Monday, October 13

thanksgiving and a sunset









well today is canadian thanksgiving, it has always been my favorite day of the year. It has been that way for as long as i could remember. this day would mean that I would be in montreal surrounded with family, it would mean trips to the farmers market, baskets full of acorn squash, pumpkins, beets, potatoes, onions. it would mean kitchen counters full flour, pie crust, apples and chocolate, it would mean a drunken turkey in the oven. It would mean kids running in the yard, giggles and dogs by our feet cleaning the floor before we could notice it was dirty. It would be people no it would be family, close family sitting around the table, plates piled high with mouth watering food and traditions carried out, "what are you grateful for" would be asked around the table, dad would speak frenglish ( a speech that would be carried out in english with pieces of broken french) he would make us laugh so hard to the point that tears would form and in the middle of his humor he would say something that would be heartbreakingly accurate. mum would sit exhausted with the most beautiful smile and you could not help but think how lucky you are to know her and how lucky you are to have been born of her.....

it would also mean that in a few days i would be turning a year older, it would mean that my mum an i would travel across new england, fall drives, bakeries, laughter. there would be favorite songs played on the radio and way to many mochas...there would be the occasional b&b that was far from quaint. goals would be made and discussed, it would mean conversation on the last year's good and bad..and dreams would be shared....and yes some shopping -mostly window.....

well this year things did not happen in that way, but instead my mum surprised me here in providence. we will be taking day drives through new england towns and stunning color, cooking, baking, sewing. there will be blankets on the sofa and movies playing...laughter tears and revelations...and to many mochas of course

today there was a twenty two mile bike ride that i am so grateful to have not missed out on and to have survived. and in a few days there will be a " harvest thank god i made it through this year birthday dinner"

and then there is today's beautiful sunset outside my window

33 comments:

Jane said...

these are beautiful

omami said...

beautiful again and again, I have something for you on my blog!!

raining sheep said...

a very happy thanksgiving from me. I had a great weekend. Dinner at my girlfriends farm, lovely dinner at my house for family and friends. I love those kinds of holidays. I love you images, so shimmery. Hugs.

Mila said...

Wow, what gorgeous photographs...
So truly beautiful!

Thanks a lot for sharing.

Mila.

pia said...

stunning nadia. you leave me speechless, again. and reflective. and happy.

muralimanohar said...

The light. Beautiful.

And Happy Thanksgiving...how wonderful to spend it with the ones you love.

Aran said...

stunning photos and what a great way to spend time with your mom... new england in the fall and canadian thanksgiving. i'm so jealous.

Phoe said...

Just beautiful. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn't be nicer to celebrate Thanksgiving now instead of at the end of next month. Somehow it feels more right now.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

sounds perfect--photos of course are gorgeous---happy thanksgiving and happy birthday in a few days...enjoy your time with your mum...(hey I need your address! i have a little something for you from my trip!) do you still have my email love?

a square peg said...

what a wonderful post...

Camille said...

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times...what could be better, good food and good conversations. I'm sorry you didn't get to your family, but I'm happy that your mom came to you. Happy Birthday and may you live to be 120!!

trupeach said...

nadia,
i was amazed at the photos first (that light!) and then your words lifted and comforted me so.
beautiful post.

JanelleGrace said...

These are so beautiful...

heidi said...

Drink it all in... celebrate & enjoy. And post pics when you are done, of course ;-)

Irene said...

The pictures are amazing. They definitely show the beauty of being alive and make me thankful.

Claire said...

enjoy these precious moments with your mom.

congrats on the biking adventure!

and thank you for the inspiration... i have decided to celebrate thanksgiving this year!we do not celebrate it in sa.

your photos are also magical...

Sara said...

Those pictures look like they're from a movie- i love them! and i love your description of the time together with your family:) if you wouldn't mind, email me your address, i want to send you a little something for your special day:)
sbschofield@yahoo.com
much love!

Tartelette said...

Happy Birthday Nadia!

SHILL said...

the pictures takes my breath away, you have a wonderful blog :)

Y said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Charlotte Tollstén said...

You have the sweetest blog!!
So much to read and so many fantastic photos. I will come back soon again.

Thanks for visiting my blog

Esti said...

your words, one by one, have soothed my stressful day... What beautiful shared memories... what a great way to say thank you to your people. thanks to you, nadia, for your words. :)

Passionate About Baking said...

What a beautiful sunset...& HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. Hope your day in wonderful!! Cheers Deeba (got here from Aran's)

Krissy said...

Gorgeous shots! Sounds like a fantastic day! Hope you had a wonderful birthday too :)

please sir said...

Looks and sounds wonderful - I can't wait for our Thanksgiving!

My Castle in Spain said...

oh my..what can i say...I love your photos and this sunset !
and...happy birthday then !

josephine said...

happy birthday, nadia! and happy thanksgiving!

amy said...

happy birthday! happy thanksgiving!
a million more such sunsets.

corine said...

Happy belated thanksgiving, and early happy birthday.

I envy your relationship with your mom.

Chris said...

Wow, how truly wonderful and gorgeous, both the photos and your special bond with your parents...

Happy birthday! :)

The Lil Bee said...

Truly exquisite photos. Happy, happy:)

Linnea said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories and photographs. They remind me of my own wonderful family and the great times we have together. Hope your birthday is a great time. Mine's coming up soon too! Have a wonderful Thursday.
xox,
Linnea

Claire, said...

Beautiful graphic images. I love Canadian thanksgiving too, married a Canadian. We usually celebrate but not this year we were working. sadly.