Tuesday, 31 October 2017

End of the Season

Today was my last official work day of the
season.  The important gardening was pretty
well finished by the end of September and
when it snowed in early October I decided
that was enough for this year and took most
of October to, among other things, explore
southern Saskatchewan and northwestern
North Dakota. 

Today was the day to take a final look at
the country acreages and farm yards and
make some plans for next year.  It's a ritual
I perform each year...one last look before
winter.  Gardening is now officially over
for the season.  I'll miss it until next year.

This big sunflower is my "nod to the
season's end."

Photographed on September 21, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, plants, sunflower, gardening

Happy Hallowe'en

I saw this wonderfully big owl
south of Dunmore, Alberta today.

Happy Hallowe'en everyone!

Photographed on Hallowe'en, 2017.

Hallowe'en, owl, animals, Dunmore, Alberta

Lang Cemetery

This cemetery is about a quarter mile east
of the village of Lang, Saskatchewan.  It
is still in use with burials that date back to
the early 1900s. 

A prominent feature of this prairie
cemetery is the Larson Mausoleum.  It was
constructed in the early 1920s by Bernard
Larson for himself and his family.  The
tomb is constructed of Tyndall Stone,
engraved on one side with the Larson name,
with copper-clad steel doors.  The
ornamental glass windows in the doors
have been broken and are now covered
with steel grating. 

This is one of only a few stone
mausoleums in the province of
Saskatchewan and was designated a
Municipal Heritage Property in 2001. 
The well preserved coffins are visible
through the grated windows.  More
information about this mausoleum can
be seen here:

Larson Mausoleum

Photographed on October 19, 2017.

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

cemetery, Lang, Saskatchewan, mausoleum, pioneer

Monday, 30 October 2017

Ogema C.P.R. Station

The Canadian Pacific Railway station in
Ogema, Saskatchewan.

The original train station built in 1912
was destroyed in the 1960s but this one,
from Simpson, Saskatchewan and also
built in 1912, has been lovingly restored
and sits on the spot of the original.

Southern Prairie Railway operates a
tourist passenger service from here
during the summer months.  Read more
about the train station and passenger
tours here:

Southern Prairie Railway

Photographed on October 26, 2017.

train station, historical, Ogema, Saskatchewan, C.P.R.

train station, historical, Ogema, Saskatchewan, C.P.R.

train station, historical, Ogema, Saskatchewan, C.P.R.

train station, historical, Ogema, Saskatchewan, C.P.R.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Lac Qui Parle Church and Cemetery

Lac Qui Parle Scandanavian Lutheran
Congregation was established in 1905 and
was named after Lac Qui Parle County in
Minnesota, the former home of these
mostly Norwegian immigrants.

"Lac Qui Parle" is a French translation
of the native Dakota name meaning
"Lake which speaks."  There were no
French-speaking people involved with
this settlement, neither is there a lake.  I
believe the chosen name had much to do
with their homesickness for Minnesota.

The cemetery remains active to this day
with the first burial taking place in 1906.
The church building was completed in
November 1915 and remains in fine
condition; the interior being particularly
well preserved.  The severe lines and
angles of the exterior are in sharp
contrast to the rich yet soft indoor
ambience. 
 
Both the church and cemetery are
meticulously well kept. 
   
Photographed on October 17, 2017.

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Torquay, Saskatchewan, church, cemetery, historical

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Central School

This was well worth the stop in Swift Current
on my last trip through southern Saskatchewan.

Read more about it here:

Central School

Enjoy the photos!

Photographed on October 16, 2017.

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current
 historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current


historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

historical, school, Saskatchewan, Swift Current

Friday, 27 October 2017

A Lot of Fine Horses

A monument remembering the horses
on the Cole Ranch.  This is pretty sweet.

Located near Pine Cree Regional Park
in Saskatchewan.

Photographed on October 11, 2017.

Southfork, Saskatchewan, monument, historical, ranch

Southfork, Saskatchewan, monument, historical, ranch

Southfork, Saskatchewan, monument, historical, ranch