From Saskatchewan

An early Christmas

We generally get together on Christmas Day with Jerry & Gloria Reimer and Kristy.  This year Christmas Day isn’t going to work so we got together tonight for a fabulous Christmas dinner.  There was turkey, green bean casserole, potatoes, stuffing, wine, and amazing farmer’s sausage from Valley Meat Processors.

After dinner we exchanged gifts and had a lot of fun.  They gave Jordon the book Legacy of Worship: Sacred Places in Rural Saskatchewan.

Legacy of Worship

I can’t wait to read this book.

We got a couple of great couple gifts.  A night at the movies (from Kristy) some tickets to the Saskatoon Blades (as a family) and some tickets to Persephone Theatre.  I also was given a wonderful day at Just For You Day Spa.

They spoiled Oliver with a big interactive puzzle showing the planets, Lego, more Lego and an old school children’s book.  Mark was tormented with some brain teasers, a book, and a gift card (which he just spent on a Monocular and some cases for his lens).  He was really excited.  

We gave Gloria some Sennheisser headphones and Charlie LeDuff’s book Detroit: An American Autopsy.  We gave Jerry a bluetooth speaker and Stuck in the Middle and we gave Kristy a purse, Nikon 24-70 f2.8 lens mug, and a collection of recipes for when you are cooking with Coca-Cola.

It was a really nice evening and a great way to kick off our Christmas season.

Saskatoon Forestry Farm

Jordon took us for a walk around the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park today.  I have been to the zoo part but have never explored the park.

A Canada Goose at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm and Park's fishing pond

Peacock at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm

Geese on the Forestry Farm and Park pond

Here is the background to the park:

The Sutherland Forest Nursery Station played a vital role in the settlement and development of the Prairies from 1913 to 1966.  Shipping 147 million trees over a span of 50 years, the nursery supplied the northern part of the Prairie Provinces with an abundance of caragana, ash, maple, elm and willow.  When the nursery was closed, a portion of the site was reopened as the Forestry Farm Park by the City of Saskatoon in 1966.

We checked out the meditation garden, the trout pond, and Oliver played on the playground.  As you can see the trout pond was full of Canadian geese.  What you could not see was three boys running around trying to chase the geese who made the displeasure known by honking up a storm.

As you can see by the photo, there are peacocks roaming the grounds and I was able to get a couple of up close shots.

Nuit Blanche

Eden's Sprout

Mark watching Eden's Sprout

Photographers at work

Eden's Sprout being created

Creators got to create

The Joy of Painting

Saskatoon Library

They took my spot

Public art

A tuba


Painter doing this thing

People talking during Nuit Blanche

Installation at Nuit Blanche

People at Nuit BlancheJenga at Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche 2014

So here are my favourite photos from Nuit Blanche.  I borrowed an Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens which contributed greatly to how these photos turned out but more than that, it was the energy in the air during a fantastic event.

Jordon and I brought Mark and Oliver down to it without knowing how they would enjoy it.  Oliver had to be pried away from the Eden’s Sprout exhibit while Mark had a great time exploring 20th Street. It was a fantastic night to be out on 20th Street with 5,000 of my closest friends (even if some of the city councillors we ran into were a tad defensive).

I only posted my favourites here but there are some more that can be found on Flickr.

Oliver riding the Super Slide at the Saskatoon Ex

Jordon, Mark and I took Oliver to the Saskatoon Ex.  Here is here riding the Super Slide with video from Jordon’s iPhone.  Later on he rode the roller coaster and took a run through Spiderman’s House before checking out the rest of the midway, exhibition halls and grabbing some food to eat.

Then we left Mark to watch The Sheepdogs play at the grandstand and called it a night.  It was Mark’s first rock concert and suddenly I am feeling really, really old.