Posts Tagged ‘Victoria’

As we continue to work on our personal projects here at Toad Hollow, we find that some of these projects leave us with a distinct sense of the profound.  This is especially true in regard to our project we refer to as “The Anglican Church Project“.  This exciting undertaking finds us visiting all of the […]

Ah, the smell of the ocean breezes, the sounds of lapping waves against the shores as gulls cry in the distance…  sights and sounds that bring an instant sense of tranquility and peace to all.  It’s truly hard to beat the feeling you get while visiting the shore and experiencing all the ambience it has […]

We were recently assigned a visit to St. George’s Anglican Church located in the heart of Cadboro Bay, a tiny community in the city of Victoria, British Columbia here on Vancouver Island.  The Cadboro Bay community is a wonderful place to visit as it sits by the ocean.  Here you will find delightful landscapes and […]

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 […]

My Secret Place

Posted: 14th December 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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We’ve all got spots that we tend to go to for solace, for a moment’s tranquility and peace.  When my mom became ill in the late 1970’s and we moved out to Vancouver Island, I found my spot quickly and came back often for moments of introspection.  This spot is both one of Vancouver Island’s […]

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 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 […]

The Edge Of The World

Posted: 30th March 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As the gulls circled overhead on the constant lookout for their next meal, a gentle cold wind made the grasses dance and the waves lap against the shore.  Vancouver Island is an amazing place, one that reveals natural treasures from every vantage.  Some of the most beautiful scenes are those where you look outward towards […]

It’s been a rough winter for many folks in the US and Canada this year.  We’ve thankfully somehow avoided all this out here on the west coast, having had a relatively mild winter with almost no snow on Vancouver Island (south) that I can recall.  With March in full swing now, the flowers are beginning […]

Ladies in Waiting

Posted: 18th March 2015 by Mrs. Toad in Photography
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Stroll along any street near the Victoria waterfront and you will likely be awed at the number and diversity of old and unique Victorian style houses, often built by the original families who came to Fort Victoria seeking new lives and new adventures during the mid-1800’s.  Often lonely and frequently hostile, life in those early […]