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Underwood typewriter at Erin Auctions. Photo by James MacDonald.

Erin Auctions

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Alanna Babka and Bonnie Schneider met playing in a baseball league, and have bonded over breathing life into cast-off collections.

Peach Blueberry Jam from Landman Gardens

Sep 18, 2020 | In The Hills | Recipes

Rebecca Landman leans on family recipes for her canned offerings such as bread-and-butter pickles, corn relish and barbecue sauces.

Nan’s Chili Sauce from Mrs. V’s Preserves

Sep 18, 2020 | In The Hills | Recipes

Barb Vivian’s jams, jellies and sauces are a staple at local farmers’ markets. This mild chili sauce is named for her mother-in-law.

The brilliantly plumed scarlet tanager is the only one of hundreds of tanager species that breeds in Headwaters before heading to the tropics for the winter. Photo by Robert McCaw.

These Flora and Fauna Rely On Forests

Sep 18, 2020 | Don Scallen | Environment

Here are six plants and animals, representative of myriad others, that depend completely on forests.

Melanzane Sott’olio Eggplant Antipasto from Connie’s Kitchen

Sep 18, 2020 | In The Hills | Recipes

Many of Connie Arteaga’s long list of handmade preserves – think passata or eggplant antipasto – have their roots in her native Sicily.

A Forest is More Than Its Trees

Sep 18, 2020 | Don Scallen | Environment

From deep in the earth to high in the sky, forests shelter teeming life.

Coca-Cola machine at Orangeville Flowers & Greenhouses. Photo by James MacDonald.

Orangeville Flowers & Greenhouses

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Beyond Joanne and Martin Woudenberg’s busy floral counter are rows and rows of antique furniture, wall decor and collectibles.

A Poetic Take on a Pest

Sep 18, 2020 | Marilyn Boyle | Environment

Caledon poet Marilyn Boyle takes the gypsy moth caterpillar as her latest subject after her oak tree was decimated in the summer of 2020.

Pepper Jelly

Sep 18, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Recipes

This sweet and spicy pepper jelly is a perfect accompaniment to a cheese and charcuterie platter.

How We Work from Home

Sep 18, 2020 | Paul Webster | Community

Once the pandemic is over, many people intend to keep working from home – if only their lousy rural internet will co-operate.

Karen stores her ample collection of preserves in a cold cellar. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

From Soil to Table

Sep 18, 2020 | Gail Grant | Farming

Vegetable grower extraordinaire Karen Hollingshead uses galvanized steel raised beds and water troughs to hold her 35 varieties of tomatoes and other gems.

Preserving Tradition

Sep 18, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Food

Our forebears knew how to put sunshine in a jar. You can too.

A Fine Vintage

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Headwaters’ antiques and auctions experts offer an irresistible way to connect with the history – and value – that comes with well-made furniture and nostalgic collectibles.

Wedgwood blue jasperware at The Wright Attitude Shoppe in a Shed. Photo by James MacDonald.

The Wright Attitude Shoppe in a Shed

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

At John Wright’s new Erin antiques outpost, artwork and chairs hung on pegs fill every inch of wall and English-country vignettes cover the floor.

Inglewood Antique Market

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Jon Medley, a lifelong antique hunter and collector, took over the sprawling, packed-to-the-rafters Inglewood Antique Market in 2018.

Maple Leafs hockey cards at Reinhart Auctions. Photo by James MacDonald.

Reinhart Auctions

Sep 18, 2020 | James MacDonald | Heritage

Don Reinhart is known beyond Headwaters for his stint as the no-nonsense auctioneer on two seasons of TV’s “Storage Wars Canada”.

Pandemic Journals

Grand Valley’s Karla Leger teaches her piano students via video chats.

“The enthusiasm of my students remains”

Jun 25, 2020 | Karla Leger | Pandemic Journals

A piano teacher keeps her music school running on her iPad.

Pepe Lopez travels to Canada each summer from Mexico to work on a Mulmur farm. It feels different this year, he says.

“I always think of my family – my wife, Faviola, and my daughter, Jimena”

Jun 25, 2020 | Pepe Lopez | Pandemic Journals

On a Mulmur farm, an essential seasonal worker misses his Mexican homeland.

Lori McNeil-Chong quickly reimagined her interior design business as a virtual entity.

“You can’t get all in a twist. You have to roll with it”

Jun 25, 2020 | Lori McNeil-Chong | Pandemic Journals

A hands-on Caledon interior designer gets it done from a distance.

In Every Issue

The Gathering (detail) ~ by Patty Maher

Patty Maher

Sep 18, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

When she moved to Caledon from Toronto ten years ago, Patty says she discovered the backdrops she never knew she needed.

Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Sigrid Wolm

Sep 18, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Sigrid Wolm may have closed her iconic kitchen store, but she’s far from ready to retire.

When Times are Tough – Decorate!

Sep 18, 2020 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

To make things better in my family, we’ve done our best with paint and elbow grease to improve our physical space, in the hope of providing fresh perspectives to brighten our minds.

Svetlana Ponkin demonstrates knitting with supersized merino wool at the Rare Threads shop in the Alton Mill. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Svetlana Ponkin

Sep 18, 2020 | Elaine Anselmi | Arts

From the Alton Mill to the One of a Kind Show, this knitter’s up-sized pieces are wowing collectors.

Keen eyes can spot a variety of fairy abodes secreted along the pathways in Palgrave and Dufferin Forests. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Autumn 2020 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Home Sweet Office

Sep 18, 2020 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

At this magazine, our work culture is based on trust and respect.

When The Spirit Moves

Sep 18, 2020 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

I often tell my writing students that they are unlikely to get better at writing, but it is possible to get better at not writing.

Settlers in the 19th century came here to farm, and to do that they had to clear the trees. Photo by iStock 1038960850.

The Trees Had to Go!

Sep 18, 2020 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Settlers in the 19th century came here to farm, and to do that they had to clear the trees. Their success with that was thorough and dramatic. So was the impact on the landscape.

Hanging Up My Apron

Sep 18, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

After turning 70 Gail Grant found cooking a chore. Here’s how meal kits, poached eggs on toast and guilty-pleasure dinners have kept her happily fed.

Local Buys: Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

What we’re shopping for this autumn in Headwaters.

Autumn Contributors

Sep 18, 2020 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet a few of the contributors who make this autumn 2020 issue of In The Hills a treasure – Don Scallen, Roberta Fracassi and Erin Woodley.

Kayaking

Sep 18, 2020 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Seeking peace and solitude on Island Lake in Orangeville.

Ketchum House, a landmark off-the-grid dwelling caught its new owner’s eye and captured his heart. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

Falling for Ketchum House

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

Bill Dandie is the enthusiastic new owner of this off-the-grid Hockley Valley home, which was built in 1998 by Anthony and Mary Ketchum.

Food + Drink Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Appetite for adventure: Moveable feasts and sweet diversions.

Field Notes for Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Garden sharing, “minimonies”, and the show must go on this fall.

Fall Harvest How-to

Chicken teriyaki skewers at Heatherlea Farm Shoppe. Photo courtesy Heatherlea Farm Shoppe.

The Boom in Local Food

In the dark cloud of the pandemic, a silver lining for small farmers.

Imagining the Future

So we wonder, amid the disruption and heartbreak, what future is being born in this moment?

Hiking in Caledon and Dufferin

Tina Daalderop leads a recent pole-walking hike. Poles help with balance, contribute to a full-body workout and can be useful aids in tricky situations. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Nordic Pole Walking

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Walking with poles: the fashionable walking stick morphs into essential hiking gear.

Nature therapy guide Kaitlyn Powers (centre) instructs writing pals Gail Grant (left) and Nicola Ross how to be still, breathe deeply and absorb nature with all their senses – followed by tea. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Forest Bathing

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Slowing down, tuning in. With forest bathing, the slow movement takes to the woods.

Belfountain / Forks Park Loop Hike. Click to see larger map.

Caledon Hikes

Nicola Ross | Leisure

Nicola Ross shows readers how to navigate local Caledon trails, including the Bruce Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, without having to backtrack or arrange to leave a car at a hike’s endpoint.

Autumn Homes

Ketchum House, a landmark off-the-grid dwelling caught its new owner’s eye and captured his heart. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

Falling for Ketchum House

Sep 18, 2020 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

Bill Dandie is the enthusiastic new owner of this off-the-grid Hockley Valley home, which was built in 1998 by Anthony and Mary Ketchum.

The grand Victorian exterior of Sandy and Peter Reeves’ Hillsburgh farmhouse has changed little since it was built in 1876. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

At Home with Pond Side Pilates

Sep 16, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How a lush Hillsburgh property warms the souls of its English expat owners – and neighbours looking to get fit.

A green roof also helps settle the building into the landscape and contributes to a healthy indoor environment. Green roof and pond photos courtesy of owner.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Sep 11, 2015 | Pam Purves | At Home in the Hills

This Mulmur house was designed from the ground up with healthy living in mind.

Nature Spotting

I’d love science to explore the possibility that two of our local tree species, beech and hemlock, might also be co-operating through fungal networks.

Tree Co-operation

Notes from the Wild

The research into the co-operative nature of trees is in its infancy.

Promethea Moths

Notes from the Wild

While most moths release their pheromones after dusk, promethea moth females are an exception.

Caligraphic beetle

Night Creatures

Notes from the Wild

Most of the nocturnal critters my friends and I find are insects, but spiders, millipedes and amphibians also appear in our flashlight beams.