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Home & Cottage

There is a strong history of storytelling in Atlantic Canada and this cottage has a story. Stories have always connected people and built communities, and...

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The great backyard escape

To the inevitable surety of death and taxes we could add, a prolonged and wet spring season on the east coast that makes the summer season that much sweeter.

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...

The happy houseplant gardener

Green is good for your mental and physical health

Gutter Talk

IN THE HEADY world of home improvements, checking your gutters may not sound that enticing, but maintaining and replacing them is an absolute necessity in...
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.
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,...
Open the door of the woodstove and take a look at the gaskets that seal the door to check for fraying. Also check the glass window for cracking.

Sleep Soundly This Winter

“OLD WOOD best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” ~ Francis Bacon It’s hard to argue with someone as sage as Francis...

Made in the Shade

In the song “Morning Morgantown,” Joni Mitchell leads off with the image of merchants rolling their awnings down. In this idealized vision of small-town...

The Organic Vegetable Plot

Nourish yourself and your family by taking fresh and local to heart
From budget, DIY-style, to custom-built high-end, an outdoor kitchen makes for an enjoyable al fresco cooking space.

Chilling in the Great Outdoors

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...