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Entries from February 26th, 2010

New England Seasons: Winter

February 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on New England Seasons: Winter · Destinations, Photos






It has been so long since I have lived in a place with snowfall that I notice the shape of the snowflakes and how it sticks to otherwise bare trees. I laugh at the squirrel tracks in the snow crossing rooftops and circling trees.

What I notice most is how similar it looks to other seasons; the color pallet has just changed. In October I updated you on the bold colors of the New England autumn attracting Leaf Peepers from around the world. Here are some of those same views in the middle of a winter storm.

Click to see the how the scene changes from fall to winter.






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New England 2010 Maple Celebrations.

February 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on New England 2010 Maple Celebrations. · Destinations






This is a brief listing of major events celebrating the sugaring season in New England. Many farms and sugar shacks host their own events.

We are planning on heading to the Hebron Maple Festival and the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, but will catch others if we can. I cannot wait to try Sugar on Snow.

Click through to see a complete listing.











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It’s Sugar Time, Maple That Is!

February 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off on It’s Sugar Time, Maple That Is! · Experience






It’s maple time in New England. Sugar maples have begun to ooze their sweet sap, maple farmers have tapped their sugar bush and boiling has begun in sugar houses.

If you have tasted real maple syrup, you know how delectable this natural sweetener is. The pitcher on the table at the Waffle House is not real maple syrup but rather corn syrup (usually high fructose) flavored with fennugreek. Try a side by side comparison and you will never go back to the “maple flavored” sweeteners.

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Honey, I Dropped the Camera!

February 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off on Honey, I Dropped the Camera! · Gear, Tips & Tricks






It happens. To some of us, it happens a lot. What do you do when you drop that new digital SLR camera and hear the crunch as it hits the ground? After my Nikon Digital SLR camera slipped out of its case (which I forgot to zip) and hit the floor, the battery door was clearly broken and the lens didn’t turn smoothly. Clearly my warranty wasn’t going to help so I headed to the web to find camera and lens repair options. It turns out the world’s largest camera and video repair facility is located here in Connecticut.











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It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA Salisbury, Hong Kong.

February 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA Salisbury, Hong Kong. · Destinations






When I visit Hong Kong, I like to stay at the YMCA Salisbury in Tsim Tsau Choi. This is not a glorified dormitory (though they do have a dormitory for those on a hostel budget), but rather a conveniently located, full service hotel with family friendly services and breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island.











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