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Home & Cottage

AN EMPTY-NESTER recently asked me for some advice on her son’s freshly vacated bedroom. There seemed to be a distinct sense of urgency behind this query. She...

Coping Season

Pity the poor Atlantic Canadian gardener. We go through the winter and well into spring before we can really get out and garden; cleaning up the beds, adding...

The Organic Vegetable Plot

Nourish yourself and your family by taking fresh and local to heart

A Subtle Season

THE JAPANESE have a cultural aesthetic called wabi-sabi, which is essentially the art of finding beauty in imperfection and impermanence. I am reminded of...

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...