My Knit East 2017

Every other fall I look forward to attending Knit East. This biennial event is hosted by Cricket Cove in St. Andrews, NB. It’s 2 days of knitting, yarn, and learning in a gorgeous hotel only a couple hours from home. It’s about as good as it gets.


Knit East 2017 was held in late October, right at the peak of fall foliage in Southern New Brunswick. Two of my classes were held in the Rotunda; which reminds me a lot of a sunporch. With views like this, it doesn’t really matter what you call it.


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A Good Day to Fly

One of the great things about my job is that sometimes I get to travel by small plane. It is such a different perspective and despite my motion sickness I mostly enjoy it.

Today was a crystal-clear beautiful summer day and because of ferry difficulties we ended up flying to St. Stephen. I played tourist while enroute.


There was a spare headset for me today too but no where to plug it in so I could talk…at least that’s what they told me. 😉


Maple Syrup Time

A few weeks ago my sister asked if we were interested in a maple syrup tour for my niece’s birthday party.  After a pre-requisite “Elf” joke: “Syrup’s my favourite!” we headed out to Elmhurst Outdoors last weekend.


I had never heard of it until my sister organized this outing but it is an amazing place. (It would probably be even more amazing if you were an outdoorsy-type).  Besides the maple syrup tours, there is cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; kayaking and canoeing in the better weather.


This tour takes you through several stops outlining the changes in maple syrup production from native americans through present day.  It’s a bit of a hike uphill.  The weather was beautiful, so the parkas were not necessary, but with the melting snow, the boots definitely were.





It’s a working maple syrup production so there are sap lines running through the trees


This hasn’t been a good spring for maple syrup; not enough warm days and cool nights to get the sap running. It takes 40 buckets of sap to make 1 bucket of syrup; I loved the visual aid:


My favourite part (of course) was eating the maple syrup from the snow. We finished the stop with pancakes and sausage for lunch. Our group of kids enjoyed the day; the word “fantastic” was used.  It was great to finally have some nice spring weather!