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History of the Christmas Tree

The English Canadians celebrated Christmas Day with gifts in the morning, a midday church service and a huge feast consisting of roast goose, beef and plum pudding. English Canadians also had the kissing ball, a ring of evergreen branches that symbolized the end of the winter solstice but was used by young men to steal kisses from single women beneath it. The Boston Christmas Tree, the ...

Does basement flooding need to be disclosed ?

Don and Louise Beauchamp decided to sell their property on Gardenvale Cr., in London, back in 2007. After inspecting the property, Adam and Olga Soboczynski submitted an offer which was prepared by an agent who was a friend of the Beauchamps — the sellers of the home. The offer was accepted with a price of $290,000. Before the offer conditions were waived, the sellers delivered to the buyers ...

7 cottagey words you’ll only hear in Canada

7 cottagey words you’ll only hear in Canada By Sara ChappelSara Chappel Photo by Rachel Duchesne/Shutterstock.com   If you’re a certain age, you’ll remember Molson Canadian’s famous Joe Canada rant (which went viral before going viral was a thing), in which the actor unleashes a torrent of patriotic vocabulary:  “A tuque is a hat, a chesterfield ...

6 inventions that keep the peace between hosts and guests

6 inventions that keep the peace between hosts and guests By Samantha SextonSamantha Sexton   The cottage is a secluded place for some and a social-gathering spot for others. But whether you’re regularly shooing people away from your dock or inviting your extended family up on a weekly basis, you’ve likely gotten annoyed, agitated, or downright offended by a guest at least ...

10 things you might not know about bats

10 things you might not know about bats By Colin FieldColin Field Photo by Shutterstock   Bats get a bum rap, as most people are creeped out by them or downright terrified of them. But they aren’t all bad. Sometimes they can even be pretty cute. To help you get to know our furry, wing-flapping friends, we’ve compiled 10 bat facts you might not know. 1. Bats are the ...

Using Paint Colour to Improve your Resale Value

According to a 2011 survey by HomeGain, interior painting has an approximately 109% ROI when selling a home. Neutralizing walls with strong colours can help to create a blank canvas opening up the buyers imagination and allowing them to better see their style in the home.  Neutral doesn't always mean white.  Subtle colour can enhance a room's features.  Some examples from Benjamin ...

Float-tube fisherman catches record-setting catfish after being dragged for a mile

Float-tube fisherman catches record-setting catfish after being dragged for a mile By Brenlee CoatesBrenlee Coates   In most provincial lakes, being pulled around on an inflated device is considered an exhilarating hobby. But when you’re being dragged by a 169-pound catfish, there are a few more real “scary moments” to endure in the process. Thirty-two-year-old ...

Installing radiant heating in your cottage

Installing radiant heating in your cottage By Sara ChappelSara Chappel Photo by iStockphoto/Thinkstock If you’ve winterized your cottage—or if you spend a lot of time there in the fall or early spring—chances are you know the unpleasant shock of setting your toasty warm feet on an icy floor. Fortunately, you can eliminate frozen toes and heat your entire cottage ...

Is Your Garden Ready For Winter

time is running out for getting your gardens ready for winter do you mulch cover and compost did you know you can have your soil tested what tips do you have for getting your gardens ready?

Fall Back

Open house planned for this Sunday 1:30-3 at 3121 Baseline Road, Keene....lets hope we all set our clocks back Sunday morning...including me!