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Go Out and Play

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Nov 25, 2016

If I were smaller, it would be perfect to hide behind, like in a cave, or climb on top of, becoming a castle or snow-covered mountain range.

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Northern BC’s other rainforest

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Oct 03, 2016

With the rainy season coming to Terrace— October’s earlier and earlier sunsets and November’s gloomy days looming—I was googling Rupert’s average annual overcast days and Kitimat’s record snowfalls when I came upon a magical forest.

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Manual Labour

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Aug 01, 2016

Did you know you can “save money and garage space” with a brand-name 12-amp compact blower vacuum?

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Free Trees and Wild Bees

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔May 31, 2016

In the olden days, I used to double-dig my small garden every Victoria Day weekend.

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A dry spring:  Wistful recollections of wet and wonderful weather

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Mar 30, 2016

EDMONTON — Farmers across Western Canada will likely see a continuation of dry, mild conditions for the rest of the winter and extending into spring as the lingering effects of El Nino continue to be felt in North America and around the world.

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The stuff in stuffing: A health conundrum

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book (1950) offers this recipe:

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How to dress for Halloween—from Steinbach to Singapore, Vanderhoof to Vancouver

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Oct 09, 2015

Growing up in Steinbach, Manitoba in the 1960s, kids embraced Halloween with gusto, but parents did not make a big deal of it.

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Wasps be Like…

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Jul 31, 2015

Our good friend, my godson, has his birthday in August. Birthday parties involving wiener-roasts often happened at Kleanza Creek just west of Terrace, a shaded area beside cool running water in a lovely setting.

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Big. Red. Fish.

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Jun 01, 2015

To me, warmer weather means hiking, camping, canoeing and shouting nonsensical things in the wilderness.

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Betwixt and Between

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Mar 27, 2015

You know all about our spring and fall equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices.

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Better luck next year

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Nov 26, 2014

2014 had its challenges for me. People ignored my advice to say no to tilling, no to wheat and no to cement. Allow me to elaborate.

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November dreams

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Oct 09, 2014

One November day, my best friend in the world, Celia, and I sat down in a snow bank in front of her house.

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An apple in autumn

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Aug 04, 2014

The apple tree in my backyard oversaw my work, digging my first garden over 20 years ago.

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Secret camping spots revealed

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔May 30, 2014

The McLeod Lake store is just north of a most fabulous secret camping spot I will reveal to you now.

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Really, really good soup

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Apr 02, 2014

Don’t feel bad when barbecue season is delayed or interrupted by cold, wet weather. Use the opportunity to make homemade chicken noodle soup.

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Grease, gas and dilbit trails

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Nov 25, 2013

I am pretty sure there was no environmental assessment or Joint Review Panel for the establishment of the Grease Trail, nor any proponents, critics or lawyers.

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Locally owned and operated

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Oct 02, 2013

Barometer columns by Charlynn Toews.

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Pretty wild wildlife

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Aug 01, 2013

We were camping near Queen Charlotte, enjoying toodling around the bays.

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Hazelton! The Musical!

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔May 30, 2013

ACT ONE, Scene 1—Highway 16 junction, New Hazelton, a fine May morning

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The impermanence of forts and the importance of ports

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Mar 29, 2013

Let’s celebrate the anniversary of the publication, on February 18, 1693, of A Treatise of the Roman Ports and Forts of Kent, in which William Somner finds a suspicious place name: “Probably it is not the true, genuine, ancient and original name, but rather a corruption of the right name contracted and caused by that grand corruption as well of names as things, time.”

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Happy Happiness

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Dec 01, 2012

At this time of year, we wish much happiness to each other. We say things like “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year!” to complete strangers.

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Truest Northerners, 2042—A fanciful look ahead

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Five more passing lanes for trains will be added along the tracks between Prince Rupert and Edmonton. In 2011, more than a half million train-car loads moved over the BC north corridor, and could double by 2015. Technology was also upgraded for the trains— some of which are now 12,000 feet long.

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There and Back Again

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Aug 01, 2012

As soon as my prairie family came to visit me in Terrace, I would whisk them down Highway 16.

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Worms for sale, and very small eggs

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Jun 01, 2012

Every year at this time, every June and July, I dream about the small farm I could have.

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Village People

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Apr 01, 2012

“Why you paint your hair like that?” the elderly man demanded of me as I rang up his purchases at Reimer Pharmacy.

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Topsy-turvy February

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Feb 01, 2012

We can be warned to “Beware the Ides of March” every year. The ides, or midpoint of March, proved fatal to Julius Caesar, who was stabbed by a group of conspirators.

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