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Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Belfountain.

Going the Distance – On Horseback

Mar 31, 2013

Endurance riding is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the world.

Aidan, Nancy and Jamie harvest the leek crop. Photo by Rosemary Hasner.

Am Braigh Farm: Farming on the Back Side of the Calendar

Nov 17, 2012

Jamie bought Am Braigh’s three acres and broken-down old farmhouse in 1992. His aunt came up with the name, which is Gaelic for “higher ground,” relating both to his property and his spiritual leanings.

John Paterson strikes a pose during a Qigong demonstration at October’s Weekend in the Woods at Hockley Valley Resort. Photo by Rosemary Hasner

Qigong: Going with the Flow

Nov 16, 2012

Qigong involves repeating exercises – some very simple and others much more rigourous – meant to get chi flowing. Specific exercises affect different areas of the body, allowing a practitioner to focus on particular problems and self-heal.

Hockley Valley Coffee Roasters: In pursuit of the perfect cup

Sep 13, 2012

Tom Deans loves coffee so much, he decided to roast it himself!

Pearl Willems and Elaine Crawford fi re at “birds” during the weekly Ladies’ Trap Shooting Night. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Ladies’ night out … with shotguns

Sep 13, 2012

I cracked the gun open and the empty shot popped out of the barrel in a small cloud of smoke.

Olive Oil: A Taste of Spanish Gold

Aug 17, 2012

Erin’s Dolores Smith shares her passion for the many wonders of extra virgin olive oil.

Organic? Local? or Both?

Aug 17, 2012

Feast of Fields role is raising public awareness. Some people who don’t normally use organic food might come out and discover celebrated chefs are cooking with organics.

A wingside view of Orangeville and Island Lake. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Up, up and away: Brampton Flight Centre offers would-be pilots“three-dimensional freedom”

Jun 19, 2012

I was making big swooping manoeuvres, feeling as if I were a kid running across the lawn with my arms outstretched playing airplane.

The Amiable Shepherd: Bert Nieuwenhuis

Jun 19, 2012

Things were looking good for Bert to achieve the dream he’d had ever since he was a young boy in Mono.

Taylor Pace, Al Pace and Lin Ward of Hockley Valley operate Canoe North Adventures.

Canoe North Adventures

Mar 23, 2012

Taylor Pace, Al Pace and Lin Ward of Hockley Valley operate Canoe North Adventures and have led 90 expeditions on 21 rivers in the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut.

Cory Trépanier in his studio on The Gore Road, working on “Great Glacier.”

Cory Trépanier’s Big Northern Dream

Mar 23, 2012

“I can’t deny the thrill of knowing that I may be the first person ever to paint this view.”

Rowing on Island Lake

Mar 22, 2012

On the calm, early morning waters of Island Lake, rowers get a healthy head start on their day.

Cheaper by the Bushel: Van Dyken Bros.

Mar 22, 2012

Italian cooks flock to this Dutch family’s pick-your-own farm in Caledon.

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens

Nov 21, 2011

Local Heroes: The Coalition of Concerned Citizens fought to perserve our rural landscape

Bridgitte Longshore and her partner Mark Handy

The Food of Love

Nov 21, 2011

Bridgitte says chocolate is also great brain food. It can shift your consciousness, making you feel better. “But,” she warns, “brain-activating chemicals are very heat sensitive.”

Barb Campbell (left) and Nicola Ross in snowshoes. Photo by Pete Paterson

Off-trail on Snowshoes

Nov 21, 2011

We’d warmed up with a short hike down to a kettle lake covered in untrodden snow. We couldn’t resist the temptation to make tracks, so we crossed the lake enjoying the silence and the warm sunshine.

The Sausage King of Broadway Farm’s Market

Sep 9, 2011

Sausages that are fast becoming a popular option, even among Broadway Farm’s Market’s most health-conscious customers.

Putting the Cart After the Horse

Sep 9, 2011

Soon we’re flying up the road. Had I worn a silk scarf, it would have been streaming out behind me.

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