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April 12, 2014

Maple Syrup Time

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Travel — Judy @ 12:19 pm

Oh yeah! Maple syrup! We made our annual trek to Moore’s Maple Shack and Pancake House near Arcade NY yesterday and ate our fill of the never-ending buttermilk pancake stacks. And we picked up some of our favorite goodies in addition to several gallons of the good stuff.

maple syrup products

The Moores have been making maple syrup for six generations! From the first hobby operation in the 1960’s using buckets and horse drawn tubs, they currently have 4,500 taps and miles of tubing and pumps to bring the sap to the Sugar Shack and their state-of-the-art reverse osmosis units for processing into delicious maple syrup.

We have been going there since before they built the Pancake House in 1985 and always enjoy chatting with the family. They love to give you a tour of their maple operation and we learn new things every time. Plus they have delicious pancakes, “all-you-can-eat!” Visit their website at or their Facebook page ( to check the dates when the Pancake House is open or where you can find their products.

April 5, 2014

Bird Visitor

Filed under: Birdwatching — Judy @ 11:57 am

Today we heard a huge rat-a-tat-tat drumming outside! Holy moly! We have a pileated woodpecker attacking that dead, rotting log out there.

pileated woodpecker

He was about the size of a large crow, with a flaming red crest. He was unmistakable for any other bird, that’s for sure! According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds site, he was looking for carpenter ants to munch on. The holes he makes are roughly rectangular in shape. You can find out more information and listen to his call here.

If you notice, there isn’t any snow on the ground in the picture, but just a few days ago we had this:

Junco in snowy feeder

I think spring is coming!

April 2, 2014

Phipps Spring 2014

Filed under: Shows and Tours,Slideshows,Spring — Judy @ 10:14 am

I do love going to the Phipps Conservatory when we go to Pittsburgh! Here is the Spring Show from March 2014 featuring primroses, pansies, and so many beautiful orchids. Enjoy!

Phipps Spring 2014

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