In Canada, Remembrance Day is a holiday for federal government employees, for private business, provincial governments, and schools, its status varies by province: Western Canada and Atlantic Canada, it is a general holiday; in Ontario and Quebec, it is not. The poppies here are a little different to those we were used to in the UK.
We posted some photos of the Monster Trucks some weeks ago. We promised video footage and as we keep our promises, here it is. This comes with a serious warning – DO NOT TRY THIS WITH YOUR CARS AND BIKES AT HOME!
Quad Bikes – not sure we ever figured out what was going on here!
Small Cars – The white car demonstrates exactly how NOT to do it!!
We spotted this bird in our back garden (sorry, back yard!) back in early October. Our research tells us it is a Red Shafted Flicker (part of the Woodpecker family) and it feeds on Ants and other insects, which, to us, makes him a very welcome visitor indeed!J&E
Okotoks Heritage House Museum…isn’t the world’s largest by any stretch of the imagination, but what a fascinating visit it is and the staff there are absolutely excellent. If Okotoks is, or may be, your home, it is well worth taking the time out to go along. Despite its size, it has a number of exhibits covering things like how Okotoks got its name, how it has changed over the years, early industry, old street maps, etc.The Museum buiding was the home of GA Welch, the Okotoks Mayor between 1918-21 and 1923-26.Whilst there, you can pick up a map outlining the Okotoks Historic Downtown Walking Tour It gives a write up of what the old high street buildings were originally used for. This building, Sheep Creek Post Office, was constructed in 1882. It was moved to its present location in 1887 and continued to serve as a post office until the 1930s. Although it looks like stone, it is actually a pressed tin siding. The building is currently a French Restaruant (and if you click on the picture to enlarge it, yes, that is a black squirrel running across the road!)J&E
Toby’s fantastic performance (see post below) was followed by Johnny Reid a few nights later. This time, the location was the 1000 seat Chrome Room of the Deerfoot Inn & Casino. Johnny is originally from Scotland and has a strong Scottish accent. During the show, he did a segment where he essentially told jokes for 15 minutes. We were surprised that the Canadian audience could understand him, but to their credit, they managed to hang in there although there was a smattering of “what did he say?” comments and consequently delayed laughing, going on in the row behind us!
As a performer, like Toby, he is absolutely excellent – a very talented man!
If you’d like to hear one of Johnny’s hits, click on the play symbol in the picture below
A few weeks ago, we went to see Toby Keith in concert at the Pengrowth Saddledome. We have only just got around to adding some footage and some photos. We saw him once before, some years ago, in Florida and so knew we would enjoy ourselves. All we can say is, he is a fantastic entertainer and if you like his music, his is a show that should definitely not be missed!If you don’t know his music, maybe you’d like to hear some of what he sang at the concert…
Like that? How about this one…
Although, on both occasions we have seen Toby live, we have left a little deafened, (temporarily of course!), it is well worth it!
News reports say that this was the warmest Halloween in 50 years. This brought the kids out in force. This was our second Halloween in Canada but our first year of giving out candy. We thought that nearly 300 pieces would be plenty. We will know better next year!
These are our porch decorations and pumkins which we were very pleased with. We were most proud when we saw one of our neighbours taking a photo of our efforts. These are some of our neighbours’ decorations – we think we still have a fair way to go to keep up with these guys. J&E