Wednesday, 24 May 2017

School hunting May 21, 2017

This is near Thorsby, Alberta. Sometimes you drive by a place a few dozen times and not notice what was hiding in plain sight. The photo shows a school in the foreground and that certainly looks like a school in the background. I did a quick check and could not find any information on this school.

This is right in someone's farmyard. Below you can see the original foundation of the first building. I noticed the dandelions are out in full force.

The second building definitely looks like a school building. Mystery to solve for another day.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Not good at the vehicle shots

Old vehicles that look or are abandoned can make for some great photo opportunities. I saw this near Invermere, British Columbia on April 29, 2017. I like what they did with this and I wish I could have got a better photo.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Green! Glorious green!

Stellar Victoria Day Weekend. No matter where I was everything was nice and green. This is Burtonsville Road, not far from Tomahawk, Alberta where my mother grew up. 

Midday coffee in Banff, Alberta

The local draught is damn fine.

St. Anthony north of Etzikom, Alberta May 6, 2017

Built in 1911, closed in 1991. Someone stole the cross from the top of the church a few years ago. It is boarded up and there is no access to the inside. It is one of those simple straightforward churches typical of rural areas. I hope it gracefully fades away over time.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ugly tree

Near St. Francis, Alberta May 13, 2017. It will look better with some leaves. It has kind of a tactical ugliness to it, it makes it look like you to want to take it home to take care of it. 

Very early morning music post

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017

Road trip?

This weekend will be a three day weekend in Canada, Monday being Victoria Day named after Queen Victoria. Her birthday was celebrated in Canada before Canada became a nation. Over time her birthday became a national holiday.

There are a few places I would like to get to however that depends on the roads and the weather. Wherever I am going it will not be Piney, Manitoba. I drove a few miles on the back roads when I was out to visit my mother last weekend. The roads then were wet and a little slick. Everything should be dry this weekend. I think I should contact the KIA company and show them what I have been putting one of their cars through. Maybe they will throw some money my way for an endorsement deal so I can get my hands on an SUV.

Glen Echo School 1913 - 1945

This is in a very rural area southwest of Bow Island, Alberta. I am not saying where this is except that it is not on a main road. A lot of work was put into this project. After the school was closed it was moved to Bow Island, Alberta. It was moved back to it's original site and restored.

There is a marker in front of the school. It states that the funding for the restoration of the school was provided by Henry Dale Schnee who attended the school from 1938 to 1945. He was eighty-one when he undertook this project. He must have loved this place to put his time, effort, and resources into restoring it. I hope it stands for many years.

There is a secure door and the windows have steel roll shutters. It is unfortunate that you have to guard against crime in the middle of nowhere. 

I did not go in the school. I put my camera up against the window to get this photo. This was very well restored. You can notice a school bell on the teacher's desk.

The original foundation. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Quick thank you to . . .

D M Truman at  He was kind enough to point out some places that I missed in his area of the province. Especially Charles School and Glen Echo School. 

Not a bale post

This time it is a barn. Near Jenner, Alberta April 15, 2017.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Charles School

Tiny school south of Nemiskam, Alberta. This was posted by another blogger and upon seeing it I just had to see it for myself. There is a book that has been scanned and posted online titled "Pioneering With a Piece of Chalk" which attempts to give a bit of history on every one room school that existed in Alberta. A lot of this history of places like this has been lost to time. Apparently this place started as a school in 1911. There is not information when it stopped operating. It is on private land nad still on its original location. If there were any signs of life at the neighbouring farm I would have asked if I could have got a closer look.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Outside Patricia, Alberta April 15, 2017

I have driven past this a couple of times and have never been able to capture this just the way I want it. I do love the sense of humour in putting this together. This area is known for their dinosaur finds.

Trying the art post once again

Spotted near Lethbridge, Alberta May 6, 2017.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Odds and ends

Spent a chunk of the weekend visiting mom as Mother's Day was on Sunday. My sister and her son made it as well. As soon as the grandkid is in the picture you just know that you will not be able to compete. Took mom out for dinner. We got her a cell phone as a gift. It is linked to my account so she will never see a bill. I got her the simplest one as all she will ever need it for is the occasional phone call. Mom was excited to get a cell phone which sort of surprised me. She is not one to embrace new technology. I managed to escape the task of washing her car. I think she forgot to ask and I was not going to remind her.

There are certain things you do to make other people happy. Mother's Day is one of those things. My mother lives in an apartment style condominium complex for people over the age of forty-five. There are a lot of older ladies there and every one of them love it when their family comes to visit. A bit of effort on your part can really make someone's day.

St. Mark's Church

Originally a Presbyterian Church, then an Anglican Church. Started in 1895, finished in 1896, restored in 1990. This is just a little north of Brisco, British Columbia and barely off Highway 95. If you do not look carefully you will miss it. The trail off the highway is down a small hill and up a slope. In the summer this church would be totally obscured by the trees.

Wonderful spot.

"John E Rush Born Sept 4, 1879 Died June 28, 1902
Farewell Kind Heart Till We Meet In Heaven"

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Forgotten Alberta May 6, 2017

I keep an eye out for railway signs like this one. Some of them mark places and stops that one existed where now only a sign exists. I do wonder why the signs are left to mark nothing. This is along Highway 61 west of Foremost, Alberta. There was once a couple of grain elevators here years ago. There is nothing now.