Sunday, 26 July 2009

Trip: Alberta & Saskatchewan Part 7 Yorkton

We visited Yorkton in early June ... We were visiting a cousin in my husband's family.
They had a little tree where they sprinkled birdseed.
Here are some of the visitors: This robin was just curious.
Mourning doves were named because of the grey suits the British men wore in the morning and to funerals. They are game birds in the US and can have up to 6 broods with 2 eggs each.
The black birds push the others out of the area with seeds.
I think this is a killdeer - she was nesting in the grass.The older houses in Yorkton are Victorian, built of wood. Mercantile and government buildings like the courthouse are brick. Saint Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral has amazing architecture. The central dome and entry were original. The wing on the right was added to create a huge seating capacity. This church houses many of the records from the smaller churches in Saskatchewan, many of which are now closed.
The interior of the huge dome is painted ... below is a small portion ...Glowing glass windows light the vestry.Statues and plantings give a sense of peace.An outdoor grotto is used for pageants.This little bird was flitting around in a pine tree. The church had a room documenting the Ukrainian culture and showing some of the costumes. The detail and embroidery indicated the province they came from and/or the seasonal celebration. The detail is beautiful.This Jack Rabbit heard my camera click and turned around to look at me.In Yorkton, an old grain elevator is being debated: tear down or save? You can see 'White Rose Flour' in faded paint. Pigeons have made it their home.In the surrounding farmland, this is typical of the woodlot trees in the area. Their bark textures are interesting.Wild pale lavender violets bloom in the grass. We took a trip to a heritage site where the Orkney Island settlers from Scotland had built a community. It is interesting to note that although they originally built log houses, these were replaced with stone, similar to what they used in their homeland. This stone church was built in 1884 and the school in 1887. They have been restored and are still sound today.The teacher lived in the school, her bed was on the front platform and put away for the day.
It is hard to get a photo of a swallow in flight ... this one sat on a fence for his portrait. The Western Development Museums are well worth the visit, each museum has a different theme.
Below is the couple we were staying with - Brian and Doreen. Brian is a cousin to my husband's father - it was as if they had known each other their entire lives.They are looking out of a window of a little log and mud house contained within the museum. Below is the oven the farmers would have cooked their bread in.The Yorkton museum focus was farm machinery. The size of these machines is at least double what was being used on 100 acre farms in Ontario.Our stay in Yorkton was cool and cloudy. This sunset shot was taken when we walked near a gully with a little stream. On the trip to Canmore, we saw more original grain elevators than on the Yellowhead Hwy. Below is a typical grain elevator - alone and unused. the ridge that leads to it is a rail spur that was removed in the late 1920s. Farmers sometimes move the elevator, either by taking them apart and rebuilding or by putting them on a couple of flatbeds and moving the whole thing. The name of the grain company is removed to avoid them being tied to litigation if there is injury or fire. The day involved rain and stormy skies.The sunset was fabulous!

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