I can think of no better way to spend a Saturday. This weekend I took off with two friends to Prince Edward County for a story my friend is writing for the paper.
It was the most beautiful day I've seen all winter. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and you could feel that a new season was making its way in.
We drove into the country in a rental car, lattes in hand, music blasting, taking wrong turns and catching up on the turns we've made in our lives since last seeing each other.
The day was spent getting to know a local winery and maple producer and another maple enthusiast with a big farm.
We tasted wine straight from the barrel (apparently white wine without sugar added is much more my style), smelt the hot caramelized smoke of maple in the making in the sugar shack, kicked back some maple ice wine, tasted the most incredible maple butter I've ever eaten (dare I say I enjoyed it more than wine?), took a tractor ride in the snow into the forest to see how the sap is drawn out from the trees and even got to hold some precious baby lambs.
The overall feeling of the day was gratitude. We were all overwhelmed by how welcoming and generous everyone was and we were so happy to be out in the country on a day like this.