Archive for August, 2012

As the school bell rang across the countryside, the pitter-patter of tiny feet could be heard as the schoolchildren made their way to classes.  Today only the echoes remain as it has been over 100 years since the last class was held at the Craigflower Schoolhouse.  Yet it remains one of our most prized jewels […]

Imagine a time when ladies in beautiful flowing dresses and ornate bonnets gracefully sipped tea while dapper gentlemen with watch chains at their waists retired to the parlour to discuss politics and negotiate business deals.  Poetic images of fancy dinner parties alive with chatter, garden picnics under ruffled parasols and children huddled together by the dim […]

Bright eyed dolls in satin dresses, a tiny bed hidden beneath a zoo of stuffed animals,  crisp white linens that smell like outside, books that tell of a thousand adventures….while these might not make Julie Andrew’s list of her favourite things, they are most certainly at the very top of mine.  Little treasures that are […]

As times change, things that were considered quite normal before can now be looked upon with a critical eye.  As we learn things techniques go through a metamorphosis and the new understanding leads to a change in procedures and means.  This is the advancement of society. Join us today as we head back to our […]

Qualicum Beach Baptist Church

Posted: 22nd August 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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One of our prime loves here at The Hollow is our local architecture.  Rich in spirit and character, it reflects the society we’ve created on the island with ties to architectural details found in Europe.  Today finds us taking a look at one of our heritage churches on Vancouver Island, the Qualicum Beach Baptist Church.  […]

Cruisin’ To The Drive-In

Posted: 20th August 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Who here remembers drive-in theaters, sock hops, and having a burger with your best girl down at the local diner?  Some of these events happened just before I was born, but they all formed a part of the tradition I had growing up.  I definitely remember drive-ins and cruises, these were an important part of […]

Blue Jet: Corvette Grand Sport

Posted: 16th August 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It was a dark and still summer night.  The sky was black and the air was sweet.  The suburb of Langford was enveloped in peace, with no living souls on the streets except for those coming home from late shifts and the odd taxi here and there delivering weary party-goers to their waiting beds. Under a thick […]

The leaves rustle as the wind makes its way through the dense forest, much like a harp player who runs her fingers through the strings evoking a beautiful melody that makes the heart sing.  You are alone with nature, fully at peace with yourself and the wonder that surrounds you.  Suddenly that pile of bills […]

Ahhh, the sweet smell of a freshly baked loaf of golden bread smothered in dripping butter and wild strawberry jam, made with buckets of berries that took all day to collect.  The deep, musky scent of coffee percolating on the stove and eggs delicately sizzling in a bath of bacon fat.  Having grown up in Quebec, these memories […]

It’s a scene straight from a Harry Potter movie.  Or perhaps it’s the headquarters for the pending zombie infestation, or even the convention facility for the four horsemen of the apocalypse.  It certainly needs tidying up before the next meeting to avoid someone having to go to a doctor for a rather nasty tetanus shot. […]