Going to Nice

Nice is a city that glitters. Maybe it?s the light reflected off the Mediterranean, maybe it?s the colour of the buildings themselves, but it almost hurts the eyes it is so dazzling. It is one of the most gorgeous cities I?ve ever been in.? To get...

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In France #4

I went to Italy to shop for groceries the other day. It?s not quite as daunting as it sounds. Our town is only 30 minutes by train from the Italian border and Ventimiglia is a town with a great marche. Several years ago I noticed that...

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In France #3

We have now been coming to the same area in France for almost 20 years. It?s a matter of nesting, finding comforting rituals and loving what could easily be mistaken for paradise. I asked my friend Marie what it was like to live in paradise...

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In France #2

Weather is just as much front and centre here as it is in Canada. We left before 15cm of snow fell in Toronto, ?and arrived to stormy weather here. It bucketed down rain today and there was nothing to do but go to our favourite...

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In France #1

I have been practically drowning in details trying to get out of town and on the way to France for the last three weeks. We left late Thursday night on what has to be one of the weirder trips we?ve had getting here. We traveled Air...

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Dan Heims

There are times when I know I have the best job in the world.? Yesterday proved it. I ?had ?to go to t he International Horticultural Lawn and Garden Trade Show. This is where you get to rub shoulders with all the suppliers of all...

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The beginning of the year

January always seems to bring a funeral. There is something about the darkest days of winter that urge death into the foreground. So this year is like every other one: optimism that it will be better than last year suffused with sadness.? New Year?s Day which...

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Happy New Year

And let us hope that 2008 will be better than 2007. Maybe our federal government will take climate change seriously instead of telling us only what is possible now, ?and give us some inspiration to be better than we are.? If you live in any area...

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