Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
land of the living skies...
And we were witness to the living skies...we saw storms rolling by and beautiful sunsets.
We passed by the occasional farmstead, looking rather like there was no one home...
We couldn't resist a quick stop in the little town of Herbert, when we saw a sign on the highway inviting us to stop by the Herbert museum for 'faspa'. Now that is a word we don't hear too often these days...but it brought back memories of Sunday afternoon tea at grandma's place. We checked out the museum...learned a little about the history of the area and it's peoples...and carried on our way without actually sampling their 'faspa'. We opted instead to stop by Tim Horton's...
...and sipped our coffee while this moose looked on. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is a city with a most unusual name and a myriad of underground tunnels that attract over 100,000 tourists each year. It's another place that's worth visiting...but not this time!
Although Saskatchewan is home to 100,000 lakes and rivers...much of southern Saskatchewan is flat fields of grain. I took this photo about 12 miles west of the city of Regina. It seemed strange to see a city clearly on the horizon...where I come from there are hills and trees blocking the view and we don't see much besides mountains in the distance!
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Regina...be sure to tour Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police training centre.
Every Tuesday evening during the summer months, the police force performs a special 'Sunset Ceremony' – renowned as one of Canada’s top attractions. We never stopped in Regina this trip...but thoroughly enjoyed watching the parade on our last visit.
I loved the little old country churches scattered about the countryside.
There is quite a large Ukrainian population in Saskatchewan, and we stopped somewhere near Yorkton to check out this lovely Ukrainian Orthodox church. I'm not sure if it is still in use, but everything was immaculately kept...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
pets...and apple pie in July!
Last night they all came across the fields to show Bentley the lay of the land.
...and enjoy the best of the season.
I couldn't believe my good fortune when I found yellow transparents at the market a few weeks ago. I made up a pan of apple pie squares...they slice, stack and freeze beautifully. We enjoyed them quite regularly while on our road trip...and had the last two slices last night.
So that's my recommendation...try good old-fashioned yellow transparents and have apple pie in July!
Monday, July 28, 2008
southern Manitoba revisited...
...and we enjoyed the fields of lilies in Neepawa.
Metal storage bins seem to have replaced the trademark grain elevators across the prairies...but I'm glad there are still a few of the original wooden structures left here and there.
My sister and brother-in-law (Jim and Kathy) live on a dairy farm...in potato country! The soil in their area is incredibly sandy and fertile...they are situated on an aquifer, so have no shortage of water...and it is the perfect spot for growing potatoes.
While we enjoyed family time on their yard, we watched the planes spraying the potato fields across the road.
We gathered at Jim and Kathy's for a few days before and after my niece's wedding...family from several states and provinces.
We even helped cook dinner one night...as the Manitoba sun was setting! It seems to stay light there forever...
...so you know these youngun's are up far too late...and pretty happy about it!
Emme and Spencer had a wonderful time with my Iowa nieces and nephews...they wondered why Megan always called Grandpa "Uncle Elmer" though!
...some of us even played in the water for awhile.
So if you are looking for the perfect spot for an outdoor wedding...you might want to consider a farm in southern Manitoba!
I know the perfect spot....not only do they host the wedding guests, but they entertain family from near and far for days before and after!
Enjoy the week that lies ahead...there is much to be done!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
While we were travelling, we stopped by some beautiful, quiet spots...like this little lake at Vermilion Provincial Park in Alberta. It was so peaceful...and brought to mind the verse from Isaiah which speaks of God's perfect peace. Our lives become so busy, chaotic and anything but peaceful at times...and in the midst of all that, we need to turn our minds towards God and He will give perfect peace.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
had camera...did travel!
...a golden moon lighting up the Saskatchewan night...
...and joined the throngs that were gathered there to participate in their annual Lily Fest. Neepawa is near Brookdale (in Manitoba terms), where my niece's wedding festivities took place.
We had a great time with family last weekend (from Iowa, Texas, B.C., Alberta and Manitoba)...campfires, barbecues, fireworks, swimming parties...but the highlight, of course, was the wedding.
Our road trip included frequent stops...there were many photo op's I just couldn't pass up! We also checked out Tim Horton's in every province...the coffee's always good.
I found a few wonderful treasures at some little country thrift shoppes....I read a book....I completed a baby afghan for our next grandbaby (coming soon)...played sudoku...and read lots of magazines. Here's one I spent some time browsing, and it's on the newstands right now...
...Taste of Home's Church Supper edition. I'll be using it as a textbook in my test kitchen over the next while.
We saw wildlife in the Rockies...and the scenery was amazing! We logged over 3000 miles...and arrived home safe and sound last night. It's always good to be back home!
And now I have lots of things to catch up on at home....and a ball game to go watch at noon. I'm also looking forward to visiting all of you, my blogging friends...hope I haven't missed anything big while I was away.
Next week I'll take you back with me to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta...and Beautiful British Columbia--The Best Place on Earth (that's what the billboards say).
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We made the trip out here with precious cargo on board. Our last mission before leaving home was to snip hydrangeas…lots of hydrangeas…and arrange them in buckets of water for the journey.
...but they stood up beautifully and looked lovely on the tables at the reception.
Gillian and Chad were married at the farm where she grew up…and there couldn’t have been a lovelier garden setting! Kathy…my sister and mother-of-the-bride…always has beautiful gardens, and this year they were even more special. There were a few tense moments the morning of the wedding, when the skies opened up and the rain came down for hours. But they decided to take their chances, rather than moving to an indoor venue…and all was well. The sun came out shortly before the wedding started …and the lawns were dry in no time.
The preacher and the groom (and friends) arrived right on schedule...
...as did Gillian's friends...bridesmaids in blue.
We weren’t the only ones from B.C. at the wedding…the flower girls flew out just for the occasion. Emerson and Spencer have been so excited about Gillian’s wedding…and they had so much fun!
Brother Ryder decided weddings were OK too. He found a friend...a ball...and a large expanse of lawn, and he had a fine time.
Here comes the bride...
...no one seemed to be watching the sky. Suddenly it became very dark..and it was time to leave for the reception. We were barely off the yard when the rain began! How was that for timing?
It was a special day...from beginning to end...and we were so glad we could be part of it. I wish Chad and Gillian a lifetime of happiness together!
Jeremy and Broni (and family) flew home yesterday..we are packing up the motorhome and starting the trek back today. We've seen lots...I have scads of pictures...and I'll tell you all about it once I'm home.