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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,...

Cottage Revival

WE HAVE this little cottage in our family on the south shore of Nova Scotia. My grandfather built it with the help of some of my uncles in the 1960s. It’s a...

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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...