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“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” TIMBER HAWKEYE
he world has been in a whirlwind of change for the past several months. The pandemic caused countries to partially or completely lock down their populations. Economies are trembling, some faltering, others recovering. For some of us, life is somewhat the same on a dayto-day basis. If we previously worked from home or are retired, then things can seem normal for minutes or hours at a time. But then when you go to a store you wear a mask, walk as far from others as possible and follow the lines. That all seems pretty strange. For others, life is unrecognizable. Jobs lost, kids home, relatives ill – all things that many are dealing with on top of the ‘new normal’ of wearing masks for most human interactions. Life is very different if you work in health care or have an essential job – like grocery store clerk or truck driver – and are being asked to take extraordinary measures on top of putting yourself in the line of fire every time you go to work. If you’re in the first group, then answering – ‘I’m ok’ or ‘Doing just fine thanks’ is what feels like the right answer when anyone asks: ‘How are you doing now?” or “How are you handling all this?” But if you’re like me, you are not OK – not really. You’re sad sometimes. I’m sad when I miss hugging my adult children or when I can’t be there for my elderly parents the way I want to be. I get a little blue thinking about travel plans that have been cancelled and won’t be rescheduled for a long time. Meeting friends for lunch; having a girls’ night; throwing
a party – are all gone. Thinking about that makes me melancholy at times. And then those thoughts lead to some guilt for thinking like that because I’m not in group two above, having not been affected by job loss, illness or death or being an essential worker. Having wrestled with this dilemma over the past weeks, I’ve decided that denying my feelings or letting them breed guilt isn’t healthy. Mental health seems to be a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re all responsible to stay as mentally and physically healthy as possible so as not to further tax the beleaguered health care system. But as things start to open up more and more and life starts to normalize to the extent it can within new protocols for societal interactions, I hope we all remember the lessons this pandemic has taught us. They aren’t the same for everyone, but they are all valuable. This is our watershed moment – like WWII or 9/11 – it’s our time to stop (taking things for granted), drop (anything that doesn’t serve us) and roll (with change). We all deserve a round of applause for keeping on keeping on. But we can never forget to tip our hats and offer virtual hugs of gratitude to the front-line health care professionals and the essential workers who keep us all going.
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native to the area instead of traditional landscaping, which meant incorporating plant material from different regions.
Pollinator gardens bring good insects and pollinators to the area. They ensure a healthy future for Canada’s wildlife, conserve habitat and restore wildlife.” ~ ANITA VAN ADRICHEM, WESTLAND GREENHOUSES
“On the Lake Huron shoreline, people tend to use more native species because there is more garden space and native species are larger and more aggressively growing,” says Anita Van Adrichem of Westland Greenhouses in Grand Bend. “In the London area, the backyards are smaller, so they tend to use more dwarf and smaller cultivated species,” she adds. Natural landscaping need not be restricted to plants. Use of rocks, stones and water features play important roles in creating a stunning design. “Rain gardens are totally okay to incorporate with natural landscaping,” Van Adrichem says. “Water is absorbed into the soil through the network of deep plant roots. Pollinator gardens bring good insects and pollinators to the area. They ensure a healthy future for Canada’s wildlife, conserve habitat and restore wildlife.” For property owners, the advantages are numerous in terms of time and budget. Native plants require less attention and are less expensive to buy. They can also be less prone to disease and pests. “The landscape is more natural and less manicured, so regular maintenance is not
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Natural landscape design choices: serviceberry, redbud, red oak, red maple, tulip tree, choke cherry, bur oak, big blue stem grass, side oats grass, switch grass, Solomon’s seal, leopard plant, hornbeam, Oregon grape holly, tiger lily, and butterfly weed. required,” she says. “The plants cost a little less, and the fact that the plants thrive better in their natural habitat means the replacement cost of the plants would be far reduced.” There are plants on the market that have been used for so many years and so widely available that some gardeners might assume are native. But if a natural garden is your goal, double check with greenhouse staff to ensure what you are purchasing fits with your goals. There are plants which, although native to Southwestern Ontario, homeowners might be wise to avoid. The best advice is to check with knowledgeable staff and consider where you plan to use the plants and how they will grow and spread in the long-term. In other words, left unchecked they become invasive and unwelcome garden guests,” Van Adrichem says. “There are examples of native plants that should be avoided. Some examples would be periwinkle, goutweed, lamium. However, they are often used to cost-effectively fill large, hard-to-fill spaces.” Popular choices for natural landscape designs include serviceberry, redbud, red oak, red maple, tulip tree, choke cherry, bur oak, big blue
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LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE TOURING ABOVE Reis Design Build constructed the London home on Grand Oak Crossing, in the south west area of London. OPPOSITE PAGE The Port Stanley home was built by Wastell Homes in the village’s new Kokomo Beach Club community.
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London’s hospitals have always been an integral part of the community, but the care they provide, as well the incredible frontline workers, are appreciated in new and important ways since the coronavirus pandemic. The public has a chance to say thank you and support the hospitals in the latest Dream Lottery. Originally set to launch on April 2, the spring lottery was postponed a couple of months due to the pandemic and now has been re-imagined. While patrons won’t get the chance to visit the two dream homes – one in Port Stanley and the other in London – organizers have planned a virtual look at the homes that will be just as fun, offering people the chance to see the houses from the comfort of their couches. They can start dreaming. Virtual tours, photos, aerial videos and floor plans provide looks at the stunning
dream homes from every angle. “It’s really exciting to find a way to make it work. It’s a nice time with the pandemic dominating the news, to have something a little bit distracting,” says Maureen Meehan, the director of marketing and communications for the London Health Sciences Foundation. “It does take quite a few people behind the scenes to pull this together. Anything we can do to support the hospital, we’re happy to participate.” The Port Stanley dream home, which also comes with $500,000 cash, is a 1,660-square foot bungalow in the Kokomo Beach Club community. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double car garage. “This is a comfortable, flexible space. It’s our most popular floor plan that we offer. It’s one people really seem to have fallen in love with,” says Sue Wastell, of Wastell Homes.
The beachfront area is brand new and it’s a blue flag beach, which is very appealing for people as well.” SUE WASTELL, WASTELL HOMES.
Wastell and her colleague Allyson Switzer designed this dream home. “I think the exterior really showcases the whole coastal feel, which was very important to us when we designed this community.” She says all the interior finishes chosen provide a Tommy Bahama look. “We have flamingo wallpaper in the main bathroom, which is so beautiful, accented with gold and white finishes. The kitchen is so unique. There’s built-in cabinetry in a turquoise colour with gold accents. It’s really following through with the whole coastal look,” she says. “People are appreciating the fact that it’s not your typical house.” Kokomo is a five-minute walk to the beach and all it has to offer. “We really fell in love with Port Stanley when we looked at purchasing this property. The beachfront area is brand new and it’s a blue flag beach, which is very appealing for people as well,” Wastell says. The Reis Design Build home at 3536 Grand Oak Crossing is a fresh take on stately and traditional architecture, says designer
Angela Bobanovic. “The Grand Oak Dream Home was designed to fuse sophistication, class and was carefully crafted to accommodate today’s busy lifestyles.” The 4,320-square foot home, with four plus one bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, exhibits the elegance of hotel chic design. “The luxury finishes include a modern chef’s dream kitchen, a master retreat and fully integrated smart home automation. A children’s playhouse surprise is in the lower level,” Bobanovic says. She describes it as “beautifully designed, exceptionally built.” Accents Home Furniture supplied furniture for both of the dream homes. This will enhance the virtual tour experience and give viewers a great sense of each of the homes livability features. Organizers say this lottery has more prizes than ever before. Dream Lottery tickets will be on sale until September 3, but they often sell out before the closing date. Tickets are two for $50, six for $100, 16 for $250 and 35 for $500. The dream home winner will be announced September 17. n
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A nasty winter, followed by a cool, wet spring that was ‘highlighted’ by months of self-isolation have us feeling more than ready for the jubilant summer months. It is time to don something pretty to spend more time outside on those long isolation-relieving walks, distanced cocktails with the neighbors or doing a bit of gardening in what you hope to make into your own backyard paradise. As things open up and the weather warms up, we will be able to show off our personal style to others but even if you are just dressing up for yet another online meeting, a new dress provides a mental lift. With the ‘shop local’ theme gaining momentum because of the COVID-19 crisis, store owners are happily welcoming customers back, but they are taking precautions. Some accommodations that you may see include: allowing a limited number of people in stores, hand sanitizer and disinfectant being made available, change rooms with doors (no curtains), appointments offered for private shopping, tried-on clothes being steam cleaned before being returned to rack. It is time to feel good, look good and go shopping!
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Dubbed Magnolia Manor, the trees on the grounds of this North London home offer a colourful display year round. BELOW The private yard provides a ‘cottage country’ feeling with its cedar hedge and garden space.
New owners find peaceful harbour OLD NORTH HOME OFFERS RESTFUL AMBIANCE INSIDE AND OUT By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
he peaceful allure of the Old North area of the city has proven itself a winner. This became evident by a recent quick and easy home sale despite current challenging business times. John Crosby, sales representative with Royal LePage Triland Realty, listed the charming two-storey Tudor-style home and very quickly had it sold “without any undue concern on the part of the sellers,” he says. “I think, particularly in this climate, it’s important to let people know that this still happens.”
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The open-concept main floor provides ample entertainment space. It is anchored by a chef’s dream kitchen (TOP) that opens to a formal dining room (ABOVE) and living room (RIGHT). The latter features a large fireplace to enhance the cozy ambiance on cooler nights. Realtor John Crosby thinks that the former owners’ topnotch renovation efforts, coupled with the property’s outdoor features and ideal location, enabled a quick sale in an increasingly challenging housing market.
There is no doubt the location was one of the attractions of the property. It has been dubbed ‘Magnolia Manor’ for its three mature magnolia trees that often stop traffic when in full bloom. The former owners describe it as a neighbourhood with “a magical feel that in some areas, on evening walks, resembles a Dickens’ village. The seasonal beauty from the stately trees are unique to this area,” they maintain. “We enjoyed watching the magnolias put on a show each spring and the shade of the maples in the summer.” They add that the maples and pyramidal red oaks are stunning in the fall, and they love the quiet beauty of the snow-covered spruce trees in winter. Nearby Gibbons Park and the system of trails behind St. Peter’s Seminary provide miles of walking and cycling adventure, they add. Crosby says the lure of the locale was complemented by the owners’ recent impressive and nautically inspired renovation. It incorporated a palette of off-white and soft pastel shades, plus art and décor pieces reflecting their Summer 2020
ABOVE A master suite, two additional bedrooms and two bathrooms are housed on the second storey. LEFT The main bathroom has a spa-like quality with a large walk-in shower and separate bathtub.
love of being on the water. It also evokes the spirit and character of the Old North neighbourhood, he says. The heart of the open-concept main level is a chef’s dream kitchen, a popular gathering spot for entertaining. It is offset by the formal dining room and living room anchored by a cozy fireplace. The upper level includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a luxurious master ensuite and the
main bath with open glass shower and stand-alone tub. A third-floor loft offers myriad possibilities. Outfitted by the owners as a home gym, other options could include an artist studio, home office or guest suite. Crosby describes the exterior landscaping as “whimsical, casual elegance, highlighted by a manicured English garden in a private courtyard” and adjacent mature cedar-hedged
grass area. It is a spot where the owners say they would relax in Muskoka chairs and relish the surrounding ambiance. ● FOR MORE INFORMATION JOHN CROSBY Royal LePage Triland Realty 519-777-2659 www.johncrosbyproperties.com
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Five perfectly private acres in Kent County and a remodeled 3,200sf residence provides plenty of room for any family. An easy living floor plan offers formal living/dining rooms on the main floor with an open concept granite kitchen, dinette and family room that open to a large sunroom. Three generous bedrooms, updated 4pc bath, walk-out, plenty of storage, private office, laundry and billiards. Manicured grounds surrounded by white vinyl fencing, a paddock, pasture and a six-stall barn for horses. In-ground irrigation, a 2.5 car attached garage and a back-up generator. Loaded!
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he universe works in strange ways. And for Anita van Adrichem and her husband Paul, owners of Westland Greenhouses in Grand Bend, the stars seemed destined to align from a young age. “We met each other through the eggplants,” says Anita with a laugh. Both she and Paul grew up the children of eggplant growers in what she refers to as the Sea of Glass in Holland, row upon row of greenhouses, interspersed with family homes. Love blossomed among the eggplants, marriage followed, and 20 years ago with four children under the age of six in tow, the couple made the decision to move to Canada. Then they set up their own greenhouse business on the shores of Lake Huron. Here too, the stars aligned. “The man who owned the property we ended up purchasing was an old classmate of my husband’s father when he lived in Holland,” says Anita. “We weren’t aware of that connection when we started exploring the idea of moving to Canada.” The van Adrichems did their research and felt the local market could support a retail garden centre but first there were some challenges to overcome. They had to transform the property from a potato farm to a retail garden centre and wholesale business. There was the language barrier – only Anita spoke English. They had to quickly learn what house plants
grow well in the Canadian climate. And, not knowing anyone, that first winter was a little lonely. “With the four kids in Holland, I had 500 babysitters! Here, I had none.” But with their natural green thumbs, the family quickly adapted and after a few years of Anita and Paul working until the wee hours of the morning after the kids had gone to sleep, they were able to start hiring employees and began turning a profit. Twenty years later and Westland Greenhouses is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. They have had to adjust the way they operate due to COVID-19. The number of customers allowed in the store at a time is limited,
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and they must abide by physical distancing guidelines. Staff members are wearing personal protective equipment and carts are repeatedly sanitized. The retail side of the business is booming. On the weekend of June 13, Westland Greenhouses celebrated its 20-year anniversary with giveaways, discounts and free ice-cream. “Canada is the land of opportunities,” says Anita. “This is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped make our dream come true.” n
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As we emerge from our enforced late winter/early spring cocoons, one of the people you’ve most missed may have been your stylist. Summer hair trends will be driven by the spirit of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, according to Maria Bikas of the Maria Bikas Salon. She predicts that a free-flowing, Bohemian attitude will be reflected in soft curls and wispy fringes – giving a 70s vibe, while the more structured, gender-neutral looks of the 80s will also be popular. Colour choices abound with smoky amethyst, various hues of pink and pastel gemstone tones will enhance the retro 34 Lifestyle Summer 2020
vibe, says Bikas. She adds that another popular direction for colour is toward soft gingery caramel hues coupled with buttery brunette shades for those that crave a modern look with minimal upkeep. Grey and silver tones were gaining popularity before the lockdown, and, according to Bikas, several months of not being able to visit salons has escalated this trend. “As a result of COVID isolation, many women are choosing to stop colouring their hair and let the grey show through. We will help women enhance their natural beauty and limit time in the salon – perhaps only coming in twice yearly. Low lights with
natural grey coming through can still make your look fun but eliminate the need to be in salon every four to five weeks.” Being safe while at the salon is a factor for both stylists and clients, acknowledges Bikas. “People in our industry have been doing a lot of professional development in the past months,” she says. With virtual workshops on hygiene and cleaning techniques being offered by manufacturers, professionals in the aesthetics industry are receiving new education and are being tested and certified in safe practices. “There’s a COVID-19 special test that’s mandatory,” she adds.
OPPOSITE PAGE Long and lovely, this look showcases natural hair complemented by soft caramel hues and enhanced with Hair Flair extensions. INSET The staff at Maria Bikas Salon displays colourful tresses. RIGHT Chic and cheerful, subtle colour complements the strong structure of a long bob. FAR RIGHT Fans of Prince’s Purple Rain will love this violet haze created with the L’Oréal Glow line INSET With a hint of silvery grey, this look is gaining ground as more women embrace their natural colour. Placement of colour by a good stylist is key to the success of this natural look.
Some changes you may see at your salon could include: limited service times, limited number of stylists with empty chairs separating stations in larger salons, more intense cleaning of surfaces between clients, mandatory paperwork regarding client health status, stylists wearing masks or shields and clients being asked or required to wear masks. Also, your temperature may be taken when entering a salon. Hair
washing and blow drying may be temporarily suspended, as well. At time of writing, salons and spas are not able to open but when the time comes, Bikas feels that stylists will be ready to eagerly welcome clients and serve them within the new guidelines.
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hese past few months may have exhausted your kitchen creativity with the need to constantly produce
homecooked meals. We can usually give ourselves a break and let someone else do the cooking by going to a restaurant. But other than the occasional take-out meal as a treat, most home cooks have been churning out two or three meals everyday. Emerging from our winter cocoons and being able to barbecue provides some relief, but sometimes even the thought of putting yet another chicken breast on the ‘barby’ can seem onerous.
By Jill Ellis-Worthington
Charcuterie and cheese boards are cool customers when temperatures soar and culinary enthusiasm lags. Prepping these simple meals leaves time to put thought into serving a special wine, exploring local craft beer offerings online or inventing a new cocktail. Knowing what cheeses and charcuterie ingredients to serve together can be tricky but Rick Peori, owner of All ‘Bout Cheese, has some advice. “If you are having five to eight guests, start with three or four cheeses.” Add another variety of cheese with every one or two guests you add to the list. Fine advice if you have a larger family or later when we’re able to have guests over, but for now it maybe just be you or the two of you (for couples) who will be consuming the board. In that case, Peori advises to start with at least two cheeses, “one that’s his kind and one that’s her kind.” To ensure there are choices to wake up your palate, he recommends offering cheeses that contrast in their flavours, ages and types of milk they are made from: sheep, goat, cow and water buffalo. Peori says to start building your selection with universal pleaser Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers. This Swiss/Gouda cross is produced by the award-winning artisanal cheesemaker, located outside Woodstock. “It’s the number one go-to recommended as a perfect companion to both wine and beer. It’s also great with fruit, so it’s a hit with kids, too,” said Peori. Next add a smoky cheese, like Applewood Smoked Cheddar from Britain or a smoked goat cheese from Blyth Farm Cheese. Then add a fresh goat cheese that is “soft and applies nicely to a cracker,” like C’estbon Chevre from St. Marys. “Serve it with olive tapenade or a tart jelly,” said Peori. Don’t make the mistake of adding salted or strongly flavoured crackers to your boards, as they will distract
from the cheeses, he added, recommending bread sticks or baguettes. Dipping a chunk of baguette in one of the many varieties of extra virgin olive oil from The Pristine Olive elevates the al fresco dining experience. According to owner Jamie Griffiths, drizzling balsamic vinegar over some of the softer varieties is an excellent way to change up your cheese experience. “Fig balsamic vinegar with brie is popular with a lot of people,” he adds. The Pristine Olive is serving customers through its website, with pickups available once a week by appointment. Contrast your cheese board with charcuterie, created from both smoked, preserved salamis and hams and fresh sausages that you pre-cook and allow to cool before slicing onto your serving platter. Miki Hambalek, The Hungary Butcher in London, makes and sells 54 international styles of sausage. He, too, recommends serving a variety of meats to be sure to please all your guests. “Andouille sausage, from Louisiana, is a spicy variety that pairs nicely with a fermented sauerkraut and Applewood Smoked Gouda,” advised Hambalek. Contrast that with a sweeter sausage, like Hawaiian with bacon, and serve with a dry white wine. He suggested that serving chorizo or steak-and-onion sausage with hearty craft beers also works well. Purchasing sausages – German or Genoa salami, prosciutto, soprasetta or capicola – pre-sliced will save you time but slicing them yourself, arranging your cheese choices just right and sprinkling colour and texture throughout your plates and platters – in the form of condiments and fruit – will ensure your platters are true works of art created by you, the host or hostess who cares. n
THE THREE Cs OF ENJOYMENT CHEESE, CHARCUTERIE AND CHILLING Life can be extra stressful now, so sitting down at the end of the day and spending time in the back yard, on the balcony or by the pool is more important and more enjoyable than ever. Indulging in an end-of-the-day libation can enhance your enjoyment of this relaxing experience. Here are tips to aid in choosing an adult beverage to complement your cheese and charcuterie boards, maximizing your chill time. • Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers Cheese goes well with Kolsch beer. • Applewood Smoked Cheddar Cheese stands alongside oaked Chardonnay wine. • Smoked goat cheese is complemented by black IPA beer. • C’estbon Chevre works with white/wheat beer. • Andouille sausage is cooled off when served with India Pale Ale beer. • Genoa salami goes down well with Appassimento (Ripasso) red wine. • Prosciutto’s flavour is complemented by Sangiovese Chianti. • Soppressata is yummy with Gose beer. • Capicola works well with dry Rose wine. • Hawaiian-with-bacon sausage pairs well with an off-dry Riesling.
Story updated and revised from original version that appeared in our July/August 2017 issue.
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