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Home & Cottage

Whether building a new home or updating a kitchen, people are often perplexed by countertop choices—and no wonder. In recent years we have seen a vast...

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Rhodo-Rooting

When I was a student at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture) in Truro, NS, one of my papers was about the Ericaceae,...

Stealth Fish

UNLOADING LUMBER from the truck on a sunny, hot afternoon last August, I heard an uncommon commotion in the pond below the house. Speckled trout were rising...

This Sweet Life

DRIVING THROUGH the Argyles in Southwest Nova Scotia in those last days of winter, when the sun’s warmth is fickle but teases enough to know the season is...

Wood Burning Fireplaces

IN THE middle of a blizzard, in the middle of a Canadian winter, no matter where your home and hearth is, it’s just a simple fact that you will feel warmer and...

Spend Wisely on Your Renovation

Street noise was getting to Brad McRae and his family, driving him to search for a contractor to install new windows in his Halifax home. “When we moved here...

Coaxing Spring in Winter

Shortened days and colder winds signify the coming of winter, a season that can strike fear into a gardener’s heart. Whatever are we supposed to do for the...

New Look, for Less

IF OWNING A dreamy kitchen is at the top of your renovation wish list, you are not alone. Kitchen updates fall within the top three types of interior...

Adding Efficiency

Renovating offers a chance build in energy-saving options—and government rebates can help with the cost.

Fishing is About More Than Fish

Music, laughter, confession and being with Mother Nature make a person feel good inside. They’re good for the soul. So is fly-fishing. But pleasure is...

Live-In Companions (Plants, That Is)

THE LAST TOMATO has been harvested, and the basil long since made into pesto. The perennials have given over their blooms to seedheads, and the last of the...