Posts Tagged ‘Artifact’

Edmund Picoti Cole was the Master of HMS Fisgard during the British Admiralty Surveys of the coast in 1846, and Cole Island is named after him.  Within 60 years of this survey 16 magazines had been constructed on the island as well as some other buildings, one of which we’ll be discussing in a future […]

A Pinch Of Tobacco

Posted: 18th November 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Olde School, Photography
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100 years ago we looked forward to the simpler things in life.  A nice smoke after a lovely meal, a clean-shaven face and the smell of aftershave, and…  well, we’ll save the last one for last.  It’s been awhile since last we visited the Metchosin School House Museum and explored all the wonderful treasures on […]

Fate favors the prepared, I’ve heard it said many times.  Life on the west coast of Canada is a peaceful existence, the concept of an active war or military confrontation on our shores is a notion that is nearly impossible to fathom.  But that wasn’t always the case, and in the mid 1800’s as Britain […]

Headlights In The Field

Posted: 23rd September 2013 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It’s a real good thing I never grew up here.  I would have been in and out of the hospital non-stop for tetanus shots and to sew back on appendages that would have mysteriously been liberated from my body.  No matter how hard my mom would have tried, it would have been pointless, there’s no […]

Please be warned that you may need a tetanus shot after reading today’s post, my friends.  Today we’re heading back to the Metchosin Pioneer Museum, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada where we are continuing our long-running photoblog series “The Antiques Toad Show“.  This is a special place, one you can return to often and discover […]

Stepping through the gates is like stepping back in time, a simpler time, one where challenges created the rewards of starting a new life in a new country.  Ross Bay Villa represents this time as one of the few remaining original homes built during colonization of Victoria in the mid 1800’s.  We can think of […]

Some experiences leave an indelible mark, one that you carry with you through the years.  We’re heading back to George Sawchuk’s Wacky Woods in our running photoblog series “Two Toads in Wonderland” where we found a treasure-trove of pieces of interpretive art on display deep in the forests of Vancouver Island. Many of the pieces […]

Vancouver Island is a multifaceted place full of character, whimsy and even a bit of intrigue.  The little community of Coombs is a great example of this, full of things you just won’t see on a regular day.  Mrs. Toad’s latest blog post “A Lovely Day For A Motorcar Ride” takes us along as she […]

Toys! Toys! Toys!

Posted: 6th May 2013 by Mrs. Toad in Olde School, Photography
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“When I am grown to man’s estate I shall be very proud and great.  And tell the other girls and boys not to meddle with my toys!” – Robert Louis Stevenson If you believe roller skates should have keys, made a game of picking up wooden sticks with painted ends, created endless works of art with the […]

History is such a fickle lady, elevating certain stories to levels of yore while others are soon forgotten, lost forever in the ether of time.  History can be centered around a tale woven in the fabric of time a millennium ago, or it can share an allegory from recent times.  What factors affect those stories […]