Maple Syrup

The maple syrup production is wrapping up in Norfolk County. And since I just used up the last of our syrup, it’s perfect timing. Lucky for us we have friends who make their own. I’ve already put in my order!

You can visit Chambers Pure Maple Products and Pancake House just outside of Waterford. Or, you can make your own!

A few years ago we decided to tap our trees. It was quite the adventure and a great learning experience. The main thing we learned is…this stuff is liquid gold! No wonder it’s so expensive. It takes so much sap to make a small amount of syrup. Basically it’s around a 40 to 1 ratio. Then there’s the time and firewood invested in boiling it down. We had a lot of fun making it but it was a one time deal. It hadn’t occurred to us to make it until the last year we lived on the property with a small wood lot. And since we no longer live there we’ll have to rely on friends and neighbours to supply us with our maple syrup.

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The Dover Cheese Shop

If you love cheese like I do, you need to visit The Dover Cheese Shop. It’s located in beautiful downtown Port Dover on Main Street. I made a quick stop for a few nice cheeses for my Easter brunch cheese board. They have an excellent assortment of local, regional and international cheeses.

dover cheese shop

I managed to control myself and only bought 3 kinds.

I picked Saint Agur which is a French blue cheese. I could eat this with a spoon!

Then I got some Gruyere for a recipe I was making and some old cheddar for the boring people.

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Ice Fishing on Lake Erie

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen ice huts on the inner bay of Lake Erie. Our recent winters have been mild but this year we’ve had a great start to the ice fishing season.

We used to have our own hut. It was a project shared by several guys. The finished product was quite the achievement with design details that would be worthy of a show on HGTV. However, their big plans resulted in a big hut. A big heavy hut. It had to be “modified” in order to move it out of the building where it was constructed and towing that monstrosity to the fishing area proved to be a challenge. So the hut had a short life. Just a few seasons of “ice drinking” – our affectionate term due to the lack of fish caught.

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