Just as every tree begins with a single seed, all cities, towns, and villages began with the courage and vision of a single person.  These seeds turn into oak trees if tended to and left to flourish.  And as every tree matures it drops acorns everywhere and soon a grove emerges.

We find ourselves back at Ross Bay Villa taking a look at the finished Dining Room in this article.  As we learned in our post “An Afternoon At The Villa“, this fabulous heritage house was saved from demolition by TLC The Land Conservancy of BC, a group of people dedicated to preserving our history and heritage.  Without their hard work, dedication, and passion, none of this would be here today for us all to enjoy.

Ross Bay Villa - Dining Room - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ross Bay Villa – Dining Room – Victoria, BC, Canada

Dinners were grand events, and many important people from the era sat in this very room and discussed important happenings of the time.  As evidenced by the beautiful and rich details, the people who work for TLC are set on perfection.  The amount of time and effort that goes into sourcing the decorative items and furniture for this room really adds so much to the overall character.  These folks love doing what they do, and it shows.

The antique fireplace was carefully restored and the original floors are accented by the period-correct furniture.  As restoration of the fireplace started,  volunteers were perplexed when they discovered heaps of broken glass in the wall spaces by the fire box.  A little investigation revealed that this was common practice to help buffer the heat and reduce the chance of a house fire.  The decorations, carefully placed, add dashes of color to the warm setting.  The 3D relief painting by the door is a wonderful hand-made example of the intricate and unique furnishings of the time.

Ross Bay Villa - Dining Room - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ross Bay Villa – Dining Room – Victoria, BC, Canada

The age alone of this wonderful old home is sure to fill it with the spirit and energy of those who lived here over the years,  but when the rich history is introduced a wonderful tapestry of how this city itself was formed begins to emerge.  Frank Roscoe as an early MP for the city of Victoria in the 1870’s, and the Roscoe family, was truly one of those key families that tend to be partially responsible for the core creation and development of many of our modern cities in North America.

Ross Bay Villa - Dining Room - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ross Bay Villa – Dining Room – Victoria, BC, Canada

Even the dining room table is an authentic representation of the furniture from a benefactor to TLC.  The chandelier was also really interesting.  It has a mechanism that allows it be to raised and lowered, making it easy to light and extinguish the candles for those elegant evenings of fine dining and intoxicating conversation.

The Roscoes had a live-in cook who was responsible for preparing the lavish meals and attending to the needs of the guests.  Having just arrived from Europe to settle this new land, these touches of elegance and privileged living would surely have been a welcomed anchor back to their homeland.

Ross Bay Villa - Dining Room - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ross Bay Villa – Dining Room – Victoria, BC, Canada

This is a celebration of rich tones, color and texture.  These kinds of antique cabinets were the source of pride for the owner, allowing them to store their finest bone china and silverware and display some of their favorite trinkets.  Again, the colors are all deep and warm, bringing so much personality to the scene.  Note the beautiful golden velvet chair in the corner, just beckoning visitors to sit a spell and relax.

Ross Bay Villa - Dining Room - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ross Bay Villa – Dining Room – Victoria, BC, Canada

This is without a doubt one of our favorite pictures from this shoot.  The simple elegance and beauty of a white vase full of white blooms produces a striking contrast.  This truly speaks to the feeling invoked while standing here in person.  Simple beauty; simple elegance.

Ross Bay Villa - Dining Room - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ross Bay Villa – Dining Room – Victoria, BC, Canada

I love this scene, it personifies our entire love for this genre of image creation.  One can just imagine the sunlight dancing on the shoulders of those who sat at this elegant desk to pen heartfelt love letters and beautiful poetry, occasionally glancing out the window for inspiration.

Ross Bay Villa - Dining Room - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ross Bay Villa – Dining Room – Victoria, BC, Canada

As we leave the party and head for the outdoors to see the gardens and grounds at Ross Bay Villa, we take a final parting look at an interesting doorknob.  Even simple things like this doorknob and the antique key really deliver a sense of interest to the overall setting and give the visitor a chance to experience a different way of life.  Things are indeed different in today’s modern world, and the chance to spend a moment or two in such a place is tantamount to finding a rip in time.  If not for all the hard work and dedication of people like the folks at TLC, many of these scenes would be relegated to story books and history tomes.

As we said, our next post will be featuring the outdoor gardens and grounds.  TLC has done a wonderful job in recreating those in perfect fashion, producing another compelling feature for Ross Bay Villa’s visitors to come and enjoy.  Stay tuned everyone, we’re just getting started!!

Thank you so kindly for taking the time to visit us here, we really appreciate all your support.  As always, we encourage all our visitors to leave us any comments that you may have as we really do love to hear from everyone.




  1. avatar TLC says:

    Cheers to a wonderful partnership! You have outdone yourself once again with the photos and words. Love the cabinet and door knob images. Great work Toads!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you SO much!! We are really really enjoying working with TLC, it’s been a highlight of our year! Of course, having access to such WONDERFUL photography subjects is a big help! You really do have the best properties and settings!! Really looking forward to so much more with TLC!! 🙂

  2. avatar Adam Allegro says:

    Some really awesome lighting in some of these Toad. Another fantastic post my friend. The amount of local history you have shared with us is staggeringly good. Thanks for the trip!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      I can’t even begin to thank you for your support and wonderful comments here today, Adam, thank you so much my friend! It really means a lot to us to have these opportunities, and when we share the stories here and get feedback like this it really makes our whole day. Many thanks, kind sir!

  3. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Wonderful images and continuation of your partnership with TLC. They definitely know how to find top notch people!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much Len! We’re totally humbled and honored by your kind comments here today, my friend!

  4. avatar LensScaper says:

    A wonderful set of images – naturally lit and so well framed. This has been a stunning renovation by TLC and you have done them proud with your work and commentary. Top notch, Toad

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you ever so kindly, Andy, your support here means the world to us my friend! Thanks for your kind comments on the photos, we were pretty excited when we post-processed these and they turned out. It’s a real honor and privilege to have this opportunity to both work with the great people at TLC, as well as share this with everyone here.

  5. avatar Rich McPeek says:

    Terrific post and images Toad! Thanks so much for sharing your adventures!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      And thank you so much for joining along with us, Rich, your support and friendship is something we really do appreciate!!

  6. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Outstanding post as always, Toad!
    Love the write-up and the images are life-like with great lighting. Really nice work.

    I am really drawn to that elegant desk, just something about that image. 😉
    These looks into yesteryear are always enjoyable and this post was a fine read.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Jimi, as always your visit proves to be a highlight of our day! How can we begin to thank you for taking the time to pop by like this, and for leaving us your very thoughtful comments that everyone can enjoy? It really does mean so much to us here at The Hollow, my friend! Top drawer!

  7. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Another terrific post Toad. Wonderful images but I just love the last 3. The vase shot is so beautifully composed and I love the tight framing of the last 2 images. Beautiful.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Coming from you, Edith, this means the WORLD to us! Many kind thanks for your wonderful visit and comments here, we surely appreciate it!

  8. avatar A.Barlow says:

    You know man, sometimes when I look at these photos you have taken and read the stories, I almost feel like you are sending these images through a time machine. The past comes to life sir. Good job!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Gosh, Aaron, we’ve been overwhelmed with the response to this series. Having you take the time to pop by and leave us these awesome comments means everything to us, my good friend, you sir are the best!

  9. avatar Rick Louie says:

    Some awesome work done on the restoration. Looks like the place is ready to entertain right now. That desk is beautiful! Great work by TLC.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Easy to imagine ladies in flowing dresses and gentlemen in their finest suits here, eh? 🙂 Many thanks for your visit and comments here, Rick, we sure do appreciate it!

  10. avatar Jim Nix says:

    love the closeup of the book on the desk, very cool

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Definitely one of our favorites, too, Jim, thanks so much for your visit and comments, my friend!

  11. so many great images to browse, but for me the leather bound book on the writing desk are the killers

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      You, sir, are both a scholar and a gentleman! Thanks, Chris, your support means a lot to us amphibians up here!

  12. […] Bay Villa in Victoria and include A Project of Love, An Afternoon at the Villa, Tea at the Villa, Dinner with the Roscoes, and Catching Butterflies. Find more wonderful photos on their blog ToadHollowPhotography.com and […]

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Our ongoing work with TLC is a true highlight for us, and we’re looking forward to doing much more together. We sincerely appreciate all the support they show us here, it means an awful lot to us!

  13. Great work as usual Toads! Very interesting about the glass in the walls next to the fireplace. I had never heard of doing that before. I am so glad to see somebody care enough to restore such a fabulous place. I think we need more places like this to teach everybody about history.

    There is an old hotel in my area that I have been to a couple of times. The city has been battling back and forth about whether to tear it down or restore it. At one point somebody bought it and saved it from certain destruction. Unfortunately they passed on and a developer bought the property. They decided it was worth more money to tear it down and build housing than to restore it. Now it appears somebody else is buying it and wants to continue with the plans of restoration. It is a 115 year old hotel so hopefully it will be saved! At least the community is behind it!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you for your kind visit, Michael! I LOVE stories like the one you share here! I really hope your old hotel finds a second life! We’ve got a great post coming up about a similar story regarding one of our old schools in the area, stay tuned for that! Thanks for taking the time to swing on by and see us, and for leaving us your fabulous comments, my friend!