Let’s Eat!

Flowers found in the Front Lawn!

We woke today to fog, then sun, then fog, and then overcast and so it was a good day to work in the yard.  Peter and I spent most of the morning removing all the small branch’s from the two downed dead spruce trees.  Just after we finished, and I was knee deep into picking blueberries, the rain came down in cold sheets.  I guess I’ll have to get more blueberries, tomorrow.  This is what I managed to collect before getting soaking wet:

It was after 2 pm when I ran up the hill and back into the cottage.   When Peter saw the blueberries, he suggested I make French Toast with Blueberry syrup.  Hmmm, good idea!

The best part of being on vacation is doing what you want, when you want to.  So, yes, we had Blueberry French Toast for a late lunch.  It’s still raining outside.  I’m out here sitting on the futon in the sun room thinking about dinner and also some of the meals we have already made since arriving last Sunday.  

For instance, last night, inspired by my Saturday, garage sale find of 6 Hull ovenproof soup bowls, ($2 Canadian for all 6!) Peter made a lovely vegetable soup:

The night before is was smoked Salmon and fresh Spinach Pasta Alfredo:

The eggs are so nice here, that we made plain French Toast last week, but unlike today, we did have it for breakfast.

My friend has been asking me about the differences between grocery shopping in Nova Scotia vs the states.  I plan to take some photo’s and blog about shopping at some point during this trip. 

My family will remember our first visit to the local grocery store in Shelburne.  We stuck out like sore thumbs as we fumbled our way around the small grocery store.  I wish I had photographs, but if I had taken any back then, I might have been run out of town!  The locals refer to us as From Away.  I remember feeling very much From Away, that day.  That grocery visit was more awkward than shopping in Sweden which we did  when we spent one long ago summer, in Gothenburg, Sweden

The local grocery chain, Sobey’s renovated the Shelburne store about five years ago.   By doing so, they put the other local grocery out of business.  The new Sobey’s is wonderful; big and beautiful like any grocery in the U.S.  It has a fabulous Bakery and all of the other departments are first rate.  We love the dairy products from Canada.  They seem richer and creamier, to us.  However, Canadian grocery stores and shops are not exactly like those found in the U.S.  There is a lot of European flavor thrown in.  Even so, Sobey’s is uniquely Canadian but also very comfortable unlike the Old Sobey’s store.  Yes, there are lots of U.S. products for sale, but the packaging can be very different from what we find in the U.S. Once I take some photo’s, I’ll fill you in on the surprising differences in an upcoming blog. 


One response »

  1. The food looks yummy. I am very familiar with the differences in grocery stores. I have been shopping in them all over the world for most of my life. They can be intimidating until you get used to the way they do things. Produce is the hardest to get used to. Many stores expect you to weigh and label your produce before you bring it to the register. Have you run into that?


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