Thursday, June 2, 2011

Out and About

Drumheller is a little town in Alberta with lots of spare railway lines because a couple of years ago it was closed by the CPR or CNR. It seems strange to have all the equipment still
there like crossing lights and it never gets used.
We were taken in a small twelve seater bus to see a miniature version of the Grand Canyon, some buffaloes ( their meat is worth more than beef ),a suspension bridge over the swollen, muddy Red Deer river, which was used in the old days by the coal miners, now just for tourists to wobble on; and to an impressive 3000 seat outdoor stadium used for passion plays about ten times a year.( Shades of Oberammergau )After lunch we visited the awe-inspiring Royal Tyrrell Museum displaying massive dinosaur skeletons. They are still collecting them. The latest is from of all places Fort MacMurray oil sands,where a rare dinosaur was just discovered.The museum website is worth checking out...
Today we are studying Karen Blixen.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


We are now visiting Drumheller for a week of Danish culture at a sort of high school convention for mature Danes. The surrounding area has strange topography;we are surrounded by horizontally striped flat- topped hills whose appearance is still what it was just after the ice-age. In some areas there are hoodoos which we have been photographing. Strange columns of slowly eroding soft rocks capped by harder rock lids. The other feature near here is that there is a vast area of dinosaur bones which people come and dig up and study. Even the huge dinosaur museum, the hospital, and several other buildings are design to match the hills by having horizontal stripes. The locals have built huge plaster replicas of the dinosaurs all over town to attract the tourists. In the past there was a boom in coal mining here and There are various disused mine sites to visit. Last evening we were taken to the "Last Chance Saloon" in Wayne for a barbecue steak dinner , where all the miners used to go in the old days.So we are now full of Alberta meat and Hans Christian Andersen, ready to leave in a coach to learn more about the dinosaurs at the museum...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Lutheran Church

After last night's Gala Dinner and Dance, today the sun came out, and we piled into a school bus and with a total of 150 people attended a two hour service celebrating the consecration of a new church. The building was constructed by Danes eighty years ago, but this congregation was a combination of that of the original church and another Danish Lutheran church. There were lots of flags, choirs, and four pastors and one bishop, and lots of speeches, with some glorious organ music, and a luncheon afterwards. There was a ceremonial procession of a large model sailing ship, which will be installed. Tradition has it that the ship represents the church with Jesus Christ at the helm.
The weather continued all day, so what with the rain then the sun, everyone's lawn now needs cutting in a bad way!
By the way I tried posting my blog by email with a photo to blogger but it just went into cyberspace and never arrived! I will put photos on when we get home in June...