This is the sixth installment about my week long tour for TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2013. I toured in northern Saskatchewan. More on the whole idea/background of Book Week here. Catch up on: installment one, or maybe installment two, number three, number four or even number five.
Friday May 10, 2013
I was kind of sad to be heading out for my last day of touring. So to cheer myself up I stopped at a Timmies in Saskatoon to get a coffee for the road. When I got out of my car I almost stepped on a chunk of lettuce and an orange triangular piece of cheese lying on the pavement. Literary allusion alert! Of course I thought of the cheese in Wimpy Kid, and also I’d just read “Wonder” a couple days before which itself had a reference to said Wimpy Kid cheese. Life meets art? Wish I’d taken a picture of it.
I headed south for about 1 hour and 40 minutes to Loreburn. Another lovely route.
|Sprinklers span the horizon|
|The road ahead|
|Blackened field. I swear smoke was coming off it still.|
|Loreburn grain elevator|
The staff invited me to join them for a pot luck lunch. What a feast! Pasta salad, lettuce salad, roast beef, sliced chicken, and kiwi pavlova for dessert. Yummy!
My second presentation at Loreburn was about “Sorting through Spring.” They were a great group and a wonderful way to wrap up my week’s presentations. Thank you Loreburn!
After good byes it was back up the road to Saskatoon.
|Loved the contrast here|
|Abandoned building...schoolhouse? Story!|
|Field and fluffy clouds|
|Touch the clouds?|
Random Memorable Moments
- The duck that flew right across the road in front of me. Not sure how I didn’t hit it but very glad I didn’t.
- Realizing a "wide load" sign here really means a wide load, as in move onto the shoulder or you’ll hit the wide load coming at you from the other direction.
- The thrill of thinking that a tumbleweed might have just zipped across the road in front of me and disappeared into the field. It was blown vegetation of some sort. Cool.
- Wind in action: Got out of my car to take one of the photos above and the wind blew the car door back into me. Ouch. Bruise.
- Noting that drivers actually take turns merging at the “Zipper merge” sign. Maybe we should adopt that signage in Ontario because using “merge” alone seems to mean: quickly try to get in the appropriate lane while cutting off anyone else who might get in front of you
- Count for Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the Satellite Radio: 2
- Count for Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know” on the Satellite Radio: 3
- Count for Macklemore’s “Ceiling Can’t Hold Us” on the Satellite Radio: 4
I'll have one more post about my TD Canadian Children's Book Week tour to wrap things up. It'll be here later this weekend after I take a brief break to bring you the June Carnival of Children's Literature.