Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

Imagine waking up in a beautiful character home, surrounded by the chirps of the local birds as the fresh Cowichan Valley air gently stirs in your room.  You awaken and head downstairs to where a lovely breakfast awaits you as the day begins.  All your plans for the day are yours for experiencing, as well […]

We love our history on Vancouver Island and on the West Coast of Canada, and we particularly love our history in the context of our wonderful and unique architecture.  We were absolutely delighted to meet Magdalena and Stefan Opalski more than a year ago, and learn of their plans to fully restore Wentworth Villa, one […]

Romance comes in many shapes and forms.  Sometimes it is a concept, sometimes it’s an emotion.  The one constant is it is always centered around how it makes your heart feel.  Romance can be spurred on by people, and it can be created by places.  In today’s article we are going to take you to […]

The trip lasted 3 days, but it left a mark on our very spirits that will follow us the rest of our days.  Vancouver Island is an amazing and very special place on earth, with no end to the discoveries that can be made.  The tallest mountains, the most beautiful oceans, beaches that go on […]

Our incredible weekend of discovery started on day one in the town of Port McNeill.  Situated on north Vancouver Island on the north-east shore on Queen Charlotte Strait, this wonderful community is home to roughly 2,500 folks who love and appreciate the lifestyle of ocean-side living in a remote community.  We traveled close to 1,000 […]

Who doesn’t love a murder mystery?  Especially when it involves scandal, intrigue, scorned lovers and a grisly end from a harsh series of mallet blows about the head.  Many believe Francis Rattenbury’s ghost still walks the halls of the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria, two of his most famous landmarks that today […]

The Toads At The Mill

Posted: 30th July 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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We tend to adventure a lot, even when we are on an assignment for a client here on Vancouver Island.  Frequently we find the most amazing things, things that cause us to take pause, and in many cases result in a plume of tire smoke as we sidle up to the latest find with brakes […]

Francis Mawson Rattenbury was a true character, one who left his indelible mark on our city’s landscapes even though his time spent on the west coast of Canada was mired in controversy.  Eventually leaving BC to start a new life with his new wife, his demise was both shocking and unexpected as he was found […]

The wonderful community of Oak Bay sits just outside the downtown core of Victoria and plays host to some of our most lovely heritage homes and buildings, and forms an integral part of the history of the city itself.  In today’s post we find ourselves continuing our long-running photoblog series “The Anglican Church Project” with […]

It was a damp, grey and rather dreary spring afternoon when Mrs. Toad and I found ourselves coming into the wonderful little character town of Chemainus here on Vancouver Island.  The colors were somewhat muted by the thick rain clouds that lingered overhead.  It was a good day to photograph the wonderful Victorian styled character […]