The brave (and bundled-up) will inherit the Beach

Cold enough for ya? All this consistently cold weather has been an unavoidable reminder about the nature of the country we live in. Sure, the grumblers will curse under their breath, the climate change deniers will spout their nonsense, and a lot of people will choose to stay inside for a Net­flix marathon over heading […]

The comfort of melted cheese and chocolate

Cosy in this winter with bread, wine and cheese. What more could you want? If you wish, add some friends and you have a party, the best way to counteract the winter blahs! Way back in the 70s, fondues were all the rage. Now all these years later, they have regained popularity for very good […]

Enjoying cold weather reds

Happy New Year! Winter is the time to snuggle up to a warm, cozy fire and indulge in comfort food and drink. For wine, this means fuller flavoured red offerings that do a great job in combating the cold. Included in the large category would be Bordeaux, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Pinotage, Syrah/Shiraz, Italian reds and many […]

Deja Views

The archival photo at right shows there was a blustery, snow-filled winter for Bellefair Avenue residents in the winter of 1916-17. This image was captured on March 7! Could we have a repeat of this long-lasting winter in 2014? Don’t hold your breath. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call […]

Beat the competition with an early sale

Welcome to 2014. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Old Man Winter has arrived in fine fashion. The long-term forecast for this winter is predicted to be somewhat colder and snowier than last year, but it was still going to be a mild winter. Well, I guess we’ll have to see what Mother […]

Snow and ice fun for the kiddies

Lives in winter, Dies in summer, And grows with its root upwards. What am I? The answer to the riddle is an icicle. We may not have had enough snow to slide and play in, but we have had enough cold for ice, and children have been having fun skating on the city rinks. Ice […]

Is Canada still the coldest nation?

I am pretty darned cheesed off these days and I will tell you why. Canadians don’t have a whole lot to brag about most times but we do require a certain persona when winter rolls around. The Brits have those hoity toity accents, the Americans have all that money and the Greeks have pretty well […]

Birding when the weather turns cold

The air is cooler and the leaves are falling, dropping bright colours on our sidewalks. The last minute birds, butterflies and hawks are flying south.  It’s time to wear your warm jackets, winter hats, and gloves to start looking for fall and winter birds. How can you help and enjoy the birds during the coming […]