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Thanksgiving in Marmora

This year we spent a splendid Thanksgiving weekend in Marmora.  I’ve now witnessed Marmora throughout all the seasons, and every time I’m struck by the peace and tranquility in the air.  My boyfriend’s family is from this area, and his grandmother lives in a cozy cottage-turned-home along Crowe River.  I took my first panoramic photo of the back of their cottage, with all the fall colours popping.

Marmora in the fall

Marmora in the fall

I played around with some filters on this photo, not that autumn pictures really need a filter, but I personally love pushing the contrast for richer blacks, and upping the vibrancy of the hues to achieve a more dramatic effect.  I settled on the Hefe filter for this photo that I posted on my Instagram.

Marmora in the fall

Marmora in the fall

Growing up, I never had big family dinners or celebrations.  My father was an only child and my mother came from a large family that barely spoke to each other, so the extent of my family has only ever been two people.  My ex-husband and current partner have an extended family and though I consider myself very lucky that they’re all nice people, I still find I’m not entirely comfortable and sometimes it take me awhile to warm up for a group get together. 

I took some time to myself on this crisp fall day and tried to capture new angles of this location, which can be a challenge as I have taken so many photos throughout the years.  I liked this shot the best, with the trees and weeds framing the brilliant autumn shoreline in the background.

Marmora in the fall

Marmora in the fall

Marmora Agricultural Fair

"One of a Kind" Marmora Agricultural Fair

“One of a Kind” Marmora Agricultural Fair

I love when my boyfriend and I visit his grandparents in Marmora, a lovely little town halfway between Ottawa and Toronto.  They have a beautiful, rustic house with a sprawling green lawn that leads down to a peaceful river.  I love sitting on their balcony and watching the shadows from the trees dance along the green and the rays of sun sparkle across the water.

"Chiseled" Marmora Agricultural Fair

“Chiseled” Marmora Agricultural Fair

We visited over Labour Day weekend, and it just so happened that the Marmora Agricultural Fair was taking place.  We spent a relaxing afternoon wandering around the fair, and checked out local artists like these very talented chainsaw carvers – the amount of detail they could achieve with a chainsaw was amazing and it was mesmerizing to watch them work.

Antique Tractor Pull, Marmora Agricultural Fair

Antique Tractor Pull, Marmora Agricultural Fair

One of the main events was the antique tractor pull, and I can say this was my first time spectating a tractor competition!  Each tractor has to pull a specialized weighted machine called “the Executioner” and as they plow forward the weights shift from the back to the front of the machine, challenging the tractor’s engine, traction and weight.  I have to say, it was pretty fun rooting for each tractor and observing the various antique models.

"Strain" Marmora Agricultural Fair

“Strain” Marmora Agricultural Fair

"The Executioner" Marmora Agricultural Fair

“The Executioner” Marmora Agricultural Fair

Among the artisans and craftsmen there was also a vegetable competition – take a look at this beast of a zucchini!

Vegetable Competition, Marmora Agricultural Fair

Vegetable Competition, Marmora Agricultural Fair

I also discovered pickled eggs.  We picked up these spiced pickled eggs from the market and they were so unique, very yum!  We have since started to make our own beet pickled eggs, they are so easy to make and are perfect for a quick breakfast!

Pickled Eggs, Marmora Agricultural Fair

Pickled Eggs, Marmora Agricultural Fair

"Have A Seat", Marmora Agricultural Fair

“Have A Seat”, Marmora Agricultural Fair

We spent the rest of the weekend swimming and fishing along Crowe River and the adjacent lake.  I’d like to think we improved our fishing skills as we had lots of little bites…and we almost caught a fish!

Crowe River, Marmora

Crowe River, Marmora

I also attempted water skiing again.  The last time I tried this was when I was about thirteen, so I had hoped that I had since become stronger and fitter and that it would be a breeze!  Unfortunately it was pretty much as disastrous as when I was thirteen.  After about four spectacular wipe outs I finally managed to get my butt out of the water – victory!…and then the rope broke and down I went, and down I stayed.  I truly admired my boyfriend’s water skiing skills as we went up and down the river.  I’ll have to work on my core and upper body strength for next time!

"Afternoon Delight" Marmora

“Afternoon Delight” Marmora