Prairie Relics

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

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For this challenge we’re visiting two locations in the Canadian prairies ~ the ghost town of Rowley and Heritage Park in Calgary, both in Alberta.

Since my family has roots in the prairies and I remember some of these things from when “I was a girl,” (I’ll differentiate ~ I’m not that old 😉 …), it’s fun for me to be able to share this with you.

Alberta Relics

These I do remember. There was a time when grain elevators could be seen all across the prairies ~ markers of the next town so you were never lost. As a child I found them very romantic and loved scanning the horizon for them whenever we were going for a drive. Their actual business was to collect and store grain until the next train rolled into town to pick it up.

Sadly you seldom see these wooden sentinels anymore. Most have deteriorated over the years and been demolished. In Rowley, however, these grain elevators have been restored and are a tourist attraction. Similar elevators exist in Heritage Park as well.

This CP Rail caboose is also a relic of the past. Up until the 1980s these manned rail transport vehicles were coupled to the end of freight trains as shelter for the train crew and as lookouts for safety issues.
I can remember what a thrill it was, as a child, to wave to the engineers stationed in the caboose as the end of the train went by. They always waved back.

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Relic II

No, I’m not old enough to have used one of these!

Captured at Heritage Park

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Manual Typrewiter

While this typewriter on display at Heritage Park does somewhat pre-date me, I am old enough to have started learning to type on a manual.
Carbon paper to type things in triplicate and no “auto-delete” button.
Those were the days. 😉

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Kitchen Relics

Stuff in the kitchen of the old rail station at Rowley.
This kind of shelf liner I recall from time spent at my grandmother’s.
Look at that wallpaper!!

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Tractor Relic

When I look at one of these old tractors (this one in Rowley) I always wonder how they got any traction.
Hmmm … guess this predates me too. 😉

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Relic Stairwell

Lots of relics here, but I’d like to draw your attention to this relic of a staircase nailed into a tree! You’ll find this in the middle of the old bank in Rowley, if memory serves.

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Team

Living relics of the past. You rarely see wagon teams anymore.
These beauties captured at Heritage Park.

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Thanks for visiting these old relics with me …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2014

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TITANIC … Cobh Harbour, Ireland

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

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 Titanic

The memorial at Cobh Harbour, Ireland, the final port of call before Titanic set sail for New York City, is a blink-and-you-miss-it and almost nondescript moment.
Still, the titanic letters underscore a titanic miscalculation on a titanic voyage, and a titanic loss.

Titanic Plaque

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Bled Castle … Bled, Slovenia

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

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How lovely! This challenge allows me to expand upon my last post A Moment in Bled, Slovenia

On Top II

On a rocky precipice 130m above glacial Lake Bled sits Bled Castle ~ a mighty medieval stronghold.

On Top

The castle was first mentioned in a charter dating back to 1011 AD, and was referred to as castellum Veldes (the castle on the cliff). It was built with an upper and lower courtyard and is the oldest such structure in Slovenia.

View from on top

The reason for its location is obvious.

View from on top II

From atop the cliff you can keep a watch for the enemy, all while enjoying a cup of tea and taking in the glorious scenery.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Inside Salisbury Cathedral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I have a passion for ancient structures. To me there’s something magical about a place that has stood the test of time.

Salisbury Cathedral happens to be one of those places.

We had the good fortune to visit the cathedral for an afternoon last fall. It was a particular thrill for me as I’d just finished reading Sarum ~ the epic historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd documenting the history of the area, including the construction of this impressive religious structure.

If you’re interested in learning more about Salisbury Cathedral, which was consecrated at this site in 1220 and boasts the highest spire in England (at 404 ft/123m) visit the History page of the cathedral’s official website.

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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A Visit to Hever Castle … Hever, Kent, England

Pretty Hever Castle in Kent has a storied past. The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, it was here that King Henry VIII courted her and it was here her family lived when she met her unfortunate and untimely demise.

The castle was given to Anne of Cleves, King Henry’s fourth wife, after she fell out of favour and he divorced her (lucky girl), and after her death the castle met with a succession of owners who cared for it, or not.

William Waldorf Astor purchased the castle in 1903, restored it and lived there for a number of years. Heavy flooding caused serious damage in 1968 and eventually the castle was sold and restored as a heritage site. It’s been open to the public since 1983.

I’ve visited Hever a couple of times, most recently last September. To me it is a romantic place. Tudor history has always fascinated me, and to walk where colourful historical characters of the time have walked does, in some way, bring their stories more to life in my mind. As well, whenever I visit medieval castles I’m always surprised at how small the doorways and narrow the spiral staircases in the towers. At just under 5ft 8″ myself I feel like a giant in such close confines and am prone to claustrophobia. I have to chew gum, or something, to distract myself from having a panic attack. 😉

Currently I’m reading Queen of the Realm ~ a fictionalized account of Elizabeth I by historical novelist, Jean Plaidy. Her mother was Anne Boleyn, of course, so Hever Castle has been somewhat in my thoughts of late.

This silly little rhyme formed itself as we were visiting this beautiful castle. Funny where the mind goes.

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Not so happy, was the bride

A daughter of the Boleyn tribe.

As Henry’s lust to Jane was lead

Poor Anne was doomed to lose her head.

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Window Pain … Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney, Australia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

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On a trip to Sydney, Australia, several months ago, we stopped by the Hyde Park Barracks Museum to catch a glimpse of history.

These images were taken in the upstairs rooms. The silhouettes of convicts standing (and suffering) by the window were so fantastic with the light behind them I just had to capture them.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Images: Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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The Tonsorial Parlour

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

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Barber shops and beauty parlours ~ hubs of community gossip for as long as there’s been hair.

Calgary’s Heritage Park, Canada’s largest living historical village, depicts the history of Alberta during pioneer times.

A few years ago a barber shop/snooker hall (referred to in olden days as the “Tonsorial Parlour”) was moved to the Park from the village of Barons, Southern Alberta.

This building has been restored and outfitted to resemble the look of such an establishment in early 20th century Alberta.

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The image below is from our family archives and features my great grandfather, Steve McDonall (leaning on the counter), and two clients in his Tonsorial Parlour in Youngstown, Alberta in 1912. No doubt in the middle of a good chin wag.

Maybe discussing the sinking of the Titanic?

The Tonsorial Parlour

Of course, I cannot take credit for this image, but it was fun to show it for the purpose of this challenge anyway.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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The Copper Horse on Snow Hill … Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, England

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

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Grand is the scale of things ... The Copper Horse on Snow Hill, Windsor Great Park

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The Copper Horse stands at the beginning (or end depending on your approach) of the Long Walk at Windsor Great Park. At the other end of the 2.64 mile Walk is Windsor Castle.

The Long Walk

Needless to say it’s pretty grand …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell Creative Works 2013

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Bathed in Light … Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, England

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Portal to Heaven

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When I travel I like to visit the old and ancient places. I like to marvel at the workmanship. I like to look up.

I find when I look up I see the most amazing things. Like this beautiful domed ceiling at the entrance to the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset.

In the centre a window to the heavens, where light enters and bathes the palatial hall in a warming glow.

In the Baths at Bath I am bathed in light.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013