2/28/12


I was out at my brother and sister-in-law's place this past weekend for my niece's birthday. Sunday morning, I wanted to head out and take some photos. These two cuties pleaded to join me. They lasted about a minute (and let me take precisely one photo of each of them) before they raced back inside. It was very cold.

They live in a tiny town named Justice. The statistics are thus: there are three streets, two stop signs, and fourteen houses. A woman runs a small convenience store and post office out of her garage. The grain elevator sits empty and the old church is being renovated into a house.

I've never lived in a small town, much less the country. But somehow these photos still feel a bit like home. I'm a Manitoba girl. It's not California or France or Hawaii, but I do love its quiet beauty.

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  1. oh justice.
    i can feel the cold when i look at these
    in my lungs and on my cheeks.

    proud to be from where you are from.

    xx

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  2. There is something about small towns that often make you feel so at home. I grew up in a really small town and I think the best part, as a kid, was being able to play 'kick the can' around the whole town. There's just so much trust amongst everyone.

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  3. There is something about small towns that often make you feel so at home. I grew up in a really small town and I think the best part, as a kid, was being able to play 'kick the can' around the whole town. There's just so much trust amongst everyone.

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    1. I think that's definitely true, the majority of the time. The crazy thing is that this fall, some guy tried to pick up a little girl in his truck just a few houses away from my brother and sister-in-law. She ran away, straight to her house. But where was he from? Why was he cruising around a tiny town? So bizarre.

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    2. Oh wow! That is freaky... I guess stuff like that definitely happens too.

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  4. Lovely photos, as always! Looks FREEZING.

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  5. ps. your niece! with her scarf!!
    gotta love kids in snow suits.

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  6. i would love to live in a small town like that. where you know everyone and everyone knows you and it's like a family reunion every time to church. i love towns like that. great post, they're adorable!
    -jocee <3

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  7. oh my wordy, that town sounds so adorable! 14 houses? how beautiful! and the name is simply story-book. what kind of temperatures were you getting there?

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    1. it was about -20°C... but it might have "felt" colder with the windchill. it was mighty windy!

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  8. love the chill in this photos. just beautiful. and those kiddos are adorable! love how bundled up they are -- adorable. x

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  9. Beauty and the Beast pajamas!! Kids! I love this post a whole lot.

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  10. I grew up in a small town in northeast Ohio, but definitely not that small! Looks charming :)

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  11. i agree with nikaela, be proud to be where you're from.
    i love this. love small towns.
    LOVE.

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  12. I feel honored that California is up there with Hawaii and France :)
    Beautiful pictures!

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  13. It looks freeeeeezing! But really nice, quite and charming!

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  14. i used to visit Winnipeg at least once a year.

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  15. i'm so intrigued by small towns. i've never been to anywhere east of the usa [just the western coast] and it just looks so gorgeous and even more in the snow! we don't get snow in sunny california or baja california.

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  16. I love your photos. I'm sure many fellow Canadians would think I'm crazy for saying the following, but your photos make me want to visit Winnipeg/Manitoba. Just maybe not in the dead of winter or the heat of summer when there are black flies:P Spring or fall maybe?

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  17. i love it. family is so dear. and small town life.

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  18. i don't live in the country, either, but it's part of my childhood. these photos just speak 'home'. yes for manitoba girls! ;) the littles look so sweet in that first photo, all bundled up.

    xx

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  19. Hi Janis! I guess every place has its own goods and bads. By the way, your niece and nephew are beautiful. Your niece has precious eyes, I've seen somewhere in your blog and happy birthday to her!
    *kisses*

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  20. I'm such a Manitoban girl. These make me so nostalgic for home. Those snowsuits! I know those so well! Your niece and nephew are adorable.

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  21. Everytime I see that sweet little face of hers I go, "She looks exactly like Janis!". Do the people around you say that too?

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    1. haha! yes! at my wedding shower, she helped bring me the presents to open and people kept saying over & over how much we looked alike :)

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    2. It will really be interesting if one day you have your own little girl isn't it? I wonder if they will look the same :)

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  22. wow! What a place to live!
    Beautiful photos and cute nephews!! :)

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    1. something about the haze of winterblue here is just magicing me like crazy. :)

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  23. I feel cold just looking at these pictures! But since I was born and raised in Los Angeles, 14 houses is hard to imagine.

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  24. wow! i can't imagine living in a place that small. and beautiful pictures... looks so cold!

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