Some August Gleanings

Connell returns to the Uplands in late summer noting some distinctive characteristics of the season, as well as recalling a First Nations historical site at Loon Bay. From the Victoria Colonist, August 27th, 1939- How swiftly the hot days transport us into the beginnings of autumn. Already the stubble fields have turned the valley slopesContinue reading “Some August Gleanings”

Changed and Changing Countryside

Connell takes a nostalgic look back at the built and natural landscapes of Victoria and Saanich as they were during his first years on the West Coast in the early 1900s, with a focus on the region around Cedar Hill Cross Road and the Shelbourne Valley. From the Victoria Colonist, August 20th, 1939- “Believe itContinue reading “Changed and Changing Countryside”

Wild Things at Beacon Hill

Connell takes a summertime ramble to Meeqan observing some of the natural and human history of the park. From the Victoria Colonist, July 4th, 1943- Fortunately there still remains in Beacon Hill Park a large part of the original tract of land more or less as it was a century ago. The fine old oaksContinue reading “Wild Things at Beacon Hill”

Midsummer in the Wild Uplands

In this article Connell walks cross country from Richmond Road to the Uplands making note of the human and the natural scenes along the way. From the Victoria Colonist, July 11th, 1943- I left the Mount Tolmie car at a little street south of Lansdowne Road: it is a “street” on the map and onContinue reading “Midsummer in the Wild Uplands”

A Nature Miscellany (On a Vacant Lot)

Rev. Connell’s observations and reflections on some undeveloped urban/suburban natural spaces in and around Victoria 81 years ago and what he found growing there. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, June 2nd, 1940- This week I am bringing together a few isolated observations with little other thread or unity than their background in a very beautifulContinue reading “A Nature Miscellany (On a Vacant Lot)”

At Woodside by the Sea

“Some homes are destined for happy occasions, for large house parties and banquets, and any excuse at all for social entertainment with every guest entering into the festive spirit to ensure a jolly good time for all concerned”. Follow Rev. Connell to the historic farmhouse in Sooke, thus described by a contemporary writer, and thruContinue reading “At Woodside by the Sea”

Buttercup Time at the Uplands

From the Victoria Daily Colonist, May 10, 1942. Every Victorian knows the spring display at the Uplands when the camas and the buttercups are out in full bloom and all of that still wild part is an almost unbroken sheet of gold and purple-blue. There you have a precious bit of the past, for longContinue reading “Buttercup Time at the Uplands”

By A Nameless Stream

In March of 1943 Reverend Connell went for a ramble along what was for him a “nameless stream”- now known as Blenkinsop Creek- on what was then the edge of town. In this article he gives us a glimpse of the recent history of the area between Blenkinsop and Swan Lakes, as well as someContinue reading “By A Nameless Stream”

Across the Links to Oak Hill

Take a ramble with Reverend Connell across the Cedar Hill golf links and through the pastures and woodlands of North Dairy farm to the summit of Oak Hill overlooking the Shelbourne Valley. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, March 29th, 1942. Under a gray March sky and with a pleasant coolness in the air for walkingContinue reading “Across the Links to Oak Hill”

A New Year is Born

Rev. Connell considers the signs of early spring in the natural world in and around Victoria including the song of the skylarks and the opening of some of the first flowers. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, March 13, 1938. If we were to arrange our year according to the phenomena of Nature, it seems certainContinue reading “A New Year is Born”