Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
Happy first day of Spring everyone! It also happens to be Friday so it's a two for one happiness for a lot of people.
Even though there is still snow and ice on the ground and the temperatures are not always that warm, the spring is very much present in the air already. The sun is brighter, warmer and its travels through the sky are noticeably longer. Some birds have returned to our yard and are taking advantage of the seeds I've put out for them and the squirrels are busily running their errands. I've even seen a chipmunk this week for the first time in months.
For the last couple of nights Angel and I have heard owls hooting at night. It's such an eerie and wonderful sound. It also happens to be sign of spring. When the owls begin their nightly mating calls, it's a sign that the winter is waning and spring it's on its way. It's comforting to know that.
Yesterday, to celebrate the coming of spring I took Angel to the Maple Syrup Festival in the nearby town. The air was still cool and crisp but the sun was out and there were no clouds in the sky. It looked a like wonderful day for some outdoor fun.
The Maple Syrup Festival we went to is held at a lovely place called the Westfield Heritage Village. It was built and opened to the public in 1964 to educate people on how the early settlers live and how they worked. The Village has about 30 different buildings, all wooden structures. There is an Inn, Shoe Maker Shop, Printing Shop, Spinner and Weaver Shop, Alchemist Shop, General Store, Church, School House and Tailor Shop among many others. There is also a train station with a big locomotive parked nearby.
All the people employed at the village were dressed like early settlers and knew how to work the equipment they were presenting. In every building there was a pile of wood too keep the wooden stoves and fireplaces busy. You could smell the wood burning and the fire cracking.
We started our adventure in front of the Inn where a lovely lady worked the cauldrons and explained how the early settlers produced the maple syrup.
After that we toured the rest of the village and had a lot of fun learning all about how people lived and worked back then. There was so much skill that went into everything that people were doing. Everything took time, patience and dedication. Every item produced was unique and had a lot of character. We can't say that about most things produced today.
I was quite surprised at how much Angelina was enjoying herself. She loved to hear the history and to see the process involved in producing items of those times. I think her favourite was the Printing Shop where she even got to work the pedal to make the printing press run. I have to say it was one of my favourites too. I also loved the Spinner and Weaver shop where thread was being produced and weaved into different fabrics. I was so excited to see all that that I forgot to take the picture there, but I did take few pictures at the Printing Shop.
Besides touring the buildings we also went on two horse buggy rides. Angelina named the horses Marshmallow and Midnight. They were beautiful.
And last but not the least, the pancake lunch. The pancakes were delicious and only a $1 per pancake with fresh maple syrup straight out of the Sugar Shack. We visited the Sugar Shack as well and watched the maple syrup being made. We washed the pancakes down with hot and also delicious apple cider.
It was an amazing afternoon and an amazing way to celebrate the spring coming. Namaste.