Monday, March 21, 2011

March Madness

Fallout girl

March break was hectic once again this year. We managed to squeeze in a visit with friends in different corners of the province and we even made a trek back to Peterborough to see family.

Early in the week, we drove west to visit with the McMullans. On day 2 of the visit, they brought us to the Purple Woods Conservation Area north of Oshawa where we hiked the semi-self-guided maple syrup tour ending with a feast of pancakes and fresh syrup. As we were leaving, I did shots of the little paper cup filled syrup containers, this medium blend syrup was like liquid gold. Needless to say, I was wired for the rest of the day.

Boiling the sap Raw maple sap
St. Patrick's Day breakfast fry 193

The trip to Peterborough brought out the usual suspects... less one wee man, Luke. After mentioning that we'd come in contact with a bad case of the pox, they'd decided to play it safe and keep baby Luke at a safe distance ... safe as in Skype visits only. :( See you at Easter Luke.

High paws Sara is about to get run over
Walking the creek Testing out the taste of wintergreen from the yellow birch

Just a quick explanation on that last photo above. It's a shot of Opa showing the kids how yellow birch tastes like wintergreen. Give it a try sometime.

Once back home, I baked a tasty loaf of beer bread (recipe) and enjoyed a slice or two under the extra large full moon that everyone was tweeting about. Though to be fair, without any perspective, my moon shot isn't really all that impressive but it did give me a chance to break out my tripod that I thought I'd lost.

Beer Bread...mmmmm Big bad moon

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