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Yoga. Country-Style.

This is a land of well-used chainsaws and  dented pick up trucks. I never expected to go to  yoga class here. But I do.  Every Friday morning. Ten minutes down the road to Anne’s place. Best yoga class ever. I … Continue reading

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The Art of Welding

I have an amazing brother-in-law. Like the rest of his family, he had a rough start in inner-city Toronto. He pretty well brought himself up.  It could have gone very wrong. But Brian is self-sufficient and optimistic. He can fix … Continue reading

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Plants, Pickles and Pink Vinegar.

Some people rate a house by its closets. But nothing beats a good window sill. By good I mean deep.  Wide enough for a substantial flowerpot. Sturdy enough for a pickle experiment. And roomy enough for a cat or two. We’ve … Continue reading

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The Bear, The Cougar and Sir Robert Borden

Last winter was great for snowshoeing up here and we cleared a couple of trails that get lots of use. But I want to use my skiis. So the other morning on our meadow walk, Abby the Dog and I … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Harper and the South Road Tractor

You can’t live on land like this, expect to farm it, and not have a tractor. Mind you, we tried.  An old gas push mower cleared the long grass around the house and even cut paths into the brush. We … Continue reading

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The Sheila

It’s the first full day of spring on the South Road.  And it’s snowing. In this household, this is known as “The Sheila”  the last storm of the season. Years ago, when I worked as a CBC Radio producer in … Continue reading

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Breakfast for the Birds

The wild cherry tree outside the dining room window seemed a favourite spot for blue jays.  The tree had no visible fruit or seed, but every day after sunrise, a dozen jays would swoop in from perches hundreds of feet … Continue reading

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Revolution 2.0

Egypt is 10,000 kilometres away from the South Road. But within minutes of Hosni Mubarak turning tail, we knew about it. My laptop sits on the kitchen counter.  I use it to find recipes, Skype my mom and my sister, … Continue reading

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Harry’s Mom

Harry’s mom is pregnant. But back to that in a minute. Of all the  stories I have shared on this blog, Harry the Moose is the most popular. My city friends love the story of the moose family that eluded … Continue reading

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The Wollaston-Limerick Book Club

Lately, the reading around here has been of the utilitarian kind. Electrical Code Simplified sits on the table between our “cosy” chairs.  My dad’s copy of Carpentry and Building Construction has replaced Rick’s morning paper. And my pile of Canada … Continue reading

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