Monday, 16 May 2022

Osborne School

A long abandoned schoolhouse near Tide Lake, Alberta.


- Michael Truman

Saturday, 14 May 2022


An impressive bison sculpture outside the Buffalo Community Hall in Alberta.

- Michael Truman

Friday, 13 May 2022

Blog notes

I noticed that all of the comments were being marked as SPAM. That is hopefully fixed. I recently commented on a few sites and I was marked as "Anonymous" rather than BWBandy. I will have to watch out for that next time I comment somewhere. Blogger still likes to throw off my formatting after I post.

May my Friday the 13th not get any worse than this.

The Witch House

A visit to the witch house on May 9, 2022.

This one never gets old.

- Michael Truman

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Motorcycle riding is better later in the day

I used to be able to sleep in. When I got older it was like some switch had been flipped and now I am incapable of sleeping in and usually wake up quite early. This morning I woke up at about 5:30am. The sun was shining, the sky was clear. Since I was wide awake I might as well take advantage. Time to take the motorcycle on an early morning ride.

The great thing about being out that early is there is not much traffic. Conversely it is not that warm. It might have looked great but the temperature was 1C. Later today it is supposed to be 19C.

I took a short run up the highway. I was dressed for the occasion, I am not used to it yet, this is the second ride of the season and it was slightly chilly. I need to get the feel for the bike back. On the way back I had to pull over on the shoulder to make way for an ambulance with flashing lights and siren. I  hope whoever it was is okay. I would have stopped somewhere for a coffee, not much is open between six and seven in the morning. I have lots of coffee at home. Sunday is rumoured to be good weather. The bike will come out again on the weekend.

Muffler Man

A farm sign south of Eastend, Saskatchewan.

Muffler Man is made of old automobile exhaust pipes and mufflers with orange reflectors for eyes.

- Michael Truman

Monday, 9 May 2022

I have seen two of these

A farmer I know made one and this one I spotted a little north of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. For those that may not know it is made from a steel grain bin.

Sunday, 8 May 2022

The countryside is transitioning from drab to green

It is like everything started to turn green overnight. I really noticed it traveling to see mom this weekend.

I spent most of the weekend with mom. I am concerned about mom. She is having some minor issues with living on her own. I would like her to consider moving into a place where she can be looked after rather than looking after herself. She does not get around as well as she used to and I think it is becoming incrementally worse. She seems a little smaller. I think she is coming around to the idea of moving but it might be a tough sell.

I stopped to see a friend on the weekend. He lives across the road from where my good friend that died last September lived. My friend's widow and kids moved off the quarter a few months ago. He had a motorcycle that he wanted to pass down to his son, his intention was to buy another one, and when his son was old enough they could go on rides together. I found out the bike was sold. If I knew it was going to be sold I would have bought it and held it for his son. Some of what is going on bothers me, the sale of the bike certainly did. Everything else is being parted out and the land will soon be up for sale.

Enjoy your time while you are here. Make your intentions known and put them in writing. Otherwise there is a good chance no one will respect your wishes when you are gone. 

Friday, 6 May 2022

Elevator Friday

From a recent drive through Rockhaven, Saskatchewan. Not much in Rockhaven.

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Perhaps Elon Musk could also buy Blogger

The last round of changes were a step back. Now they have changed how to comment. It would be nice if they were going to change Blogger they would at least make some decent changes that are easy and make sense. Or perhaps they could quit screwing with it altogether.

Stone Building

A stone building in an open field near Liebenthal, Saskatchewan. I think this is a barn, albeit one of simple design...almost looks like a garage. There aren't many stone structures in this part of the province so this was a lucky as well as a pleasant surprise.

- Michael Truman

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Burger time

Over a week ago the weather forecast said the weekend and this week was going to be good. I insured and registered my 2006 Suzuki Burgman 650 last Thursday. I should know better than to trust the forecast at this time of year. Last weekend there was some rain. Monday was not the best. I ignored the bike and let it sit.

Last night after work it was sunny and warm enough. The bike has been sitting since mid October last year. I grabbed the key, found my helmet, turned the key and it started with no problems. It had been stored all winter inside so I did not anticipate any issues. I took it out for a half hour last night and it felt good.

Summer is coming.

Wednesday windmill


Monday, 2 May 2022

Church on Monday

Ardath, Saskatchewan is verging on ghost town status. 

Ardath has an interesting history. In 1919 a train crashed through one of the village's three grain elevators killing three people.

A few years later, a fire destroyed most of main street.

In 1931 there was a murder where one man killed another man who he thought was someone else, then he burned down a house.

From a place that once had a few hundred people to only a few now. There are a few houses, not much to see. The elevators and businesses have long disappeared. The church, built in 1912, is well cared for and what I stopped for in the first place.

Saturday, 30 April 2022


Anyone who's driven through Medicine Hat, Alberta will recognize the Saamis Teepee.

It was originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary...three years later it found a permanent home in Medicine Hat.  The teepee is about 215 feet tall with a diameter of 160 feet.  Definitely the city's most prominent landmark.

- Michael Truman

Friday, 29 April 2022

Vanishing sentinels

Elevator at Conquest, Saskatchewan

Monday, 25 April 2022

Monday has come around again

Last week at the beginning of the week I got an unexpected message from a friend on mine that I had not seen for about five years or more. To be honest I cannot remember the last time we met in person. We went to high school together, he attended university and got a degree, then moved overseas. He comes to the USA and Canada from time to time. He mentioned he was going to be in Calgary and if we could meet up. I said I would make the trip.

Last Wednesday brakes were done on my vehicle. Drove to the shop during lunch last Friday to get the wheels retorqued. In the parking lot of the shop my vehicle decided to leak power steering fluid all over the pavement. I asked them when they could take a look at it and I was told next Tuesday, they were short staffed currently busy. I left them the key, said I would make do in the meantime, and caught a ride to my workplace.

Later that afternoon close to 4:00pm I got a call. It was fixed. They took a quick look at it and found it was something simple.  Power steering fluid was topped up and I was good to go. I picked it up and off to Calgary after work. Travel time is at least two and a half hours.

I stayed at my sister's place that night, visited my friend the next day. He is doing well. In the interim there was a phone call from mom, I usually visit her on weekends. Drove over three hours from Calgary to visit home and got to her place after seven on Saturday night.

Stayed overnight at mom's. Got the usual mom-related errands completed. Mom is doing fine. Arrived home late afternoon, travel time a little over an hour. Today I am tired. There may not be posts for a few days.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Conquest, Saskatchewan fire truck

I took a bit of a detour through Conquest, an interesting name for a town. More there than I thought. There is C.F.D. on the side which I would guess stands for Conquest Fire Department. It looks like it is still being used for something.

Saturday, 23 April 2022

East of Wilkie, Saskatchewan

I have posted it before and I will post it again whenever I drive past it. It is a abandoned catalogue house sitting in a field. I like stopping by and seeing it when I am in the area.

Friday, 22 April 2022

51.368429, -107.782823

Glamis, Saskatchewan is a ghost town. A little southeast of Glamis is this grain elevator in the middle of a field. Literally in the middle of large field with nothing around it. I tried to find some information on it on the internet but was unsuccessful.

There is a trail leading off the gravel road across the field that goes by it. I did not try the trail, that will have to wait for warmer days and drier roads. The close up shot was near the extreme range of my telephoto lens. 

Thursday, 21 April 2022

Swanson School 1916 - 1971

Ran across this by chance. This is in Swanson, Saskatchewan which is basically a ghost town. I have never seen an old school of this design. It has a brick exterior, a bell tower, and a large classroom on each floor. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

McKay School 1888 - 1951

A bit northeast of Whitewood, Saskatchewan. I did not get any closer because trudging over snowbanks wears thin quickly.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Late night art

Not my art. Some art I found while on the internet.

I like stuff like this and would love to have the talent to draw and paint. I am missing those particular genes.

John Rogers Cox - Grey and Gold

They changed the potatoes

Last weekend on Saturday I drove to Saskatoon for ribs. My other weekend plans were not working out so I thought I might as well get ribs.

When you order that from the menu you get ribs, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. The ribs were worth the trip, I should have ordered more. They changed the mashed potatoes. I do not know what they did to them but they are not the same. No cornbread either. It was replaced by some dark muffin type of thing. They need to bring the cornbread back. I do not know what they pan fry the green beans in but they were the same and just as good as I remember.

Personally I like my potatoes baked, fried, or boiled. I do not mind mashed but they are not my first choice. Scalloped potatoes are a crime against potatoes. Their potatoes were good mashed potatoes, not good enough this trip. If I go back and they are still doing this to the potatoes I might have to drop them.

Happy barn

I made a detour to Duperow, Saskatchewan on my way home on a recent trip to Saskatoon. I had never been down that particular road. I quickly found there was nothing of interest for me except a ways off the road in a farmyard was this barn which appealed to me.

By the way, there is not much at Duperow.

Monday, 18 April 2022

Monday church photo

St. John's Lutheran Church north of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

It is salmon, do not call it pink.

I stopped at a gas station in Oyen, Alberta today for coffee and gas. I noticed this car in the parking lot as it was not there a few minutes earlier. Two older men just came inside and I asked them if this was their car. They said it was and the first thing they did was set me straight on the colour. It is a Nash Metropolitan. I forgot to ask the year. They offered to take me for a rid in it. I was on my way home and declined but I am kicking myself for not taking them up on it.

They have been restoring it. Upon closer inspection there are a few minor wrinkles in the body and it does need to be repainted. I think they should change the colour.

Sometimes my planning is not the best . . .

Took a few days off from doing much this weekend and discovered I forgot to set up some posts for the weekend.

I will have to schedule some content. 

Friday, 15 April 2022

Napinka, Manitoba

Very small town Manitoba. The few streets had lots of soft snow and some mud when I was there a few weeks ago. I did manage to get the grain elevators which is why I was here.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Cameron Consolidated School


This lovely old school is located on highway 10 about 5 km northwest of Minnedosa. This school was closed in 1966. More information is available here.

Steve Boyko

Tuesday, 12 April 2022


These bales couldn't be in a nicer setting. Spotted this past fall near Slawa, Alberta.

- Michael Truman

Monday, 11 April 2022

St. George’s Anglican Church at Westbourne

We were en route to Riding Mountain National Park when we stopped briefly in the small town of Westbourne, Manitoba. This lovely old church is the St. George's Anglican Church, built in 1929.

Sunday, 10 April 2022

In search of . . .

Lately my usual routine is to visit mom on Friday nights and stay overnight. When I get outside town limits I stop and phone and ask if there is anything in particular she wants for dinner. Wendy's won out and I picked up a couple of items at the grocery store that I knew she needed. Mom had a stroke in 2019 and she gave up her car and license so I run her most of her errands for her. She has some home care and a housekeeper that drops in once a week.

The next day mom mentioned that the stopper for her kitchen sink was no longer stopping water from draining. I went out to get breakfast, mom likes the fast food breakfast on an English muffin so that has become our thing. On the way to get it I stopped at the hardware store to get the following:

My mistake was thinking these things were fairly universal so I did not take it with me. When I dropped into the hardware so I found out they were not universal. After breakfast I took the stopper from mom's and went back to look for a match. They did not have one there but I bought one I thought was close enough. I was wrong. When I got back it was just slightly less in diameter. You would think this would be a easy problem to fix.

Back to the hardware store and returned it. This was starting to irritate me. There was only one other store that carried stuff like this where mom lives. They had two different ones. I bought both because I could not see well enough through the plastic wrap to see if either were exactly what I needed. Got back to mom's and the the first one was not a fit. The second one did. I have had an easier time looking after her taxes and bill payments.

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Bede School

In southwestern Manitoba. If you look up Bede, Manitoba there is a cemetery and a former school. The school looks like there is some kind of business run out of it during the summer.

Friday, 8 April 2022

Tilson, Manitoba elevators

Not much happening in Tilson and not a lot of people either. They do have a couple of grain elevators.