Friday, 20 July 2018

She's a Brick House


Ow, she's a brick house
Well put-together, everybody knows
- The Commodores


I stumbled across this old brick house on highway 3 near Medora, Manitoba. Our family was staying in Boissevain, Manitoba. I had a morning to take photos, so I was driving around, updating my grain elevator photos (see Medora's grain elevator). When I saw this house, I had to stop and snap a few photos from the road.



It looks to be in pretty good shape, and given its location right on a highway, it is very visible. I imagine someone keeps a close eye on this building.

Southern Manitoba has a lot of abandoned buildings. It's a good spot to drive around and see what you can see.

- Steve Boyko

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Curious antelope

Usually you can never get one to stay long enough to get a photo. I got lucky a second time this year. Out and about in rural Alberta near Hanna last Sunday and managed to find one that was just as interested in me as I was in him. I managed to get a few photos. This is the best one.

Third Time's the Charm



Our gracious host has visited this pioneer school on two occasions, both those times being in the winter months.  I've decided to be a rebel and post photos of this stately old school taken in the summertime...in fact, these photos were taken just a few days ago on a big, blue and breezy day with lots of cloud action in the background.


Third time's the charm.




Not far away is a sign marking the original location of the school.


The original posts of Fairacres School can be seen here:
Fairacres School October 8, 2016
Fairacres School

- Michael Truman

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Prelude to hay bales

South of Hanna, Alberta July 16, 2018.

Random barn photo

Always looking for a good barn photo. 

Not a Clue


Recently, I was driving from Edmonton toward the grain elevator in Andrew, Alberta. Along highway 45, east of the Skaro shrine, I saw this abandoned building on a side road. I'm not sure what the function of this building was.

The large windows (?) suggest to me that it was a school, but I didn't see a sign nor a marker to indicate the building's purpose. It is open to the elements and the graffiti "artists" have been inside. I photographed it from the highway and a side road and did not approach the building.


- Steve Boyko

Monday, 16 July 2018

Lazy Monday post

Day off, tired and unmotivated to post much. 

Saw this on June 30, 2018 north of Andrew, Alberta.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Canola photo

In a field right beside my town of Airdrie, Alberta July 14, 2018.

Friday, 13 July 2018

The dangers of road tripping on Friday the 13th

Is that you may encounter hazards like this.

This is a real sign in Alberta on Range Road 143 that is here:  53.861175, -112.009857

The large hill just a little north on this road has two hairpin curves. The road is not as steep as depicted. Driving up it was not a problem. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

In the Arms of Angels


A small cemetery I visited in the Lac Pelletier area of Saskatchewan late this past winter. It is well cared for and obviously loved. 


The footprints at the "Angel" gravesite are from a family member who was just leaving as I arrived. We had a nice chat about life and death and all those things that happen in between.



The deep sea blue of the shadows are so striking at that time of year.




- Michael Truman

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Prairie scene

Not sure if I like this one or not. Tried it several times from several angles and this is the best result.

Trying to do some longer posts. Been a little busy and I need to come up with some material.

Green Dell School 1915 - 1953

Southern Saskatchewan on June 9, 2018.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Monday, 9 July 2018

Prairie scene


Ispas Orthodox Parish Holy Ascension Church

Tiny Orthodox Church located at: 53.889619, -111.837167

Ispas School sits abandoned west of here on the same township road. Just east of here is Ispas Hall.





Bell tower in the background. The grounds are well kept and there are some relatively recent burials. I do not know if the church is still in use.


A close up of a few of the more interesting headstones.


Sunday, 8 July 2018

Belfry School


The Belfry school is a one room schoolhouse, built in 1891. The building was moved to its present location (on Manitoba route 445, west of Melita and north of Elva) in 1896. It operated until 1963.


- Steve Boyko

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Canola is starting to bloom in Alberta

Canola fields north of Two Hills, Alberta June 30, 2018. 

Soon these fields will be a brilliant yellow.



Friday, 6 July 2018

Road trip?

Nothing planned and likely not. I do  have something planned for next weekend.

It is 30C right now and gas is $1.389/litre. That makes it perfect weather to sit on a deck this evening and have a beer.

Ispas School 1912 - 1956

Long abandoned school north of Hairy Hill, Alberta. No sign indentifying it. I ran across a local farmer later in the day who said it was Ispas School.




Thursday, 5 July 2018