Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Why blog?

Simply because I enjoy it. I read many bloggers out there posting about their interests and they all seem to be having fun doing it. So I decided to join in.

Stopped by my favourite barn

St. Francis, Alberta March 18, 2017.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I had to be somewhere

Friday 9:20am March 17, 2017 looking out of a law firm's window at downtown Edmonton. This law firm is not representing me.

Another ongoing installment in divorce proceedings. I was served by my future ex wife after twenty years of marriage in March 2014. As soon as that happened I went shopping for a lawyer. I never bothered to find out what her reasons were. When this all started I wished my lawyer would have informed me what the process and sequence of events would be. So far it has been long periods of nothing happening waiting for various things to be completed with occasional legal meetings. The whole thing is more tedious than anything else. 

I am still legally married. I have not had any communication with her in any way for three years. No children. After the split I moved about three hours away by car. With all that time together and then suddenly finding myself separated three years ago I thought I would find myself missing her. I was a bit surprised that I never did. Over time I find myself forgetting what she looks like. The big adjustment after the split was trying to connect with new people in a new environment. It can be lonely and takes time to set up in a new area. 

If you are ever in need of a lawyer be business-like about it. I interviewed a couple and even fired one after a couple of meetings. I treated hiring a lawyer as paying a mercenary to work on my behalf. If you are not happy with your lawyer end the relationship and get a different one. I do not contact my lawyer unless it is strictly necessary. Stay out of their way and let them do their job. They have done this before, you have not. I am paying for services rendered and results and I intend to keep a lid on my costs. 

I was done with the meeting by 1:00pm. My former wife did not look happy. She wanted this, I did not, and I assume she is getting what she wanted, good or bad. This was one more step in the process. I am not sad or unhappy. I am indifferent at this point. I know this too shall pass, I will not be the first nor the last to have this experience. I harbour no animosity towards her and whatever we had is in the past. I try not dwell on things. 

After the meeting I take a long drive to relax and collect my thoughts. I am not really feeling anything although I feel I should. Apparently I am not thinking about anything in particular. My mind is more on the onset of spring and the sunny day.

The following day is a visit to see mom. She lives a little over an hour away west of Edmonton. I take mom out for brunch. Then mom wants me to wash her car. This seems to be a routine with her now. Every time I visit I am expected to wash her car. There are worse ways to spend the day. I do it to because it makes her happy. I drive her car to a car wash and give it a thorough wash. She offers to pay. I do not let her.

I try to visit mom about once a month if not more. I have become some type of courier between my mom and my sister. Whenever I go I take something up and return with something else. It irritates me however I have given up resisting this. There are other hills to die on. 

Mom seems to be doing well. It was a good visit except for the night. Mom lives in a forty-five and older building apartment style condominium that has about thirty units. The building is largely occupied by the senior set who like to keep the building inhumanly warm. I can never get a decent night of sleep when I am there. What sleep I got this time was extremely fractured. I can put up with all kinds of stuff except for screwing with my sleep. If I do not get reasonable sleep time I am a wreck the next day.

Sunday it is off home. I pick up breakfast because my mother lives instant coffee and I consider it a crime against nature. I never say anything when she makes if for me, I drink it to be polite. It happened to rain and freeze overnight making the roads treacherous first thing in the morning. A quick breakfast and I am off home. Close to four hours of drive time and minimal sleep and I make it an early night.

Somehow I doubt there is much competition for this title

Ran across this on March 17, 2017.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Goshen United Church March 19, 2017

Just a little north and a bit east of Villeneuve, Alberta sits Goshen United Church. The sign states that it is the original site of the Goshen United Church 1899 - 1958. I learned about this place from other bloggers and internet forums.

I just stopped for some quick photos. This is a much better blog post than mine.

This looks rural and it is however it is not in the middle of nowhere. There are post boxes in from of it and a lot of farms nearby. I used to live in St. Albert for many years and I am surprised how close this is to where I used to live. I am a bit miffed that I never ran across this when I lived in the area.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Woodbury Creek, British Columbia March 12, 2017

View upstream from the bridge on Highway 31 north of Ainsworth.

Old mine building by the creek.

Downstream from the bridge where it empties into Kootenay Lake.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Highway 31A March 12, 2017

Between New Denver and Kaslo, British Columbia. Largely a wet sloppy mess with rain, fog, and melting snow.

Remnants of a ghost town along the highway.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

On a clear day you can see for miles

So far this is not one of those days. Yesterday it was well above freezing with beautiful clear sky. This morning is bringing a sky filled with big wet fluffy flakes.

Crawford Bay/Balfour Ferry March 11, 2017

Crossing Kootenay Lake in British Columbia from Crawford Bay to Balfour. I have posted this crossing before. Winter gives a different look to it. Kootenay Lake is sixty-five miles long. The crossing takes thirty-five minutes and the crossing is about file miles. It is the longest free ferry ride in the world. Sternwheelers used to travel this lake.

The dock at Balfour. Lots of ducks in the water here. Nice place in the summer.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Sirdar, British Columbia March 12, 2017

I love old general stores. There is really nothing here except a store, a pub close by the store that appears to be closed for some time, and a couple of houses. I have not been able to find much information about the place on the internet either. Apparently at one time there were a few businesses, a rail station, and a rail turntable.

This one is at 49.243537, -116.621086 if you want to look it up on Google maps.

I had a peek inside the windows. The place operates because there is merchanise inside. I really want to look inside sometime as you can see very old original wood and glass store display cases. The store has a date of 1913 on the building. I was by here about a year ago and it was closed then. I think the hours might be erratic. 

I drove by this March 11 which was Saturday and it was closed. I drove by it again on my way home on March 13 and saw someone exiting the store. I pulled over and asked the elderly gentleman if the store was closed. He asked if I needed to get my mail. I mentioned I did not live in the area, I was passing through and I wanted to know when the store was open. He informed me that he was locking up and the owner went into Creston as there was a problem with a water pipe and that the owner needed to pick up something to fix it. So the store was closed until he got back. So now I know for certain the store operates. I am just three for three for not being able to see the inside. 

This is the pub.

Sirdar is on the side of a mountain. Across the highway is Duck Lake. These are terraced rock walls for an orchard just a little past the pub.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Kootenay Lake, British Columbia March 11, 2017

Three day trip. Close to six hundred fifty kilometres one way from Airdrie, Alberta to Ainsworth, British Columbia. I took the same route back. Left Saturday March 11 and back March 13, 2017. The distance was a bit excessive. For some reason I wanted, needed, a break. Prior posts were a little thin. Sometimes you do things to get your mind off things and find it right back on those same things when you get back. 

No matter. I enjoyed the trip. I highly recommend Ainsworth Hot Springs. The food at the resort is excellent and reasonably priced. Just up the road from Ainsworth is Kaslo. If you are ever in the area stop at the Kaslo Hotel or the Treehouse. Both great places for food. Back to the same responsibilities and issues that everyone has to deal with. Next weekend will be all business for personal matters and family.

Unless I can sneak away for a few hours . . .

Slocan Lake, British Columbia

Taken at New Denver and just six kilometres down the road at Silverton, British Columbia on March 12, 2017.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Quick take - St. Peter's Lutheran Church

The Lutherans must love St. Peter. They named a lot of churches after him. This one was built in 1903 and is just off Highway 53 east of Ponoka about halfway to Highway 21. It is still in use.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

First school in the area

"It was at this location the athe first school in the area was built in 1911. It was named Endiang S.D. #2253 after the original settlement of Endiang, located about two and a half miles to the northwest. 

Unfortunately the school burned down in 1917, classes were held at the U.F.A. Hall at the original site of Endiang. Where the school was rebuilt it was located one mile south of the original location, again named Endiang School. 

The railway came through the area in 1925 and the new town of Endiang sprang up. in 1927 the Wideawake School burned down and it was decided to build the new school in the new town in 1928."

November 6, 2016
This is on a back road east of Endiang and there is not much in Endiang these days. Nice little bit of history. There were a few towns that came into existence then when a railway came they moved the town to be closer to the railway. It is surprising how many rural one room schools burned down and were rebuilt. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Road signs

These are fast disappearing. I like stumbling across old road signs. They can often point the way to interesting spots in rural areas. Some places I have run across on old road signs no longer show up on maps. I have been to Edberg and Ferrintosh, Alberta. I do not know what Nova is referring to. Nova is a common name for companies in Alberta so it could be anything from a place to a oil and gas operation. I would have explored further however it recently snowed. A bit of melting snow and ice leaves me to tackle this another day.

At one time the Alberta Motor Association had signs all over the province similar to this. Some of their signs pointed to old original townsites and old churches. The AMA signs have not been replaced or maintained in years and a number of them are falling by the wayside.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Water Glen March 5, 2017

I am curious how much existed here. There is nothing now. East of Ponoka is Water Glen Road. A few miles up the road north of Highway 53 you will find some signs.

School marker. The school existed until 1949.

Right across the road from the school marker is a sign marking where a general store and post office once stood. You do not see many of these in Alberta.

Just barely up the road is a marker showing where the Water Glen Hall once stood.

Last is a marker where the church once stood. There is nothing left except prairie and a few farms in the area. The area was settled by Swedes. You can see Swedish names on farms in this area.

Just beyond the church marker is the cemetery. Everything is cold and quiet.


Someone was kind enough to email me about this post and advised me of the following about this place.

In 1896 it was called Smith's Grove.
In 1899 the name was changed to Fair.
In 1926 it became Water Glen.