Westboro Beach, Ottawa, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Puttering around

We were going to be heading out on our next Nova Scotia exploration this morning, but we’ve decided to put it off for one more day.

And, we have the flexibility to do just that! Ruth wants to do a last load of laundry, plus I have yet to change the oil in both Sherman and the little car, so I’ll get that done today as well. Also, the leak in Sherman’s fresh water pump has returned and I’ll need to drain the system in order to try and fix it properly. So a little bit of work to be done today.

Did some more cleanup on Sherman yesterday. Took out all of the items stored under the sofa and dusted and vacuumed under there, plus cleaned all of the window frames. Only the bedroom left to do now.

Filled up the little car with gas ($54.00 worth at $1.379 per litre or $5.00 per gallon) and did a little grocery shopping. Also bought a box of beer as a treat. “Only” $38.59 for 24 beer. The gall of the marketing folks at the Nova Scotia Liquor Commision to put on the sign that the price is “only” $38.59, when it’s the most expensive beer in North America! Going to have to try and make them last I suppose.

We went over Lindsey’s for supper last night. She has one of her best friends visiting, and this couple is moving to Australia for a few years so they don’t know when they’ll see each other again. We brought our couchsurfing host Tracey with us and we all had a nice meal of BBQ hamburgers and salads.

Watched the Canadian election coverage when we got back. Where we’re parked up, we receive one TV station that comes in reasonably clear. 

Sorry no pics today!


  1. $38.59 for 24 beers WOW!! How do people afford to live there? I bet they don't have many alcoholics there.. Have a safe trip

  2. I am still in shock, now my 30 pack for $12.47 at Shop & Save really makes sense. I hope a lot of that money is going into your health care.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  3. Yeah we do tend to go over budget while in Canada, due to the cost of alcohol and gas, but our six-seven months south almost brings us back into line. Once the chores are done then you can go and play! Have fun.

  4. That's a lot of money for beer. Have fun~~~~

  5. well when you consider a 24 pack would cost 96.00 if you bought them individually at a bar at 4 bucks a pop (without tip) you made a great buy... enjoy each and every one of them I would...

  6. Wow, that would definitely curb our beer drinking. We do remember when we were in Vancouver a couple years ago the drink tab sometimes equaled the food tab at the restaurant and really we each only had one.

  7. Kenny and Angela...Kevin and I have asked that same question, I don't know how they do it. Housing is cheaper!

    Sam and Donna...I think some of that money goes to our healthcare. That's why we always say our healthcare isn't free, the money has to come from somewhere.

    George and Suzie...We are the same. That's why we have said that we can't live in Canada full time anymore, we just can't afford to.

    Gail...Yep, I think we will be sticking to the batched wine we are making for the summer.

    heyduke50...I guess that is one way of looking at it, but we don't buy alcohol out anymore just for that reason. Kevin will savour each and every one of them.

    Janie and John...That's why we don't eat and drink out anymore. Just too expensive for us.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  8. It's one of the things that I will truly miss about Europe. Beer and wine (and booze) is dirt cheap. Somehow I think there's a theory there. If you make the booze cheap enough, people will tend to forget just how expensive everything else is. Just a theory.
    When we go home and I have a hankering for a case of Moosehead, I try not to even think about how I'm getting ripped off. 24 beer here (on sale) is usually under €12. That's about FIFTEEN BUCKS. And those are the half litre cans too.

  9. Bob...Well at least the booze offsets the food prices. Here everything seems expensive, but I guess when you put the food prices up against the european prices, we must seem like a bargain. Everything is perspective.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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