Tuesday, 22 August 2017

In my little old sod shanty on the plain

Replica sod house in Tompkins, Saskatchewan. Even if it was a replica I had to stop. How often do you get to see a sod house? I stopped here on August 10, 2017 on an impromptu road trip.

A sod house was the first home for many settlers until you could get something better. The sign out front said to come in and sign the guest book.

It was small and cramped and not a straight line in the place. Places like this were home to many. They were probably warm since the walls are pretty thick. Your house would have natural camouflage as it would blend into the landscape. I wonder if anyone ever "lost" their house . . .

I had relatives that still used a water dipper many years ago. I have drank from one of these.

Solar and wind powered clothesline and privy outside.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Ukrainian Orthodox Mission of St. Peter and St. Paul 1934

Krydor, Saskatchewan July 15, 2017. The construction of the church was approved in 1934, it was not completed until 1945. I admire the perseverance. There is a sign in front detailing the history of the church. From what I could find I believe it is still being used. Krydor itself is practically a ghost town.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Blurry moose

Twilight and west of Monitor, Alberta on August 12, 2017 I spotted two moose in a farmer's field. A few quick photos were all that I could get. You would think for something this big (and moose are very big) you would see more of them. One day I will get a good moose photo.

Cotswold School 1913 - 1949

Northeast of Macklin, Saskatchewan August 20, 2017. This is a small school with what looks like a later addition to the front. The school as a very substantial base. I have never seen one built like this before.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

Cecil Ferry, Saskatchewan July 15, 2017

The Cecil Ferry is east of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, gravel roads on either side, and crosses the North Saskatchewan River.

What makes road trips interesting is the unexpected. I got to share the ferry with farm equipment. Not a lot of room left over my car on a small ferry.

You can see my car just in front.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The prairie air could be better

There are numerous forest fires in the province of British Columbia west of where I live. With winds and air currents the smoke from those fires has drifted into Alberta. Some days there is quite the haze in the air. I woke up sometime after three this morning coughing and choking due to the smoke in the air. I got a headache from the coughing and do not feel the greatest. I definitely have empathy for anyone that suffers from asthma, it must be hellish.

Obviously the people who are directly affected by the fires have it far worse. I think it will be a relief when the first snowfall hits. A good steady rain for a few days over British Columbia would help immensely.

Someone out there might like this as well

Stumbled across this site and thought others might find it interesting.


August 17th already?

Where is my summer going?

I have either crammed too much into my summer or not enough.

Black and white abandoned Saskatchewan

Parkbeg, Saskatchewan August 11, 2017.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

There are times when you encounter something truly amazing

This was a stop during a road trip on August 12, 2017. I will say that this is southwest of Unity, Saskatchewan in a very rural area. There is nothing near this church. There is a population challenged small town a few miles up the road. Other than that there is nothing nearby. It is a Roman Catholic Church built from 1918 to 1920 and is still in use.

After going inside I was immediately struck by the interior. It is an amazing sight.

Looking back from in front of the altar to the balcony.

I spent a fair amount of time admiring the artwork. The artwork was done by a famous artist, Count Berthold von Imhoff. He did the artwork for a number of rural churches. This is the first time I had encountered his work. I am somewhat religious. I am not Catholic. I could not help but feel a deep sense of reverence in this place. I enjoyed the beautiful silence of this church. I could have spent hours here.

The view from the upper level at the back.

From the inside looking out.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


East of Neidpath, Saskatchewan August 11, 2017. For some reason I like old barns.

When farm machinery goes bad

Spotted on the way to Wilkie, Saskatchewan August 12, 2017.

Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan August 12, 2017

Privately owned grain elevator on an long abandoned rail line. Lettering on the front says "Kohlman Farm".

Monday, 14 August 2017

Prairie landscape

South of Tompkins, Saskatchewan August 10, 2017.

South of Fenton, Saskatchewan July 15, 2017

Saron Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church built in 1907. The first Norwegian Lutheran Church built in Saskatchewan. The original is in the foreground. Beautiful spot and no town close by.