Well, it looks like Steve & Etsuko are moving to OZ soon to get away from all the crap happening in Japan at the moment. Not sure where they will end up, perhaps Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane – just depends on where Steve gets work.
We were woken up this morning, by Geoff’s dad calling on Skype early this morning & then later on Geoff chatted to his brother etc, before we headed out for the rest of day, by which time it was already the afternoon.
We had fish & chips in Brockville – well, I had chips & Geoff had both fish & chips, as they only batter fish here (it’s always Cod too) – they don’t know how to grill anything – it’s really weird. I had actually forgotten about it, until we came back to Canada. I do like chips with the skin on, but they tend to overcook them here a lot, guess it’s the local flavour – I am probably adapting a bit better to the idea of semi-overcooked chips, than Geoff is, put enough salt & vinegar on them & they taste ok. I think that the only way I will get any grilled fish, is if I cook it myself, so I guess I’ll have to get back into that again, like we did last time we were here.
After our fish & chips on the St Laurence river, we headed up to Gibbons Sugar Shack in Frankville. I had a brochure of theirs that I picked up at a local craft show that I went to a few months back, so thought that we might as well check it out. It wasn’t bad, they had free samples, so I had maple toffee, maple syrup (straight shots), & then we bought some maple candy & maple cotton candy – way too much sugar – Geoff does a lot better with a lot of sugar compared to me. I probably wouldn’t have eaten so much sugar, except that Geoff was gobbling down the cotton candy & maple lollies & I knew that if I wanted any I had to eat it then & there – he still kicked my butt. I felt sooo ill afterwards & once the high wore off, all I wanted to do was sleep.
We continued our drive through the country, stopping at a “flea market”, which was really just a big store with lots of furniture and nicknack’s in it. They had some interesting old furniture, but they wanted way too much for it, considering the work involved to restore some of it. It was an interesting stop though. From there, we went to Delta & the big Old Stone Mill there. It was a nice building, although we could only see the outside, nothing here opens until May (Victoria Day Weekend – May 23/24). We snapped off a few pictures, and then made our way back home.
I felt like some ribs for dinner, so we picked some up at the supermarket, before coming home & cooking them up. Tomorrow we had planned to go to Rigaud, Quebec to check out a couple of sugar shacks (where they make maple syrup) there, but we decided that we might do something different, seeing as we already went to one today, not sure what yet – maybe a walk in a national park??