Victoria seems to be expanding on a daily basis and with all the so-so progress comes ‘growing pains’ for me – not the developers. I have a fond place in my heart for a whimsical little home that once stood watch over Victoria`s West Bay and the Esquimalt Naval Base.
Over the years I have romanticized about the kind of person who would inhabit such a macabre structure. Since I never saw any sign of life in, or around, the home I fantasized that it belonged to a swashbuckling pirate and his motley crew?
A few weeks ago as I sat at West Bay Marina`s outdoor café I saw the pirate atop the home helplessly gaze down at his beloved mermaid being carelessly tossed into the back of a rickety old pickup truck. My heart sunk when I realized what would happen next.
Guess what! I went by today and the pirate no longer protects West Bay Marina`s high seas and a perfectly green parcel of land fills the space where the home once stood – an uncanny resemblance to a cemetery plot.
My only misgivings are that I didn’t get to meet the seafarer responsible for building the mysterious hideaway and I will never get to see what was inside the home.
Has anyone else ever noticed this amusing little landmark? How many other of Victoria`s eccentric homes are being replaced by cookie cutter condo schemes. What can we do about this progression – or is it regression?
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