It happened over the course of nearly three weeks, with Jack and Kasia flying in from Berlin and spending the week with Mary and Brian in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ed and I drove in for the weekend to celebrate the marriage of Jack's college roommate, Matt, to Mallory, at a beautiful waterside venue tucked under the Manhattan Bridge.
Early on Monday morning, Jack and Kasia drove with us to Montreal, where we wandered around Jack's alma mater, McGill University, and later met up with college friend, Lesya.
From there, we made our way to one of our all-time favorite places: Arowhon Pines, in Ontario's Algonquin Park.
In the meantime, Mary and Brian dropped off their dogs with Brian's parents in Long Island and began driving west toward us; while Maggie and Nate loaded up their kids and began driving north.
On Wednesday afternoon, we gathered under the tall pines on Little Joe lake, grateful that we could all be together and cognizant of the efforts that we all made to make it happen.
The days together flew by with lovely meals, pickleball matches, saunas – followed by lake swims, early-morning canoe fishing, late-afternoon cocktails and late-night stargazing.
On Saturday, Mary and Brian headed back home, Nate headed back to work via a bus from Huntsville to the Toronto airport and the rest of the gang continued on to a very remote, very rustic, off-grid cabin for three days of Galloway-style relaxation (i.e., fishing, canoeing and eating).
Then it was home to Farm Dover. Two days later, Kasia flew back to Berlin; Jack leaves next weekend.
So that we might remember these precious good times together, here is a selection of photos that tell the story far better than any words I can write.
|Kasia's first time to New York City.|
|Walking around DUMBO|
|Before dinner at Saint Julivert|
|The McGill contingent|
|Two of my three|
|Mary and Brian|
|Just hanging out|
|A grand birthday celebration|
|A tentative "thumbs up"|
|On the dock|
|Mamma and son|
|The Pinney family|
|Hazel's first canoe trip|
|Waiting patiently to shove off|
|Meanwhile, Norbert shares his lunch with Deed|
|A little girl time|
|Watching hummingbirds on the veranda|
|Just thinking of jumping in|
|Even Bee swam|
|Hazel gets a marshmallow-roasting lesson|
|Norbert wore out|
|Early morning fishing from the dock|
|Dinner by propane light|
|Nothing fancy, but fun|