flowers for friday ~ farewell bouquet

flowers for friday ... on saturday, that is ...



this 'farewell to summer' bouquet is the last little pickings of the hardy souls who are b-bobbing about in the garden ... almost defying the frost king to come!



it's like these zinnias, cosmos, blue salvia and sunny flower want to compete with the turning leaves this year ... the leaves are falling yet the flowers are blooming ... it is all very strange to these parts ... it is quite unheard of for our manitoba prairie to be free of frost into october!




as to be expected, the season will turn ... and quite quickly apparently with the forecast of snow for next weekend! imagine...

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with this 'farewell bouquet' i also bid adieu to our local television station that 'faded to black' last evening ...




CKX TV, the 'little station that could' and it's family of dedicated staff brought our community local coverage of everything pertinent to an agriculture based area for over 50 years ...




since 1955 families gathered round their sets to view everything from the rooster crowing contest at the summer fair ... to the weather ... sports ... politics ... education ... health ... local organizations and programming ~ a voice we came to rely on, trust and call friend ...




and you see, the reason this is so touching for me is that this prairiegirl had the privilege and great opportunity of working at this small city station ~ a training ground for many ... first answering the phones ... then writing radio copy ... then tv copy ... then as creative director ... for the better part of the 1980's ...




even though the technology from 'those day's changed a great deal, CKX kept up ... just not enough ... and the little guy couldn't compete with the big guy anymore ...

take heart founders and everyone who worked at CKX throughout the years ~ your voice was mighty and meant a great deal to many ~ you will surely be missed ...




even though the station and channel have faded ... the memories, the deep friendships and great times will never fade!

best wishes to those suddenly finding themselves seeking new jobs today ~ may a new door open for you ...

to everyone touched by the 'little station that could' ~ this bouquet is for you ...

prairiegirl xo

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image of family watching tv found here

all other black and white 'memories' by my friend kb

7 comments:

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Your last prairie flower pickings are beautiful.....such lovely photographs. So sad about your local station, it must have such special memories for you. Early working year memories are the best aren't they?

Chemin des Muguets said...

Hello,

A beautiful bouquet of fall flowers and memories of your local tv station. Happy weekend.

Marjorie

Simply Mel said...

Prairie Girl,

You have such a deep and beautiful soul with so many venues of interest and volumes of knowledge you so lovingly share.

I'm also sending out heartfelt wishes to those who have lost their jobs and in search of something rewarding and good. Makes me sad to see the 'little guy' over-taken by the 'big guy'.

~Melissa

Gigi said...

Oh, prairiegirl, these flowers are so lovely, and I was very moved by your story about your local station. It's so sad that it's closing. Wow, I feel like the times they are a changin', and way too much too quickly. Small stations like this help to foster a sense of community. Between the death of local papers, local radio, local TV, and downtowns, I worry about how small towns and cities can keep people connected, aware, and active in the community.

Thanks for this bittersweet post. xo Gigi

My name is PJ. said...

Ahh, PG finally shares a bit of her history with us! That was a lovely tribute you did to the station. I hope those that seek new employment will find it in short order.

Your flowers continue to be sooo pretty. What will you photograph on Fridays during the colder months? I can't wait to see!

Where have you been lately?

knack said...

your flowers are so gorgeous.......

.....and I too enjoyed your story about your local tv station and am touched by your tribute........


xo

bigBANG studio said...

I found your blog via, gosh I don't know- Cafe Cartolina? Doesn't matter- I am savoring every post. I too worked for a local public network for a little while and although I live far away in the rural desert now I think about the experiences I had there and am so grateful. I enjoyed the vintage pictures you posted- they enriched the text so much! And your lovely end of summer zinnias- just lovely. I am just harvesting the last of my summer basil. Sigh. Looking forward to "following" your future posts!