Category: Winter

Slow Cooker Corned Beef, Barley, and Cabbage

Slow cooker meals perfect for cozy winter nights Looking to put a fresh twist on entertaining at home? Set a warm and casual tone by inviting friends and family to enjoy a classic Irish supper that pairs ideally with both light and full-bodied beer.  This easy recipe from GoBarley can be prepared the evening before …

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February in the Flower Garden

In even the smallest garden its best to get ahead of the game during February and get on with jobs that will save you time once spring really gets underway. It is easy come April to realize that you should have pruned your roses in February. So here is a quick list of vital jobs …

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February Jobs in the Garden

If you look carefully you will start to see the first signs of spring in the garden this month. Catkins appear on trees, the first bulbs start to poke their heads trough the soil and a few brave flowers begin to appear. With January over, gardeners begin to look forward to spring. But this month …

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Recipe for Golden Milk

Need something exciting to sip when you come out of the cold? Swap out the hot chocolate for this sweet treat with heat instead. Golden milk is a traditional Indian hot beverage considered by many to have soothing properties. Simple ingredients combined with ultrafiltered Canadian milk makes for a creamy and delicious version of this …

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The Pleasures of Winter Gardens

In the grey days of winter, our gardens lack the vibrant colours and intoxicating scents of the other seasons. However, if you have paid attention to the “bones” of your landscaping, winter is the time when silhouettes of bushes and trees and dried seed heads or bright winter berries come into play. Woody plants with …

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January in the Vegetable Garden

There’s always plenty to do in even the smallest vegetable garden. There are some essential jobs to do in January as well as those that mean you will have a head start come the beginning of spring. Whether its getting ahead by planting early vegetables in the greenhouse or preparing the ground for this year’s …

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The Garden in January: Jobs to Do and Plants of Interest

Now that Christmas is over, us gardeners are resigned to a couple of months of dark cold days when the garden looks very sparse, before new plants and shoots begin to appear. However, there is always something you can do in January, even if it’s indoors. Take stock of your garden and do some planning …

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City Dog Walking in Winter

Many dogs love winter — but does winter love dogs? Let’s face it — your dog either loves winter or hates it. Just like humans! If your dog loves winter then it’s worth thinking about the kind of dangers and hazards which lurk on frozen city streets. If your dog hates winter then you need …

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December 31st Birthday Love: Sam Ragan

Winter Watch In those winter fieldsWhere only the dead grassHides the movement of miceAnd the loping fox long awayFrom hunters, horn and dog,Walking and watching wind bendBare branches at the wood’s edge.This then is the beginning,The walk and the waiting,Winter is a time of waiting,The pause, the slowed feet,The watching, the waiting. -Sam Ragan

[little tree] by e e cummings

[little tree] little treelittle silent Christmas treeyou are so littleyou are more like a flower who found you in the green forestand were you very sorry to come away?see          i will comfort youbecause you smell so sweetly i will kiss your cool barkand hug you safe and tightjust as your mother would,only don’t be afraid …

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