Do you have many favourite family traditions? Thanksgiving is big for us! Not only is it the time of year that we are thankful for what we have but in our case it’s usually the weekend that we close up our cottage for the winter. You see our cottage is not winterized and not only that but you have to go by boat to get there! When you get there we don’t have the convenience of the modern invention called the electric light. We do love it though and the added quiet and privacy provided by needing to go by boat is well worth it in our minds. Aside from being at the cottage for the thanksgiving weekend having the traditional turkey dinner there’s another tradition we like to keep going. For about the last 4 years now and I know this because that’s how old my daughter is, my wife, my daughter and myself pile into our aluminum boat and take a ride to our sister lake. We are headed for a particular beach at the far end of the lake where we pick wild cranberries to go with our turkey. Apparently the conditions at this location are just what the cranberries need to thrive because they seem to be doing very well. You see our two lakes are part of the Trent Severn Waterway system which means that we have a dam that controls our water level. Over the course of a season our water level drops 7 feet, which you have to see to believe. Cranberries need to be in water or very close to water at least part of the growing season and that’s exactly what they get at the beach where we pick them. We have been very lucky with the weather as I can’t remember not going on our cranberry picking trip in the last 4 years. My daughter likes the idea of what we are doing but she is usually distracted by being on a beach and is soon playing in the water even though it’s October and the water temperature is a little less than ideal. After our picnic lunch on the beach and picking 2-3 litres of cranberries we are ready for the ride home which is about 3-4 kilometres.
I hope you were able to spend thanksgiving with your family keeping some of your favourite family traditions alive!