Impressions on the veil of time

History Challenge The background of this image is a fresco on the wall of the House of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii. Some years ago I visited Pompeii and Herculaneum. I remember wincing at the plaster impressions of the final agony of people felled by the suffocating ash as they tried to flee on August…

Castle Ghosts of Victoria

This was my offering to Ed Mooneys‘ spectacular Spooktacular for Halloween. The castle and grounds are a perfect afternoon haunt. Colwood is an area outside of Victoria and there, in a beautiful setting by the ocean, sits Hatley Castle.  Built by  architect Samuel MacLure for James Dunsmuir, the son of coal baron Robert Dunsmuir,  it lies on 565 acres…

Ghost Stories of Old Victoria

Old Chinatown.  In the spirit of Ed Mooney’s wonderful ghost stories and history challenges,  here is a little local history. I will have one more for his Spooktacular at the end of the month. Fort Victoria was one of the last outposts of the British Empire (established by the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Company), and as with…

Ghostly Hymns

This is the month for all things ghostly and Ed Mooney is having his Spooktacular  challenge for Samhain and Hallow’s Eve.  I will be searching my archives or taking a John Adams Ghost Tour through Victoria in the hopes of coming up with more sites and events suitable. In the meantime I’m gearing up with…

My haunted offering to Monochrome Madness

 for Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness 35 – and in celebration of Halloween For those who like multi media I include two” haunting” pieces of music in medley from a much underrated film about – an enchanted girl who rises out of a modern day swimming pool, and a call to change which is as relevant…

The Ghostly Gardens of Hatley Castle

Hatley Park Castle was designed in 1907  by the well known architect  Sam MacLure for James Dunsmuir, son of the famous coal baron of Vancouver Island, Robert Dunsmuir.  The last Dunsmuir  grandchild, Dola, lived there for many years. She died under rather sad circumstances in 1966. I never tire of the place and it’s a…

More haunted wanderings

For all  ghostly lovers of light and shadow and anything else ( see background) Be still, wandering soul, my breathless companion of the journey. Take a moment to inhale the fading light, as the pining shade of Poe, in hungry waiting meets another lonely traveler, in a dream within a dream More of The  Gardens Background: Victoria’s…

Craigflower Farm

 A short story the farm and manor  a little history of  one of  the heritage sites in Victoria, BC, in story form She watched and waited, hoping to see the children walking home from the old school house just over the bridge. It was only a short distance away.  She thought wistfully of the summer…