We had to go in to Prince Albert to pick up our camera. Oh! First, let me explain why we had to go to Prince Albert when the address on the shipping label was marked Shellbrook. This is a good one...
Purolator Courier is 91% owned by Canada Post which is a Canadian crown corporation, effectively owned and financed by the government.
We had gone into the Shellbrook (pop 1,400) Post Office and asked if we could have something shipped to that address, but to my attention. Sure, they said. No problem.
Olympus Camera America uses Purolator to ship to Canada. So when they said that, it was a pretty safe assumption that the item would arrive at a Canada Post outlet without a problem. Wrong.
When I saw the tracking information that said "Shipment available for pickup" in Prince Albert, I phoned the Shellbrook Post Office to see if it was there. After all, it was addressed to Shellbrook, which is about 45 kms (28 miles) west of Prince Albert.
Nope, not there.
So I called the Prince Albert Purolator outlet. Turns out they would have been quite happy to deliver the item to Shellbrook because they go there every day anyhow. But they said that Canada Post outlets won't accept air shipments from Purolator International, which is a subsidiary of Purolator which is 91% owned by Canada Post. Huh??
How is that for efficiency!
And so we drove into Prince Albert. We had originally been planning on doing grocery shopping today, but now that we were going into Prince Albert (and we had to be there by 4:45pm!) to pick up the camera anyhow, it only made sense to do grocery shopping at the same time.
We left the campground around 3:45pm and arrived at the Purolator depot just before 4:30pm and picked up the camera. Finally! Then we went to Canadian Tire and bought a nice Lagostina (very good quality!) brand frying pan for $9.99...regular price was $41.99! That was 75% off...what a great deal.
Then we checked out an expensive health food store, but the prices were too high and nothing worthwhile on sale. Then, Giant Tiger (a Canadian discount store) and then a big grocery store, then Bulk barn, then Walmart, ...and before we knew it, it was 7:30pm!!! And then of course it was just after 8pm when we got back to the cabin and we hadn't even had dinner yet. I was ready to head back by 6pm, but we really had to get these things and we like to get the best price. But we hadn't prepared ourselves by looking at the flyers ahead of time like we normally do. I was done. A three hour grocery shopping extravaganza! I can't believe we spent $178!! But we need to be well stocked up because you can't be running out of things mid week. It will be interesting to see what our month adds up to, but the cupboards and the fridge are full now, so we should be okay.
And so, so we got our camera! It's exactly the same as the one we had, but black in color.
Here's some pics I took this morning...
In front of the shower building, this is about the only snow left at the campground.
The boat rental hut, waiting for customers.
Ducks, waiting for the ice to disappear.
Still quite a bit of ice on the lake.
The playground, waiting for the children.
I got the chainsaw out yesterday. Found the owners manual and read everything. I've used a chainsaw before but it's been quite a few years. Anyhow, I opened the case and everything was soaked in red chainsaw oil! There was at least half a litre of oil sitting in the bottom of the case. You're supposed to empty the oil and the gas from the chainsaw before storing, and of course nobody did so all the oil leaked out over the winter. What a mess.
But, got it all cleaned up and it fired up without a problem. I'll get Ruth to take a pic of me today with all my chainsaw gear on! I don't mind doing it, but it's hard work. You hold most of the weight of the saw in your left hand, and it doesn't take long to get tired. I'm enjoying the work and the exercise though.
Ruth was back at the raking yesterday. ALL DAY. Of course we did quit early to go into town, but still...six hours holding a rake.
Can you tell where Ruth has raked, and where she hasn't??