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Home, Garden and DIY

Simplifying Christmas

Love Christmas but want to enjoy it instead of running yourself ragged? Lots of people have stepped back a few paces and really looked at what's important to do and what's not. Seriously, if you work full time do you have time to bake and make your own cards?

Autumn Cooking and Food Shopping

Autumn is when I get into some serious cooking again. It's the season for the comfort food most people enjoy: soups, stews, braised dishes, roasts and hearty, earthy vegetables. I can spend hours in the kitchen on a chilly day preparing the harvest bounty available at this time of year while I listen to CDs or CBC radio. It's the season for carrots, rutabagas, cabbages of all kinds, leeks, kale, beets and potatoes -- to name a few good things.

 

Garden Sculpture

During the winter months, instead of just watching television (like I usually do), I am planning to gather some garden craft ideas for the spring. I have a group of friends who are also (fairly) avid gardeners and we like to get together to create some kind of craft now and again. Actually, it’s just a pretence to get together to gab, eat and drink, but surprisingly, we often end up making something worthwhile! This year my plan is to force them all into agreeing to make something out of a mixture called hypertufa.

Autumn Gardening

Well gardeners, it’s that time of year again!  Whether we like it or not, it’s time to start thinking about readying our gardens for the “W” season (I just can’t bring myself to say that word yet).  It’s been such a glorious autumn that thinking about this is almost painful, but if we want our gardens to be even better next year…and what gardener doesn’t?, we have to do a few things. 

Fall cleaning...already?

I’ve been to meaning to clean out the garage for a while now (alright, sixteen years) but something about the fall always rekindles that yearning for a sense of order, the satisfaction of knowing that all-things-summer are safely stowed away, before we hunker down for winter.

But where to start?