Shopping in country town

One of the biggest problems with living in Country Town is the lack of shopping.  Sure there’s a supermarket and it’s not too bad, not the cheapest place in the world, but it does the job.  There’s a variety type store, I think I’ve been in there ten times in 3 & 1/2 years, there’s a the post office which includes newspapers, magazines (but like I wrote in an earlier post they take forever to get here!!!), there’s a bottle shop which is nothing like living in the city as it is open from 12-8 Monday to Saturday (actually it’s meant to be open from 12-8, but that often changes and there are liquor restrictions to the amount you can purchase, which doesn’t really bother me), there’s a pub, it’s 10km from the main part of Country Town and there’s two cafes (one in the main part of town, open 7-2 Monday to Friday and apparently open from 8-1 on Saturday (sometimes) and the occasional Sunday night, the other is 10km from the main part of town in the older and smaller part of town across from the pub).

Shopping online is great, but delivery, OMG!!! Talk about frustrating!!! Courier delivery stops at the next town, so anything couriered gets that far then can take a week to travel 100km to the variety shop in Country Town.  Things by post are usually two weeks, often longer, it can get frustratingly annoying!

The other problem with all this is that the next town is 100km away and with the price of petrol it costs $45 for the amount of petrol needed for the return trip.  But there is a major supermarket there, not that it always helps as there are still plenty of things you can’t get and specials go quickly, especially in tourist season where you have to dodge the retired tourists and their caravans on the road and them walking down the middle of the aisle at the supermarket.

Now there are plenty of recipes I would love to try, if only I could buy what is needed in Country Town or the next town.

I would love to try beef cheeks, yeah can’t get them.

Gelatine leaves, no chance of getting them around this way.

Verjuice, nope.

Recipes that call for specific types of potatoes are always hard…there’s washed, baby and unwashed….none of those fancy types around here.

Full cabbage so I can make cabbage rolls….no because cabbage is always cut in half, wrapped in gladwrap and I have yet to see a full cabbage around these parts.

Salmon with skin on it…………so rare to find that, the one time I did see it I bought it because I was so desperate to try crispy skinned salmon and it was worth it when I tried it!

Cherry jam for black forest cake…yeah not able to be round, but raspberry jam does the trick when I need to use it.



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