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Home & Cottage

Since moving from my former home to the place in Wolfville where I now hang my gardening hat, the garden space is significantly smaller. I made several new...

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Waste Happens

OKEVIN PRITCHETT often sees contractors’ trucks pass his Gambo, NL, building supply store loaded with heavy machinery for digging septic beds. “I shouldn’t...
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,...

The happy houseplant gardener

Green is good for your mental and physical health

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

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...
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...