Posts Tagged ‘West Coast’

Even though Vancouver Island’s post-colonization history only encompasses the last 150 odd years or so, we do have quite a rich heritage to take in and enjoy.  Our buildings may not be thousands of years old as they are in old Europe, but many of them benefit from architectural cues derived from homes and buildings […]

It’s a malady as old as the ages themselves.  It’s a condition that many artists face, and while some master it, others spend lifetimes chasing it only to perish just short of the true goal.  So please bear with me today as I wax poetic on this topic, one that is just as much a […]

Every year the terrific folks at the Maple Bay Marina, just around the corner from where we live, host a widely acclaimed event called “The Wooden Boat Festival”.  For those who love everything nautical, this is a must-see event, one that finds crowds of folks coming from points all over the world to take in […]

Today Cole Island is inhabited by only the whispers of those who came before.  It now stands as a very important link to our heritage here on Vancouver Island under the watchful eye of the Provincial Government’s Heritage Branch and a local group of local people who have formed a community called the “Friends of […]

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, and there certainly is no lack of that around these parts lately!  Today’s post finds us in our own backyard where we are continuing a photoblog series we started in 2011 called “The Hollow’s Backyard” where we feature the sights and experiences we had at our local […]

It was inevitable.  Our current conservative government is bent on approving any energy related projects, no matter what the potential environmental impacts might be, and no matter what we, the people of BC, really want.  With the recent disappointing approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, we are left feeling that our thoughts and opinions don’t […]

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 […]

The Picturesque Victoria Harbor The picturesque Victoria Harbor is an amazing place to visit.  Photography opportunities are found everywhere with a great mix of things nautical sitting against a backdrop of the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the mountains in the distance.  In some cases, the best way to express a certain vision in terms of […]

As the holiday season approaches many of us begin to focus on home and family.  Time seems to morph and change as people hurry and rush about, buying presents and ingredients for big dinners.  Things at work tend to slow down and as the end of the month comes so does a heightened sense of […]

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 […]