Living in a rainforest today introduces its own interesting elements into life. Living here 100 years ago must have been something else entirely. Back then a leaky roof didn’t result in ushering in a team of highly trained experts who repel in like a crack military team to replace and repair the broken roof. Today, most of our problems can be solved with a quick phone call… what about the time when there wasn’t even a phone?
We’re continuing our adventure at the BC Forest Discovery Centre today carrying on with our photoblog series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys“. This series of images was taken in the fall last year on a day when we visited this wonderful facility with our dearest friends, the Mudpuppies. It was a day so full of wonderful and interesting things to photograph, we actually ended up having to delete some shots as the day came to an end to make room for a few “must-get” pictures! What a problem to have!!
In a day and age where 4,000 square foot homes are quite normal, a scene like this creates more questions than it answers. Not to mention, families tended to be rather large. That is to say 14 people probably lived in this house. A house that is actually smaller than most people’s bedrooms these days.
Beyond the space limitations we also find that Mother Nature herself finds interest in buildings like this. Here on the West Coast of Canada it is quite normal to find mossy roofs like the one pictured here, and in many cases they actually still protect the house just fine. Not what you’d expect by looking at it, that’s for sure. Nothing will be straight or true in a house like this, yet these little details add so much character to what we’re looking at, don’t they? But honestly, if you headed down to Home Depot and requested that their experts in wood floor installations come by and take care of this place, they would all leave halfway through the job muttering something about “crooked this, that and the other thing”. Hanging pictures on the wall must be a challenge bigger than words.
The folks who setup and maintain the Forestry Centre are rather determined to preserve our history for future generations. We find this to be absolutely wonderful. Popping by this massive outdoor presentation can absorb (really easily!) an entire afternoon. And we can think of no better way to spend time!
The incredible textures and details in this old cabin caught our eye from quite some distance away as it sits in a corner of the facility, a little off the beaten track so to speak. They have the inside secured, so we were unable to get in and take any shots. But, we can honestly tell you that it’s SMALL! What more would you need, really?
This feature here today serves yet again to remind us how much things have changed over the last 100+ years. Modern day living looks nothing like what it did all those years ago. Mrs. Toad and I talk frequently about what it would be like if, say, electricity disappeared. It’s really hard to imagine as we all tend to take it somewhat for granted today. Mind you we probably wouldn’t have 8-5 jobs to go to every day, so that would change the dynamic there, too.
On that note, I have to go and fire up our 62″ widescreen TV and catch the football game. I think I’ll stick a tray of hot wings in the oven and sit back with a frosty beverage and really enjoy some of the modern conveniences. In HD.
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