IN THE KITCHEN

IN THE KITCHEN

If you're short on time or inclination to prepare real food at home, I hope one day you will have both. I'm still using lettuce, parsley and chives from my tiny garden, but only because I picked all those greens…

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DIRECTIONS

DIRECTIONS

On a brief holiday in Scotland and England I realized the value of clear directions. Huge airports are a bit of a maze. Even with directions from various airline officers, travellers check schedules and signs to find their way to…

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PREPARING

PREPARING

Does life ever seem to you like one continuous cycle of preparing? The sun is rising later and setting earlier in this corner of the world. Nature takes its cue from the shortening days. The squirrels are stashing nuts in…

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HARVEST

HARVEST

On October 9th Canadians will celebrate Thanksgiving. Cherries, peaches, blueberries, melons, apples, corn, tomatoes...an abundance of grains, fruits and vegetables. The harvest is plentiful. The produce is sweet, and we are thankful. Heavy rains and wet soil made farmers and…

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WE WIN!

WE WIN!

A striped caterpillar I found on the parsley may be the culprit who has chewed holes in the leaves of the pepper plants. All but the base of a small romaine disappeared. For that I blame a cottontail who lives on…

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SHELTER

SHELTER

Special friends gave Mr. Whiskers a perfect little shelter to scoot into should stormy weather happen when the house door is closed. Does he use it? At times, if the mood moves him. Otherwise he may choose to tuck his…

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FREE FLOW

FREE FLOW

Even a tiny pond has its challenges. To find a good pump that is not too powerful for a small area is one of them. I've had two strong ones that kept the water flowing - practical but not pretty.…

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PERSEVERE

PERSEVERE

Are all squirrels endowed with a humongous dose of determination? At least one of their number is. At Beech Croft there are two beech trees, one huge oak, plus a walnut almost on the property line. Some of his family…

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A SWEET FRAGRANCE?

A SWEET FRAGRANCE?

A gentle little fellow fell into a deep window well at the back of Beech Croft. I discovered him Wednesday afternoon. His pungent odour had identified him a day or two earlier. Even a baby skunk emits a powerful stench.…

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THIS LAND

THIS LAND

Today Canada celebrates 150 years as a country. Compared to other nations it's about at the toddler stage, but to Canadians, this birthday is a biggie. Clothing, camp chairs, toys, towels, plates...anything that can display "Canada 150" is available for…

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