11.04.2016 - 17.04.2016
The sickness still continued during the week and by Tuesday I was barely coping. Since we aren’t on a base there is a very technical and complicated process for going to medical. You have to go all the way out East to the hospital where they have a special military wing attached! I went into the Warrants Office just to ask about where it was and if I should go in after work…. All of a sudden I’m a full blown emergency and everyone is fighting over who is going to drive me out there! We’re not meant to miss any class so I had to stay till 6pm to catch up on work that I had missed and get my brief ready for the following day.
We headed out to the hospo and the whole process took 4 hours – should have known it would be similar to A&E back home. Didn’t help that I was a foreigner and the receptionist couldn’t understand my accent and had to create a new profile for me in her system! Anyway it was all a bit of an experience and the total drama queen I am, it just turned out to be a cold. They have an in-house pharmacy with pharmaceutical officers working there – I left with a huge bag of drugs with bilingual labels, none of which I had ever heard of before!
The most intriguing was the Nasal Rinse – or “nasal douching” – as I prefer! The lady gave me a warning that I wasn’t going to like it but to stick with it as it does work. Her one piece of advice – don’t breathe from your nose while completing it!!!! Lots of giggles and scary thoughts were exchanged between the two of us, I got it home and of course wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The box was huge and contained 50x sachets for rinsing (yikes)! Anything that comes with an instruction book 32 pages long was fascinating enough. After all the hype, it wasn’t actually that bad and I coped. Yay for being an adult!
Martin from work swapped me a whole bunch of cool Canadian patches, flags and crests! How lucky am I.
More all day tests, all day staring at a computer and slumped over in office chairs slowing damaging our backs. Friday was baking day and this week it was savoury muffins with salami, cheese, onion, pesto, mustard, chives and tomato! They went down a treat.
Friday night was finally time to head out to the ever elusive John from course’s Sugar Shack that he has on his property. He has been telling us what he does at night – instead of studying he goes home to harvest Maple Sap and boil it up into syrup. After work he drove us out to his property in Quebec. He took us on a little tiki tour on the way out, as it took nearly an hour to get there.
We stopped off at IGA which is a little 4-Square type corner store to get some supplies for the BBQ. He pulled into the Great Canadian Bungee in Chelsea as they have just pulled out the crane over the water in preparation for the bungee season which starts soon (winter it is folded back to secure it from the snow). Gave me the heebee jeebees just looking at it - it was high! http://www.bungee.ca/
John's parents house was gorgeous! Courtnay and John live in the basement. I dont blame him as I wouldnt want to move out of here. They have chickens and roosters and two big dogs. This is Garth helping with the dishes! He is allowed up on the leather couches too after hes rolled in mud and snow!! The chickens little hutch has an internal bit so they can shelter in the garage during snow.
John took us on a wee tour and showed us his little barn where they sit and boil up the maple sap to make syrup. He showed us how you drill the trees, attach a bucket and how the sap flows. We got to try sap straight from the tree! Tastes like sugar water. We all didnt realise its actually clear when it comes out of the tree, and the boiling process is what turns it the amber colour. John was super excited to show off his new purchase - his tractor - and gave the girls a wee turn at driving!
The boys did the BBQ and us girls did the salads and made all the appetizers. We ate so many appetizers that we had a very late dinner. Kiwi onion dip came to the party as did Pineapple Lumps. The open fire was burning and we had lots of laughs!
We stayed the night and in the morning Courtnay cooked us a huge feast of bacon, french toast, fried banana and homemade maple syrup. Was delish! We started off on Day 2 of John's tours and went up to the historic Wakefield Mill. http://www.wakefieldmill.com/en/home.aspx A beautiful hotel, restaurant and spa overlooking this!
A bit of shopping in downtown Wakefield (a bilingual town) looking around the gift and souvenir shops, bakeries and petshop! http://wakefieldquebec.com/
A walk along the old rail line and overlooking the Gatineau River, even found the old turntable for the rail line. These pontoon barges had little houses on and people were living in there as we could see toast crumbs through the window!
The military guys had a photo outside the Wakefield Cenotaph.
John and Courtnay dropped us back to the apartment late afternoon. John said that was the first time in about a year he had been back to town in the weekend!!! John refilled my little empty bottle of maple syrup so Ive got some own for the apartment.
Sunday was spent getting ready for our field trip next week to Montreal. Gem & I headed out to Walmart to get supplies and run a few errands. The sun was out and it was 22 degrees! We were passed by a horse and cart down Rideau Street.
The afternoon was spent baking up a storm with some "kiwi" road trip treats. Bring on Van #3!!!