Our series “The Hollow’s Backyard” will finish tomorrow with a nice wrap-up, but today we continue our grand adventure together. Being Toad’s who live on an island, we love all things nautical. The smell of the ocean breeze, the sound of the waves against the shore, bells ringing, flags flapping in the wind… all distinctive sounds that help to create the overall sensation of life by the ocean. The people who live in these fabulous homes are all unique themselves and they decorate their homes with some wonderful and distinctive items that really lend themselves to a true nautical feel. Today we will look at a few of these items.
The homes are all special, they all reflect those who live in them and their surroundings. The colors are distinctive and are really quite typical for Vancouver Island, and we love them. In this shot, we see a few of the homes on one of the rows of docks at the Maple Bay Marina. Peppered with distinct and very unique collections of items, these scenes provide an abundant source of interest with lot’s of wonderful details to enjoy.
Even though each place is special and unique in their own right, the folks who live here also really foster a true sense of community. Privacy is available for when needed, but your neighbor is just a few feet away and all too ready to help out in any manner required. In some ways, this really felt like stepping back in time to when everyone lived in small towns and communities, and folks really put a lot of care and effort into looking out for each other.
We were invited into one of the homes for a tour, but were asked to refrain from photo-taking so we don’t have any images to share we’re sorry to say… however, the strong sense of caring for the community and surroundings was very strong and evident. This is a welcoming place to old and new friends alike, and we absolutely relished the experience.
This is my favorite picture from today’s post. Mrs. Toad and myself have such a decoration in our house, and we believe they are commonly referred to as “Tree Spirits”. These adorn the outer wall of the houseboat pictured above and due to being outside really are wonderful in their weathered appearance. I also really loved the slightly out of focus lamp in the window in the left area of the image. Also, the rich tones of the wooden frame around the window really adds a wonderful dash of warmth and color to the overall scene.
Each home is entirely distinct with the decorations, and the ivory statue of what appears to be a mermaid was something too good to pass up for our lens this day. You can also see a plethora of colors emanating from the flower baskets and other artifacts of wonder present themselves to the viewer who spends a little time taking in the image.
It’s bittersweet to note that this series will be wrapping up tomorrow, we’ve really really enjoyed bringing this to you. We do have what we feel is a wonderful end, so if you’ve been following along and enjoying this series, we hope that tomorrow will not disappoint.
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