The Greenwater Report for June 30, 2003



June 29th, 2003: A warm, sunny day, with some clouds and wind, but no rain! I guess that suits all the people who came here for the first summer weekend just fine, though. There sure are a lot of them.




The Nobleville Reunion is next weekend, the 5th and 6th. Merv tells me there will be registration Saturday morning, a dinner with entertainment in the evening at Archerwill Hall, a church service and pancake breakfast Sunday morning, and the unveiling of a cairn. The rest of the time will be for visiting. Sounds like a good time!




We took a nice little holiday this week; we fired up the motor home last Monday and took a tour to the south-east. We stopped at the Kelvington Museum first; there was a girl at the tourist information desk, and Jacquie Boen was looking after the crafts, but there were hardly any artifacts on display. Maybe the museum isnít set up yet.




Doreen had seen ads for a Crafts and Tea Room at Kuroki, so we went there. We found it, but it was closed. On Friday, we tried again, and this time it was open and we had a great lunch. All kinds of goodies on display, and Bernice Linds, one of the owners, tells me everything is made right there, including the bread. Bernice looks after the customers, and Julia Valdock is the chef. Both are also painters, and Bernice teaches painting. There was a lot of her work, her studentsí, and Juliaís on the walls, and it was excellent work.
They close Sunday and Monday, and the rest of the week are open from 10 AM to 8 PM. For supper, itís not a bad idea to make a reservation; you can either take a chance on what Julia is cooking or choose from three other meals. Highly recommended!




While there, we shared our table with Donna Kizlyk, who is a meter reader for SaskPower. She is married to Don Kizlyk, who runs a market garden near Hendon. We knew Don when he lived near here in the early Ď80s. He did some backhoe work for us.




Just leaving as we came in were Margaret and John Sigurdson; Margaret told me she was the daughter of Ann Daly, one of my favorite people from our Wynyard days.



Our Tourism guide mentioned a grotto at Rama, so we turned in there. According to the guide, it should have been right on the highway; by accident, the road we turned in on took us right to it, two blocks south of the highway. (Turn by the old school). It was very impressive; a fantastic amount of work had gone into it and it was well laid out. It must need a lot of care to keep it in shape; I wonder if the younger generation will care enough?



We spent the night at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park, first time we had been there. Their poplars have a mighty thin look to them < I understand they had an infestation of caterpillars, but it was over, with not one in sight.




The lake was a surprise ó there was a little beach, maybe fifty feet wide, then a hundred yards or more of sand, which had recently been worked up, then the water. Another hundred yards out into the water there were some boats on lifts; I guess the owners just wade out to them. Dennis, at the Park store, said there is nothing unusual in the level of the lake. It is a big, shallow lake, dependant on runoff. When there is lots of snow, the lake is high, but otherwise itís not.



sand dunes

There were some interesting looking sand dunes in the south-east corner of the lake that we will have to look at more closely someday.





We mooched around Canora for awhile, taking in the museum in the old station, then went to Veregin, to the Doukhobor Museum. That kept us busy for quite a while; it is very well laid out and well explained.

We got to the Kamsack Museum, in the old Power Station, just before closing, but the very pleasant and well-informed lady in charge told us to take our time. It is one of the finest museums I have seen, laid out in vignettes instead of just a pile of artifacts. One of the old generating engines and dynamos was left in place, and it is a beauty. Also, I found an 8 X 10 field camera, likely very similar to what Ansel Adams used. It wouldnít go in my pocket, though. We are coming back, when we have a good half-day to spend there!






We spent the next night at the Sturgis Regional Park, in a site right on the bank of the Assiniboine. A lovely park.




In the morning, we went to Barbís House to have coffee, but to our dismay we found it was closed. I gather itís permanent. We were down to Barbís official opening in April and thought she had a real good idea, but I guess it just didnít work out.


Doreen & Jerry Crawford
Box 100, Chelan, SK S0E 0N0 (306) 278-3423


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