Telegraph Road to Cowichan Head

From the Victoria Daily Colonist, April 28th, 1940- Across the highway from Keating Hall a road runs downhill to the east and an elderly signboard still bears the inscription: “Telegraph Road”. This is the way to the seashore at Island View Park. It drops rather steeply from the long gravelly ridge followed by the highwayContinue reading “Telegraph Road to Cowichan Head”

January by the Sea

Connell visits the rocks below the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point on two separate occasions, once in winter and once in summer. In the winter visit he focuses on bird life and geology and in the summer he befriends two young fishermen and teaches them about marine plant life. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, JanuaryContinue reading “January by the Sea”

Along the Happy Valley Road

Connell heads for the hills once again, this time to visit the picturesque Happy Valley in Colwood and Metchosin. He investigates the geography and the place names of the area and considers a peculiar local legend. From the Victoria Colonist, December 1st, 1940 – The road to Metchosin after skirting the broad gravelly plains ofContinue reading “Along the Happy Valley Road”

November in the Highland Hills

Connell and a friend head for the hills on a rainy November day 81 years ago. You’ll never look at rain the same way again! From the Victoria Daily Colonist, November 17th, 1940- An afternoon in the hills! Who would not take it when weather permits? Tom Goodlake’s hospitable car is at the door andContinue reading “November in the Highland Hills”

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”

“…And There Shall Be Snow”

Connell recalls some of the “Big Snow” winters of his youth and various adventures through the snowy landscape of rural and suburban Victoria. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, November 24, 1940– Despite all temporary and local discomforts there is a fascination about snow most of us never quite cease to feel. Children always are peculiarlyContinue reading ““…And There Shall Be Snow””