Sheila’s Brush

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Sheila’s Brush. That, I hear, is what some people call the last snowstorm of the year. Sheila brushing off Winter. Good Girl. I am fairly sure that the final Cape Breton Snowstorm came at about the end of April last … Continued


Mud Kitchen!

Gardens are really wonderful places – full of pretty flowers, scented herbs, all kinds of beds and borders of edible plants with colourful and shapely leaves. Bright crocheted artwork, fanciful birdhouses, odd bits of sculpture and crazy driftwood trellises decorate … Continued


Frost Fairies

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We have this nifty “Two over Two” sliding glass door that faces out over the moors behind the Gardens. I am pretty sure that we have the double paned glass door installed on the wrong side (the single pane sliders … Continued


A Great Pile of Kelp!

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Growing a Garden in Eastern Canadian by the Seaside has lots of challenges.  Yup LOTS. Combine a really short growing season, some truly wild weather, regular doses of burning salt-water spray, marshy and seriously acidic topsoil and let’s not forget … Continued


A Fan of the Field

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Seems like an unreasonably lovely setting for a Potato field don’t you think? Growing a large food Garden always involves a pretty substantial amount of manual labour…hot and very sweaty-type labour. Up at the Potato field there is always a fine … Continued



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Our vacuum cleaner is broken. It worked just fine the last time I used it but when I push the go button… nadda. Funny thing about vacuum cleaners, they are great at getting up dust and fluff and cat hairs … Continued


“Froggy” Day

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So very “froggy” outside and pretty darn cold too! It always comes as an unwelcome surprise just how bitter the sodden wetness of early Spring wind can be. It just cuts right through anything that you try to wear as … Continued


Good Floor Hunting

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Linoleum. There were at least four layers of old linseed-oil linoleum and two layers of fibreboard covering most of the floors in this little house. There was also some of that weird 1970s patterned vinyl that I can never quite … Continued

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