Posts Tagged ‘TLC’

Valentine’s Day is much more than pretty flowers, nice cards and warm sentiments, it’s a time to reflect on those things that are so meaningful to us.  Here at Toad Hollow we march to the beat of a slightly different drummer and with this in our hearts we take us back once again to one […]

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 […]

The bell clangs and the children rush to class.  First opened in 1855 to the growing community at the Craigflower Farm, the first 26 eager students had a bright future.  Education was a cornerstone in their development to help them become the future leaders and skilled tradespeople that helped to foment the city we live […]

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 […]

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 […]

When finally the daisies spring forth, the butterflies are not far behind.  After traveling thousands of miles by treacherous sea, a private garden patch would have been an oasis of peace for Mrs. Roscoe and something she tended to with much love.  Surrounded by rich, thick BC forest at the time, a delicate garden of […]

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 […]

As the world took on a more refined state in the 18th and 19th centuries, certain ceremonies and events came to represent a burgeoning need to create a highly cultivated societal structure.  High tea in the drawing room overtook the desire to lay plunder to your neighbors treasures.  And from this new outlook emerged many […]

As Victoria gets ready to celebrate its 150th birthday, we find ourselves reflecting on the history that brought us here.  Victoria originally started out as Fort Victoria in 1843, and slowly as the years went by began to grow.  Very little of the original structures and buildings remain from this period, and any time we […]