While having our breakfast last Saturday morning, we watched the tractor prepare the skating lane on the lake. He started by shovelling the snow with the big brush/shovel on the front. …and then followed up with what looked like a layer of water. Now we know how it gets so smooth and shiny.Fascinating!
The new Town Square in Downtown Okotoks was completed yesterday. It looks quite smart. We just hope they decorate that tree at Christmas!J&E
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
One beautifully sunny afternoon during his stay with us, Andrew felt the urge for a round of golf and his chosen spot for this adventure was our local 9 hole course here in Okotoks, the Crystal Ridge Golf Course…
To get that 18 hole experience he was after, Andrew completed the circuit twice, while Eamonn came along for the ride in the buggy, Eamonn’s hand-eye co-ordination being such that if he actually attempted to swing a club, these unsuspecting little fellows would probably have been transited to the great pond in the sky!Andrew looked every inch the professional and soon got into his stride, here, putting for yet another par on this hole (a phrase Eamonn could not have uttered with any understanding at the start of the round!)And here he is waiting to tee off, buggy in the background, houses a safe distance further back (as long as Eamonn didn’t play!)Andrew felt it was a decent challenge and a very attractive course.
Yesterday evening saw a pretty sky over the Crystal Shores Lake to the back of our house……providing just the right amount of illumination for one of our neighbours as he fished.