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Home & Cottage

DO YOU remember the first day you had a dandelion pop up in your lawn last spring? The arrival of the first hummingbird? What new plants did you put in the...

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Location, Location!

Euphoria strikes when you finally decide you are ready to start construction on your new home. The excitement has been building since you found what you...

The Organic Vegetable Plot

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

Season of Contemplation

Ah, winter. Gardeners tend to regard this season with a mixture of relief, horror, and anticipation. The relief stems from the fact that now we have time to...

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...

Comfort and Efficiency

ACCORDING TO archaeologists, our early ancestors began to control fire about one and a half million years ago by bringing it into their caves and adjusting...

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...