Well, it’s been a fast and furious couple of weeks up here in the north country; we’ve gone from late summer to mid-winter between the middle of September and the beginning of October. The wind is strong in this part of the world, and if it’s blowing from the north, cold!
Although I don’t think anyone can accuse the city of FSJ of being beautiful, there are areas in the surrounding countryside that are lovely. And along the ridge just north of the city there are some places with beautiful views out over the Peace Valley.
On the bypass road that runs around the edges of the city, we found an abandoned farmstead with decrepit old wooden structures rotting in the fields.
Fall lasted about two weeks and the aspen trees turned yellow and gold.
We have been spending quite a bit of time with the cast and crew of the Buddy Holly Story, attending rehearsals at “The Space”, a quonset hut on the edge of town that serves Stage North as a rehearsal space.
Here is the Director Blair Scott in action, getting the Hayriders ready to go for their first song of the show.
Have a listen here. To plays the videos, first click on the image, then click again to start the video. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a problem with the sound on my video towards the end …
And here are Buddy Holly and the Crickets, going from country to rock ‘n roll.
Ty enters stage right carrying a keyboard. We are really enjoying being part of this production; it’s been great fun!
We are both working on the projections for the show, and have spent a fair bit of time in the theatre of the North Peace Cultural Centre where the show will take place the last two weekends of October.
We have put together two large projection screens from king size beds sheets sewn by the Sew it Yourself shop, four metal pipes, and lots of hardware. They will be hung on either side of the stage for videos which I edited of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper playing at the end of the show. This necessitates three laptops, three digital projectors, 150 meters of HDMI cord, and lots of metal hardware.
Oliver, the General Manager of the Cultural Centre, has been very generous with his time in helping us to put this all together.
Here’s a shot of the top of one screen, showing how it’s attached.
This is what it looks like with the big back screen and one of the side screens; the third one will hang down from stage right on the other side.
Here’s a little promo video I put together for the show.
Back when it was still Fall, we spend a bit of time getting to know the neighbourhood, strolling through the subdivisions around here.
This artificial pond has been made just down the road from our place. We are both amazed at the number of RVs parked in people’s driveways here; on some streets every home has a gigantic motorhome or RV next to the house.
I started taking bellydance lessons about a month ago at the Studio2Stage dance lesson emporium, with Suzon Tremblay, a very talented dancer and artist.
Unfortunately, my picture of her is not in focus.
Bellydancing is much more difficult than I thought, with hundreds of moves, some of which are difficult for this old, inflexible body. I am bad, but hope to get better during the course of the class.
Winter came early, very early – September 30, to be precise …
Here’s the view from our kitchen window. Although it’s no longer snowing today, there’s still snow on the ground and more expected tomorrow. We are having the snow tires installed this weekend. Already the temperature is hovering between 0 and minus 5 and it’s only the beginning of October. I wanted to see a snowy landscape, just not this early in the season!
I still need to get some serious winter gear; here’s a picture from the outside of the rehearsal space on the east edge of town.
Other than that, I am working on my landscape photo series and getting ready to do some painting. The landscapes are getting more fanciful – here’s a taste.