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FENCE POSTS: Retirement Advice for the Self-employed Landowner

author: Dan Needles   illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

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As a country person ages, there is a temptation to imagine the approach of a quiet and graceful retirement – long, dreamy summer afternoons napping on the porch swing while grandchildren romp in the yard. That might be a happy possibility for the hedge fund manager in a condo beside the golf course on the edge of town, but not here…


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MUST, MUST, MUST: What’s New and What’s To Do


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Our MUST, MUST section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region.


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BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE: Lambing on Waupoos Island

author & photography: Johnny C. Y. Lam

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Back in the 1980s, Matt Fleguel’s parents came across an ad in a local newspaper: A farmer had sheep for sale on Waupoos Island. Matt’s mom, who comes from three generations of sheep farmers in New Zealand, was interested. Before they knew it, the couple had packed up their house in Toronto and moved to Waupoos Island where…


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A CURATED COLLECTION: Aileen Amy Cherry 1895 - 1958

author: Susan Holland

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The Art Gallery Of Northumberland Presents: Aileen Amy Cherry


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GEORGE'S POND: Musical Tunnel Vision

author: George Smith   illustrator: Lee Rapp

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They say it’s musical tunnel vision. Fine. I plead guilty. Jazz? I don’t get it. I’ve tried – especially since one lad is all about Miles Davis, John Coltrane, WyntonMarsalis et al. Sorry. Still don’t get it. And Sarah Brightman is about as operatic as I can handle. That’s sure to get a snicker from the Le Nozze di Figaro crowd.


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author: Shelby Lisk

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After leaving a bustling life in Toronto, Caitlin O’Reilly has found a home for Cylinder Studio in Picton. Since the move, she not only senses a gentle peace in her life, she also feels her work returning to the elemental form it took when she started as a ceramic artist.


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INNOVATION: Tea Time any Time

author: Meghan Sheffield   photography: Shelby Lisk

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If you walk into one of Brighton’s downtown cafés tomorrow morning, you’ll likely find Sarah Pelletier there, drinking a morning coffee. She’s a surgical assistant with just about every possible nursing credit to her name – and a nurse’s coffee habit. But she’s also a tea sommelier. And Sarah is reinventing what tea can be in Ontario.


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FIELD NOTES: Incredible Journeys

author: Terry Sprague   photography: Bonnie Bailey

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Every year, shorebirds undertake remarkable migrations that take them from the sub-Arctic tundra where many of them nest, to as far south as Argentina and back again. Because of the variety of wintering grounds and nesting sites, spring and fall shorebird migration is almost a continuous event in Ontario.


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HABITAT: Turtle Talk

author: Norm Wagenaar  

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Turtles deserve our attention, and never more so than at this time of year – late May through July – when they’re actively crossing roads between their wetland habitat and their nests in sandy and gravelled sites. It’s one more good reason to drive a little slower on the byways.


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LOVIN' THE LOCAL: A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

author: Stephanie Campbell

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We’re Lovin’ the Local: A showcase of locally made and locally inspired products that reflect the heart and soul of entrepreneurs rooted in Watershed Country


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FOOD & DRINK SCENE: Dinner En Plein Air

author: Signe Langford   photography: Chantelle Watt

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Welcome to the local Food & Drink Scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs, vintners and purveyors. Watershed’s Food & Drink Scene trumpets their accomplishments and celebrates their innovation.


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MEANDERINGS: The Rice Lake Canoe Company, Circa 1910

photograph: Courtesy Northumberland County Archives: Charles Clay Family Fonds

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On page six of the Rice Lake Canoe company’s catalogue, there is A description of Herald’s Patent Canoe – the pride and joy of the company. The cedar canoe’s unique construction garnered international attention at two World Exhibitions and was considered to be the best canoe in its day.


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First Words


When I visited my mom in her nursing home, one of our favourite pastimes was holding hands in the warmth of the summer sun and singing familiar songs. We sang old marching tunes she’d learned from her dad, who fought in the First World War… read more


This morning I had a phone call from my 87-year-old mom. The only purpose for her call was to tell me how gorgeous the cover of your Spring issue was. She was having a coffee and she wanted to tell me that…



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Watershed is compiling a list of
Summer Camps to occupy your art-obsessed,
STEM-enthusiast, burgeoning thespian or
jack-or-jill-of-all-trades this summer.



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meghan sheffield

megan sheffieldA writer, web producer, and social media manager, Meghan specializes…

signe langford

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Signe is a restaurant chef-turned-writer who tells award-winning stories…

chantelle watt

chantelle wattAs a lifestyle brand photographer, Chantelle enjoys meeting and working…