25 March 2013

Local Adventure: Arboretum

When I heard the Arboretum was displaying fairy gardens on their maple syrup breakfast weekend, I just knew it was worth the trek down there!

And it was!

Look at the girls, they are feeling very grown up with their own table. Brent and I felt like we were on a date.

Pancake breakfast


Mr Pancake!!!!!

Mr. Pancakes says to Bella, "Your mom can use that picture to embarrass you with boyfriends in the future." Bella does not understand how that picture would ever be embarrassing....? That's my girl.


The pancakes were delicious and the coffee is top notch. We linger.

But our excitement to see the fairy gardens, built by professional fairy gardeners, is too much to resist.

Fairy Gardens!

Then we brave the chilly chilly day to see how maple syrup is made. We start out here with this lady who demonstrates tapping. We get to see all the tubing set up in their maplery.

Maple Syrup demonstration

Then we head down to the cooker area where they have run out of complimentary maple popcorn. D'oh! We sit down and make our own spire instead. Making your own spire involves an alder branch and unspeakable abuse to steel knitting needles.

Then we hike up to their nature center area. There is a little house that the girls immediately turn into an imaginary food booth at the State Fair. They make me so proud!

At the Arboretum

There is a stump you can practice pounding your spire into.

Tapping a maple stump

With a big hammer!!!

Pounding in her syrup spile

Mimi liked the taste testing. Never gave a final decision.

Maple Syrup taste testing

There is a green house area where we were happy to warm up and the girls were happy to "water" the plants with squirt bottles.

Arboretum plant watering

With all that excitement and photo opps, fairies and pancakes, not to mention MISTER Pancake, it was definitely worth the trip!

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