Lazy Labour Day

DSC_0420It is a holiday in Manitoba.  All the government offices, banks, shopping centres, car dealerships and almost all the grocery stores are closed.  All day!  After a day of persistent rain, the day dawned cool, with sun and few clouds.  Glorious 1st of September.  Hubby and I headed out late this morning.  We headed north to Lockport and had a World Famous Hotdog at Skinners.  The hot dog was okay, the ambiance was fun – sodas in the bottle, 50’s diner decor, antiques, a good variety of hard ice cream (blue licorice), jukeboxes, candy from my childhood at the counter and hand made fries.

After we drove down to the locks and the north end of Duff’s DitchDSC_0427There were a flotilla of boats on the water trying for catfish.  We watch one quartet haul in a large one, take their trophy picture and release it back into the turbulence.

The road meanders along Red River to Selkirk.  Beautiful properties, heritage and estate homes, groves of oak trees, fabulous views.  Backtracking west we went to Stonewall to find Knox Presbyterian Church built in 1883.  We speculated on what it might serve as a residence as it will soon be up for sale, the Presbytery having voted to close it at their last meeting.

Knox Presbyterian Church

The skies are so beautiful in Manitoba on a beautiful end of summer day.


Job 26:7  He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.

2 comments on “Lazy Labour Day

  1. It’s always a shame to see churches go – but these things cost money. It’s worth considering that there are many people who belong to bigger communities on FaceBook than they ever could have at their local church. Still it’s hard to shake someone’s hand on FB. Times change – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and all that. (AT LAST a place where I know a biblical quote that will fit.)

  2. antarabesque says:

    Things have, do, and will change, as confirmed by Ecclesiastes. Canada’s population only recently shifted to a greater percentage living in urban centres from rural in the last decade and a bit. These little rural churches in small communities just don’t have enough people attending. A shame for sure.

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