Marifield House in Victoria
Highlights of 2013
My wife Toshie; the spirit of Marifield House and my everything.
October 11, 2013.
Long weekend, marathon weekend coming up – ready, set, go!
Absolutely gorgeous afternoon today at Dallas Rd bluffs..
View from Dallas Road bluffs.
Photo: Meredith L. (Georgia) – thank you for the photo and the letter!
From: Meredith Lord and Randy who are from Georgia.
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 11:28 AM
Subject: Marifield house
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!!
We splurged and went to Butchart’s and had lunch on the terrace.
Soooo peaceful. In really enjoyed my pear cider and the lunch was tasty.
I think we will have to make this an annual event.
By the way, you cannot have the afternoon tea on the terrace. The reason they give is that the the food will draw wasps. A little white lie me thinks. Probably people having tea take their time and so as the seating is limited on the terrace they prefer to have people have lunch there – which is a simpler meal than the big tea service?
It was highly enjoyable. You need reservations. Most of the seating on the terrace though is for couples so you might squeeze in?
By the way, Toshie’s hat was the nicest of all the ladies hats out at the gardens today by far. Its hand-made; she bought it at the James Bay Market last Saturday.
While we were walking around the gardens I heard a fellow say that he enjoyed the tress and bushes as much as the flowers. A real meat and potatoes type I guess. But I cold identify with his likes also.
Dropped our guests at the dock in the Inner Harbour at 6:00 AM.
(Nice time to be downtown at the waterfront. All was calm on the glassy water and the cloudless sky brightening. Should be a good day for fishing on the Strait of Jaun de Fuca.)
…..Later this morning….. but not much later due to some sea-sickness – there were waves out there on the Strait -
a 20 some-odd pound spring salmon.
Red carpet substituted with beam of sunlight. Not bad, eh?
Picked this morning.
Very warm day. The warm days are piling up.
July 24 -
The weather has been great with lots of warm days. Still sunny but back to normal temperatures. Wear a sweater when near the seashore and in the evening. We had guests arrive wearing only t-shirts but the ocean breeze here was chilly, and they were from a hot and humid climate. It very very cool to them.
Other folks came from Alberta and said that they had hear it was always cold here. Not usually cold here during the summer months but it can be cold in the evening near the seashore.
The buskers festival is going on downtown. Some good; some so-so.
July 8th – time is flying by. A little fog in the air this am which is a nice cool touch.
This nice thank you note from Dominic and Emily of Richmond, B.C., which I have abbreviated and have gotten permission to put here:
It was 25 degrees celcius out at Butchart’s. The rose garden is in full bloom. We sat at the lagoon for awhile to cool down and then did a second tour of the rose garden. It was 21 degrees back at home – thank god for the James Bay Breeze !!!!!!!!!!!!!
We decided that 3 or 3:30 was a good time to arrive at the gardens. No big tours or anything like that to clog the pathways – unless you can be there at 9 AM. The early morning is also good.
(As for the fireworks, I have never seen them but everyone says they are good.)
The lovely Satbyol of Korea sent this photo taken at Butchart’s Gardens when she was here earlier in June. This is a different view, one we don’t often see. Very nice.
Last of the peonies.
First sweet pea arrangement of the year.
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).
A visit to the Robert Bateman Gallery at the newly renovated CPR building. Nice building! It used to house the Wax Museum. Nice view of the harbour and the $95 million yacht built be the Netscape creator. (To get teh view you have to peak behind the curtain.)
There is a bird I think in the painting below – yes, the duck.
I exchanged a few emails with a woman from Martha’s Vineyard. She said that I would be surprised and the cost of homes there. Not really. A ‘tear -down’ in our neighborhood goes for 450 – 500,000C$. I mentioned that to a woman from Min. She said, who is buying the homes? Tourists? I guess she thought we were still a bunch of hewers of wood and drawers of water If so, she was right. However, most homes in BC are bought by British Columbians.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
May 20th Maho (right) and Yuki. Maho has stayed with us before.
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.
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.
In the afternoon we took some returning guests for a drive along the scenic route.
Toshie never ceases to amaze me with her flower arrangements.
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 another point.
Aprl 26th. Occasionally we have children staying here at Marifield House.
We serve breakfast on Denby (not shown).
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.
Butchart’s Gardens is in 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.
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.