This blog is about our travels in our solar powered "Airstream" and living off grid, in our passive solar home, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

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Thursday, 20 February 2014


Made a fast trip to Peterborough yesterday. The day was perfect, sunny warm, no jacket and the road was dry and clear. I think we lost a lot of snow. 

One item on our list was a small single electric burner. We have found that even in winter if we have a sunny day we have surplus energy from our solar system. A single burner electric unit will allow us to cook a pot of vegetables without using our propane stove. 

While we were at Costco, Mary spotted this induction element.

We  have never used an induction element before and it does take some adjusting in your cooking skills but that was brief and we are pleased so far with its performance. 

The mushrooms were not cooking very quickly on the wood stove so Mary switched over to the induction element and they were done in minutes. In all fairness the mushrooms were well heated on the wood stove but not cooked as we like them.

She did cook broccoli on the element and the pot was boiling in less than a minute.

The reviews we read online seem good and we will let you know if we have any problems. Costco has the best return policy in the industry as long as you have your receipt.

Another surprise was meeting an old friend very unexpectedly. 

Our drive home takes us through Lakefield . "Stop the car, there's Debbie" yelled Mary and I quickly pulled over so Mary could dash back and make sure she was right.

Debbie and Mary went to school together, all through school.They lived down the street from each other, spent their free time together, got into trouble tougether and Debbie was in our wedding party forty one years ago. So to see her walking down the Main Street was a big deal and a great joy to us. 

Of course in all the excitement I forgot to get a picture but it was a delight to visit even if it was too short.

There's no better way to spend the day than with a friend.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.

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