“The Saint Antoine de Padoue Church was the site of events during the Battle of Batoche. Consequently, it is a symbol of the cultural heritage of the Métis population, and represents two historical themes. First, it represents the early activities and influence of the Oblate order (the dominant Roman Catholic order in the Northwest). Second, it represents the clash of Métis and European settler cultures, which resulted in the North-West Rebellion of 1885. …” [http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=15526]

During the Battle of Batoche (May 9-12, 1885), a great deal of the fighting took place near the church. Although it received a few bullet holes, the church was unscathed by the battle. The church is located on the Batoche National Historical Site.



My midnight visitor was back last night – a huge white-tailed jackrabbit (prairie hare) that gambols in the snow and makes himself at home in my yard.

rabbitHis latest tracks remind me of my own “path” – linear and predictable but every once in a while there is time out for a frolic or two.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard


la bonne voie


You are on the right path ~ not a horizon exactly but more of a direction for the New Year.

Inuksuk (Inukshuk)

“The mysterious stone figures known as inuksuit can be found throughout the circumpolar world. Inukshuk, the singular of inuksuit, means “in the likeness of a human” in the Inuit language. They are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is “Someone was here” or “You are on the right path.” [http://www.inukshukgallery.com/inukshuk.html]

New Horizon