Sunday, August 7, 2011

"If you're not from the prairie..."

Today was a cloudy, windy day on the prairies.  Our church was having a camping week end at Plover Lake Bible Camp.  The camp is located right in the middle of the prairies!  I don't know if there is a tree around!!  Lots of kids have had great memories of time spent at this camp though.

We were doing clean up after a great lunch and I happened to look out one of the windows of the kitchen.  I saw the clothesline, and I got a photo idea!!  I grabbed a handful of wet tea towels and headed out the door in the wind with my camera in hand.  It took me a few minutes to even get the towels on the line as the wind was whipping them every which way.  I stepped back to see how things looked and decided I better set my camera on sports mode!!

My Mosaic Monday post is an edited collage of clothesline pictures.  While I was editing them I thought they looked a bit like some photos from my favorite "prairie" books writtten by David Bouchard and illustrated by Henry Ripplinger.

"If You're Not from the Prairie..."

"Prairie Born"

One of the rooms in our BnB has a trio of some "prairie shots" I have taken.  I placed them over the headboard and then have "Prairie Born" below them in wall talk.    You can visit our website to see our bedrooms at the BnB.  I also ordered some pictures from Dave Bouchard's book and have them in a grouping on one of the walls as well.  

While operating the gift store, I had guests that were born on the prairies sign a favorite page from the "Prairie Born" book.  It provided some interesting reading....   I wish I could say that was my great idea to do that, but a fellow gift store owner came up with the idea first and I liked it so much that I did it at our store  :)   

So I will end today's post with a quote from "If You're Not from the Prairies" as well as
my windy day collage.

"If you're not from the prairie, 
You don't know the wind,
You can't know the wind.

Our cold  winds of winter cut right to the core,
Hot summer wind devils can blow down the door.
As children we know when we play any game,
The wind will be there, yet we play just the same.

If you're not from the prairie,
You don't know the wind."

Be sure to check out all the other great Mosaic Monday entries.

Have a great week everyone!

Oh!  Almost forgot,,,I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 
Raised on the prairies in Saskatchewan and
have called Alberta home now for 26 years.
How about you...where were you born?

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camp and cottage living said...

I was born in Iowa-farm country!
I live on Lake Superior and we do get wind.
I have a similar post with the clothes blowing.
I can relate to how hard it is to hang them out when it's like that.
I love the beautiful graphics in the book and I know I would love the story.

Jill Harrison said...

There is certainly something about washing billowing on a washing line. Love your blog - I am so glad you stopped by my blog to say hi.
have a wonderful week.

Maggie said...

Great looking mosaic, love the washing blowing in the wind and the poetry describes it perfectly.
When I was a small girl living in Lancashire, England, I won a prize at school for being able to spell Saskatchewan, I was so proud!

Pamela Gordon said...

I am really loving your photos of the clothes on the line! They are beautiful!! You have a good eye. I was born and raised in the city of Moncton, N.B. and now live in the countryside outside of Fredericton on a hill where we get wind but not prairie wind. I have never driven across the prairies but have flown over it many times to Alberta and BC. We have family in Fort Mac so have driven over the flat land from Edmonton up. It has it's own beauty but I prefer rolling hills and valleys. I hope you have a great week! Pamela

Gina said...

I was born in Utica, New York...a small city in Central NY.
Your clothesline photos are beautiful! Who would have thought pictures of a clothesline could be so interesting? They're excellent photos.
Love the signing of the prairie book idea too.
Have a good week, my friend.

Beth said...

Dawna, Your clothesline pics are absolutely stunning! And Dave Bouchard is our pastor; probably not the same Dave least I'm not aware that he's a published author! I am from Iowa and have lived here all my life. I have travelled alot but Iowa is home. Great mosaic, Dawna, and I thoroughly enjoyed this post.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Well, I am not from the prairie...but I have the book by that name. And I love it! It was given to me many years ago by a dear friend...a prairie girl.

Love your clothesline pic's. They remind me of my favorite photos from Newfoundland...where every home had a clothesline...and there was always a stiff breeze.

As for me...I was born in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia...and haven't strayed too far!

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

Oh I love your photos of the clothes flapping in the breeze!!! My job when I was in school was to get the clothes in and fold then...they smelled so good.
To get that smell on my pillow slips I lay them out to dry on the hedge. Brings back lots of memories.

I'm your newest follower and would love if you would follow me.
Have a wonderful day!!

Icy BC said...

So very beautiful and refreshing to see! They remind me of the good ole days, and simple living.

Lorrie said...

What a great photo shoot. Reminds me of hanging out the laundry when we were married students at Briercrest. The wind nearly blew me away. I weighed much less back then!

I like the pile of rocks on the side. Such texture.

I was born in Abbotsford, BC.

Cam and Wendy Earl said...

I Love your blog! Very peaceful and relaxing. All these pictures are very familiar to me as I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. My favorite part about coming home through Montana, is when the hills start to flatten into Prairies. Thats when I know I am home. Ill be following your blog!

Liz said...

oh I wish I lived on the prairie. Such great shots.

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Gretchen said...

Gorgeous! I've never lived on the prairie, but am from a small town. I definitely miss the life... and love seeing this pictures to remind me!! =D

Shannah said...

cool!!! I'm impressed!!!

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