Thursday, September 30, 2010

getting crafty with cathie

I have been searching Google and tipnut for laundry detergent, hand soap and dish soap recipes. While I was on tipnut I discovered a very crafty blog. Cathie Filian is definitely very creative and frugal. I like that!! Anyways give her a look see.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

chill 'laxin

Frank, Joe-the cat, Nacho 
Nothing like being totally relaxed sitting in the arms of Frank, perched on the fence.
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the new addition

Brigan and Madeline

Madeline has dubbed her new horse, Brigan. He is a seven year old quarter horse. For such a young horse he has done it all-well almost all. He was used in the rodeo arena as a clean up horse for the bulls. Used in a feedlot-so he has some exposure to cattle. I hope she gets many a years of pleasure from him.
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our ponderosa

homestead in the evening sun
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A little piece of Alberta history.

Dunvegan Suspension Bridge
Yesterday we went to the horse auction held at Dawson Creek, British Columbia. The only and quickest way of getting there is heading south on highway 2. (Well, everything is basically south of here.) We have to cross over the Peace River. This bridge connects all of the north to Grande Prairie. Until 50 years ago, I don't know how they would have crossed. Maybe by a ferry or something. But to  some forward thinking people they got this bridge  an it officially opened in August, 1960. This suspension bridge, is called the Dunvegan Bridge.This bridge is the fourth largest vehicle suspension bridge in all of Canada, and the first of its kind in Alberta. The bridge is almost a kilometre long. Summer of 2008 -09 they refurbished the bridge. There was a lot time spent in the line waiting for your turn to cross. They did one lane in '08 and the other in '09. I read somewhere that the bridge was purposely painted in oranges, yellows and browns, to blend in more with the fall colours. I even heard that the bridge was bought second hand from the States.

The area where this bridge is located is chalk full of history. This area is the host to the oldest fur trading post in all of Alberta. The historical society has restored the fort and the mission buildings. There is a campground and an interpreter centre.
Crossing the Dunvegan Bridge

The mighty Peace River

I really love going southwardly, across the Peace River at Dunvegan especially in the fall. This photo above was taken on our way home, about 6.30 pm. We were climbing out of the valley, so we were travelling slow enough-we had a horse in the trailer-up the hill, so I could take this picture. This view is kind of towards the east.
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