Buying your first home? Don’t do like I did – do it right!

Buying your first home.

Over 25 years ago, I was 26, single, barely making ends meet, couldn’t afford the rents required for decent places, and ended up buying my first home.   On a whim one day, I checked the real estate listings and found the cutest little war-time house for sale for $39,000. I was ready to continue …

Care for each other, as much as yourself… Zen Pig

Zen Pig children's book.

…and never lose sight, that love is true wealth.   Such is the philosophy and lesson for our children brought forth by Mark Brown, author of “Zen Pig”. “Zen Pig” is a critically-acclaimed children’s book character that teaches gratitude, mindfulness, and compassion in easy to understand language and is brought to life with beautiful, minimalist …

Our dogs’ ears perk up when ears of corn are cooking.

Chilliwack corn on the cob.

It’s late July, corn season in Chilliwack, BC…   It’s that lovely time of year when Mark comes home from work every night carrying a bag filled to overflowing with a dozen large ears of corn. After the first day he brings the corn home, I know it’ll be corn for dinner every night until …

History gives the present a royal salute. | The Globe and Mail

Queen Elizabeth's nazi salute.

“The present is not the past. It’s frightening how easy it is to blind ourselves to this simple truth. Sometime in 1933, a seven-year-old girl who is now Queen Elizabeth took a break from playing with the royal corgis and briefly raised her arm in what we call a Nazi salute. Then she lost interest …

4 benefits to house rendering in Sydney (or anywhere else for that matter).

Home rendering with cement and other materials.

If you’re a Sydney homeowner, you might have considered hiring a rendering contractor in Sydney to make home improvements to your most important asset. But are you completely clear on all of the benefits you’ll experience with a house rendering?   I live in Canada and I checked out home rendering in both Canada and …

How to build your perfect greenhouse.

Greenhouse vegetables.

Where to put it. Before you build your perfect greenhouse, you need to decide where you want it to be. Obviously, a larger garden will provide you with more options, but a smaller garden still has plenty of possibilities depending on the size of your greenhouse. Many people will put their greenhouse in a corner …

How to repair a natural stone wall.

How to repair a stone wall.

Natural stone has a timeless and enduring finish that makes it a popular building material for domestic and commercial properties. However, the various types of natural stone are not altogether resistant when exposed to the elements over the years. Their structure and appearance can be affected by the weather, pollution and factors such as settling …