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I smell like dirt. On purpose.

For Christmas, I got the gift of dirt. When we bought our house in Strathroy, one of the first things we did was put in a vegetable garden in the backyard. It was a plain rectangle cut into the lawn, … Continue reading

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Inconvenient, breathtaking beauty

The Advent and Christmas seasons are an intense time for clergy. Here in Ontario, December also brought severe winter weather, difficult travel and widespread power outages. Still, there were incredible moments in which God’s beauty took my breath away. Blessed … Continue reading

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If you got a Christmas present you don’t really like, read this.

Some years ago for Christmas I received a gardening book. Normally, that kind of a gift is perfect since I love books and I love gardens. But this book seemed, well, not quite my thing. “Seed sowing and saving” it … Continue reading

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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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