Category Archives: THE BATOCHE CROSSING

Novel on the Northwest Rebellion, a long-term project

THE GERALDTON NORTHBOUND

Yes, I have begun the next Kennet Forbes mystery. Between the conception and the birth is the gestation.  I planted the seed several months ago, and it has been developing . . . very . . . very . . … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 8 of 10)

MANITOBA UNPLUGGED Sunday morning, July 10th, Prince Albert.  Visitor information centre closed.  John and I spent the better part of an hour trying to find the museum.  We found one sign, but it gave no directions.  We asked at a … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 7 of 10)

BATOCHE TODAY What happened here, at the National Historic Site of Batoche in May of 1885, has influenced the course of Canadian history for a century and a quarter.  In my novel-in-progress, The Batoche Crossing, it is my goal to … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 6 of 10)

JUST DUCKY On Friday afternoon, July 8th, John and I stopped at the Fred Light Museum in Battleford (on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River, across from North Battleford).  I was looking for Douglas Light, son of the … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 5 of 10)

FROM COLONY TO FAMILY The family BBQ on Wednesday night added to our store of knowledge about the family.  The place was overrun with aunts and uncles and cousins, all on our late mother’s side. The family helped us remember … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 3 of 10)

ROCKS IN A FIELD = PROVINCIAL PARK Sunday evening, I phoned around till I found someone to open Fort Qu’Appelle museum for us in the morning. Ted met us at 10:00 a.m.  The museum comprises a decrepit log building from … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 2 of 10)

BROADVIEW, BULLETS, & BELLS Just inside the Manitoba boundary we stopped at the Saskatchewan Visitor Centre.  We chatted up the attendants.  Locals tend to know more about their region than experts in Toronto or Winnipeg. Sure, said an older lady.  … Continue reading

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CHASING HISTORY (Chapter 1 of 10)

LOONIES NEED APPLY Where the hell is Loon Lake? And why should you care? Well, if you are a teacher or a librarian or a farmer, you should care.  And not just a farmer.  If you are a trapper or … Continue reading

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THE OLD FARM

I remember how the wind scraped the land clean across the stubble and the hills stretched tight to the land and brushed the evergreens and poplars stiff that lingered on the horizons and left the land pure and hard and … Continue reading

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