Archive for April, 2012

As we find spring approaching, everyone begins to revel at the notion of warmer and longer days to enjoy.  We have a wood burning fireplace at The Hollow for our source of heat, and I can honestly tell you my flippers start getting tired from stacking, chopping and carrying wood for 11 months straight, and […]

Top Bridge Crossing

Posted: 24th April 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It’s funny how some things can be right in front of your nose sometimes, and yet you just don’t see them.  Mrs. Toad and I have probably driven by this place countless times and had no idea it was there.  This story is a prime example of how social media can really bring awareness to […]

I swear this wasn’t like this the last time we were here.  Not even a year has passed since our last visit to this storied place, and suddenly everything has changed and looks different.  We pulled up to the front doors and were pretty much ready to hop out and book ourselves a room in […]

There is just something utterly romantic about trains.  Almost everyone remembers The Orient Express and has some association with trains from this period.  Imagine if you will, a beautiful historic steam-driven train meanders through the countryside, working its way through tunnels, over deep canyons and up over mountain ranges.  The cars are full of the […]

For forty-seven years the pitter-patter of tiny feet could be heard in the playground and hallways.  For forty-seven years parents dropped off their wee ones, watching with love as their little person disappeared into the crowd eventually to find their way into school for the day.  Some would stand at the fence on tippy-toe, trying […]

You could venture into the forest a thousand times and never see anything like this.  And the further you go, the more you realize you’ve uncovered something completely profound.  Is it a statement on modern civilization, is it a political message, is it one of Canada’s best kept secrets?  It’s all these things.  And more. […]

We like to march to the beat of a different drummer here at The Hollow.  Holidays are a wonderful time to take a break, reflect on life and spend time with your friends and family.  And in many cases, holidays are about the kids. As the Easter weekend approaches, talk almost always turns to Easter […]

You want to put what, where?  Uh, no, that’s OK I think I’ll pass.  Given the state of modern medicine and how far we’ve come in the last 50 to 100 years, I’d strongly recommend running in the exact opposite direction if you ever encounter one of these. We’re back at the Metchosin Pioneer Museum […]