Taste the Season is our favorite of the wine events in Niagara on the Lake. We spent the day there, visiting wineries, had lunch at the Garrison House and dinner at Ravine. It was an awesome day!
We got there just after 12pm and stopped at Trius first followed by Stratus and Jackson Triggs. Our group really enjoyed the mini pot pie served at Trius with their 2014 Cab Sauv. We also purchased 2 bottles of the wine they served at JT – Cab Franc/Cab Sauv blend – which they served with a yummy beef barley soup.
We had lunch at the Garrison House (a restaurant that has been featured on HGTV’s You Gotta Eat Here) and everyone enjoyed their meal – very very good. I had the charcuterie platter – delicious. Highly recommended: Great place, friendly service, great food and local wines.
After lunch we tackled several more wineries: Strewn, Konzelmann, Rancourt, Pondview, Coyote’s Run, Chateau des Charmes and Ravine. We crossed over to Ravine’s restaurant for dinner. We probably ate too much and drank too much but had a great time catching up with friends and visiting some of our favourite wineries that we hadn’t been to in a while, all in beautiful Niagara on the Lake. What’s not to like? :)
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After a cool and rainy week, we wanted to enjoy the sun and headed out to Mounstberg this morning, hoping to see the last of the fall colours. We’ve visited Mountsberg before and saw the birds of prey (very cool) but never hiked the trails. Today we chose to do the blue Lookout trail, which was listed as 5.6km. The weather was sun and clouds and the occasional gust of wind but for the most part, it was nice and an above seasonal 15C degrees.
We saw no one else on the trail for the first hour, hour and a half. It was great! There were a lot of birds chirping and we got to see a few. Heard some ducks and geese in the nearby reservoir as well. We saw another snake – he looked more shocked to see us than we were to see him. We came across a couple of people on horseback near the end of our hike as well. Very quiet on the trail today.
Path to the trail:
Bunch of bird house condos in “Swallowville”. :)
Mushrooms were everywhere:
Dark sky in the distance – made for a cool picture:
Into the woods we go….
Yellow leaves still hanging onto their branches before winter:
This shot turned out great – bulrushes:
Another friend! :)
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We wanted to take advantage of the fall colours while they were still at their peak and headed to the Terra Cotta Conservation Area this morning. We got there just before 10am and the parking lot only had a few cars. We decided to follow the Terra Cotta Lane (about 3.5km around the lake) and took our time taking in the sights, listening to the rustling of the leaves, taking some photos and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the Fall. Best time of year.
Hmm. which way do we go?? :)
Look at that reflection…wow
Hardly anyone on the trails at this time of the morning…
Chloe…enjoying a solitary stroll through the leaves :)
Every colour of the rainbow in this one :)
Holy moly… Always remember to look up – gorgeous.
And down too… :)
Chris and I – it almost looks like a fake background…lol
Zach with his branch/sword :)
Chloe taking a rest on a log
After the hike, we headed over to Downey’s Farm Market and had some lunch (grilled cheese, chili and warm apple cider), checked out the pumpkin patch and picked up some goodies at the market. We got fresh baked pumpkin doughnuts and two kinds of fudge: chocolate and maple bacon. Everything smelled and tasted great. It was cool today and we had some snowflakes – didn’t last very long though. :)
Back at home sampling the goodies:
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This year we had family down for Thanksgiving. Since it was only a couple of days, we made the most of our time together. The fam (sister and her two daughters, plus my brother and his wife) arrived Saturday in time for Thanksgiving lunch. My sister-in-law, her husband and their two kids who live nearby also arrived for lunch. We were 11 in all: 7 adults and 4 kiddos. I had my first kiddy table (and none of the kids are mine lol).
I cooked everything the day before (except the turkey). I started the turkey at 5am so it would be ready for lunchtime. I changed up the menu this year:
- Ciabatta buns, butter
- Wild mushroom medley (cremini, button, shitake mushrooms with shallots, garlic, parsley, sherry vinegar, olive oil)
- Roasted red onions (olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh thyme)
- Red and yellow baby potatoes with butter, thyme, salt and pepper
- Maple-glazed carrots and rutabaga (glaze: maple syrup, butter, brown sugar)
- Green beans with gremolata (lemon zest, salt, pepper, shallots, garlic, pine nuts)
- Turkey (stuffed with lemons, thyme, salt & pepper)
- Cranberry sauce
- Sweet gherkins
- Pickled beets
- Greek salad provided by sister-in-law/husband (thanks!)
- Dessert: Lemon meringue pie, Apple pie, Cinnamon coffee cake
- Wine: Thirty Bench 2010 Benchmark
Pics of the kiddy table and grown-up table:
After lunch, we headed out to enjoy the fall colours and hiked from Webster Falls to Tews Falls and back in Hamilton (Ontario). The scenery was just beautiful. I was able to capture some great pics of fall foliage.
Gorgeous tree in the parking lot:
We got to enjoy all the colours of the fall rainbow including greens and yellows:
Even all of them together:
Kiddos horsing around :)
Lone red leaf
The sun created a cool effect on this one at Tews Falls:
Captured a couple at the top of the falls:
Surrounding area back at Websters Falls, reminds me of an English garden:
Under a weeping willow:
Sunday, we headed to Stonehaven Farm for farm goodies, picked our pumpkins and played in the hay maze. Uncle Mark and I played tag with the kids in the hay maze – fun! When we got home, we had leftover turkey and fixings for lunch then started decorating our pumpkins. We chose to do sugar skulls this year for a change – they turned out pretty good:
Having fun at the pumpkin patch:
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It was supposed to be a gloomy and cool day today with a risk of showers but we decided to brave the winds and possibly wet weather anyway and headed down to Hamilton to hike a short section of the Bruce Trail that connected Sherman Falls to Tiffany Falls.
We decided to park on a small stretch of Lions Club Road that fit about maybe 5 cars and after a couple of U-turns and false starts, we found the entrance to the trail – which was right under our noses if we had started in the right direction to begin with. :) Good times.
We don’t come down to the Hamilton area to hike very often and enjoyed what the area had to offer. They’re known for their waterfalls so we ticked two off of the list with today’s outing.
We started at Sherman Falls. There were 6 of us in our group: 4 adults and 2 children. Although the Bruce Trail is typically more rugged than the trails found in conservation areas, no one had any trouble today. There were a couple of rocky areas with a few steep steps here and there but very manageable for the most part.
The leaves haven’t fully started changing color here yet…but there were some red and yellow stragglers on the ground The water was a bit low (typical for this time of year vs in the springtime) but it was still nice to see the small rapids and “babbling brook” sounds of the water trickling by. We only encountered a couple of other people at Sherman Falls and passed a few small groups along the trail to Tiffany Falls.
We saw some cool things along the way – like these HUGE mushrooms:
And this gnarly tree:
Side trail to the falls!
One of us being brave:
He made it back to the trail safe and sound. :)
We hiked about 6 km total and got to enjoy a real fall day outside in nature. Great way to start the autumn season!
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Great list of things to pack for a day hike.
Originally posted on Addicted to Hiking:
Dan and I hike a lot. We are already at 45 days out this year and it’s only July. One of the things that enables us to get out so often (too often?) is knowing what to throw in a day pack and having one ready to go when the weekend roles around.
Day pack: While any backpack will do, a hiking specific day pack will work with you, rather than against you. Look for a bag between 15 and 35 litres. If you’re a true fair weather hiker who typically takes short day hikes, a 15-20 litre bag will fit water, some food, and an extra layer. If you like to hike in shoulder season and head out for longer days, buy something between 25 and 35 litres. A bag with a waist belt and a sternum strap will be more comfortable once it’s loaded up.
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While I was at Michael’s, I picked up some soap-making gear and gave that a whirl. I’ve been increasingly interested in making our own products since everything on the market has a billion chemicals that just can’t be good for us, or the environment… I had a mold for 4 soaps and used a butter tart tray (washed and dried) to make 3 more. It was the melt and pour variety and I added a few drops of a citrus-y scent. I decided to leave them white and wrapped them in plastic wrap after they set. Chris and I used some of the remaining soap mix in the glass measuring cup to wash our hands and it was super soft, didn’t leave any residue and smelled really nice – we’ll see how the bars fare. Another easy peasy project to cross off my Life List. :)
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