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Back To The Land | Orkney, Saskatchewan

I have just woken up in Consul, Saskatchewan and my night was nothing short of interrupted. I wasn’t thinking first when I pitched my tent on the outskirts of town as it was under a flood light from a nearby property leaving this orange haze that left little chance¬†of a dark slumber. Not to mention […]

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by Jeremy Fokkens

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April 6, 2015 - 9:54 pm

leslie Ottenbreit My mother grew up on a farm by orkney. Thank you for such a wonderful article. I knew all of the places you mentioned and have many happy childhood memories, especially our trips to the fan my mom grew up on to see my uncle and his family, or to bracken to visit the general store and the museum. It was wonderful.

April 6, 2015 - 9:55 pm

Blaine Schafer I have just got done looking at your story about Orkney and Arthur James. I don’t know how you got him to pose for the pictures. I have been married to his daughter for 26 years and I know that when a camera comes out Arthur disappears That being said I was wondering if it would be possible to get copies of those pictures

April 6, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Mark Lewams Thanks for the great article! I grew up in Orkney and we lived next door to Arthur and his family for many years. I spent many years as a kid riding my bike on those streets and then later tearing around in my car. So many memories…thank you!

April 7, 2015 - 9:21 am

Allen Proust Good article. Arthur was my school bus driver for many years. He would take kids to school rain or shine. I grew up just east of Orkney.

April 7, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Tim Watson I remember going to Orkney as young punks mainly to rip around with our vehicles hahahah-Mark and Mike. Looking good there Arthur, what a great guy for sure

April 7, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Joyce Enjoyed reading this article, look forward to reading more

April 7, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Dan Schafer Good article Jeremy. I ran into you at Elevation Place in Canmore in February and I see my cousin Mark has left a comment for you above as well. Lol I enjoyed our brief chat that day.

April 9, 2015 - 7:47 am

Jennifer Diguer Thanks for the great read Jeremy. This is my dad….and where I grew up. As kids, there was no end to the freedom we enjoyed in Orkney. Thanks for the great photos, I would love to get copies if possible.

April 8, 2016 - 5:41 pm

Rosemary Blomme (nee Ingram) Enjoyed the down-to-earth story. Visited Orkney as a child to share time with cousins and will alway have fond memories from there. My cousin shared your story on Facebook. She and several other cousins lived in Orkney during their childhood years.

April 28, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Carla Hansen-MacLeod Orkney, Canada!! This is such an awesome read!!! This article has so touched my heart & soul… To remember a place that holds all of my childhood memories… Thank you for choosing Orkney & Thanks to Arthur for stopping to talk & allow some pictures to be taken! Great pics of Arthur….. He really has not changed in all the y arms since I left!!!!