HAPPY NEW YEAR
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
Geoff lives in Winnipeg - he continues at RBC specializing in
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
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
our on-line diary...
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
Dec 2: Attended
Museum Tea. We do projects for them and like to help with their
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
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.
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
crossing on the Great Northern Line. (More
became a bit more
active in the past year...
Oct. 7: Band
Jam for Cancer at
Crossfyre at the North 40. More
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
Sept. 15. Ken made a tour of Historic Sites in the Pierson
Bill Warren and Neale Daniels.
For those interested, I have a directory of our various Heritage
The remains of this old stone house sit facing the US
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.
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
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
Beach Shoreline Photos
July 28 - Aug. 3: BC road trip to attend a memorial gathering for Bev's
cousin Walter Lobban.
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.
21-24 - Storie Family Reunion
June 30 - July 3: Wallace / Reshaur Family Gathering at Minnedosa.
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
April 13: Short hikes along the 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
Gordon's drone getting shots of the hall.
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.