Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Little Yellow Schoolhouse

I was sure I had posted this school before but looking back it appears that I did not. I went by this school once in the summer and most recently in December 2018. Different seasons, different photos! I do believe this is one of my favourite locations.

The History!
Ennerdale School opened on October 1, 1912 and closed in June 1955. It then became a community centre. In July of 1982 there was a reunion of former teachers, students and their families. It has now not been used in quite some time, however a new marker commemorating its 100th year (2012) is in place. In fact the sign is what you notice first, the school seems to blend into the trees despite being a cheery shade of yellow. I have driven right by even while looking for it. I know I am not the only one to have done this.

The school name was chosen by a local settler named John Gathercole. Upon moving to Alberta, in 1905, he became a Justice of the Peace and was instrumental in petitioning for a school to be opened in the district. He chose to name the school Ennerdale after the last place he lived in England before moving to Canada.

First I will post an old photo I found, it was dated 1908 but that doesn't fit with the 1912 date the school opened. You might notice that the teacherage (addition on the back) wasn't original and the windows were enlarged at some point.

Photo courtesy of the Mountain View Museum

I decided to make some side by side photos and apparently I am a creature of habit and took virtually the same photos on both occasions.

On a personal note:
Again I have been away from the blog more longer than I intended. Besides my full time job, I also have my 'side hustle', which I have been working on in the evenings in preparation to be an Artisan Vendor at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. I have no idea if I am over or under prepared as I have never done a market like this.

Also my grandpa, who I posted about here, passed away last week at the age of 96. We made a quick trip home to be with my grandma who is 92.

I appreciate everyone who reads and comments and I will visit all the blogs soon! Take care!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse!

Have you seen enough moon photos yet today? I have seen them all over social media and I am not even mad about it. I love them!

I missed the early big moon rising over the horizon but I did get some shots before, during and just after the full eclipse. It got cloudy as the eclipse was finishing, but I am just happy I could see it at all since the forecast called for clouds.

Where you able to see the eclipse? Did you watch it or was it no big deal to you?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Moon Madness

I have always been fascinated with  the incomprehensible vastness of space. Not only is my head often in the clouds, it sometimes feels even farther.

There are a variety of celestial events this year including the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON ECLIPSE! Happening this Sunday. There is a lot going on at once....learn more about it here.

At Christmas, I received a crazy telephoto lens that I am looking forward to testing on this special moon. In preparation I took a couple shots a few days ago and am most impressed. It better not be cloudy, is all I keep thinking.

So here is a regular photo taken on my phone....awww look at that cute little moon:

Here is the moon with my good lens:

Needless to say I am looking forward to some SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON ECLIPSE pictures. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Year, New Barns!

Just barns! Barns that I have come across in the last couple of months and all of them not too far from home.

Normally barns with 'new' metal roofs don't interest me as much as an original barn but the contrast of the green roof and red barn is too pretty to ignore!

This old barn must have been part of an old homestead at some point but it now right on the outskirts of a town.

Slowly sagging.

Another green roof and red barn!

My fave kind of barn...the gothic arch roof!

Green or black roof?

Swoooon! What a beaut!

Is this even a barn?

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Hoar Frost and More Frost

noun: hoar frost; noun: hoar-frost
  1. a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

noun: rime ice
  1. frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor in cloud or fog.

I have mentioned hoar frost before and have had people not know that that particular kind of frost had it's own name, so there you go. It could also be rime ice which is similar to hoar frost, except for how it forms...and since I am not in the habit of watching frost form, I call it all hoar frost.

I love taking photos on these frosty days.There have been a few really good days of frost at the end of 2018 and again this last you know I had to go get a few photos. You have to get while the gettin's good.

The differences in both days was interesting, one was sunny with blue skies, the other was grey and almost monochromatic. It's hard to tell in the photos, but the frost was different on both days, maybe one was hoar frost, one was rime ice? I think I prefer the monochromatic landscape with the spikier frost.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Look Back

Hello Everyone! I did not get any blogging or blog reading done since my last post. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family, food and drink and most of all joy and happiness. I am looking forward to a great year and want to wish you all the same.

Here is a 'Top 9' collage of 2018 from Instagram. I post a photo a day there so out of 365 images, these were the most popular. A couple of these are my personal favourites but not my very favourites. Interestingly 4 of 9 are from the same trip and 7 of 9 are winter shots. The people have spoken.

If you are on Instagram and want to see more, you can find me @jennspix

I am going to go back to a quick day trip taken on December 22nd. Any exploring trip is a good trip but this one was great due to the fact that 3 old schools, barns, abandoned houses and even some Texas Longhorns were spotted.

Here are the 3 schools in alphabetical order, which seems fitting:

Iola SD #1900 1908-1959. On private property.

Western Sunset SD#4662 1935-1957. On private property, used as a storage shed.

Willesden Green SD#3074 1914-1960. Named after a suburb of London. On a lonely hill with nothing around it except power lines.

I don't make resolutions but there are things I'd like to accomplish this year. The usual, spend more time with my son, eat healthier, and do well at my new job and also with my little side business. Of course my continuing mission is to explore strange new areas, to seek out old buildings and abandoned places, to boldly go where no one has been for awhile.

Do you make resolutions?

Take care all and catch up with you soon.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Hurrier I Go, The Behinder I Get!

The best laid plans of mice and (wo)men often go awry. December is just a busy month, no getting around that. Also speaking of mice, we had one in the office yesterday. His day did not go as planned, I'm sure.

Here is where I am at the moment....
Optimistically, I will post a few more times this month, and also read and comment on all my fave blogs. Ideally, I will try to get this post done and catch up with everyone's blogs. Realistically, see y'all in 2019.

We had major snow this week and since I drive to work at sunrise and come home at sunset (depressing!) I at least caught some beautiful skies and snowy scenes.

I hope everyone is doing well and I will catch up with everyone soon! Happy Holidays!