The end of 2016 finds Bev & I living in our condo in Brandon, where we work on various history - related projects for Municipalities and Heritage Organizations in Western Manitoba. Jonah, who works at Canadian Tire, is in his second year in the condo he bought in 2015.
Geoff  lives in Winnipeg - he continues at RBC specializing in Financial Planning.

In our semi-retirement years we find more time than ever for visits and activities with family. Both sides of the family continue their annual summer gatherings. This year Minnedosa was our meeting place.  Our out-of-province travel this year was limited to a trip to B.C. where we attended a memorial gathering for Bev's cousin Walter Lobban at Fruitvale, and did some of the usual tourist things.

As usual we spent the spring and fall hiking and making a few work-related trips in Westman. The summer months invloved several weeks at Lake Winnipeg locations in rented cabins.

We spent much of last winter working. We were able to cross-country ski and snowshow across the street from our home - which allows for some daily fresh air etc.

Throughout the year there were a few trips to Winnipeg to visit Geoff as well as Donna & Dave, Jerry & Marlene, Tim & Deb. Trips to Gladstone, Arden, Neepawa, were also frequent as Bev has close family in those locations.  We also see her sister, Linda (& Ron) often.

We'll try to sum up the year by presenting some representative selections from our on-line diary...

Jonah & Geoff were with us for a few days at  Christmas, with Christmas dinner hosted by Cynthia, Wayne, Renna & Sean.  Then we will closed out the year with a large gathering of the Storie clan  (all siblings and quite a few offspring) at Tim and Deb's on December  29.

Dec 2: Attended the Baldur Museum Tea. We do projects for them and like to help with their fundraising activities.

Nov. 17: We attended Gordon Goldsboro's book launch presentation for "Abandoned Manitoba" at the Library. Gordon manages the Manitoba Historical Society Website and has travelled extensively documenting Manitoba Heritage Sites, and written several books and numerous articles on related topics. We often share information.

Nov. 9. Minto - Heaslip trip. Lunch and trip to the railway fill between Heaslip and Bunclody.

On nice days in the fall and spring - if we aren't otherwise engaged we often just get in the car and head out into the country.
Amazing what you might find on a back road. I've begun a collection  -  here....

I have kept track of many of these excursions by way of a Photo Gallery...


A ravine crossing on the Great Northern Line.  (More info...)

Ken's band became a bit more active in the past year...

Oct. 7: Band Jam for Cancer at the 40.

Crossfyre at the North 40. More info...

Oct. 3: Turtle Mountain-Souris Plains Heritage Association meeting in Boissevain. Ken acts as Secretary and Project Manager.

Sept. 20: Work trip to Killarney & Boissevain with a stop at William Lake and a hike to the Turtle's Back.

Sept. 18: Hike to the overlook on the Gregory Mill Trail.

Sept. 15. Ken made a tour of Historic Sites in the Pierson - Lyleton area with Bill Warren and Neale Daniels.

For those interested, I have a directory of our various Heritage Projects & Websites...

The remains of this old stone house sit facing the US Border south of Lyleton.

Sept. 14: Clear Lake trip with Jonah. Jonah made a few exploring / hiking trips with us this year.


Aug. 26 - Sept. 2: Rented cabin at South Beach in Gimli. 
Linda met us at McGregor on the 26th & stayed until after lunch on the 29th . Wayne, Cynthia and the kids visited Sat & Sunday.
|Geoff  was there early Sunday. We all paddled, swam, ate and drank etc.

South Beach - Gimli

More pics..

Aug. 12 - 19: Rental cabin at Winnipeg Beach. Paddle and swim every day. Donna came up on Sunday for a visit. Jonah joined us for most of the week.

Winnipeg Beach Shoreline Photos

July 28 - Aug. 3: BC road trip to attend a memorial gathering for Bev's cousin Walter Lobban.

Trip Photos...

Walter's Memorial Gathering - Fruitvale

July 8-15:  Rental cottage at Sunset Beach near Grand Beach. Geoff & Cheryl visited. Paddled out to Stephen's Island. 

July 21-24 - Storie Family Reunion

June 30 - July 3: Wallace / Reshaur Family Gathering at Minnedosa.

More Pics

June 23: Visted Fort Desjarlais and the American Fort site with some of the TM-SP Heritage Association

April 19: Wayne, Brent and I paddled the Little Saskatchewan, Kirkham's Bridge route, on a beautiful afternoon. Great conditions.

The view from the old Hydro Dam site. The rapids were at their best. More photos...

April 13: Short hikes along the Brandon Rapids

Brandon Rapids

My friend Tom Mitchell is completing a documentary about the Brandon Rapids. I did a bit of consulting and did a short voice over for one of the scenes. Bev & I were just checking the site. The docmentary will be released in 2017 - and available on MTS TV,  Stories from Home

April 9: Geoff's 40th Birthday - Supper at Carnivale - bowling party.

April 11: Ken went to Hartney to tour the old town hall with Gordon Goldsboro. Gordon creates short videos and radio broadcasts about heritage sites called "Abandoned Manitoba"

Gordon's drone getting shots of the hall.

March 15- 16: Trip to Winnipeg - for our 47 th Anniversary.

March 12: Girl's night - Celebrations in Winnipeg with  Pearl, Betty-Lynn & Linda

Feb: Bev got a cat....

Jan 16: Family gathering of Bev's side - at our place.