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Home & Cottage

Improving your interiors, and your mental health, with a bit of the exterior

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Keeping that green thumb going—and growing

There’s frost on the pumpkins—and the tomatoes, hibiscus, and everything else. How do we keep gardening through the dark months?

The great charcoal renaissance

The last time I barbecued, I didn’t barbecue at all. I smoked instead. The entire process from start to finish was a long, slow cook in a smoker using natural...
Decorating the firebox of a closed fireplace is only limited by your imagination.

Everything Old Is New Again

Who doesn't love gathering around the hearth on a fall evening, enjoying good company or a juicy book in the glow of the flames? I’ll tell you who...

Taking the Inside Outside

Wouldn’t it be great to be friendlier with your neighbours? I don’t just mean the people on either side of your home. Community spirit is important. It is...
An inspector should examine the roof completely for missing or damaged shingles, ridge cap, or flashing.

An ounce of prevention...

It’s getting to be that time again—but while we begin to dig out the toques and boots, there are a number of things we can do to prepare the roof for winter,...
Regular cleaning and maintenance of a gas fireplace is recommended to keep the unit running safely and efficiently; the glass door, in particular, can require expert attention.

What’s The Price of Safety?

The winter checklist kicks in when temperatures drop in the fall. Service the snow blower. Switch to snow tires. Search sheds and garages for shovels and ice...

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...

For the Birds

It's a bright, sunny morning. You're enjoying a leisurely weekend breakfast, watching a lively, feathered crowd at the feeder outside your window, when a dark...
Today’s fireplace inserts, such as the Legend G35 Insert pictured above, offer high efficiency and low emissions.

Up in smoke

Many of us have an abiding fondness for the large cars we remember from our childhood. Built like a tank, with space for four bottoms across each bench seat,...
Rosmarie Lohnes gives instructions to some of her staff on the de Vries project.

Grass Roots

Last issue, I wrote about gardening as a form of healing…this issue, we’re looking at how we humans can help nature heal with our gardening skills.