Iron and Gnomes

We’re back from a vacation through western Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada, and western North and South Dakota. It was a very edifying trip. I have a lot to process and learn more about– Lakota history and philosophy, the North Dakota oil boom, mountain pine beetle. I’ll be writing about all of this over the next few weeks. But first, to get the ball rolling, pretty pictures! This was a sweet memorial community garden in a tiny, tiny town called Manson at the very western edge of Manitoba. It’s near where Juniper grew up, in McAuley, MB. In fact, these are the people who bought his family’s farm. I love all the gnomes in the garden, and the island bed approach to layout. Very 1950s working class English.


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