motorcycles, trucks…  basically anything that involves transportation.  Boats definitely fall into this broad category.  And when it comes to boats, my personal preferences always lean towards the older vessels, many of which were hand-crafted out of wood quite a while ago.  Maintaining a wood boat can be a tricky and involved endeavor, but the results are well worth the labor of love.

Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Maple Bay Wooden Boat Festival – Maple Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Sailboats exhibit exquisite lines, I find.  Smooth like butter, able to cut through the air like a fencing foil, it’s easy to picture this boat under full sail, leaning as it crashes through the waves of the open ocean.  Upon arrival at your destination, the sails are bundled back up for storage and a much-anticipated relaxation session is undertaken.  The distinct aroma of the ocean greets your olfactories as the gulls swirl all around, waiting for their next meal to suddenly appear from somewhere, almost magically.  It’s really quite the life.

Living on Vancouver Island, surrounded by the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, it’s almost impossible not to find something of interest in the nautical.  Most of us live here by choice, above all other places, and the beaches and oceans form an intricate part of our personal experiences.

We’ve come away from the 2014 Wooden Boat Festival with a large catalog of photographs we’ll be sharing over the next little while.  If you’re a fan of water and boats, you’ll definitely want to stay tuned!

Thank you for your kind visit to The Hollow here today, we really do appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

Tales from an Afghan Village

Posted: 14th July 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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One of the best parts about having friends is how they have a tendency to expand your horizons.  We can all get wrapped up in our daily lives, rushing to and fro, working, taking care of the kids and all that, but how many of us actually get involved in a good cause?  One that can have a real and meaningful impact on someone less fortunate than we are?  We all know there are millions of stories and people out there warranting some much-needed assistance, and in today’s post we’re going to feature one really great cause and an event that is coming up this summer that is intended to bring awareness and raise funds for this cause.

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

We just love handcrafted items.  A little of the person who lovingly crafted these items goes into each one of them, and it shows.  When you consider the state of things in Afghanistan these days, you really begin to realize how dire things are in that part of the world for people who are just trying to live their lives, eek out some form of a living, and even try to enjoy things as much as they can.  This is a tall order under the circumstances.  Folks like the great group of people at Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan form an integral and critical link in contemporary times between the two distinct worlds that seem to exist these days.

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

These hand-made pieces are simply incredible, a welcome addition to anyone’s home.  Imported by the group, the proceeds from the sale of these wonderful items go directly to assisting women in a part of the world where life is extremely difficult, where even the notion of getting an education is something that presents an almost insurmountable obstacle.

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Handcrafted Item Imported By Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan –

The very best part about today’s story is all about the upcoming event on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.  Hosted by our dear friends and gracious hosts at Seasons Above The Bay B&B in Cowichan Bay, this year’s gala event will consist of a garden party with some wonderful guest speakers and attendees, all intent on raising funds and awareness for this all-too important cause.

Bev Oliver – Seasons Above The Bay:

…our guest speakers live and work in Afghanistan.  They are professional women quietly working to develop educational opportunities and an improved quality of life for those women and children whom they can reach, sometimes in very remote villages.  CW4WA has educated more than 5000 teachers, and vastly improved the opportunities for thousands of Afghans, and they have done so even during Taliban times, since 1996.

The cost to attend will be $25 at the door, and all the proceeds from the event will go directly to helping these women improve their lives.  We can honestly think of no better way to spend an afternoon than to visit the gorgeous gardens at Seasons Above The Bay and to spend some time with like-minded people intent on doing good in the world.

The Planning Team for Tales From an Afghan Village - Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada

The Planning Team for Tales From an Afghan Village – Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada –

I was absolutely delighted to be invited to join this wonderful team this past Saturday as they worked diligently on the plans for the big event.  While these girls were all focused and busy on preparations, I spend my time in the gardens shooting some of the items you see above.  All of the proceeds from the sales go directly to making a difference in someone’s life out there.  How terrific is that?

I find we don’t really get enough chances to express our gratitude for the life we lead in the developed world.  What better way of expressing this gratitude than by paying it forward to someone who simply doesn’t have the opportunities or chances that we frequently take for granted.  With that being said, if you find yourself on Vancouver Island on Sunday, August 24th, 2014, why not make a direct difference?  You’ll come away with a sense of having helped someone less fortunate, as well as having made a new group of friends all focused on ways of making the world a better place for us all.

Thanks for your kind visit here today to The Hollow, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.  We will be attending the event to photograph it, so we truly hope to see you all there!

As we continue to work on our long-term project documenting all the Anglican churches in the Anglican Diocese of BC, we are finding that this project is much more than simply photographing all the lovely facilities. It’s also a personal journey of discovery for us. There are most certainly commonalities amongst the various facilities, but there are also distinct differences that make each building unique. Thanks for joining us today as we continue our running photoblog series “The Anglican Church Project” where today we feature St. Michael and All Angels’ in Victoria, BC.

We find that many of the churches we visit that were built in the late 19th century and early 20th century are architected using the classic Gothic Revival style. This particular style lends itself to an overall and deep sense of character, embodying both the history of the Anglican church as well as the important link between the new lands being settled upon in the mid 1800′s and the homelands in the UK where most everyone who came to the island originated from.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Nestled in a primarily rural setting just on the outskirts of the city of Victoria, this beautiful little church stands out as something distinct and special.  Built in 1883 through the gracious donation of land, time and materials from key community members as well as benefactors overseas, the parish quickly became an intricate part of the burgeoning community of Victoria.  Life in the late 1800′s on Vancouver Island saw none of the creature comforts we’ve become accustomed to over the past few years here on the island.  When you stop and think about this, you quickly realize that it was only through the hard work and toils of those who cared enough to be determined to build such a structure that such a facility came to life.  And this tradition clearly carries on today.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In 1913 the bell tower was constructed to house a bell that was brought over from China.  The design and construction of the tower is completely sympathetic to the architectural detailing of the main facility, dovetailing into the construction absolutely seamlessly.  As we visit the Anglican churches on our project, we find that the bell and bell-tower are intricate parts of the overall feel and character of the parish, and the one we find here at St. Michael and All Angels’ is a terrific example of this.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Around back of the church we find the original cemetery.  Given the beautiful and peaceful setting it sits in, we find an outdoor sanctuary where visitors can come and reflect and connect with those interned here.  Many of the graves are those of the original pioneers whose spirit was so central in the building of the community on Vancouver Island.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Stepping inside we discover a welcoming interior, crafted with ornate and intricate details that exude the love and craftsmanship that went into the church’s design and construction.  No detail is overlooked here in this meticulously maintained facility, and in the late afternoon we find the warm tones from the sun to be a welcome element.  It is noted that the stained glass windows in this church are rather rare for buildings of this era.  Don’t they add a wonderful dash of color and joy to the interior?

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The perfect combination of natural wood finishes, highly skilled woodwork details and the vibrant colors and light found in the stained glass all work in harmony on the inside of the church.  As you view the interior space of the church from the balcony, the natural light lends itself to accent the overall feeling of peace and belonging you find here.  This sense is truly palpable.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Vignettes are found everywhere, revealing themselves in every turn you make.  We love capturing these little stories in a picture and sharing them here with everyone, and we can only hope that some of the wonder and love we experience on these sessions is reflected in our photography.  What started out as a simple love for heritage architecture has since grown into its own complete project, and through this work we find ourselves on a personal journey of discovery.  Everyone we meet through this work is happy to share their story, eager to show the facility in the best light and is all too happy to connect with us on a deep and personal level as we interact and take in the facility and it’s surroundings as a whole.

I believe this makes this one of the most meaningful and important projects we’ve ever worked on here at The Hollow, and for that we are eternally grateful for the opportunity.

We hope you’ve enjoyed touring St. Michael and All Angels’ with us today.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and join in with us here.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so do please feel free to leave us any comments you may have.

To see all 31 high quality photographs of this church, please visit our gallery “St. Michael & All Angels, Victoria, BC“.


A Barn Like No Other

Posted: 4th July 2014 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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What is it about old barns that captures our minds and attention?  Is it the juxtaposition of a man-made wooden structure standing in what is typically a field?  Is it the longing for times past, a connection with the physical work we do and it’s importance in our survival?  These days some of these elements are lost, likely due to modern lifestyles and conveniences.  In some ways I think this adds to the allure.

Old Wooden Character Barn - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Old Wooden Character Barn – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

It was a grey and overcast day, the clouds created a thick layer of diffusion for the light and added a touch of drama to the skies.  Mrs. Toad and I were chasing treasures around the mid-island on an electronic form of a scavenger hunt.  Only on this hunt we weren’t looking for specific items, we were on the hunt for locations and landmarks based on clues passed out at each checkpoint.  It was a day of adventure, one that we will both long remember.

Old Wooden Character Barn - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Old Wooden Character Barn – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As the day progressed, we found ourselves traveling the back roads and highways of the island, going through beautiful rolling hills and farms, seeing sights that are familiar to us yet at the same time still discovering the wonder in the world we find ourselves immersed in.  We often talk about retiring up in this area to a bucolic life in the rustic belt on the island.  We shall see what the long-term fates have in store for us in the coming years.  Even as we were considering this excitedly in the car, we turned a corner to find this old wooden barn.

Old Wooden Character Barn - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Old Wooden Character Barn – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Our weather is a harsh mistress to our buildings here on Vancouver Island.  Unfinished wood becomes quickly weathered in the dampness that seems to permeate the island for many months of the year.  We don’t typically get much snow here even though we live on the west coast of Canada, but this doesn’t alleviate the effects of cold and damp on wood over time.  It’s this very combination of things that makes for great barns.

Who’s barn is this?  What is the story behind it?  Is it new and freshly weathered, or is it 100 years old?  If it’s an old one, it’s been well maintained.  The structure looks sound and relatively intact.  Many of our forgotten barns possess no straight lines, and in some cases look like they are just a few days away from completely crumbling into the grounds that support them.  Not this barn.  Not anytime soon.

Old Wooden Character Barn - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Old Wooden Character Barn – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Even the fence that creates a barrier for roving photographers seems to have had a life of its own.  Oh, the secrets it could tell, my friends.  And even though scenes like this are becoming far rarer as the years fly by, the sense of wonder and artistic tension we find here today seems to take on a deeper meaning, a deeper sense of importance, and a deeper sense of longing for a simpler life.

What draws you to scenes like these?  What is it about this that resonates with you?  We truly love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us your comments and thoughts below.  Thanks for your visit today, we look forward to next time!

It was inevitable.  Our current conservative government is bent on approving any energy related projects, no matter what the potential environmental impacts might be, and no matter what we, the people of BC, really want.  With the recent disappointing approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, we are left feeling that our thoughts and opinions don’t matter and that Alberta’s long-term goal of energy dominance is all that really warrants consideration.

Coast Panorama - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Coast Panorama – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Imagine, if you will, our pristine coastlines and ocean views covered in a thick, black tar.  The toll on the local wildlife and our incredible landscapes would not be evident at first in the event of a spill, it might take years before the realization set in that this special place was forever changed in a way that is irreversible.  Economic opportunities are the key consideration, above all else.  And the worst part about it is that not only would we be the ones left to deal with the mess that I am personally highly skeptical could ever be really remediated, but we see almost none of the financial benefits of the project as a whole.  I know for near certain that me and my family will find no benefit, but stand to lose everything we love.

Commercial Ships Moored - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Commercial Ships Moored – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

All it takes is a few minutes spent researching the topic online to learn quickly that even though “the powers that be” seem to be happy to state that “everything will be fine, don’t panic”, the truth historically when it comes to pipelines in general is far from clear-cut.  As a collective community, all it takes is to bring up the Exxon Valdez to know that even after 20+ years since the incident, the lasting effects are still being felt in the area.  Trying to ignore those truths is an exercise carried out by our current government and those in control of the oil industry, and those of us who try to use common sense know that there’s far more to the story.

Commercial Ships Moored - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Commercial Ships Moored – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Who will explain to our children and our grandchildren that once this area was one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the world?  Will an empty promise of a better life placate them and the destroyed habitats?  Will the oil executives who are ultimately responsible for all this come to our shores and help with the clean-up?  I suspect not.

We’ve all heard the proverbial expression “you can’t unring that bell”.  Basically, it means that once an event occurs, it’s too late, nothing can be done to rectify the situation.  There is so much anecdotal evidence out there that oil tankers and pipelines are fraught with danger in terms of the environmental impacts of breaches, and that they are frequently poorly maintained.  In all reality they are just ticking time-bombs waiting for a nice day to go off.

All hope is far from lost, my friends, but the real battle is yet to begin.  In essence, we need to undo the decisions made in Ottawa on our behalf (and once again I stress, without any of our input).  During the hearings that took place over the course of the federal studies, in many cases the panels were behind closed-door meetings and were structured in such a way as to absolutely ensure no voices of dissent were introduced in the discussions.

At this time, we stand behind our friends at One Cowichan and the Dogwood Initiative as they creatively and constructively begin their daunting tasks of fostering initiatives to bring this story to a direct halt, and undo the damage that has been done so far.  Please become involved if you can, it’s only through these channels that we have any hope.

Here is a list of related news articles compiled from a variety of online sources discussing this project, and similar ones, and the challenges and dangers they bring to our beloved shores:

Northern Gateway pipeline’s doubled-up challengeEnbridge pipeline project has 2 pipes, one flowing east, one west, carrying 2 different products

Northern Gateway would up risk of whale strikes: biologistA marine research group says humpback and other whales are already victims of vessel strikes

Kinder Morgan backtracks from oil spill benefit claimKinder Morgan is on the defensive over a proposal to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline through British Columbia, after the company was ridiculed for saying an oil spill can have positive economic effects

Confidence falls in safe transport of oil, polls suggestPipelines have most support, but confidence in Ottawa’s ability to protect environment slipping

Northern Gateway pipeline report ‘flawed,’ 300 scholars tell PMOpen letter from scholars to Canada’s PM Harper says report is so flawed, it’s essentially useless

As the car slowly snaked its way down the narrow road, we were almost afraid to exhale. We had been down this road countless times, full of misplaced hope and wonder, only to be met with crushing disappointment. Left to speculate as to whether the camera coldly bearing down on us was, in fact, recording our every move or simply meant to deter any potential looky-loos, we were just starting the familiar dialogue of what could possibly happen if we hopped the fence when all of a sudden we fell dead silent. Rubbing our eyes just to make sure we weren’t seeing things, we turned to each other with a look usually reserved for Christmas morning.

Dear God, the gate was open!

Welcome back to the Hollow as we take you on an adventure that we very nearly contemplated a life of crime to bring you! In fact, if you live on the island, chances are you have driven past this amazing place many times and wondered what lay beyond that pesky iron gate. With nothing more than a “Bamberton” sign on the highway, there is little evidence of the bustling cement company that helped to build the communities we now call home, or the town that grew up around it. When the machines fell silent in the 1980′s, so too did the sounds of Christmases and dances in the community hall, neighbours chatting over their fences, and children squealing as they raced their toboggans down the village street.

So join us now as we start our newest blog series “A Day In The Life Of Bamberton“, and let’s take our first steps together beyond the iron gate.

Bamberton Museum - Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Bamberton Museum – Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Bamberton Museum - Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Bamberton Museum – Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The best place to start this great adventure is at the museum, located inside the former home of the first plant manager, Henry Anderson. His was a position of stature, and employees and villagers were only permitted to visit by invitation. Terry Brunt, lucky enough to have called Bamberton home as a child, fondly recalls swimming with all of the other children in Mr. Anderson’s pool on the weekends. Of course, with the appropriate invitation… most of the time, anyway!

Bamberton Museum - Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Bamberton Museum – Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Whenever we find ourselves in a new, unfamiliar area, the first place we usually head to is the local museum. Filled with things that reflect the unique people and celebrate the local history on a very personal level, it always leaves us with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what we are exploring. And while we consider ourselves quite seasoned in this regard, this visit proved that we could still be surprised and unexpectedly delighted!

Bamberton Museum - Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Bamberton Museum – Bamberton, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

More than just an ode to an historically important and successful cement company, this lovingly maintained collection tells stories of honest, hard-working people and the community they created for themselves and each other. Staffed by volunteers, some having grown up here themselves, makes time here feel more like walking through a storybook than a building. From learning all together in Miss Trowse’s one- room schoolhouse to strife and strike at the cement plant, the story of Bamberton will stay with you always. It is, most definitely, worth waiting for the iron gate to swing open!

Join us again shortly as we explore the remains of the cement plant, the stone walls that outline a village, the breath-taking scenery and even a glimpse into what the future may hold for this special place. And if you just happen to be on the island this summer, come and experience the magic of Bamberton in person! Visit the museum and head out for a tour of the village site with some friendly folks who grew up there and hear the wonderful stories they created all those years ago. Tours are limited, so check out their 2014 poster here for dates and details.  Also, if you are interested in the details of the history of Bamberton, please feel free to contact the Bamberton Historical Society via email or call directly at (250) 743-9196 to purchase a copy of “Bamberton From Dust to Bust” for only $18, plus shipping.  Proceeds from the book go directly to the Bamberton Historical Society.

Thanks for popping by, and as always, please do leave your thoughts and comments for all to share!

Until next time!

Warmly,

Mrs.Toad

The thick cobwebs hung like curtains on the walls. Colonies of bats filled the corners of the room like dark shadows. A stark sliver of light ran across the floor, bathing the room in an eerie glow. The air, damp and heavy, stood completely still as if the entire room was holding its breath.

These are the thoughts that ran vividly through our minds as we slowly and carefully ascended the narrow concrete staircase that seemingly went on forever. One foot carefully placed in front of the next as our hearts and imaginations raced with anticipation, finally ending at a small landing barely wide enough to turn around to see the swirling steps disappear behind us. As we stopped to catch what was left of our breath, the door creaked open. Across a small room stood a rickety spiral metal stairway that seemed more like it was suspended from the ceiling than sitting firmly on the ground beneath. With one last laboured inhalation, our curiosity compelled us further upward until we finally found ourselves face to face with a wooden door at the very top. This is what we had come to see. As our eyes locked in one last alacritous moment, we grasped the doorknob and swung the door open.

Thank you so much for joining us again today as we continue one of our very favourite running photo-blog series we call “Christ Church Cathedral“, a part of our larger series “The Anglican Church Project“. Today’s post takes us up,up,up into the clouds as we explore the the bell tower at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Just about everything we thought we knew about bell towers was turned upside down as we were met by what can only be described as an indescribable scene.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

I am convinced that even the most well-learned in our midst would forgive our apparently naive expectation of finding some lovely bells hanging majestically from their tops, ready to sway and ring out melodious notes to the appreciative folks below. So you can well imagine the bewilderment that immediately flooded us as we stood scratching our heads trying desperately to make sense of this large landscape of upside-down bells. It was as if we had jumped off the page of a C.S. Lewis story, straight through Alice’s magical looking glass.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Cast in England in 1935 as there was no foundry in Victoria or its environs, these bells were placed in the tower in crates before its completion. The large steel girders that support the bells were constructed similarly to how ships were built and craned up the massive tower. An impressive amount of engineering, even by today’s standards, went into creating the pulley system. Placing the bells upside-down cleverly exploits the centre of gravity and allows the heavy bells to swing with relatively little effort by pulling the ropes that hang in the ringing chamber on the level beneath. Described to us as “Victoria’s first truly heavy metal band”, this formidable set of bells weighs in at about ten thousand pounds and sits proudly approximately a hundred and twenty feet above the bustling city streets below.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

The original eight bells, replicas of those at Westminster Abbey, were dedicated in 1936 and two more bells were added in 1983 in the presence of the Queen and Prince Philip to bring the total to ten.

The colourful red paint on the end of the clappers does much more than simply making them festive. The rough paint holds a leather covering called a muffle in place, which when rung gives the bells the characteristic “bing, bing, bing, bong, bong, bong” effect that produces the beautiful cascading melody we are all familiar with.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Becoming an accomplished bell ringer is a long labour of love. It takes years to perfect with countless hours of practice and patience required. We were utterly amazed to learn that to play a complete song or “peal” takes upwards of three consecutive hours with no two lines being the same until the final one.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

If you are up to the task however, great reward comes in the form of one of these beautiful plaques awarded to those who, through sheer determination and pure joy, manage to complete an entire peal.

I guess I never fully appreciated the concerted effort that goes into creating those hauntingly beautiful sounds that stop me in my tracks every Sunday morning in a moment akin to smelling that proverbial rose. Who ever would have guessed that it’s some wonderfully talented folks and their upside-down bells?

Thank you ever so much for coming along on our bell tower adventure! This was truly one of our very favourite places to explore and learn about. For those of you who would like to know more about the bell tower and other hidden treasures at Christ Church Cathedral, please visit their website here.

We will be bringing you many more amazing stories about this very special place so please do stay tuned! And of course, please do leave your wonderful comments and stories for us to share. We really do love to hear from you!

Until next time!

Warmly,

Mrs. Toad

Time waits for no one it is said, but what about when it makes a grand journey only to find itself back home?  This story has all the makings of a wonderful story that ties our rich local history into the present.  Our involvement all started recently with a new connection we made at our local museum, the Cowichan Valley Museum.  We’ve been lucky enough to make contact with Kathryn Gagnon who is the Curator/Manager at the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives, and through this new connection we are launching a brand new series here on our blog called “The Cowichan Valley Museum“.  We really hope you enjoy experiencing the artifacts and events here at The Hollow with us as we roll out this new feature series.

Antique Clock - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Clock – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Kathryn came to the valley quite by accident.   She’s now been here for 10 years playing an important role in the community and working on new features and exhibits in an effort to bring a larger awareness of the museum as a whole to locals and visitors alike.  She sees the Cowichan Valley Museum as a means to share the history of our communities within the larger context of the overall community, representing and supporting them each individually in allowing their own unique voices to be heard in the process.  This is achieved by creating a shift from the convention style of curatorship where the museum and/or the curator is the authority.  This also means the museum is very accessible to everyone and is full of pertinent information and wonderful exhibits.

Antique Clock - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Clock – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

So with this all in mind, we start our new series today with a post that features this wonderful antique clock.  In and of itself it’s a beautiful piece, but as with many things in life when you delve deeper a really rich story emerges.

The building the Cowichan Valley Museum resides in is the second incarnation of a train station in the town of Duncan.  The first one story building was constructed in 1887 and in short order Duncan had outgrown it.  As Duncan became a boom-town, the E&N group came in and took the first one down and replaced it with the 2 story building in 1912 that still stands today.  Rowland Fawcett was the first Station Master at the train station, and he was also a Mason.  As such, when he was married in 1914 the Mason’s gave him a special wedding gift.  A beautiful clock.

Antique Clock - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Clock – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The special plaque that celebrates the event and the gift is still here and is in near perfect condition.  What a wonderful example of the longevity and quality that went into the creation of pieces like this 100 years ago.  In today’s age we don’t see things that are many years old still functioning and beloved by a family as we do with heirlooms and artifacts like this.

Antique Clock - Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Antique Clock – Cowichan Valley Museum, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The clock came to the museum through a very interesting series of connected events.  Some of the Fawcett family members ended up living on the mainland, and they treasured several key items from Rowland’s days as Station Master.  The clock being one of them.  Eventually ending up in the hands of the granddaughter of Rowland Fawcett, she truly wanted these items returned to the museum as it was their rightful home originally.  In 2007 this came true as part of a special ceremony for the museum, finding the granddaughter in town to cut the ribbon for the refurbishment work on the museum that had just been completed, and presenting the clock as a special item meant to go on display and to be remembered and cherished by the community moving forward.

This story serves to remind us how truth is far more interesting than fiction in many cases.  And how wonderful to think that this item started its life right here in this very building, and after having spent decades away it found its way back home at a very meaningful time.  As they always seem to say, Tempis Fugit.

If you find yourself living on or visiting Vancouver Island, we really encourage you to make some time to visit the Cowichan Valley Museum.  There are many terrific exhibits on display, with more coming, making for a perfect place to spend some time to connect with our past.  We hope to be featuring more of these stories in the future, so please stay tuned for those.

Thank you so much for your kind visit to The Hollow today, we really appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.