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Curiouser and curiouser

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Artist Adam McNamara finds inspiration in the Acadian forest Adam McNamara describes his artistic style as “halfway between reality and Alice in Wonderland.” McNamara is a self-taught woodworker with a love for nature. Based in Upper LaHave, N.S., he came upon the craft by chance when a neighbour was moving out of his own woodworking… Read More»

Teens pour hearts into candle making

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Noël & Co. grows from fundraiser to booming business In August 2021, Annapolis Valley, N.S. teenage twins Lauren and Janie Noël poured 250 candles to raise money for a school trip to Greece. In two weeks, they sold out. This year, they intend to pour 15,000 candles as part of their Noël & Co. shop… Read More»

Catherine Dempsey tends to one of her honeybee hives in Newfoundland. Photo: Greg Locke

To bee or not to bee

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Why you want honeybees in your yard Like many backyard beekeepers, Catherine Dempsey got the bug from another honey farmer.  She was running a series of heritage shops in Newfoundland and Labrador and started selling honey, lip balms, beeswax candles and other honeybee by-products from a family-run bee business on the island’s East Coast.   “When… Read More»

Three year old pony, Frankie comes in for a pat from Sherrylee Peckford and her young nephew. Photo: Alyssa Gillingham

Protecting the ponies

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The love and care for a Newfoundland and Labrador heritage animal Cassandra Abbott leans into her Newfoundland pony, inhales its earthy scent and welcomes a deep feeling of peace and contentment. She nestles into Miss Mattea’s warm flank, after a long stretch away from her hobby farm in the Newfoundland and Labrador town of Wesleyville.… Read More»

Burnett built the curio cabinet of walnut to house the client’s replica weapon and memorabilia collection. It has a grid structure to mount the swords on lucite dowels and magnets giving the appearance they’re floating in the cabinet. Photo: Bruce Murray, VisionFire Studios

It’s in her nature

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A Nova Scotian cabinetmaker opens the door to custom design The natural world inspires cabinetmaker Carole Burnett. Working out of her home studio in Boutlier’s Point, N.S., she catches glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean through a wall of green trees in the summer. In winter, the view opens to capture the islands of St. Margaret’s… Read More»

A tiny room with a perfect view

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Global pandemic got you down? Joe Gillivan can’t say enough about the soothing powers of a good home sauna. Increasingly, he’s not alone When Joe Gillivan squeezes all 6’4” of himself into the one-seater sauna that sits in the corner of his home gym, his world doesn’t shrink. It gets bigger. “I don’t care if… Read More»

Coming home

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A P.E.I. writer shares the joys
and fears of raising pigeons

East Coast Living