Why are Barns Painted Red?

As I was preparing this post I wondered, "Why are barns usually painted red?". A quick google led me to this article on the Farmer's Almanac website where it says, Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers had to be resourceful in finding or making a paint that would protect and seal the wood on their barns. Hundreds of years ago, many farmers … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Settler’s Time

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A Magical Enclosure

One of my favorite things to do is to pick a road - any road - and just go exploring Alberta. And I'm almost never disappointed with the outcome. Case in point, the scene below which I found a mere ten minutes away from the farm I grew up on near Pipestone, Alberta. … [Read more...]

Wishing Your Life Away

"I wish winter would end. I wish summer were here". I hear this sort of thing quite often here in sunny, but often cold, Alberta. Don't wish your life away. You live in Alberta - home of amazingly beautiful winters. Make the most of it! … [Read more...]

Earth Versus Machine

At one time, this tractor worked the earth. Now, the tables seem to have been turned. … [Read more...]