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Home & Cottage

At the turn of the 20th century, when stores and supplies were few, crafting was a necessary part of family life. Sweaters and mittens were knitted, candles were...

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Keeping the Lights On

It would be interesting to track generator sales in relation to major storms and power blackouts. With climatologists predicting more frequent extreme weather...
A warm and inviting country table uses natural elements for a rustic feel.

Feast your eyes on this

A small note before we begin: every year I hear them. The Seasonal Moaners. Those people who complain about the holiday season as if it is a test of character to...

The Twelve Days of Decorating

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to celebrate with friends and family, but getting your home ready for revelry can bring on serious seasonal stress. Both...

Island Oasis

NOT THAT LONG ago, families would sit at the dinner table each night, break bread together, and catch up on the news of the day. Between long commutes, kids’...

Feeling the Heat

Say “sauna” to an Atlantic Canadian and she’ll likely point you to the nearest gym or hotel. Pronounce it correctly (it’s an ancient Finnish word pronounced...

Stoked by Fire

WE’RE HARD-WIRED to be mesmerized by flickering flame. We wait for darkness so we can light our candles. As soon as the weather chills we light our...

Closing Time

Do you ever wish that we had four-season gardening here in Atlantic Canada? Occasionally I do, but usually that’s when it’s either a perfectly glorious Indian...

Border Crossing

MARITIME CANADA and the northeastern United States share so much history and culture that one American author, Colin Woodard, places the whole region in what...

Keeping the passion growing

It’s November. The killing frosts have finally come. The blaze of colourful foliage has wound down and the world is shimmering with muted shades of soft gold...

Pump It Up

For those of us who aren’t technically inclined, heat pump technology is a bit of a mind bender. We’re told it’s basically a reverse refrigerator—as if that...