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Marifield House B+B, Victoria BC, Canada

March 24, 2013

Welcome to Marifield House

8:15 PM August 5th      

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July 28th

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Beacon Hill Park Zoo.  Photo by Karen, age 6

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Breakfast. Photo by Karen, Age 6

 

 

July 15th

Visited Butchart’s Gardens this morning – we always go in the morning if we can and try to get there at 9:00.   We head for the Japanese garden and then do the whole route again -

and had lunch at Sidney at the

Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge

Decent pub fare and good service.

Indoor and outdoor seating.  We chose outdoor.

Just a strip of grass and a path between you and the beach and a great view. Nice cool breeze too.

Sidney is between Butchart’s Gardens and Schwartz Bay.

Both are about 30 minutes from Victoria and Marifield House.

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Beside the regular main dishes – whole wheat waffles and scones, eggs benny – crepes, oven-baked omolette –  we have  begun offering a vegetarian breakfast: organic soya beans, quinoa, and sprouted brown rice…(eggs – not organic) All breakfasts – all main dishes –  are served with fruit, something fresh-baked, yogurt, orange juice, and tea or fresh-ground coffee.   We normally serve breakfast at 8:00 or 8:30 AM   More details on our website. ……………………………………………………………………………………….  

We have two seating areas with views of our garden and Government Street.  

Dining Room

Dining Room    

Living Room dining area  

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How to get to Marifield House  from the Bus Depot and the Clipper dock.    

Green: from Clipper dock (that is, from Seattle, WA) Orange: from pacific Coach buss depot. (That is from Vancouver Int’l airport or downtown Vancouver.) victoria-vsa

If your luggage is heavy you might want to take a taxi.       ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..    

Our Favourite attractions, sights, places to amble, ramble and so forth:  

In Victoria:  

- RBC Museum

- Point Ellis House ( A Victoria House full of original furnishings etc. May – September) 

- ‘Government House’  grounds (we are not referring to the Legislative buildings aka ‘Parliament Buildings). – tea at Cary Castle Mews, Government House -

- Walking around Victoria and Harbour - 

- Butcharts gardens – - 

- Beacon Hill  etc. -   

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Rock Garden at Government House

-spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Strait of Juan de Fuca, named after the Greek explorer, passed by, by Captain Cook, rediscovered by Captain Barkley and his wife, Francis.)          

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- Day trips from Victoria – you need a car - Out of town, west of Victoria i.e., not ‘up island’….but towards Sooke and beyond.  

- Whiffin Spit at Sooke which is a 50 minute drive from Victoria. Nice place to walk. It s like Homer on the Kinai Perninsula in Alaska, but on a much smaller scale and not as cold! -

- Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. You must be nimble. Best place for swimming in summer. The water is cool and clear. Not for children. -

- China Beach – Lock your valuables in your trunk. Walk down the path to the beach. Walk back up through the campsite trail. Drive past China Beach Campsite, and park at the China Beach day-use area parking lot. From here you can try the Daun de Fuca trail if its not muddy or walk down to China Beach.

- Point-no-point is a popular restaurant out that way. As its on a corner, on the water side – drive past it, turn around and approach from the west….!! -

Witty’s Lagoon – 30 minutes from Victoria in Metchosin. We should have a brochure. (Botanical Beach is a long way from Victoria. The tide must be out when you get there. The tidal pools are not what they used to be. Walking on the rocks is treacherous.)   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  

One of Victoria’s best kept secrets: Carey Castle Mews at Government House      

-Tea Room -Costume museum Free admission, free parking, http://www.ltgov.bc.ca No need to make a reservation for tea or lunch   Open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday Mews 006   …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………  

April 12   On one  of our favourite walks in Victoria…is along the south shore of the harbour.    

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Seasoned kayakers can have a good paddle.  The best local trip is from Oak Bay to Chatham and Discovery Islands which are really interesting. Go with a group.   april 12 031                    

Whale watching

At Marifield House we do not take commissions from the 2 whale watching companies we recommend. (The guest pays the whale-watching company and at that time the commission is deducted from the total cost.) We recommend you book ahead in high season but it depends how long your stay is. If you have a few days you can get a good idea of the situation. There are many companies to choose from. Guests should feel free to use any of them. BC Whale Tours giant Zodiac :   blue 006        

February 27th,  

THANK YOU BOB AND LILA! Sent: Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 6:51:22 PM Hi David,

 
Lila and I have returned home after a very enjoyable two-night stay at Marifield House.
This was our first stay at a bed and breakfast, and we chose your home based on its wonderful location close to downtown attractions in Victoria.
 
We were very impressed with the suite, which is very spacious and clean, including the adjoining bathroom and toilet. The bed was large and comfortable. Having a key to the outside door was very convenient in terms of our comings and goings. Our breakfasts were spectacular on both days  in terms of content and presentation – worthy of a magazine cover photo and a guilty pleasure to consume.
 
Thank you for your hospitality and for helping to make our anniversary weekend so great. We recommend Marifield House to anyone looking for a bed and breakfast in Victoria, BC.
 
Bob and Lila Davies
 
 
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February 26th Beacon Hill Park, which is a 5 minute walk from Marifield House, is a very pleasant place to take a stroll or take in the view of the Strait of Jaun de Fuca. There are ponds, ducks, flower gardens, stands of oak and Douglas fir, meadows, the Children’s Zoo, two playgrounds, cricket pitch, tennis courts, the hill, concerts in summer and more…     Crocuses in Beacon Hill Park.

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February 1 A wee bit chilly today – but who cares -  the sun is shining! architecture 009     ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..   …………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………….. …………………… ……….    

Highlights of 2013

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My wife Toshie; the Power behind  Marifield House and my everything.  

October 5th

Cut fruit: photo: Meredith Lord

Cut fruit: photo: Meredith Lord

Photo: Meredith L. (Georgia) – thank you for the photo and the letter!   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Meridith and Randy

Meridith and Randy

From: Meredith Lord and Randy who are from Georgia. Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 11:28 AM To: dhelme@shaw.ca Subject: Marifield house Hi David, So sorry this took so long, things got really busy this summer. We had a death in the family and unexpected travel as well as being swamped with work. Just now coming up for air! Thanks again for your hospitality, we so enjoyed our stay! Here’s something for your blog: “Our experience at Marifield House started before we ever stepped foot in Victoria. I booked the room on-line which was a very simple process and quickly received a confirmation for our stay. The confirmation e-mail stated that I could ask any questions about Victoria and I did! David, the owner of Marifield House, was extremely helpful. He had great suggestions about what to do and see in Victoria. I couldn’t have planned our trip without him! Not only did David answer all of my questions, but in some cases he did a little research to help in getting us from point A to point B. Not having been to Victoria before this information was so helpful to us and he certainly went above and beyond. Once we arrived in beautiful downtown Victoria it was a relatively short walk to Marifield House. To get there we walked down a street lined with beautiful English gardens in front of each house. The location was SO convenient to downtown and all the attractions it had to offer. As we came upon Marifield House all I could smell was a sweet, spicy smell, almost like cinnamon. It was the California lilac that lined the front garden and it was intoxicating! We passed through the English garden to the beautifully maintained B&B. We were warmly greeted by David and Toshie, who is a delight! We were taken to our room overlooking the garden. On the night stand were two elephants made of our towels we were to use for our stay! The room was a nice size and was furnished with a flat screen TV. The bathroom was HUGE and beautiful! We chose the room with the shower that had double shower heads, oo-la-la! Upon going downstairs in the morning for breakfast, we were greeted with a large home made spread! Before we arrived I made David aware of a wheat allergy I have. All the breakfast items prepared for me each morning were wheat free and very delicious! Both David and Toshie came and talked with us for a few minutes while we ate breakfast, they are such gracious hosts! Each morning, a hummingbird came to the feeder in front of the large windows facing the garden as we ate breakfast. One morning we mentioned we were going to watch the fireworks at Butchart Gardens and Toshie was kind enough to lend us some old towels to sit on to watch the show. Again, above and beyond our expectations! Needless to say, we really enjoyed our stay! Both David and Toshie are lovely people and gracious hosts. I would definitely recommend staying at Marifield House!” David, I hope all is well with you and Toshie! If you’re ever in Atlanta, please let Randy and I know. If we ever get back to Victoria, we will definitely be back to Marifield House. =) Thanks again for you gracious hospitality and the ride to the Clipper as well, so helpful!! Best regards! Meredith Lord ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. August 20th We splurged and went to Butchart’s and had lunch on the terrace.

Terrace at B Gardens

Terrace at B Gardens

While we were walking around the gardens I heard a fellow say that he enjoyed the trees and bushes as much as the flowers.  A real meat and potatoes type I guess.  But I cold identify with his likes also.

August 9th Gone Fishing. Dropped our guests at the dock in the Inner Harbour at 6:00 AM. -

August 9, Satisfaction

August 9, Satisfaction

a 20 some-odd pound spring salmon. July 27th Picked this morning.

First Lilies, July 27.

First Lilies, July 27.

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Breaky

Breaky

 

June 30th  

Ms. Satbyol of Korea sent this photo taken at Butchart’s   Gardens when she was here earlier in June.   This is a different view of the gardens. Very nice.        

Photo by Satbyol

Photo by Satbyol

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Blue Poppies May/June is the time to see the blue poppies at Butchart’s Gardens. “The Blue Poppy has been a unique fixture in The Butchart Gardens since the 1920′s. A very short time after its’ discovery by Captain Frederick Marshman Bailey in the Himalayas, Jenny Butchart

planted the seeds and today it continues to flourish.”  

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June 30th

Meredith, photo taken by her husband Randy

Meredith, photo taken by her husband Randy

    June 26th Last of the peonies.

Last of the Peonies (phot: Toshie)

Last of the Peonies (phot: Toshie)

June 20th First sweet pea arrangement of the year.

Sweet

Sweet

By the way, our guest, Dorothy, said that high tea at Butchart’s was the best she has ever had and that their scones are as good as ours.  Hmmm. Dorothy’s review of the Gardens was similar to mine (see below).    

June 5. Out to Butchart’s Gardens today. Renewed our pass. The gardens are in the awkward in-between stage, following the glory of April, and the Dandyism of the Dahlia Season. The Japanese garden is always there to enjoy and we always do the little side-stroll to Butchart’s  Cove lookout which is contained by the most well-made cedar fence I have ever laid eyes on. The sound of the Kingfisher was not to be heard through the trees today.

Butchart's Cove

Butchart’s Cove

There are picnic tables across the sidewalk from the Visitor information centre which is inside the gardens at the beginning of the walk but no one uses them. It is shady there. The picnic tables near the parking lot get a lot more sun. The picnic tables are barely visible in this photo. You go up the slope behind the benches and turn right and there they are. June 3rd

Roses are cream.

Roses are cream.

May 30

Anna’s humming bird at the honeysuckle. Anna’s are non-migratory and made their way to Victoria in 1958. In the winter they live off bird feeders. This photo was taken by a guest a few days ago…

Anna's Hummingbird (photo: Jim williams)

Anna’s Hummingbird (photo: Jim williams)

May 27th

Strolled down to the Inner Harbour to take a look at the new Robert Bateman Gallery in the renovated CPR building (on the right in this old postcard) but there were line-ups. Victoria%20office  

May 23. One of two deer in Beacon Hill Park. Tallest totem pole in the world in the background. I have the distinct feeling that the deer is aware tthat it is being photographed. maho 004  

May 9th. I forgot to mention that Toshie and I drove oout to Port Renfrew to go to Botanical Beach which is about 2 plus hours from Victoria. We checked tide table before going out and arrived at low tide at 8:30AM. The tidal pools as far as I am aware are unique – are not found in such abundance anywhere else on the island. They are mostly filled with grass. Walking on the rocks to get to them is treacherous.

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May 20th Maho (right) and Yuki. Maho has stayed with us before.

Maho May 20, 2013

Maho May 20, 2013

Years ago, we had an Israeli guest who could not observe our no shoes policy because he wore a prosthetic leg and boot. A big black boot. So, my wife, Toshie, got down on her hands and knees and cleaned the sole of his boot. (I don’t know where this fellows wife was and can’t remember if he had one.) I have thought of that humble act from time to time over the years and perhaps that is what prompted me to bend down and fasten maho’s strap for her when she was struggling with it, not that I am comparaing the two actions. Mine required no humility. May 17. Blue Poppy, Butchart’s gardens. The highlight at this time is the Japanese Garden which is without a theme other than being Japanese. In other words its a hodge podge of Japanese garden themes thrown together but it works and works very well. This I have picked up from my wife’s commentary as we stroll along the pathways.

Blue poppy, Butchart's Garden (photo credit: david Helme)

Blue poppy, Butchart’s Garden (photo: me)

The other day we bought a  booster seat for small guests, which we get occasioanlly. Its nice when they are cute as they usually are and often Japanese. The option of offering separate seating works well. We have two dining tables – one in the living room by the window and one in the dining room. They are separated by French doors with the front entrance way in between. May 5th. Guests occasionally ask for the scone recipe, which came from an old B+B freind who has snce retired. You had us over when we were startin gout ten years and showed us how to make the best scones. What a lovely, vibrant and generous woman was/is Shelagh B. God bless you. We are not so generous and keep the recipe to our chest. But there are many. many others like it on the interent. Just look up ‘buttermilk scones’. May 4th, Back to Witty’s Lagoon.

Witty's Lagoon, May 4th

Witty’s Lagoon, May 4th

In the afternoon we took some returning guests for a drive along the scenic route.

Some guests takeing photos at look out point

Some guests takeing photos at look out point

May 2 Toshie never ceases to amaze me with her flower arrangements.

Tall flower arrangement

Tall flower arrangement

April 27th. We like to take our dinner down to Clover Point and watch the waves roll in, the para-surfers fly by.

View from Clover point.

View from Clover point.

      endapril 005     View from another point. endapril 007 ,   Aprl 26th. Occasionally we have children staying here at Marifield House. We serve breakfast on Denby (not shown).

Goodmorning. Goodmorning. Goodmorning.

Goodmorning. Goodmorning. Goodmorning.

    April 25th. Business is better than last year, although we were away for 10 days last April. Everything is growing and the smells and frgrances of spring are thick. Beacon Hill Park which is only 5 minutes walk from our place is looking good. 8 piglets were born recently at the petting zoo. April 23rd Butchart’s Gardens is in full bloom.

Full BLoom

Full BLoom

    April 17th. Witty’s lagoon is 30 minutes from Marifield House by car. On a sunny day the views and scenery cannot be beat.

Witty's lagoon

Witty’s lagoon

    There is a waterfall, sandy tidal flats and streams when the tide is out, grassy fields, and splendid views of the Strait and the Olympic Mountains.

Witty's lagoon

Witty’s lagoon

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