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Fairy houses

Spring flowers and buds on trees are coming and legend says with them our little fairy fiends. I know, beacuse my little girl keeps talking about them all the time. She is starting to plan her garden for the fairies. Legend says that if she builds a fairy house in the spring that fairies will come and live in it.

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The wonders of garlic mustard :recipes

Google  garlic mustard and it will take you to pages telling horror stories about this invasive and dreaded herb plant. Here in Ontario, Park and Rec has even a invading species program and encourages everyone to not grow it in the yard and to report if you see it when you are out hiking Learn how to identify it here:

Garlic mustard is originally from Europe and was introduced by early settlers. It grows all over North America.

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Leaving the city for nature

The Trade-Off
dandelion_babyBy Laura Geiger
Six months ago, our family of five moved from bustling Toronto to a rural eleven acres just under an hour outside of the city. In the same move, my two older children, aged four and seven, left their public alternative school and began a life of unschooling.

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Make Potions

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Summer has finally arrived here in Toronto.  Suddenly we are in full summer, after a very cold and rainy spring. Needless to say we have been outside all weekend.  Living in a cold weather climate nothing gets us outside like warm weather, enjoying the outdoors, often without any agenda.

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Pick dandelions: Make Dandelion syrup

Dandelions have many secrets. Beyond their reputation as a weed they can be turned into toys for kids and they can be eaten. I have to admit that playing with them and not eating them is how I best know dandelions.

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Algonquin and family camping tool kit

Algonquin, Our home away from home


Guest blog  Melodie Percy

Its' safe to say that when it comes to camping in Ontario, I'm completely biased. From the age of two my family, aunts, uncles and grandparents included, loaded up our cars and headed up to Algonquin Park. We did it a few times a year, even winter but my favourite time was always our end of summer trip during the last three weeks of August. The importance of connecting with nature and being in tune with the universal rhythm was instilled at a young age and has become part of who I am. Now as a mom of three myself, I share this with my own children.

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