Manitoba has a lot of Ukrainian history. Seemingly, wherever you go, there is some kind of Ukrainian heritage to be found. From the churches to people, from schools to Kalyna, a very famous Ukrainian berry. But some Ukrainian heritage seems to be hidden or nearly forgotten.

Swinging Bridge of Senkiw

In the small town of Senkiw, Manitoba there is a swinging bridge. I have seen other swinging bridges in Manitoba, but this one was new to me. So, with a friend we went in search of the Swinging Bridge of Senkiw. Little did we know we were in historical territory.

Well, they’re not really just northern. Soon enough we’ll get them all over the northern hemisphere. Last weekend I went a bit north with a friend. A few hundred kilometers north, to Duck Mountain. We went camping on a soon to close-for-the-season campground.

Duck Mountain

In fact, it was the last weekend they were open, with closing time set at Sunday, 3pm. The days were nice and “warm” with temperatures hovering around +29C ( I specify the Celsius here, some people might think that Canada is already frozen in September). Nights were a bit fresher, around +2C.

After waiting for 15 minutes for the bar to pass from 0% to 5%, I had enough of it. I decided to go out and do something useful instead of staring at the progress bar. So when a group of friends organised a little outing, I jumped to the occasion.

English Gardens

The outing itself didn’t yield many photographs, but lots of laughs instead. Going out with the Manitoba Foto Friends (and friends) is always welcome.

All over the Internet one can see pictures of skies. From dark skies to clear skies and anything in between. Storm chasers seem to have the upper hand at this time of the year. I have been storm chasing with friends some time ago and had a great time. It’s a  pleasure to be out in the middle of nowhere with people who know what they are talking about. A rare quality in this day and age.

Storm system on its way to Beausejour this evening...

I am not a storm chaser per se, but I do like the occasional chase. But sometimes, the chase only needs to go as far as down the road from the house. A panorama always seems to do cloud formations justice.

A story about toys, boy toys, techy toys, however you want to interpret this. The Austin Threshermen’s Reunion in Manitoba is an awesome place to be if you like steam engines and old motorized farm equipment. Last weekend I went with a friend to see this reunion for myself. I had heard of it before, but never really got the idea of going there.

Pressure!

As it turned out, it was not in the town of Austin in the first place. Not a sign in sight to point us in the right direction. Until we came across a tiny sign on the side of the road, saying “65th Reunion”. We decided to follow that route as there was nothing else in the area to follow.

Henk
5 days 11 hours

Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
6 days 14 hours

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)

Henk
7 days 3 hours

Test comment here

Henk Von Pickartz
7 days 8 hours

This is a comment. I will see if this works or if this will be taken over by spammers. If so, then I will take it down again.