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Friday, September 19, 2008

THE VACATION WINDS DOWN.....

Sadly, I did NOT win the lottery while on my 3 week vacation at home, so I have to go back to work on Tuesday.

Every year I do this to myself, and every year I tell myself to try and not think about it; but this year was no different and for about the last week or so before going back to work I'm depressed and super bummed out. *sigh*

Nothing to be done for it, on Tuesday I'll be back at it again. I know, I know..... and in actual fact I am grateful that I have a job (well, this job) and things could be so much worse; but I'm just plain tired and wish I could retire. Well in 4 years time when I turn 60 maybe there will be a way I CAN afford to retire early. We'll just have to see. In the meantime I'm managing to make it work for me being only part-time and that's a blessing.

At least on my vacation this year I can't say I wasn't busy doing some fun things. As it happened, my sister Pammie also had a couple weeks of much needed time off. And as we both have photography as a hobby, we've been out to a couple of groovy spots for some photo shoots. What a great time!

One of the places we visited is about a 10 minute drive from my home, right smack in the middle of our city in the river valley. It's called Fort Edmonton Park and we made 2 separate trips there to try and capture most of it.

And that we did! Lots we missed or hadn't time to get to, but for the most part we were able to get a very good visual memento of life in Edmonton in the early days. Here are some examples of some of the shots I took there. In some of them I've had a lot of fun playing with a couple of photo effects in my paint.net program.

First off, here's a shot Pam took of me when we got there, when I wasn't looking. Little sneak! LOL




From the fur trading and Fort era
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From the 1885 Era
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From the 1905 Era
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From the 1920 Era
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If you have about 20 minutes to sit with a cup of something and enjoy, I posted all 6 sets at the photography site I belong to. If you don't, come back when you do and check them out, I think you might enjoy the stories and shots I posted. They are in order of "age" of eras my photos represent.

1. Fur Trading Era
2. 1885 Era ~ Settlement Years
3. 1885 Era ~ Living The Dream
4. 1905 Era ~ Hamlet to Capital City
5. 1920 Era ~ Modern Times
6. Wheels of Motion ~ Trains, Autos and Horses


It's been a very fun vacation, and very busy! I never got one dang thing done around the house but hey what are vacations for?

I hope you are all doing well in your neck of the world. Take good care of each other, and I'll see you in blogland soon!

PEACE!
Love Jude

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