Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last day with the Imhoffs before returning to Florida

Today we visited the Imhoffs for one last time before heading back to Florida.


Me with Maya


Shelby posing.


The turkey wishbone is dry enough!!!!


And the winner is Shelby !!!


Teri with Maya.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Trip to Kindersley

Today we went to visit Teri’s sister Kathy and husband Frank in Kindersley. I did not take any photos of Kathy and Frank but I did go to the farm to feed his wild deer on his land.

Here are a few photos of deer.




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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing day with David and Pauline Dishko

Today we spent the day in North Battleford with Teri’s brother and sister-in-law.


Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day at the Imhoffs

On Christmas Day with arrived at the Imhoffs just in time for Brunch.

We helped the grandkids play with their new toys.


Our house on Christmas day.


Grandkids at play on Christmas morning.


Kevin cooking Christmas Brunch.


Kevin and Grandpa Burt and Grandma Phyllis Imhoff.


We all are playing with Shaylene’s new game.


The Imhoff’s home on Christmas day.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve at the Imhoffs

We spent Christmas Eve at the Imhoffs. Shannon cooked a great supper. The kids opened up Grandma and Grandpa Meyers’s gifts.


Teri took this photo of me carving the turkey with Shannon looking after the stove top.


Rufus the Imhoff’s Cat.


Shaylene playing with the new dog Maya.


Shelby by the Tree before the gift opening.


Shannon with gift


Shelby and Shaylene playing with Shelby’s new toy.


Shannon, Shelby and Kevin


Teri and Shaylene inspecting the tree

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Back to Saskatchewan

On the 22nd we flew from Orlando, Fl. to Saskatoon, Sk..

We had an unusual start to the flight. When we got to the United Airlines gate 2 hours before departure, we found out that United Airlines had bumped us up to an earlier flight that was taking off just as we are checking in.  United Airlines had made a schedule change and moved the flight from 8:10 to 8:22 AM. This did not allow the 45 minutes for the luggage to transfer, so they bumped us to an earlier flight.

The United Airlines attendant did her best and got us on an airplane with Delta. In the end we arrived at Saskatoon at about the same time that United Airlines arrived.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ringling Museum of Art

Today we went to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Ca d’Zan (winter home of the Ringling family), Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center.

The Circus Museums

The Circus Museum celebrates the American circus, its history and unique relationship to Sarasota. Established in 1948, the museum was the first in the county to document the rich history of the circus. View colossal parade and baggage wagons, sequined costumes, and a sideshow banner line that document the circus of the past and of today.  See memorabilia and artifacts documenting the history of The Ringling family circus, John Ringling as the Circus King, and the greatest circus movie, The Greatest Show on Earth, which was filmed in Sarasota. Jiraffe Poster

Also on exhibition in the Circus Museum is the Wisconsin, the private Rail car of John and Mable Ringling built in 1905.  Built during the golden age of rail, the Wisconsin car provides a unique view into the splendid travel accommodations that John and Mable Ringling enjoyed on their travels around the country on business and with the circus.

Enter the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center and see an exhibition of circus posters. Ranging in size from window to barn sized, these colorful posters were plastered on buildings, walls and fences all across America and broadcasted in no uncertain terms that the circus was coming to town.

The cornerstone of the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center is the world's largest miniature circus, The Howard Bros. Circus Model. The model is a replica of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1919 – 1938.  It was created over a period of more than 50-years by master model builder and philanthropist Howard Tibbals.  The second floor of the Howard Tibbals Tibbals building documents the history of the American  circus from ancient times to the present.

Opening in 2012, an expansion to the Circus Museum will contain exhibitions that celebrate circus performers were visitors of all ages will experience the magic of the center ring.


The 1st museum


the Poster Collection


detail in the model circus.


the side show of the model circus


THE middle ring of the model of the big tent.




a reproduction finished in 2008


these are the actual cars and acts.



Ca d’Zan Mansion

The Ringlings' dazzling palatial mansion is a tribute to the American Dream and reflects the splendor and romance of Italy. Described as “the last of the Gilded Age mansions” to be built in America, Cà d’Zan has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings. With its Venetian Gothic architecture, the mansion is a combination of the grandeur of Venice’s Doge’s Palace, combined with the gothic grace of Cà d’Oro, with Sarasota Bay serving as its Grand Canal.

Cà d'zan East FacadeIn 1924, construction began on Cà d’Zan, which means “House of John” in Venetian dialect. The house was completed just before Christmas 1925, at a cost of $1.5 million.

John and Mable Ringling greatly admired the unique architectural style of the Danieli and the Bauer-Grunwald hotels in Venice, as well as the palaces that face the Venetian canals. This architectural style, called "Venetian Gothic," greatly influenced the Cà d'Zan's design, which architect Dwight James Baum and builder Owen Burns helped bring to Sarasota for the Ringlings.

Mable Ringling had an oilskin portfolio filled with postcards, sketches, photos and other materials that she gathered on her travels to aid the architect with his design.Cà d'Zan Courtyard

Cà d’Zan is 200-foot long encompassing approximately 36,000 square feet with 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms.  The structure is five stories and has a full basement.  The pinnacle of the structure is the 81-foot Belvedere tower with an open-air overlook and a high domed ceiling.

Cà d’Zan is constructed from terra cotta “T” blocks, concrete, and brick, covered with stucco and terra cotta, and embellished with glazed tile. The original roof was made from 16th century Spanish tiles imported by the builder Owen Burns.  The bayfront terrace is made of domestic and imported marble.

In April 2002, comprehensive restoration and conservation was completed on Cà d'Zan.  The six year, $15 million initiative restored the mansion to the era of Mable Ringling.


incredible ceilings


West view of the house.


Bayside view of the house.

Museum of Art

The Museum of Art, built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, today features paintings and sculptures by the great Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more. The European, American and Asian masterworks available here make the Museum of Art an awe-inspiring retreat. It is a palace for treasures emulating the footprint of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, echoing its grace and grandeur.

Bolt SkyIn 1925, Ringling engaged architect John H. Phillips to design the museum.  Construction began in 1927, but was slowed almost immediately by the collapse of Florida’s land boom and later, Wall Street’s stock market crash.  Financial misfortune and Mable’s death in 1929 might have ended the dream, but John Ringling instead gained a new resolve to complete the museum, borrowing money as needed, knowing that it would perpetuate the memory of his beloved Mable.

In October 1931, “The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art” was officially opened to the public.

The Courtyard of the Museum of Art features casts of original antiquities and renaissance sculptures, including the towering David by Michelangelo.  The Courtyard features two fountains - Fountain of Tortoises, one of three replicas from the Piazza Mattei in Rome, and the Oceanus Fountain, copied from the 16th century original by Giovanni Bologna in Florence’s Boboli Gardens.

the Courtyard


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Today I went to the Car Museum, Teri stayed home with a headache.

On the way there I passed the winter home of the Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzaner Stallions of Austria.


From the website:

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as one of the oldest continuously operating antique car museums in the Nation!  As you stroll through the museum, travel back in time and into the future of man’s greatest invention, the automobile!   Antique, exotic, European and one-of-a-kind classics are featured in our rotating exhibits throughout the museum, seven days a week.

Here you will view Circus Magnate, John and Mable Ringling’s collection of Rolls Royce autos,John Lennon’s, psychedelic, 1956 Bentley (registration mark 222 APL) and Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper. Classic and muscle cars are on display side by side, including Don Garlits, dragster number two! The museum features immaculately restored vintage automobiles spanning over a one-hundred year history of man’s automotive genius!

The  museum features over 100 automobiles, consisting of the alphabet of the world’s foremost automobile manufacturers; Alpha Romeo, Bentley, Cadillac, DeLorean, Edsel and Ferrari are just to name a few of the exquisite examples of automotive craftsmanship





John & Mable Ringling Car a 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost


Some of the more unusual collection.



Then I went next door to the Classic Car Retailer and fell in love with a Muntz. Anyone have a spare $99,000 US dollars?