It’s about time

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This barn sits right along Highway Two between Lethbridge and Calgary, I have driven past it for more years than I care to remember and every time I say I should stop and take a photo. I do remember when the paint was still fresh. Unfortunately, it seems every time I am passing, I am in a hurry to get somewhere, or I haven't had my camera with me, or the traffic is too heavy, or for whatever reason I have never stopped. Today, I made a point in stopping. The barn has been there for as long as I can remember, and that is quite a few years. The window placement is fairly common on all barns, although, the smaller one in the center is typically much larger and opens to provide access to the upper level of the barn for storing hay. The bottom braces are typical for…

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Somewhere under the rainbow

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One thing about summer thunderstorms on the prairies is that they are often followed by a rainbow. Most of the time the rainbow, while visible, is usually fairly faint. Not this time. I don't ever remember seeing a rainbow that was as intense in color as this one. Of course the kids reminded me of the Irish legend about ┬áLeprechauns burying their gold at the end of the rainbow, and thought it would be a good idea to head over to find the gold. They were quite disappointed when I told them that even if there was a pot of gold, we would never find it because as you move, the end of the rainbow moves. The storm had been in Lethbridge and the rainbow appeared as we traveled down Highway 4. I which I could say that I found the perfect location and waited for all the parts to…

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Prairie Roads

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Located North of Warner, and joining with Highway 4, this prairie road holds a special place in my heart. I remember it first as a Alberta Wheat Pool calendar that was in the Grade 3/4 classroom at the Masinasin School. If you are old enough you will remember those calendars, a big (well by a nine-year-old's perspective anyway) piece of cardboard, with a painting of some Alberta scene and the months on a pad of paper stapled at the bottom center of the calendar. I don't know why it made such an impression at the time. I can still see it clearly nearly 60 years later. It hung on the wall just to the right of a stand that held books and magazines. The stand was in the corner of the room where Louise Miller taught somewhere around 20 of the local farm kids Grade 3 and Grade 4. It…

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This Old Barn

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Located just east of Milk River and south of the 501 this old barn is all that remains from what was once a farm. The farm yard is still there but the farmhouse has been knocked down to make room for a few more acres to grow crop. 

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