Saturday, September 15, 2012

Places to Go, People to Be

Summer is winding down. It's been a whirlwind the past few weeks. Much to do, much to see.

Brian and Cheryl came to visit on the last weekend in August. Always fun when we're together.

Cheryl at the Little Straw Bistro.

Brian, ditto. Had to fuel up for the rigorous wine tasting afternoon ahead of us.

 Ongoing work in the garden, although I enjoy it so much that 'work' is perhaps the wrong word. Focus lately has been on the rose garden. Since the photo below was taken, the timber border has been completed and the wood chips laid. This photo was to show the process.

Newspaper mulching in progress in the rose garden;
thick layer of wood chips overtop the water-soaked newsprint.

The goal - beautiful roses.

I have only once planted sunflower seeds in the garden. The birds have done the rest of the 'planting' and sometimes with better success than me!

Not to be outdone by the rose garden, volunteer sunflowers in the veg garden show off.
Bryan's 6 ft tall, to give you some perspective.

Places to go, people to see. On Sunday, I drove towards the south Peace to visit my son and his family as well as several friends.

Bryan was also headed north for several weeks of work, so we drove tandem. Had a late evening around a bonfire with neighbours the day before so decided to stop early and spend the night in Hinton - where we'd be parting company and taking different routes, me to Grande Prairie and he to Valleyview.

Hinton, looking west to where we were.

Bryan took my bike to Valleyview, for transportation while there and then to
Randy for a beauty treatment in his autobody shop sometime this winter.

 Left Hinton early on Monday morning. A perfect driving day. In fact, the entire week was perfect both weather-wise and otherwise.

Highway 40, early Monday morning, looking back where I'd come from.

Yes, Rosie, these are long, long empty roads. But believe it or not, the bush is full of people: oilfield activity, logging, campers.

Looking ahead to where I'm going - Grande Prairie somewhere ahead of me.
Lots of time for thinking and contemplation.

 And this was the reason for the 1000 km drive north! We had a lovely play day at Pipestone Creek Park along the Wapiti River, south of Wembley (west of Grande Prairie .... just search Google maps!)

Krista, Marlon and Abbygayle.

Collecting rocks along the Wapiti River.

There are lots of fossils in the immediate area but I don't think
they'll find anything in this particular formation.

The fall colours are just appearing.
Such a beautiful time to be in the north country.

We couldn't have asked for a nicer day.

Even a playground in Pipestone Creek Park - great family get-away spot.

Looking west over the northern prairie, towards Beaverlodge, atop Saskatoon Mountain.
Once upon a time, there was a DEW Line (Dept. National Defence) station up here.

We canned peaches and pears and cherries and ate and made a plum kuchen and ate and flew kites and watched movies and ate and went to playschool and did some shopping .... and Grandma was quite tired but very content.

Left Grande Prairie on Friday and headed to Valleyview. Had quick visits with Betty and Fay and Kathy and Don and Renee and Roland. Oh yes, and Bryan! Popped over to High Prairie to see Karen and Randy with a brief stop at Cailliau's to see Fay and Roland's new house (OK, they've had it almost 2 years now), and then supper with Gail (Bryan made BBQ salmon and his now-famous sweet potatoes with saut├ęd leeks and blue cheese).

Whooh. Said goodbye to Bryan and headed down the Highway to Airdrie, stopping at Condor to see Maggie, then my brother and sister-in-law at the farm. Monday morning, some shopping and a longer visit with Auntie Elsie and Uncle Richard, some errands at Dad's house (he's off on a trip through the Maritimes) and back to the farm for a supper visit.

Back through the mountains on Tuesday, home mid-afternoon having driven over 2500 km. All worth it.

I've been reminded how beautiful the Peace country is and why I left; how beautiful the prairies are and why I left; how beautiful my present home is and why I'm there. 20 years on the prairies, a year overseas, 28 years in the north country ... who knows where I'll be in another 20 years!

1 comment:

  1. I adore those two photos of highway 40; big open spaces, and all to yourself. Give me an Aston and a full tank...