You all know, if you’ve read more than about twelve words of any of my posts, that I love getting away from the hurly-burly of the big city and escaping to our Manse in ever-so-quiet Queensborough, Ont. But aside from the great joy of hearing nothing but birdsong when I wake in the morning, or of being able to attend a Sunday service in the pretty, historic church that I grew up in while my father was the minister there, or of the delight I find in learning (slowly) about what it is to have and maintain a garden, there is another great thing to love about being at the Manse.
People, I am talking about gas prices.
For some reason unknown (to me, at least), Madoc – one of the two villages, Tweed being the other one, that are each about 15 minutes from Queensborough – seems to be the home of the lowest gas prices in all of south/central/eastern Ontario, and don’t even get me started on gas prices in Quebec.
Quebec? Okay, now you’ve got me started. (Or, actually, I guess I’ve got myself started.) But let me just give you an example of the outrageous gas-price difference between Montreal and Madoc. At the top of this post you can see what the price per litre was in Madoc over the recent Labour Day weekend. And here is the price in Montreal on the Friday night of that weekend:
That’s a difference of 26 cents per litre! And yes, I know that I sound like a crusty old coot in going on about gas prices, but gracious, that is quite a difference.
So yeah, low gas prices in the area are yet another reason to appeciate being at the Manse. And here’s another quirky bonus: the owner of the property immediately adjacent to the Ultramar gas bar where I took the Madoc-gas-price photo is evidently – very evidently – highly ticked off about something or other, and has created something of an art installation to express this unhappiness. In dozens of visits to this gas bar I’ve never quite figured out what the problem is, but I never tire of examining the grumpy but interesting signs the property-owner has put up:
“Whose bread I eat/His Song I Sing”? I have no idea what it means. But I think it’s awesome.