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The World As We See It, or as You Missed It..27 July 2011

Captured at our Nature Center, on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Canon XTi, w 55mm Lens, AV 5.0, Shutter speed 1/160, ISO 200

Pioneer Sod House…Cut from the same earth that provided our food…“It didn’t leak the first day…but it did for three days after”. This would have been a common sodbuster expression. The sod house or semlin (German) was no extravagant home.

It was built quickly (in less than one month) for warmth and for protection from the elements during those first prairie winters. The deep root masses of prairie grasses provided the perfect thatch to make sod. Settlers cut sod bricks 36cm (14 inches) wide. 8cm (14 inches) thick with help from an oxen team pulling a breaking or walking plow. The excavated earth created the hollow around which sod bricks would be stacked – the first sunken living room.

Before sod was placed on the roof, tamarack beams and rails would be chinked together with filler such as mud, moss, prairie grasses or bison hair. Although holes were plugged, little visitors like mice, snakes, and bugs were often a common sight.

Sod houses such as this, made for intimate living arrangements. Commonly 6 – 8 family members would have lived in a 12 X 20 foot structure, including two oxen during extreme winter weather!

All info gleaned from our children’s program…one of many that I lead as a Volunteer Interpreter at this Center

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Old Plough, just to the right of the Sod House

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A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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Comments

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 3 years ago

    Very neat!! Great capture Larry! :O]

  • Good Morning Tracy
    Always appreciate your kind comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Marvellous capture and very interesting read, Larry! It’s simply amazing how our ancestors coped and survived with the little resources thay had at their disposal.

  • Good Morning Mike
    Always appreciate your kind comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Kathilee
    Kathileeover 3 years ago

    Love the roof and secret find Larry…well done

  • Good Morning Kathilee
    Thanks for the courtesy of a fave BTW
    Always appreciate your kind comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Great capture, Larry. Seems like nature has taken it over!

  • Good Morning Dot
    Yes nature has taken over here
    Always appreciate your kind comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 3 years ago

    Fantastic information Larry! In my wildest imaginations, I can not fathom living in this Soddy…..let alone with the 6 or 8 people…..and SNAKES!!! Oh my….I’d be out in the snow bank for sure!!!

    great work Larry!!! Enjoyed this!

  • Good Morning Ruth
    Hard to believe, we have come a long way for sure
    Always appreciate your kind comments my friend…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    fantastic Capture Larry gorgeous place wonderful information also

  • Good Afternoon Maggie
    Always enjoy your comments
    As well as the courtesy of a fave BTW…Thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Hi Charmiene
    Thanks for the courtesy of a fave BTW
    Always appreciate your kind comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Charles & Patricia   Harkins ~ Picture Oregon
    Charles & Patr...over 3 years ago

    Love it, looks like a good home.

  • Hi Charles
    I appreciate your kind comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazeover 3 years ago

    Oh very good capture – how interesting to read about this and see the grass on sods on the roof.
    Cynthia :-)

  • Thanks Cynthia
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Hi Larry,….love the shot and info,..Here`s a link to a Oklahoma sod house,…I help you enjoy it.

  • Good Morning John
    So nice to hear from you again..Thanks for the new info,
    And the courtesy of a fave BTW…Much appreciated friend

    – Larry Trupp

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