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Home & Cottage

A FEW YEARS ago I spent some time in Warsaw with my husband, Steve. It was seasonably chilly, yet the most striking thing we noticed was how weather had not...

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On a recent rainy weekend, cottagers Marilyn Smulders, Peter McLaughlin, Glen and Chrissy Horton swapped Trading Post stories.

Trash to Treasure

IT DOESN’T REALLY have a name. They’re just garbage bins after all. But among the cottagers of Molega Lake, in Queens County, NS, that dusty area to the side of...

Rhodo-Rooting

When I was a student at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture) in Truro, NS, one of my papers was about the Ericaceae,...

Gardens to Go for Home and Cottage

At my new address, my gardens are a work in progress. For immediate gratification, I also create container gardens.

Spend Wisely on Your Renovation

Street noise was getting to Brad McRae and his family, driving him to search for a contractor to install new windows in his Halifax home. “When we moved here...
A white tree peony with dinner-plate sized flowers

A Passion for Peonies

CAN YOU REMEMBER the first time you saw a peony? If you’re like me, they seem to have always been in someone’s garden—maybe your own, maybe a family member’s or...

The Modern Urbanites

They're called “millennials” (although the precise definition of that buzz word is less than clear) and some of them are redefining the conventional North...

Controlling Creepy Crawlies

When it comes to home invaders of the insect variety, Donald McCarthy knows the usual suspects in Atlantic Canada: earwigs and sowbugs—especially in...

Ready, Set, Recharge

With the worst of winter now behind us, when a ray of sunlight streams in through my living room window I pause—eyes closed, soaking in the warmth—happy to be...

Countertop Conundrum

Whether building a new home or updating a kitchen, people are often perplexed by countertop choices—and no wonder. In recent years we have seen a vast...

Keeping the Lines Straight

One chilly winter morning I finished my outside chores and decided to reward myself with a cup of orange pekoe tea. As I filled the kettle I looked out at the...