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Home & Cottage

Whether gathered around a campfire or patio fire-pit, a hearth or kitchen cook-stove, Atlantic Canadians love their flames. Over time, stoves and fireplaces have...

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The warmest friendship ever

I’m in a relationship. I might go so far as to say I’m in love. Other loves have come and gone, but this love has been constant for most of my life. Some may...

Border Crossing

MARITIME CANADA and the northeastern United States share so much history and culture that one American author, Colin Woodard, places the whole region in what...

Empowered

January, 2017. After five nights of complete darkness, the flashing orange lights of three power trucks were a welcome light at the end of the tunnel. I...

Pump It Up

For those of us who aren’t technically inclined, heat pump technology is a bit of a mind bender. We’re told it’s basically a reverse refrigerator—as if that...

Stoked by Fire

WE’RE HARD-WIRED to be mesmerized by flickering flame. We wait for darkness so we can light our candles. As soon as the weather chills we light our...

The Magic of Realism

In the summer of 2013, noted Canadian art authority, Tom Smart left his home in Ontario and went on an epic 3,500-kilometre road trip looking for realism in Nova...

Island Oasis

NOT THAT LONG ago, families would sit at the dinner table each night, break bread together, and catch up on the news of the day. Between long commutes, kids’...

Party Kitchens

NOT ALL KITCHEN parties are toe-tapping evenings with live performances of seafaring songs, but they all take place in and around the kitchen, and they all...

Stacking Up

From the kitchen window at the Wild Caraway restaurant in Advocate Harbour, NS, chef/proprietor Andrew Aitken can see the fanciful firewood wall he built last fall...

What's Hot?

The traditional brick or stone fireplace creates a warm, inviting atmosphere in any room, but framing fire has changed dramatically in recent years. Space...