February 15th, 2017
27 family and friends from 4 provinces enjoyed Quebec's winter ambiance and activities.
(Event descriptions below written by Murray himself, event pictures by Owen)
Rae & some of her gang; with Alex (his mother in hiding) watching what he had put on the screen …. ; Heather doubting what her grandfather is trying to convince her of. And for those of you not lucky enough to have been there, you see the beautiful log house, “The Rectory”, that Jessica & Don found for all 27 of us who came to Mt. Ste. Anne.
Owen shows the beautiful bottom 1/3 of this majestic fireplace which extends all the way to the peaked ceiling, where it is decorated with a pair of crossed snowshoes. As we brought our own, Françoise & I did not have to steal that pair in order to discover on Friday, as an alternative to our XC skiing, an exceptional snowshoe trail beside a meandering stream, half covered over with deep fresh powder snow, the other half a gurgling creek. Our raving about this over Friday evening dinner enticed Don, Jessica & Roby, all on snowshoes, to join us in a re-run Saturday. You might call Françoise & me sissies on snowshoes, but not the 3 others – all terrors on downhill skis.
Thanks, Owen, for catching this memorable moment at 90 in my life, just before I cut into the cake, surrounded that evening by 24 dear family & friends. I moment I’ll never forget.
After a couple of ‘warm-ups’
of the pair of breakfast chefs Don & Jessica
A hilarious moment as
Rae is regaling Françoise with some preposterous story.
Photos of Rae don’t get
any better than what Owen caught here!!! This one is for the
family album of record.
Owen caught Françoise & Alex sceptical of what I’m trying to sell.
Laura with, as a perfect background, the big photo of ‘Le Massif’ on the wall of “The Rectory”. For those unlucky souls not present, Le Massif is the outstanding alternative where most of those present skied one day as a change from Mt. Ste. Anne.
Greetings to all, now that we’re back home & back to our regular life, and now that the marvellous time we shared at Mt. Ste. Anne has become part of our memories.
Footnote written by Murray and heavily edited by webmaster:I came to this family reunion carrying a just-arrived memento of those who have been central to my professional life in McGill’s Chemical Engrg Dept. While our time together was family reunion time, I did have occasion to refer to the album which I left open on a table, an album containing photos & birthday greetings from 40 graduate students & researchers with whom I have been associated since I joined McGill in 1958.
Our McGill group on the way to present some work, including the co-authored paper “Local Nonuniformity in Through Drying by Local Exhaust Air Temperature Measurement”. My copy is not dated but I believe it was the summer of 1995.
During the same trip Murray & Hashemi made a spur of the moment apple pick on the drive to the conference. This stop perfectly represents your infectious joie to vivre!