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 Canada Day

Reflections from the Swamp Dear Reader Happy Canada Day! Last...

Yard of the Week: June 29 2022

From the Almonte & District Horticultural Society: Beautifully...

Quinoa-Lentil Salad with Grilled Halloumi

by Susan Hanna This recipe adapted from Food...

Shady Characters

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Shady Character retires

  No, this isn’t about a suspicious expense claim being referred to the RCMP.  It isn’t a story either of yet another public figure abandoning a sinking political ship.  A medical...

Almonte Post Office blossoms

by Neil Carleton   Do you have a notable or favourite tree? Readers are invited to submit their nominations for an honor roll of trees in our area that could be...

Could homegrown shady characters be targeted by Bill C-51?

by R.U. Sirius According to secret intelligence gathering that’s recently been disclosed, they threaten our economic security, and they live amongst us. Day by day, investigations purport, they conspire to...

Country Street Bee Tree

by Neil Carleton I’ve never seen bees active in winter before, or sampled wild honey on snow. February 7th was a memorable day on Country Street. The...

Ottawa street survivor

by Neil Carleton Hundreds of people pass by every day in cars, vans, and trucks, along with motorized and pedal powered cyclists.  On their way...

Street Trees

 by Neil Carleton When I’m on foot, I look for trees that arch over sidewalks and pathways that I can stroll under.  The closer the leaves...

Gemmill Park Forest

by Neil Carleton Gemmill Park in Almonte is well known for the arena, curling rink, soccer field, swings, tennis court, track, and baseball diamond.  Not...

Half trees

by Neil Carleton   To anthropomorphically paraphrase the second verse of the Beatles 1965 song ‘Yesterday’ is a good way of introducing the roadside shady characters...

Double blessing

 by Neil Carleton The cool, wet weather last week sure felt like spring again. It brought to mind this year’s spectacular show of fruit tree...

Remarkable trees back of beyond

by Neil Carleton  While hiking last year I happened to mention a chance meeting with an ancient oak tree. One of my companions remarked that...

Could homegrown shady characters be targeted by Bill C-51?

by R.U. Sirius According to secret intelligence gathering that’s recently been disclosed, they threaten our economic security, and they live amongst us. Day by day,...

Maples of the Veterans’ Memorial Walkway

by Neil Carleton The Veterans’ Memorial Walkway in Almonte, between Bridge and Perth Streets, was officially dedicated on September 23, 2006, in honour of the...

Wolf Tree Pair

by Neil Carleton Trees are in constant competition with each other for water, sunlight, and nutrients. Some trees in the forest capture most of the...

Wolf Grove Rock Trees

by Neil Carleton Over the years I’ve seen many kinds of birds in trees, ranging from a tiny back-and-white warbler to an eye dazzling indigo...

Clayton Honey Tree

by Neil Carleton It was the sound that first attracted Jenny Doyle to a tree near the village of Clayton during a seasonal walk.  Something...

Please try that number again

by Neil Carleton In recent years, it seems, the words trees and electricity have been most often used together during news stories about storms and...

Ironwood Giants

 by Neil Carleton Hop-hornbeam, or commonly known as ironwood because of its hard, dense wood, is a slow growing tree that’s native to eastern Canada....

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