Archive | May, 2011

The Market in the Square

27 May

**This was supposed to be posted yesterday but my internet crashed at home while I was in the middle of writing this!**

Today is the official start to the St. Andrews Market Square Farmers Market. Every Thursday morning from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. For the last month I have been craving Thai food, tzatziki & hummus, curry, Vietnamese, sushi, and home made traditional Mexican salsa. (Not all at the same time of course!) Well let me tell you, I found all of that and more! This market is lovely… full of local character and maritime hospitality. Sadly I forgot my camera, but before you get upset, it is every Thursday for the rest of the summer… so pictures will be in weeks to come!

Some of my favorite stalls included:

  • A local family who makes a random bunch of delicious goodies, including sushi, cookies, and home-made fresh rhubarb lemonade (you can get it sparkling or still),
  •  A lady from the UK who makes homemade jellies/jams/chutneys… everyone has their favorite & I would have to say that I absolutely loved the mango chutney (sweet & spicy) and there was a balsamic twist on the traditional red pepper jelly (yum yum yum!), and
  • A man who was from Turkey who fed me all the hummus, tzatziki, and pita bread I could imagine (Reminded me a lot of Sydney Road in the Brunswick district of Melbourne, when Karina and I went on a tasting adventure with our teacher Helen).

Treats from Sydney Road, Melbourne, Australia

It seems like for the last two weeks we have had nothing but rainy and gloomy days. Finally the sun decided to appear yesterday and again today! It gave me a glimpse of the summer and got me oh so excited! Sunny summer days, BBQs with pals, star-fish fishing on the pier, enjoying ice cream at the Blockhouse, swimming at Katys Cove… BRING ON SUMMER!!!

Town Wide Yard Sale

16 May

Every year the town of St. Andrews gears up for the town wide yard sale, by 9 am there is a hustle and a bustle of people from the community and surrounding areas. In order to even have a chance at finding something good, we hit the streets with the rest of the eager beavers at 9 am. Our first stop was the basement of the Algonquin as they have lots of treasures in the basement that would be great for anyone that is looking for old pots and pans, TV cases, RCA TV’s for $2, dining room chairs, the list goes on and on. From there we wandered the streets looking for streets with lots of cars, giving us the signal that a yard sale was close by. All of this walking is when I discovered that I had made a crucial mistake, I wore the wrong shoes, flip flops were a bad choice… but I kept on trucking along, eager to find the next great thing.

Meandering through the town each home had something different to offer, many had toys and old Disney VCR Movies, and others had vinyl records and books that had been read many times over. The local library had an open door with a sign saying ‘books for sale by donation’. I love a good read, and I have plenty of time on my hands to enjoy a few good books this summer. I make my way into the basement to find various romance, mystery, science fiction, and alphabetized classic novels all for the taking. I find three that looked like they should be interesting, look on the back to see that in total they would have been worth about $50. At the register the lady thanked me for coming in and told me to give what ever I felt like, I handed her a $5 and her jaw almost hit the floor. I laughed and told her that it was totally fine as I thought that paying the $5 was a great deal. She physically would not let me leave until she gave me $3 back – I just got three books for $2 and may have discovered a newfound passion for yard sales!

The next stop was the parish office of one of the local churches where there was coffee/cookies/more stuff to try and get for a good deal. Purchase number two was a $0.50 power bar that I can use in my room. There is only one really awkwardly placed outlet for two girls with cell phones/laptops/flat irons/etc… it will be very handy!

Finally we arrived at Water Street (the main street) where many local businesses had set out tables of merchandise or yard sale stuff too. Scotiabank had a table of yard sale stuff that was also for sale by donation and all of the proceeds were to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. My third and final purchase was here. This one was kind of goofy and unnecessary but everyone in the house will get to use it. When we celebrated my birthday I had to wear a silly crown and from now on we have a birthday cake hat. After my donation of $5 we now have a hat for birthday parties for the rest of the summer. Some people who are not even celebrating birthdays while they are here want to wear it out to the bar just because it’s so awesome – hah!

I came home with 3 books, 1 power bar, and 1 crazy birthday hat – total cost $7.50

The Goods

My Nemesis

1 May

My Nemesis

This week I attempted to use the laundry facilities in my lovely new home, TWICE. There are 3 washers and 3 dryers and there is a $1 charger per cycle. You would assume that each time you did laundry it would cost $2… well not when I do it. So far I have spent a total of $8 on laundry and I find this absolutely ridiculous!

The $$$$ Grabbers

Experience #1

I walked into the dark and dingy room, picked my washing machine on the basis that there was one newer/shinier looking one, got it ready to go, closed the lid as instructed, put my loonie in the slot, pushed it in and nothing happened. Well my experience with coin laundry is fairly limited so I thought maybe I didn’t do it correctly, put another loonie in, pushed a bit harder and once again nothing happened. Well I look behind this love new/shiny machine and it isn’t hooked up to water or power yet… oops. So I unload that machine, pick an older/less shiny machine and it works! Lesson learned (or at least I thought).

The Newer/Shinier One

Experience #2

Walking into the now less dark and dingy room with the confidence of conquering the first laundry day, I was thinking that there was no way the washing machines were beating me this time! Not even thinking about using the newer/shinier machine I walk on over to old faithful, well someone else had their clothes in it and there is no way I am touching other peoples laundry (clean or not). So walking into unchartered territory I now am going to have to try the 3rd machine for the first time. I get everything ready, close the lid, put the loonie in the slot and see a sign that says “push hard and hold for 2 seconds before letting go”. So I push hard, the loonie drops, and no light comes on. UGGHHH! I am so over these laundry machines. I run up to my room, grab yet another loonie, come back to the laundry room and with all my might push this loonie into the damn laundry machine. Light goes on, sounds are being made and I am a happy camper. One hour later I go to turn the load over into the dryer and as I open the washer I find dry clothes. WOW! By this time the other person had finished their laundry so I could go back to old faithful, which I now vow to only use for the rest of the summer.

I know I sound like a big winey suck, but on my day off the last thing I want to be dealing with is crappy laundry machines and spending an unnecessary $4… big whoop I know, but hey that is four cycles of laundry!