We’re back after a brief holiday break here at The Hollow to continue our running photoblog series “The Toad Visits Chemainus“. Mrs. Toad and myself spent our Canada Day long weekend hopping around the island, enjoying the weather that seems to finally have turned from winter to a semblance of summer. We managed to capture our last planned images for this series, so we’re thrilled to be back and ready to continue here with everyone! We sure do hope that all our visitors and friends had a great long weekend too.
As we continue to hop around the tiny community of Chemainus, on Vancouver Island BC in Canada, we can begin to take in the local businesses and their character and architecture.
I love turrets, I am pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before. Or anything that even faintly resembles a turret. In this shot we take in a local business that is just absolutely full of character. Some wonderful Victorian styling cues help to create a scene with a feeling of yesteryear. The vibrant colors all speak to island living, and in the front we have an inviting bench sitting underneath and old-fashioned lamp-post. Quaint doesn’t even begin to describe this.
If not for the cars parked, this image totally reminds me of the 1800’s. You can almost picture a horse and buggy making their way down the road here, with lovely ladies all dressed in their finest and gentlemen with formal hats.
A gentleman must be neatly trimmed to entertain the ladies, so no visit to an old town would be complete without dropping by the local barbers. You can get the latest scuttlebutt of all the locals, talk about the sports scores and discuss the coming summer months and chores that need doing. It’s much more than just a barber shop, it’s the social outlet for the local gentlemen.
We’ve got some more great new images coming from the Chemainus series tomorrow, so if you’ve enjoyed following along we encourage you to stay tuned. As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please do feel free to leave us some comments today!