Verdant Valley Eye Opener
On Saturday, July 20 the McDougald family hosted a barbecue beef supper for a bus load of farmers from Australia and some local Starland people involved in agriculture. The group from Australia arrived in Vancouver, flew to Regina, Saskatchewan, and then by bus to Saskatoon. They visited in Drumheller and then travelled to Banff before returning to Vancouver and home. It was a cool rainy day when they were here and they said they expected hotter weather in Canada at this time of year.
On this weekend Vi Adie and Ron and I joined 50 other King and Howard family members for the annual weekend campout. This year it was held in Forestburg, Alberta. This campout is a tradition that goes back 29 years. The Karl and Mildred King and Ernest and Alice Howard families lived at Michichi and Munson for years and spent many happy times together as our mothers were very close friends. Forestburg is on the Battle River Short Line Railway that goes from Alliance to Camrose. This railway was purchased from the CN by the farmers of that area. They use it for shipping their grain and also operate train excursions. We took a train trip from Forestburg to Heisler and saw some very heavy crops. There are a lot of interesting little towns in central Alberta.
Neil and Donna Duncalf held a twenty fifth anniversary celebration at their farm for over 100 people on Saturday, July 27. Congratulations on this special occasion.
Hope the wind storm didn’t do too much damage for everyone on Saturday. We lost one of our favourite trees in it.
Happy birthday this week to Camryn McDougald on August 3, Shelly (Keirle) Polzin on August 5, Carol Keirle and Robyn McDougald on August 7.