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Home & Cottage

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.

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Feeling the Heat

Say “sauna” to an Atlantic Canadian and she’ll likely point you to the nearest gym or hotel. Pronounce it correctly (it’s an ancient Finnish word pronounced...

The (almost) stress-free kitchen reno

Redoing the heart of your home without anxiety
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...

Tidying up and tying down

Putting the cottage season away (sigh) for another year
Decorating the firebox of a closed fireplace is only limited by your imagination.

Everything Old Is New Again

Who doesn't love gathering around the hearth on a fall evening, enjoying good company or a juicy book in the glow of the flames? I’ll tell you who...

A green tonic

Improving your interiors, and your mental health, with a bit of the exterior

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...

Keeping that green thumb going—and growing

There’s frost on the pumpkins—and the tomatoes, hibiscus, and everything else. How do we keep gardening through the dark months?
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...
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,...