Thanksgiving weekend at the cottage

I`ts Tuesday after the long thanksgiving weekend here in Canada! I hope you are recharged with warm conversations and lovely time with your loved ones  as we did. We had the pleasure of spending the weekend at a beautiful quaint little cottage by the lake with two other couples.

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As I shared with you, we just came back from Iceland last month and ever since, we have been craving for some quiet, serene space to stimulate our creative flow. This weekend was definitely very fulfilling and fun. I couldn’t remember the last time we spent hours playing board games by the fire pit and taking our time to relax, and eat ice cream for breakfast because we could. Cottage life was so charming but not without a drama for sure.

We arrived really late on Friday night not knowing what to expect because it was already pitch black.We were swooned over by this stunner once we stepped into the cottage.

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When we woke up on Saturday morning, we were awed by the beautiful scenery. The cottage was located at a peninsula so almost every room had a view to the lake.  What a breathtaking sunrise! The fogs ascended from the water added a mysterious glare as if something was about to descend to the earth. We spent the morning watching the stillness of the space

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Later that morning, the calm and inviting water made us decided to take out the canoe and row boat for a quick ride.We had planned to have a special dinner that night, to celebrate a big milestone in my brother`s life and also thanksgiving dinner so we had to go back by mid-afternoon.

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It was a perfect airy weather in October with the sun glowing on our cheeks. It was our first time to paddle a row boat ,although technically only one person should row. We thought it was slightly heavier but nothing the muscle men couldn’t overcome. We reached across the other shore within an hour and relaxed for a little bit. ( Too bad i have no picture of us during this time because we did not have our dry bag with us)

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Getting hungry, we started rowing home because it was already passed noon. As we started to cross the lake, suddenly the wind took a rough turn and made the water very rowdy. The breeze turned colder, and with every push, the water was getting more aggressive.The instant change of the situation was unexpected at all. We did not think much of it at first , and continued to take turn to paddle. After  few trials to move forward with struggle and very little improvement, we tied the row boat to the canoe, since the canoe have a better aerodynamic build, we hoped it could help us cut through those waves. The progress was not very substantial, and it only made the canoe paddlers really exhausted as the wind threw its worst tantrum. So we let go of the tie for their best chance. The heavy oars were unbearable to move, so we tried to switch the position every now and then, with a risk of making the boat imbalance . But this failed too, every time we stopped paddling the wind pushed us back to the shore where we started.

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Meanwhile we saw the canoe braved the roaring lake and made its way further away from us. We tried our best to stay positive, I meant with two engineers on the boat, they must know how to figure out something right? Right, we screamed for help when we saw few fishing boats approaching our way, but they quickly turned away from us.Different thoughts started to creep our minds, different scenarios with gory endings.

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Exhausted, famished, frustrated, and a little scared at this point,we decided to stop at the shallow water to walk around the skirt of the island hoping there would be someone who can help us. This would have been the 3rd hour that we got stranded.

Then, R &R called us on one of our cellphone noting us that they have made it back to the cottage! Thank God for cellphone signal, seriously I did not even realize the cellphone would work! They were surprised that we haven’t advanced any closer to the cottage. After so many tempted trials, we were too burned out, we  desperately needed help.

 

R&R knocked door to door to our neighbors, who owned a motorboat at their dock to ask for help. After many rejections, finally one generous man, Mr. Lowes, was getting out of his house as R was approaching his stairway.  He was having some company over but voluntarily offered his help. Half an hour later, they were able to spot us across the lake, and we were saved! A big motor boat came to our rescue and I have never felt so relieved and thankful! Thankful that R&R tried their best to help us, and thankful that a stranger and his two children were so kind to put other people needs before their own.

We made it home almost close to 5 o clock which means the original plan to dine and party looked doubtful, but still very glad because everyone is alive and sound. Instead of having roast chickens and all the fancy sides for dinner, instant noodles came to rescue our famished tummies. Off course not long after, everyone just fell into asleep on the couch. Later that night we managed to drink up for a little party as  planned, so glad this part worked out fine too.

 

This experience really put thanksgiving into a new perspective. Never have I been more grateful to see my loved ones safe and sound. Mr. Lowes told us we were lucky to be stranded that day because he had planned to put away the boat for the season the next day. Imagine what if!I was most grateful for that, for human kindness.

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I didn’t get to do much  photographing for food  and cooking as much as I wanted to, as we just spent our time eating, and playing board games for the rest of the time. But at last on Sunday night I managed to whipped up our thanksgiving dinner! Roasted Chicken with my special herbs blends, roasted potatoes, caramelized carrots, and Brussels sprouts with bacon. Everything was perfect, with family around the table, and the room filled with laughter. I couldn’t feel more blessed and thankful for this thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this week?

 

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