October 12, 2004

Trees, trees, and more trees!

Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful, full of family, friends, food, and fall foliage. And music, but that doesn’t alliterate.

First, here’s my contribution to the sky pictures — this is the sky at my cottage, in northern Quebec:


This was during one of the rare moments of partial sun; it was cloudy most of the weekend, with rain on Saturday. But it cleared up somewhat during our walk around the lake, allowing us to see vistas like this:


and this:


and many more, but my camera doesn’t do them justice. We also were able to wear many handknit things, since it was fairly chilly; here’s Mark modelling the aran sweater I finished for him this past spring, which he hadn’t had a chance to wear until this weekend:


I think he looks quite marvellous in it, and in this setting!

Of course we stuffed ourselves, first with Mark’s parents in Ottawa, then with my family and friends at our cottage. I neglected to get any pictures of the food, because I was too busy knitting and having fun, except for one rather bad shot of the seven pumpkin pies I made:


I didn’t mean to make quite this many, but things kind of got away from me… and before I knew it, I had made filling enough for seven pies, so I had to make the crusts! Not really a problem, though, since I could happily eat pumpkin pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for days at a time.

There were 21 people for Thanksgiving dinner, including a toddler and a newborn baby who were mainly in bed during the bulk of the festivities. We all stuffed ourselves silly and then sat around playing and singing:


A lovely time was had by all. I did knit, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow — I think this entry is long enough already! Now I must get back to work, since I didn’t do anything school-related all weekend.

Posted by Aven at October 12, 2004 02:29 PM

Sounds like a wonderful weekend — great photos! Mark’s Aran sweater looks gorgeous and you’re right, it’s the perfect setting.

Posted by: Vicki at October 12, 2004 03:10 PM

Mark looks very handsome in his sweater. Don’t you just love the fall colour? I do! I’m glad we live where the seasons change. Me too on the pumpkin pie.

Posted by: Paula at October 12, 2004 05:28 PM

Aven, great, great pictures! What a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! So beautiful! Who could ask for more?
The sweater is great! And so are the pumpkin pies! YUM! Enjoy the leftovers!

Posted by: sandy at October 12, 2004 08:52 PM

Wow. Beautiful trees. Beautiful sweater.

My boyfriend is a big fan of pumpkin pie too; I have a picture of him on his second birthday, when he was given a pumpkin pie instead of a cake, and he’s turning around to stare at the person who just put it down in front of him, clapping his hands and with a huge grin on his face. Our first date, actually, was making a pumpkin and an apple pie as snacks for our freshman dorm.

Mmmm. Seven pies.

Posted by: Lydia at October 13, 2004 09:22 AM

Great photos. We are heading up north this weekend- I hope the leaves have not all fallen yet!. You made 3 more pies than I did - we are still eating leftovers….the hardship! But there is more birthday pie next week

Posted by: Elizabeth at October 13, 2004 10:18 AM

wow. Such beauty in your area. I just love the aran sweater, too. It is perfect for tht setting.

Posted by: travelita at October 13, 2004 02:27 PM

hey aven, i saw mark on campus today! heehee.

Posted by: laura at October 14, 2004 12:06 PM