Our first week in Duncan has been a busy one. When you move to a new home, after 20 years, a lot of things require up-dating. Address changes on driver's licenses, passports and the Canada Revenue Agency all had to be made. Luckily the Governments on both the Federal and Provincial levels are well represented in town. We made quick work of the changes, but we did learn that they close mid-day for one hour to have lunch! This is Island time!
On Saturday at the market we came upon a vendor selling fresh organic sprouts, we tasted some and went home with a couple of his wraps and Asian dipping sauce. Lunch was sussed.
The Mexican food truck will get a workout soon.
Then we had to buy a set of kitchen appliances. We did some comparing on line and came to the conclusion the the Home Depot would be the best store to place our order. We chose the Frigidaire Professional line and ordered a fridge, gas range, dishwasher and hood fan capable of removing 600 cfm of air. At least 400 cfm is required for a gas range, so we're good. Then we chose LG for a washer and dryer combo. Both units have a steam feature good for reducing allergens and other nasty things. It was a good day for the Home Depot!
Just south of town on Highway 1 we found a grocery store called "Old Farm Market". We have shopped there twice now and the produce is beautiful, local and affordable. They also have a well stocked deli and bakery. We will be regulars there. Next door is a butcher that we will check out once we have moved into our new home. In town there is also a fish monger that we will check out. It would be nice to shop at the big stores just for non perishables and keep our shopping with the local merchants as much as possible.
Saturdays is market day and we will go to the market to sniff out some home made deals like sausages, meat balls and bread. In the summer the market is very well stocked with home grown organic veggies. Speaking of organic, we stumbled upon a store next door to the Brick Furniture store that sells 100% organic products. From soup to nuts, they have it all, even bamboo underwear. Outside they display an array of "Inglorious" veggies at $1.00 per pound! If you plan on making a large pot or chilli or spaghetti sauce, these organic miss-fits will be perfect!
As you can see, we're moving right in! Today we're out for a walk, followed by a visit to the market. The sun is shining and life could not be better! At the market we found a beautiful olive bread loaf, pork and apple sausages with sage, steak and mushroom meat pies, Korean meat balls and some freshly made shrimp and asparagus ravioli. We also stopped at the big grocery store for some rice and olive oil. We're set for the week, our next shop will be to stock-up our new kitchen.
Oh and here's number one son, Liam saying hi to the Governer General in Yellowknife.