Then we got to sample a bit of the syrup, formed as cooled taffy on some ice and rolled up onto a popsicle stick.
Then we heard/saw how the maple tree 'water' gets boiled down into what will become pure maple syrup. Who knew that it takes forty of these buckets full of tree 'water' to create one bucket of the syrup...no wonder it's so expensive to buy!
Oh, and I'd better not forget the horse and wagon ride that was one of Matthew's favourite parts of the day - we toured the tiny town as well as the maple syrup farm property:
The best part of our day, though, had to be the time after all of the formal activities had ended and we just sat, and then played, in the big field behind the barns. Matthew found some other kids to play with and had a blast:
While he played, I talked to another homeschool mom (who had four of her six children with her) and learned that one of her children had been adopted from Haiti almost three years ago (of all things, through Imagine's predecessor, St. Anne's Adoption). We had lots of things to talk about. It's not very often that one meets a stranger and discovers the immediate, shared language related to international adoption: it's great to talk face-to-face with someone who understands the lingo, the complexities, the joys and sorrows of international adoption. Though she and I appear to be very different in personality, I very much enjoyed our conversation and we agreed to stay in contact. She even invited us up to their farm some time, about two hours north of Winnipeg, where she and the six kids have horses, llamas, sheep, rabbits, dogs and cats...some kind of kid heaven, I'm thinking.
All in all, it was a good day. And the warm sunshine beating down on my face certainly didn't hurt the situation.