Saturday, 15 June 2019

Some places I can never capture to my satisfaction

Whenever I am in this part of Alberta I stop and take some photos. I can never end up with a result that I am satisfied with.

Abraham Lake, Alberta.

Friday, 14 June 2019


A fun country sign I found on the way from Eastend to Simmie in Saskatchewan.

Lots of guys were named "Ole" when I was a kid. Not such a common name anymore.  That's a shame.

- Michael Truman

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Always running across a nice looking barn

It is well and good that readers of this blog like barns since there are a lot of them in my area.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Osborne School District #2520

This one-room school was opened in 1912 and operated until 1955 when it was closed and the area students were bussed to Jenner, Alberta. The teacher lived not far from the school in a two-room teacherage building (just to the north). The school was later used as a community hall for a while and now sits empty and forgotten. Located in Cypress County visited in May 2019

- Jason Paul Sailer

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Short run

Had time for quick ride after work. Everything seems to work. 

It felt good getting out on the highway.

Before I forget, thank you all for the kind words. 

Rehab without an intervention

Mom is being transferred today to a rehabilitation facility to help her recover from her stroke. I believe things look good. I am guessing that she will be there for a month.

Abandoned House - Cypress County, AB

I found an abandoned house on the way to look at a country church and an abandoned one-room school - Photographed in April 2019 in Cypress County, AB

- Jason Paul Sailer

Monday, 10 June 2019

I got egged

At least one of my clients likes me. They gave me eggs from their chickens.

I have recently taken over files from a person that had worked at my place of employment for nineteen years. So far I have been blindsided by stuff. It seems like every client has a crisis or a complaint about the simplest thing. There have been a lot of little minor things that have had to be fixed, there are some legitimate issues, and I have been running flat out trying to keep on top of things. I almost think they are trying to test me. Combine that with mom being in the hospital and it has not been a fun last two weeks. It has been down right exhausting.

The eggs were good. So I have that going for me.

Pokrovshye Old Greek Orthodox Church 1934

This one had been on my list for some time because it is so unique. My list is really informal. So informal I do not have it written down. I have a folder on my computer where I keep random road trip notes.

I did not find much information on this church. The church is a few miles from Hines Creek, Alberta so it was quite a distance for me to drive there. It was open and when I walked inside I am not sure it is still being used. It looked like someone was using it to paint icons. 

A number of icons on the wall. I like their work.

I quite liked this one.

I have to feed my habit of interesting window shots.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Return to Bender

The author of made this from one of my photos. This is unique, not something I ever expected from someone reading this blog.

Here is the original photo taken at Bender, Saskatchewan, which is all that remains of the place.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Just in Case . . .

. . . you don't know what a cow looks like, we'll spell it out for you!

Somewhere west of Hilda, Alberta.

Photographed on August 21, 2017 (summer) and February 22, 2019 (winter).

- Michael Truman

Friday, 7 June 2019

An update . . .

I do not divulge too much about my personal life on this blog as I do not consider this to be that kind of blog. I like this blog to be about other things. Personal things do sneak in from time to time. After my last post I believe I should put up some kind of explanation for the break. People who read this blog may want to know and are likely genuinely curious.

Early last Sunday the remaining parental unit, otherwise known as mom, had a stroke. She woke up not being able to move her side. She was taken by ambulance from where she lives, about an hour west of Edmonton, straight to a hospital in Edmonton. My aunt who lives in the same apartment style condo complex as my mother called the paramedics and then called me about eight that morning to tell me mom was on her way to the hospital.

I have been at the hospital off and on since Sunday morning. She was moved out of Emergency to a ward where she has a room to herself. There is no paralysis, she can move all of her limbs. She is weak on her left side and she is not able to stand on her own. Typical hospital stuff, a bunch of tests were done, and will be done, and you wait around for any meaningful news. This means that I know nothing much that is concrete and I have no idea how long she will be in the hospital. Mom appears to be in good spirits. She may be released in the near future and spend some time in rehabilitation before going home. Time will tell.

My aunt went ahead and set up a phone in her room. The phone is good for incoming calls only which is all she needs. I set her up with a television the day before yesterday. Visiting her the prior evening I think the television might be more popular than my presence. I have been juggling my job, visiting the hospital, and trying to answer multiple inquiries from her friends and relatives. I will have to visit her condo and check her mail and make sure her bills are paid. I have been a little busy and road trips might will be low priority for now. Posts may be infrequent.

I got the motorcycle delivered to my door last night. The whole thing was not handled to my satisfaction. Everything "looks" fine. The delivery guy apologized for the whole thing and I politely told him that it was not him who should be apologizing. He had nothing to do with it. Responsibility rests higher up and they are clearly not interested in contacting me. I am kind or dropping the matter since I have more important problems at the moment. 

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Blue Hawk Farm 1934

Spotted this east of Hines Creek, Alberta. It is on private property so these were the best angles I could manage taking photos from the road.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Another motorcycle update . . .

I did not get a phone call however I got a detailed email.

I will not get the bike back for the weekend. I got an apology and an explanation that parts are on order to replace whatever is missing. They will also be doing an inspection before it gets back to me. I should have it back on Tuesday. I will be missing some ideal riding weather this weekend however brakes on a motorcycle are important.

I have botched things in dealing with clients, not anything as serious as what happened with my motorcycle. Everyone screws up sometime. When I have discovered something I did wrong I have phoned to tell the person and tried to fix it right away, even if that means working outside of office hours and going to see the client in person to admit the mistake. People make mistakes, it is what you do to try to fix them. My big issue that no one picked up the phone to call me instead of hiding behind email. I would have had a lot more respect if someone had called, said they made a mistake, and will do what they can to make it right. 


This sign for Woodlawn Regional Park at Boundary Dam sits along Saskatchewan Highway #47 between Estevan and the Noonan, North Dakota border crossing.

Back in 2016 the hand-carved pelican was stolen and the incident was reported in the local newspaper.  The police had no leads and there were no witnesses to the crime.  It seemed like the culprit had gotten away with it.

Then a request was made in the newspaper to return the pelican, no questions asked.  As if my magic the pelican was soon returned to it's perch on top of the sign, much to the delight of passersby.  And no questions were asked.

- Michael Truman

Thursday, 30 May 2019

I expected better than this . . .

On May 28, 2019 I received an email from the Service Manager saying that someone would contact me about picking up the motorcycle. I received a call in the afternoon and I arranged a time to have it picked up.

My motorcycle was picked up by the morning of May 30, 2019 by a guy towing a truck with a motorcycle trailer. I asked their employee who picked it up to have someone call me as to when this would be resolved and when I would get my motorcycle back (and it should be delivered to me). I pointed out where the brakes came off the motorcycle and told them they should be happy I am being nice about this. It could have been a lawyer representing my estate contacting them since they could have killed me with their negligence. I have yet to receive any kind of response.

This evening after not getting a phone call or even an email from anyone at the dealership I sent an email to the Service Manager detailing the recent events and mentioning how displeased I am with their service.

If I do not receive a response my next call will be to whoever is at the top of their food chain.

If that does not work, I will be calling my lawyer.

I stopped for the barn

West of Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Nasty surprises

I had new tires put on the motorcycle on May 21, 2019. The motorcycle then sat for a week. Yesterday I took the motorcycle to work where it sat for the day. After work I hopped on, backed it out of the parking spot, and while doing so heard a "clunk". I started it, moved a few feet, and heard another "clunk". I immediately pulled over and shut it off. I could not see any obvious problem until I got down on the ground and noticed the brakes completely off the front wheel. This did not make me happy.

When the shop changed the tires they neglected to bolt on the front brakes and they fell off the motorcycle. I carefully got it home and this morning I called the shop and asked to speak to a manager. There is no manager in today, he will be in the following day. I stated what happened and sent them this photo of the brake assembly hanging from the brake cable. I await a phone call to see how they are going to fix this. Thankfully this did not happen at highway speed.


Tried a train shot last weekend. Noticed a train parked on the west side of the Alberta border alongside Highway 16.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Michael Truman started a new blog!

I want to thank him for posting here and hope he may gift this site with a post or two sometime in the future.

Please visit his blog at:

Halcourt Church 1911

This might be all that is left of Halcourt, Alberta. This church is in a rural area west of Grande Prairie, Alberta. I do not think it sees regular use these days. 

There is a fenced off on the other side of the church that held five horses.