Thursday, May 24, 2018


I see a lot of barns. A LOT. I like the ones that are all alone, I am sure they used to be part of a homestead. I try to picture these busy homesteads and can get carried away with all the 'I wonder whys'. I wonder when I wander.

Here are some barns we saw on 2 separate trips. All NW, W and SW of Edmonton. No stories or anything just some cool barns.

March 24th, 2018:

 April 21, 2018 Barns:

The following is a favourite barn (also pictured above), it is easy to spot beside a major highway. I have stopped at it often. Here it is on April 21st and also a shot from last summer. I am standing in almost the same spot it appears.  If anyone else sees barn faces, this one looks happy despite it's pronounced lean.

Do you have a favourite barn? I have one, but it is not pictured here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Telfordville Detour

The hamlet of Telfordville was a treat, I didn't know what to expect here but was surprised at it's charm. If you come in from the highway north, the pretty tree lined road winds down into a river valley and is pleasant change from the surrounding farmland. Keep on this road and it will eventually meet up with the same highway again to the east. It's a great little detour! We came in from the south though on a totally different road!

The first thing you see coming from the south, is an old building with a false front. Perhaps it was a garage at some point. Near this building is what appears to be an unoccupied house. There is an overgrown gate and path. There is no driveway or approach that looks used, that I could see.

Telfordville also has a church and a community hall and about 10 km SE of here we happened to come across the former location of the Telfordville School. Not to be confused with Telford Hall, which also was a school and is also not too far away.

Telford Hall (formerly Telford School), Telford Lake and Telfordville all appear to have been named in honour of Robert T. Telford. He arrived in the area, that is now Leduc, in 1889 after serving with the NWMP. His land is what is now the City of Leduc. He was the first businessman and mayor of Leduc and later became an MLA serving from 1905-1915. Telfordville is 45km west of Leduc.

References: Place Names of Alberta Volume III

Thursday, April 26, 2018

One-Time in Warburg

As a general rule, time permitting, I always like to check out small towns that I pass. On my most recent exploring trip, with my side-kick H and our friend Kim, we ended up in Warburg, AB.

Many Swedish families settled the area and in 1916 a post office was opened with the name Warburg. According to Place Names of Alberta, Warburg is named after Warberg/Varberg Castle in Sweden with an spelling error along the way. The population continued to grow with the railroad expansion and in 1953, Warburg was incorporated as a Village. As of the 2016 census, it had a population of 766.

A few buildings caught my eye as we cruised around town. First an obvious old school, now the Warburg Museum. The current school is right next to it. If you look under the Warburg Museum letters, you see a letter peeking out..possibly an H, possibly from the word school.

Also nearby:

Possibly an old hangar? 

On to the colourful downtown area, where we spotted the local watering hole. I found an old photo which I am pretty sure is the same building due to the oddly spaced window placement and the Established in 1937 clue, and how many hotels could Warburg have had?

Pretty in Pink and Red

c. 1955-56 Courtesy of the Glenbow Museum Archives

Former church. 
Bonus Boler for BigDoer 3/10! 
If you have any Warburg stories or photos, I'd love to see them!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Service: Holy Ascension Russo-Greek Orthodox Church

Seems like the best day to post a church!

This is one that we came across while out exploring about a month ago near Calmar, AB. It was surrounded by trees tall enough that even the domes could not be seen from afar.

If I have learned one thing, it is always look into a row of trees, usually the trees are there for a reason. As I passed by, the church was visible in the break in the trees. Slam on breaks, u-turn, grab camera! We had found Holy Ascension Russo-Greek Orthodox Church.

In 1927, the first church meeting was held, 2 acres of land where donated, a church committee was elected, and building began in the summer. The Temple was sanctified in November 1927. Today, there are 20 families currently in the parish.

I guess I neglected to take a photo of the bell tower, which is off to the side of the front of the church. As is common with Ukrainian Churches, the bell tower is a separate structure. Also as usual, my son rung the bell. There is also a cemetery on the grounds at the back of the church.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Mural

I almost forgot today was Monday. I decided to take part in Mural Monday after seeing it on a blog I follow, Occasional Toronto. To see more murals from around the world, click here!

This mural is downtown in Red Deer, AB. I always seem to catch it at the worst times, like when a car is parked in front of it. It was part of a project called Art Alley. There are currently 9 murals located in downtown Red Deer. I have seen some but will have to look for the others now.  This one is by local artist Shannon Littke

I also didn't realize it had been so long since my last blog post! I am slowly reading my favourite blogs and hope to get back to posting more. Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Farming Valley School

It has been almost 2 weeks since my last post. I kept intending to post but then stuff happens. I also have not been out exploring much.

The topic of today's post is a school we visited in February. It is one that was on my list and has now been crossed off. Hooray. Welcome to Farming Valley School, located near Oyen in the SE part of Alberta.

This is a very distinctive school, the bell tower looks disproportionate to the rest of the building. Did it have a really BIG bell? I like it's odd shape. The inside appears to be used as storage by the owner. (The school is on private land and as a generally nice human, I don't knowingly trespass. We had permission to be here.) The school operated from 1913-1943, then again from 1949-1960. 1960 was late in terms of one room school houses. Lots of districts had already consolidated by then. I am not sure why the gap in dates from 1943-49. Was it due to the war? Lack of school age kids? I hope to find out more about this interesting school.

I have a junk drawer...this is a next level

This post was ready last week but I am just getting around to posting it now. Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wandering Close to Home

Something always seems to get in the way of exploring lately. Life, time, money, family stuff, etc etc. However, I was able to take advantage of the warmer weather by shoveling some of the built up snow and ice off my deck and doing a bunch of sanding and staining in prep for some upcoming markets.  While I was doing this, the kiddo played in the snow, building tunnels and paths and digging holes. Yes, we still have a ton of snow, enough to build tunnels that a child can disappear into.

I also had to head up the road to a the town about 10 min away. On the way back I took a roundabout way home and saw a few photo worthy places. I spotted a trifecta of my favourite things (not all in one place), an old truck, an old barn and an abandoned house. If I'd seen a school it would have been a complete day.

The old truck was just behind a fence off the side of a gravel road, I stepped into the ditch for a closer photo and ended up in snow over my knees. I was wearing boots but not boots that tall. Needless to say, I got snow in said boots. As I was on the side of the road emptying snow out of my boots a county peace officer happened to drive by, he turned on his lights and asked if I was OK. I had to laugh and tell him what I was doing. He left and I continued on my way home, wet feet and all.

Is there still snow where you are? Or perhaps spring flowers?