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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Groundnut

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Groundnut Melanie Priesnitz “I dug some groundnuts with my hands in the railroad sand bank, just at the bottom of the high embankment on the edge of the meadow. These were nearly as large as hen’s eggs. I had them roasted and boiled at supper time. The skins came off readily, like a potato’s. Roasted they had an agreeable taste, very much like a common potato, though they were somewhat fibrous in texture. With my eyes shut I should not have known but I was eating a somewhat soggy potato. Boiled…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

 Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford Wee Ones: “Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!” by Anne Sibley O’Brien & Susan Gal (Abrams Appleseed, recommended reading age 3-5) “Leaves on trees are green and bright. Abracadabra! What a Sight!” Eleven gatefolds open to re-create the excitement and surprise of fall’s arrival, revealing what happens when the leaves turn. Little Ones: “The Maple Festival” (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse #5) by Poppy Green & Jennifer A. Bell (Little Simon, recommended reading ages 5-9)  It’s finally fall in Silverlake Forest, and that means it’s time for the annual Maple Festival with games, rides and, of course,…
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Active and Healthy Living: This is Not a Solo Trip By Lee-Ann Cudmore

Active and Healthy Living: This is Not a Solo Trip Lee-Ann Cudmore Registered Acupuncturist | Call/text 902-300-5100 | valleyacu.ca My friends, this is not an express route, there will be stops along the way – probably a few stops that you may not want to make. Life is a ride, or maybe a highway, but remember, this is not a solo trip. We are in this together. I have gotten to an age and stage where, at any given time, there are several people in my life that are dealing with traumas. This may be due to the sheer volume…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford   Wee Ones Selection – Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing Co., Recommended reading ages 4 and Under)  The amazing Bob! The amazing Boynton! Because who else but Sandra Boynton could imagine 15 Bobs in one book? Actually, that’s 14 Bobs, and one Simon James Alexander Ragsdale the Third (he’s a turtle), which gives Fifteen Animals! the added dimension of being a unique counting book ― count the Bobs, count the pets, count the bunnies, count the fish.   Little Ones Selection – The Ladybug Race by Amy Nielander (Pomegranate Communications, Recommended reading ages…
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Perseverance At The Box Of Delights Bookshop

Perseverance At The Box Of Delights Bookshop By Benjamin Bush Anderson As thousands of students drag their heels back through school halls, we prepare for the inevitable wave of young folk flocking our shelves for the books being forced upon them. Pluck up, dear despondent scholar, for our books don’t bite and only long ago possessed bark. One such a book that may be assigned to such a student is Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Now a classroom staple, the Pulitzer Prize winning novella was first published in Life Magazine on September 1, 1952. For all you students looking…
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The Dome Chronicles: The Dam

The Dome Chronicles: The Dam By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and…
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Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin

Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin By Scott Campbell When my editor told me that the upcoming issue of the Grapevine was going to celebrate the literati among us by featuring great summer reads I was pretty excited. I knew exactly what I was going to do. One of the best summer reads available is Christy Ann Conlin’s, The Memento. This follow-up to her bestselling novel, Heave, was described by Caroline Adderson as “a grab bag of Gothic delights.” So I had an idea. What if I contacted Christy Ann and asked her to join me for dinner at a…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Field guides

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Field guides By Melanie Priesnitz If you are one of those people who like to know the names of plants as you walk by them in the woods, you are probably well acquainted with field guides. My new favourite guide is Boulder Publications’ Wildflowers of Nova Scotia by Todd Boland. The thing that really sets this book apart from other guides is the full colour photographs. It’s a resource for herbaceous plants of Nova Scotia both native and introduced. The guide is laid out by flower colour and contains simple explanations of…
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The Dome Chronicles: Charlie Harris’ Mill

The Dome Chronicles: Charlie Harris’ Mill By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood…
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Summer Reading: Try an audiobook!

Summer Reading: Try an audiobook! By Angela Reynolds Summer is such a good time to read. It is also a great time to get outside work done — painting the house, weeding the garden, finishing up those building projects, mowing the lawn. When I think of chores, I automatically think of audiobooks. Every time I see my garage doors, I remember the book I was listening to when I painted them (Cinder by Marissa Meyer). My back porch was painted while I listened to Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. Audiobooks are great for long drives as well. Taking a summer trip?…
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