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The great vintage outdoors

What goes around, comes around

This Sweet Life

DRIVING THROUGH the Argyles in Southwest Nova Scotia in those last days of winter, when the sun’s warmth is fickle but teases enough to know the season is...

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 peck of peppers

Whether you prefer them sweet, hot, pickled or fresh, peppers are a rewarding star of the vegetable garden  

New Look, for Less

IF OWNING A dreamy kitchen is at the top of your renovation wish list, you are not alone. Kitchen updates fall within the top three types of interior...

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...

Fishing is About More Than Fish

Music, laughter, confession and being with Mother Nature make a person feel good inside. They’re good for the soul. So is fly-fishing. But pleasure is...


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,...

Stealth Fish

UNLOADING LUMBER from the truck on a sunny, hot afternoon last August, I heard an uncommon commotion in the pond below the house. Speckled trout were rising...