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Cottage Life March - April 2019

The go-to source for cottagers, the award-winning Cottage Life offers valuable advice as well as profiles, how-to articles, recipes, essays, issues pieces, and lifestyle stories that help readers look after their cottages, entertain guests and, of course, kick back and have fun.

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s’more stuff

A New Hope 2018 was a record year for Hope for Wildlife. Host Hope Swinimer and her crew of animal rehab specialists helped more than 4,400 patients, including birds of prey, foxes, and reptiles. Watch the crew work up close on the newest season of the inspirational show, Friday nights at 10 PM ET, starting April 5. COTTAGE LIFE TV IN FREE PREVIEW Meet the new vets on Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast, batten down the hatches for the World’s Wildest Weather, and escape to Georgian Bay with The Bryk Cottage, which follows design maven Danielle Bryk as she rebuilds her sister’s cottage. Watch all of our shows for free from March 4 to May 5. READY, SET, GO! Kick off your 2019 cottage planning at our Spring Cottage Life Show in Toronto (March 21…

2 min.
the right stuff

I recently binge-watched the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Kondo is a worldwide sensation with a now-famous tidying method: only keep items—from books to clothes to kitchen gadgets to keepsakes—that “spark joy.” If any item doesn’t spark joy, let it go, but not before you thank it for the work it’s done for you. This method sounds cheesy but is incredibly effective. (I find Kondo to be super-charming, which is amazing given that she speaks mostly in Japanese, which I don’t speak at all.) Before long, she inspired me to ditch half of my T-shirts before joyfully folding the other half into perfect rectangles that make my drawer look like a work of art. As I folded, I got thinking about my old family cottage. How in the world…

7 min.
dear cottage life

Now that I have stopped jumping up and down and shouting “Yes! Yes!,” I am writing a letter of congratulations and solidarity for “What We Value Now” (Editor’s Note, Winter ’18/’19). It is a sobering invitation to re-evaluate what matters to us most deeply. Surely it is not our “stuff,” but our place—the one we want to share in the future with children who unknowingly count on us to reverse the harm we have wittingly and unwittingly done. —PAMELA GIBSON, SPARROW LAKE, ONT. A CHANGING CLIMATE I am writing to let you know that I thought “What We Value Now” was an excellent editorial. You did a wonderful job of connecting local concerns with global climate change problems. It is astonishing to me that so many of our politicians are not willing to…

1 min.
eat their greens

Ron and Pauleen Patton had no experience growing produce when, in 2012, they bought the abandoned farm in Kearney, Ont., that would become Sunrise Heirloom Vegetables. “It started as a retirement project,” says Ron, who previously had worked as a heavy equipment operator for an asphalt company. (Pauleen worked for the Ontario government.) Ron didn’t even have much experience eating vegetables. “When I was on the road, I ate a lot of fast food,” he says. “I bragged that I saw every Kentucky Fried Chicken there was.” Learning what to plant took “big-time trial and error,” says Pauleen—plus suggestions from their customers, many of them cottagers. “We’d never even heard of arugula or bok choy.” They tried a bit of everything. Carrots, beets, and salad greens proved to be big sellers; cauliflower, celery,…

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a touch of colour

Blue is the new green. At least it is for one young amphibian fan named Jesse, who was thrilled last summer to discover a blue frog at his family’s cottage near Sudbury, Ont. “He made a big production out of it, running up to the camp to show off his catch,” says mom Chantel Chamberland. Stephen Hecnar, a herpetologist at Lakehead University, says Jesse’s find is a green frog, but one missing the yellow pigment that makes its typical hue. Blue versions are “quite rare,” he says, “and rarer even than other colour aberrations such as albinos or yellow-coloured frogs.” Hecnar is leading a project to track this genetic variation—technically called axanthism—across the range of the green frog, from the eastern U.S. into southeastern Canada. “The blue trait seems to be more…

2 min.
follow the yellow hard hat

The Bryk Cottage, a documentary series premiering on Cottage Life TV in March, is our latest reno show, featuring Danielle Nicholas Bryk. Bryk is no stranger to renos and no stranger to TV renos (see A Bryk at a Time; Building Bryks; Bryk House… you get it). But the cabin overhaul was the closest that she’s ever worked with her sister, Terry Nicholas—who owns the title cottage with her husband, Norman—and was the first cottage project that she’s done for TV. “I love shooting a renovation. I love the process of filming and documenting,” says Bryk. “Plus, every day I get a free lunch out of it. That’s a big perk.” What sets this show apart from other reno shows? It’s a documentary as opposed to a typical lifestyle show. It unfolds in…