Thursday, April 25, 2019

Errands again.....

Our Location: Buttercup Ridge, Roseneath, Ontario

The last couple of days have been cold, windy and wet. However I am certain better things lie ahead. After all it is almost the end of April and spring is here, so it will get better soon. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it folks. 

On the nearby Reservation. Not sure what the drive thru is for though.

The last couple of days have been errand days with a number of things getting accomplished. Tuesday had us doing errands in Cobourg. A visit to Staples to have something printed, a visit to Bill Spencer Chevrolet Dealership for the oil issue with the truck and of course groceries at Walmart. We left the city of Cobourg with printed paper in hand, a few groceries and of course an appointment for Wednesday at 4 pm for the Dogsled's oil issue. This is the same dealership I visited last fall for this vary same oil issue. They also repaired the chewed wires.

We are staying near this little town of Roseneath.

Back home we puttered around and did a few more little chores inside but noticed the sharp increase in wind outside. As we are nestled among some very nice pines and a row of cedars we have been pretty shielded from the light breezes. However with wind gusts in the  30 mph/50 km range I was a little worried about those very same trees. As the night grew darker the wind seemed to pick up more and the gusts were longer in duration. We pulled in the slides and moved into the house for the night. 

Some of our views today as we drove the back roads to a couple of errands.

Morning found us with windy conditions but not as windy as the night before. First thing I did was to look out the window, the Igloo & Dogsled waited patiently for us, in the same conditions as the night before. Good to know. With all the rain I was worried the pines may not be able to keep a firm grip in the ground and come toppling down, but it seems I worried for nothing. 

You can see the dull kind of sky we've been having for a while now.

  Wednesday found us once again under over cast skies but not as foreboding as the day before. Morning routines accomplished we loaded up two propane tanks and headed off to the northeast town of Hastings. There is a fuel station that fills tanks and exchanges smaller tanks. I opted to have both filled instead of an exchange just for future reference. I find that the filled tanks do not last as long here in Ontario since they don't bleed the air out of the tank. Exchange tanks usually last a lot longer. However exchanging the bigger tanks is hard to do in all areas. To fill both tanks cost me $52. 59. They charge by the gallon and it was a dollar a gallon. 

The rolling hills offer a good view of the country side.
 From Hastings we headed a bit south but mostly east to the town of Campbellford, Ontario. We wanted to go to the G.T. Boutique (Giant Tiger) for the sale they had but alas it was the first day of a new sale instead. Most places the sales start on Thursday, but not there. I looked at the flyers and thought I'd made certain of the sale dates but I guess I missed that one. Oh well, we were in the area anyway. A cute little place for certain, and we even found a No Frills (grocery store) to pick up a few items that we needed. 

Interesting shop in small town Ontario.
A sticker shock for us is the price of celery here in Ontario, coming in at $4.95 in all of the grocery stores we've been to in the last few days. Green onions also a shocker at $1.75 for three bunches. I haven't looked at the chicken or turkey yet but I will in the next few weeks. Eggs are approx $2 - 2.50  per dozen.  Milk was also a lot higher in price although at this moment the Ontario price alludes my mind. We needed milk when we arrived in Brantford and I remember being shocked by the price. 
Main Street in Campbellford, Ontario.
After the quick stop at Campbellford we once again turned our nose for home near Roseneath. We took the country circle tour and included the small town of Warkworth on our site seeing drive. The country side is getting ready to spring into spring, the red haze as you look over the vast stretch of rolling countryside is easy to see. The tulips and daffodils  are starting to show themselves now and the buds on the trees are beginning to appear. Yeah!!!

I'm not sure of the name of this river but it runs through Campbellford. 
Back home I chatted with Tammy as she was cleaning up the main flower bed around the house. We met last fall while she was getting the flower beds ready for winter. She is a super nice lady. We also had a quick visit with Alma, she is the part time housekeeper here at Buttercup Ridge. During the winter months she comes by once a week to check on things, collect the mail, etc. She dropped by to ensure all was well. 
Approaching the small town of Warkworth.

 By 3:20 pm I was out the door heading for Spencer Chevrolet Dealership in Cobourg once again. Long story short, they think the folks that did the warranty work in Sierra Vista, Arizona didn't put the filter on quite tight enough, or perhaps the Dogsled is just using more oil while it tows. According to Jackie, lady service rep at the dealership it's common for 'newer' trucks to use more oil while towing in hot conditions. I explained it wasn't hot in the desert over the winter but she insisted it's hotter than here. A losing battle and I wasn't going to argue with her, it would not get me anywhere.  I find either of those things a bit too tough to swallow but we shall see how things go over the next few months. The oil was right on the money from the last oil change in Ohio. I have documented proof of that as they put us up on the rack to check out any possible leak. The area around the filter was wettish but not evident of a leak. Which is why the dealership here pushed it off to the dealership in Sierra Vista as not having seated the filter properly. Ah isn't this fun? Even though the warranty is over Jackie seems to think as it's an on going issue with documented proof that if there is still an issue GM might step up and do the right thing. We shall have to wait and see.

Yep, that's the name Warkworth.
Back home by 5:30 pm we spent a bit of time enjoying a movie before I called my dad to check on conditions back on the Big Rock in the middle of Georgian Bay. Still some snow in shady places, still some very cool overnights, down to around the freezing mark, a degree or two either way. Lots of water around in a few places as well, although the flooding seems to be receding. We can probably reach our summer spot without any trouble. Still cold winds in the day time but like here when the sun shines it's a wonderful day. I think we'll be here at Buttercup Ridge for another 4 or 5 days before we head out toward home. 
I think he's been there a while.
So that was our busy couple of days. I know I should have broken this into two posts, but oh well, I didn't. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have had a wonderful couple of days. 
It has the Mercedes star on the front.

 Until next time... take care, be safe, 



  1. As soon as people hear the word Desert they assume sweltering heat. They don't think of the word Winter.
    Is the Propane by the Liter or Gallon? You are in Ontario and the PITA Metric System.
    Dealerships are only good for taking your money but seldom make the repairs properly.
    Be Safe and Enjoy Spring's arrival.

    It's about time.

    1. The young lady doing the propane fill said," It's a dollar a gallon." I didn't ask her to clarify. I don't about the dealership thing, I think it's like everything else, hit and miss. Some are good, some not so much and some are okay.

      Take care, be safe,

  2. Nice that you got those things taken care and good luck with the oil issue on your truck. Hmm I think maybe a dollar a litre not a gallon. we paid 69 cents here the other day. Love that area where you are and have been to Warkworth quite a few times over the years . Sticker shock for the prices here in Canada even if we don't have to pay the exchange rate.

    1. Again, the girl said," A dollar a gallon." I didn't clarify, I figured she knew what she was talking about. I've never heard propane single stand along tanks talked about in terms of litres, only pounds.
      The area is quite lovely, and on nicer days would be well worth the stop and visit but due to time and weather we didn't do much of that. Something to keep in mind for another time.
      Sticker shock is right, and the farther north we come the more shocked we are.

      Take care, be safe,

    2. When fill the propane on our coach it is sold by the litre here in Canada and by the Gallon in the states.

  3. Weather wise things have to get better but sooner than later would be preferred. Strange how your dealerships keep saying it is the other guys fault! Grrr...... Love that yellow van.

    1. True about the weather Contessa. Eventually it'll be July.
      I've found some dealerships are better than others about certain things and yet like everything there is good and bad in all of them.
      The van was cute and eye catching, sitting out near the roadway it was hard to miss.

      Take care, be safe,

  4. Nice to knock a few items off the 'to do' list. Hope Dogsled oil issue is resolved. Typical of dealerships to blame the last guy. Doesn't project a lot of confidence in the brand does it.
    Propane at Costco here in Red Deer was a pleasant surprise at 0.59 per liter. $14.22 for a 30 pound fill.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I will go get some!!!

    2. Dave, always nice to knock off some 'to do' things for sure. It's not a big deal with the oil issue but it is annoying for certain. Not everyone wants to let the buck stop with them.
      Great price for certain on propane.

      Take care, be safe,

  5. Glad you and Riley made it back safely. Its hard to believe that we still have to endure the tail end of winter. I don't like how you are being treated about your truck. Hopefully you get it all resolved. Hope your summer is a great one and all too soon it will be time to do it all over again!!!

    1. Thanks Lorne. We think it's been a very long spring, it started way back in Texas. Haha. We keep passing it and then wait for it to catch up. Hopefully on this last stop it catches up quickly.
      The truck isn't truly an issue but very annoying. It's not in any danger of being a mechanical problem and I keep an eye on it. I do however have the documentation and if it continues I'll be in touch with GM and talk to someone about how little has been done to help me resolve the issue. We'll see how it goes.
      I don't know about too soon with regards to summer being over and the trek westward looming again. Usually by the end of September we're looking forward to being on the road again. Being stationary for 5 months gives us a good case of hitch itch and we need to scratch it by then.

      Take care, be safe,

  6. Great "drive thru" love all the colors. The water in the river looks high just like all the water around where we are right now. Always nice to cross things off the to-do list. What nice town signs.
    Hopefully, they have fixed the Dogsled's issue. Isn't it great that is is always someone else's fault...
    Take care.

    1. I love the Native artwork, always interesting use of colours and they see things in a way that I never do. I wonder why that is?
      Love crossing things off the list. However it seems my list is never finished. I keep wondering how that can be. Haha.
      The Dogsled issue is annoying but I'm not sure there is a whole lot that I can do about it right now. I think it has something to do with the use of the engine break. No issues all summer, but then again I don't tow all summer either. No one wants to own the buck and so they pass it. Much easier to do when the other person isn't there to say anything.

      Take care, be safe,

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