Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Alberta fall


A post just to post something

Trying to get posting again. My vehicle has been in the shop for a week. A part is on its way from Toronto. At this point I think it is being shipped by bicycle courier. I am using my winter beater in the meantime however I am not sure I can trust it for a long trip. Good times.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Revisit to Big Gap School

In the Neutral Hills area of Alberta. Beware of cow patties.

Saturday, 16 October 2021


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Not on the road again

Had plans to be out this weekend. I am actually supposed to be off on a few days vacation.

One of my vehicles is in the shop. It needs a part and the part is not available anywhere in my area. It is being sent from Ontario. That is the vehicle I was going to use. I should get it back next week.

I had plans to leave Friday and meet up with someone for a short roadtrip. The person came down with something, not COVID. I cancelled my time off and I am rescheduling. Most of what I have planned or scheduled this year has rarely worked out. That is not a complaint, it is an observation.

Spending my time re-evaluating a few things. My friend died recently and left a lot of things unfinished and a lot of things that he did not accomplish. I do not want to be that person. There is not a lot that I want to do but there are a few things. I have just been thinking how I want to spend the future and what is really important.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Out and about

Violetdale School 1918 - 1940

In rural Alberta located here:  52.2590, -110.9092

This was on my list for a year. It turned out to be a bit of a disappointment as I thought there would be more here. The road is more of a trail and it is like this for about two kilometres that goes over some hills, curves, and hugs the side of a hill.

The school site is on top of a hill where you can see the countryside in all directions. There is nothing there except for a foundation and a school sign. There are a lot of cow patties. Typical rural hazard.

It is a small school. It looks like it was under six hundred square feet. The location is a bit different as it is off the beaten path.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Road trip

Feeling the need to get away, desiring a break. Sometimes there is a bit too much going on and you need to step back and regroup.

I also need to come up with something to post. The post cupboard is getting bare.


Quick post

Recent revisit to the remains of a round barn in southern Alberta. I was in the area a week ago and got some quick shots from the road. Old stone buildings are rare in this province. 

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Monday, 11 October 2021

Bethel Baptist Cemetery

Three kilometres west of Campsie, Alberta.

Between 1908 and 1911 approximately one thousand black settlers emigrated from the United States to Alberta and settled in Wildwood, Amber Valley, Campsie, and Breton. This is a cemetery of black burials. The gate is right by the highway and easy to miss due to the trees and brush.

There is a cleared path that comes to a small clearing where the gravesites are. The markers are all the same and set into the ground. It is well kept.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Spotted in rural Alberta

Site of a former one room school. Some of them had some good names.

Ranch sign outside Hardisty, Alberta

On the board just above the rock.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Bales near Myrnam

Bales near Myrnam, Alberta in late September.  

New growth in the field might warrant a second cutting before winter.

- Michael Truman

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Springwell School 1931 - 1957

Rural Alberta, near Westlock.

Friday, 1 October 2021

Random fall

Friday music post

My friend was buried today. There are all kinds of things that get discussed over the years when you hang out with someone. I mentioned that there are certain songs that I would want played at my send off. I never got what he would have wanted, he never gave it much thought, and never came up with anything. I loved the guy like the brother I never had but I always thought he had a lousy taste in music (and movies).

My list evolves a bit over time. Here is what I have so far.

There are two by Billy Joe Shaver because I like Billy Joe Shaver. Besides, its my list.

Funeral for a friend

He is being laid to rest here:  53.35859, -114.36715

It is a small cemetery not far from where he lived.

Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan elevator

Thursday, 30 September 2021

A little good news

My eighty-three year old aunt that was taken to the hospital with COVID on Sunday night is being released today.

Somewhere between Harptree and Viceroy, Saskatchewan

On a range road sits this great stone house. It is on private property. Shot from the road.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Time Stand Still

Alberta fall


Harptree, Saskatchewan 49.3115, -105.4209

I was here in August 2021. The really weird thing is that I could have sworn I had driven by this place before. I turns out I was never near here.


In the 1980’s the town had a population of four. A 120,000 bushel UGG (United Grain Growers) elevator was built here in 1982. It was torn down in 1997. The railway tracks are long gone. The population is currently zero.


All that remains is a one room schoolhouse. It operated from 1913 - 1966.