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Well, another year gone, and another Thanksgiving. The Lewyckyj family of Montreal and many friends gathered at Baturyn in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, like we have for many years before. The weather was cool but dry and sunny. We had a great many kids this year. We went through 3 turkeys and we could have used a fourth! The weekend had a bit of everything. A bit of nostalgia, a camp fire Sunday night, a soccer game (not for the meek), lots of conversations, a wee bit of revelry, some great star gazing, apple picking at the St-Benoit-du-Lac monastery. The pictures below, in no particular order, chronicle the weekend.
We found some interesting angel mushrooms in the forest......
A family shot behind the Motria
Peter looking over the pond
The pond at the end of the season
Peter looking over our new foundations
Singing at the campfire
Katrusia was in a glorious mood
We sang well into the night
Memories of past summers
While at the Motria, fun was being had
Tim relaxing during the soccer game
Adrian getting lots of attention
Alex and Marika
Anhelyna and the hat
Alex making the hat speak
Eva coaxed to smile
Marika never needing to be coaxed.....
Laryssa watching on
Soccer game for the challenged
Kathy was rooting the team on
Olesia was trying to find some balance......
Oksana watching on
Greg deciding if he should join in
Old men should not play soccer. Just doesn't look right.
Somehow the weekend brings people together
The svinyj had a scaled back presence
Old friends. Sat on a park bench like bookends......
I don't think that desert will agree with you, plus you simply mustn't!!!
Sisters hamming it up
The Thanksgiving lunch buffet!
Lida and Uliana
Michael was enjoying some of his turkey stuffing. Its always so good!
Jane and Lida
Tomas and Julia
Tony and Madeleine joined us with Thomas and Julia for the first time this year. It was great to have them out.
Trying to carve one of the three birds
Even Jack was there. At almost 13 years of age, he is no puppy anymore, but he was still getting lots of attention.
Wasyl, Lida, Bohdan, Gaetan. As usual. the weekend is about catching up, and making new memories.
The beginning of the campfire.
Rudy, Roman, Zenon, Mychajlo. People came from Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.
What makes the meal great is everyone brings stuff and everyone helps out in the kitchen. Nina had some great stuffing.
The pidpenjky was quite plentiful this year, a little bit late into the season
We had a very clear night so we went to star gaze at the pond. I brought my Nikon D3S with my 14mm lens and a tripod, and had some fun. I really like the stars reflecting in the water.
The wispy strand of the Milky Way
The sensitivity of the D3S camera is awesome, allowing you to take pictures of things your eye does not even see
Not only do you see the ghostly trail of the Milky Way, but of satellites as well, moving across the sky
Many people wanted to visit the site of our future house, gazing at the grey foundation walls. The house was to arrive in a couple of weeks. Katrusia gave a lot of tours.
It was a little but chilly that weekend and I was dressed for it in layers and with my down vest. Peter, like always, was able to get by with much less clothing
Coming back from apple picking
Eating ice cream outside the monastery
Its not a huge building, but it has its particular architectural style
There were still lots of apples to be picked
Olesia tried a lot of different ones
it was fun to have Laryssa with us. Wolodymyr and Lida visited the monastery as well
Mother daughter moment
Testing Newton's laws
Demonstrating the principle
All pictures © Nestor Lewyckyj 2010