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Some gardens (like churches) refuse to hurry

This August, it will be sixteen years since I was ordained and began serving in a pretty little church in Strathroy, Ontario. This year they are celebrating the congregation’s 150th anniversary, which means that when I arrived they had already … Continue reading

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Banging my chair on the ceiling: take that, squirrel!

I may not have bats in the belfry, but I do have a squirrel in the attic. At least, I hope it’s only one. Good grief. We first noticed it ages ago, but it took us a few weeks to … Continue reading

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Garden catalogue, winter fun

For those of you following along, my little flower shop in Flowerama is coming along quite nicely. Thankfully, I have managed to rip myself away from it long enough to look through some seed catalogues. You might think that a … Continue reading

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Free Garden Planning tools: a review

This summer I will undertake my biggest garden project ever: a total renovation of my entire yard. That’s because, like the inside of the house, the backyard is a little dated. Twenty five years ago, the owners built a large … Continue reading

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I am on the outside looking in

I can’t bear to drive by my old house. My husband tells me they have replaced the front door and painted the garage door white, but that doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that they have also pulled out … Continue reading

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Six life lessons I learned in the garden

I lived in our last house for ten years–longer than I have lived anywhere in my entire life. During that time I learned some important wisdom. Here are a few of the biggest lessons. A solid foundation is worth the trouble: It doesn’t … Continue reading

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Alert alert beware. You have just joined Pinterest??

It happened innocently enough. I was standing around talking to S. after a church meeting when she said, “Hey, are you on Pinterest? I think you’d like it.” Having no idea what this “Pinterest” was, I went home and Googled … Continue reading

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St. Francis came out of the closet but now he’s homeless

Inspired by another blogger who decided to add a “Saint of the Week” feature to her blog (I didn’t include a link because it looks like she ran out of steam after only one saint), I decided to write about my … Continue reading

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Seasons change and so does a bunch of other stuff

A fresh new school year has arrived and at our house we are all about new pencils, filling out school forms and a return to music lessons. So long, holidays. Adios, warm evenings on the patio. Goodbye fresh basil and tomatoes … Continue reading

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The family jewels are growing on my patio

As a little girl, one of my favourite people in the whole world was my maternal grandmother. Gramma Nicholls always saved the plastic toys inside the Shreddies box for me and let me help her bake chocolate chip cookies when I went to visit. I … Continue reading

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