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An autumn market bouquet includes zinnias, coneflowers, Queen Anne’s Lace, dusty miller and a pink sunflower, along with other delights. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Life at a Flower Farm

Mar 19, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | Farming

Meet the women behind the blooms at Petals Flower Co., Purple Hill Lavender Farm, Stonewell Farm, Broadside Flowers and Caledon Hills Peony Farm.

Kayla, who also loves to dance to the Backstreet Boys, creates a colourful work of art. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Changing the Game for Adults with Autism and other Disabilities

Mar 19, 2019 | Johanna Bernhardt | Community

Active Lives After School, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities is a local success story poised to help others like them.

Sharah Mooy and her daughter Elia, 3, prep a plant-based dinner at their home in East Garafraxa. Sharah, who is studying to become a holistic nutritionist, shares vegan recipes and restaurant tips on her Instagram feed. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

This Vegan Life

Mar 19, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food

If you want to try a plant-based diet, tap into the local vegan community for recipes, favourite restaurant meals and insider shopping tips.

A six-spotted tiger beetle. Photo by Robert Noble.

Incredible Insects

Mar 19, 2019 | Don Scallen | Environment

The benefits of the bugs in our backyards.

Eduardo Lafforgue enjoys a java at The Common Good Café and General Store in Belfountain. He cites the store and the heritage building it occupies as the kind of business that could effectively target the tourist trade even as it maintains its cozy rural character. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The Next Chapter at Headwaters Tourism

Mar 19, 2019 | Liz Beatty | Community

Industry veteran Eduardo Lafforgue steps into the executive director role at Headwaters Tourism armed with a bold vision for the future.

Poet on parade: Harry Posner. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Day of the Poets

Mar 19, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Arts

Orangeville’s festival promises to “saturate the air with poetry.”

In Every Issue

Lawn Bowling

Mar 19, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Often called summertime curling, lawn bowling has an ancient history.

Alice McMahon has called Forks of the Credit home for most of her long and eventful life. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Alice McMahon

Mar 19, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Born just before the Great Depression, Alice spent her teen years at Forks of the Credit, where her father worked for the railway.

The More Things Change …

Mar 19, 2019 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

In spring 1911, four wardens from neighbouring counties sat down for an informal chat. Their conversation here is imaginary, but the issues they discussed were the hot topics of the day – and eerily familiar.

After her husband’s death, Kathryn MacDuffee determined to make the best of the new phase in her life. Hiking expeditions with friends included a trip to the Grand Canyon in 2015. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Senior and Single

Mar 19, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Living alone doesn’t have to be lonely.

Mary Lazier creates one of her slab pottery bowls at her Mulmur studio. The intricate patterning is achieved using molds of vintage lace and wooden texture rollers. The bowl will be glazed in bluish white. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Mary Lazier

Mar 19, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | Made in the Hills

Mary fires up her pottery wheel only briefly, to attach the circular foot to the bottom of the bowl.

Crisp and white, Compass House, designed by Toronto architecture firm Superkül, sits on a 200-acre property in the hills of Mulmur. Photo by Ben Rahn / A-Frame Studio.

A Mulmur Masterpiece by Architecture Firm Superkül

Mar 19, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How a project called Compass House helped one family build roots in Dufferin County – and cemented its two architects’ love of the area.

Garden Planning

Volunteers (from left) Misha Dubbeld, Liz Knowles, Ann Davidson, Lynn Sinclair-Smith and Rebecca Muyal sort through donations for the annual spring plant sale – as Bruce McMoose looks on. The fundraiser brought in more than $3,ooo this year. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Healing Gardens

Michele Green | Leisure

A group of extraordinary gardeners have created a natural balm for Headwaters patients.

The bold colours of poppies, irises and daylilies frame the farmhouse in June. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Purposeful Garden

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

Misha Dubbeld’s gracious Mono garden is a testament to 20 years of love and labour. With all that she’s learned, her latest project is conceived on a grand scale.

Matches Made in Heaven

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

How Lorraine Roberts conjures up dreamy landscapes using colour, shape – and an appetite for surprise.

Secret Gardens

Michele Green | Leisure

From the street you’d never know it – but behind these two Orangeville homes are gardens of magical delight.

Soups and Salads

Ham And Split Pea

Split Pea with Ham Soup

Soups

Split Pea with Ham Soup is a traditional dish in Canadian and Québécois cuisine.

French Onion Soup

Soups

French Onion Soup is served as an appetizer at lunch and dinner, or a lunch main alongside a crusty roll with cheddar-port spread.

Steelhead trout with seared dry scallops and “Deliciousness Slaw”. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Steelhead Trout with Seared Dry Scallops 
and “Deliciousness Slaw”

Food

Try this dish, built on the “Deliciousness Slaw” which helped her ace the Chopped Canada audition.

Serve with a dollop of sauce and lots of crusty French bread. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Cooking with Pia: Fish Soup

Soups

You can make the veggies and broth a day ahead. The next day you just heat it up, add the fish, and serve. It’s so easy.