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Ladysmith potter Mary Fox has published a new book about her life and work. (Submitted)
Ladysmith potter Mary Fox has published a new book about her life and work. (Submitted)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Road safety story that tops them all

This gentleman had problems with falling asleep while driving.

  • Nov 15, 2020
Tim Schewe
Two hoses rolled up, impersonating snakes and ready to go under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Why can’t hoses untangle themselves?

Why can’t they modify rubber plants with snake DNA so hoses will be able to untangle themselves?

  • Nov 14, 2020
Two hoses rolled up, impersonating snakes and ready to go under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: The ins and outs of winter tires

Drivers who fail to obey the sign requirments may be fined

  • Nov 8, 2020
Tim Schewe
Bruce and Jeannette Dodds’ Georgian Fire garlic. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Garlic mould forces big move

Lovely bed, three feet wide and 60 feet long that gets lots of sun

  • Nov 7, 2020
Bruce and Jeannette Dodds’ Georgian Fire garlic. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Gravity is not load security

Anything inside your vehicle that is not tied down in some manner can become a hazard

  • Nov 1, 2020
Tim Schewe
Guy Patten harvesting the latest crop of potatoes from a pot. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Growing veggies in pots works like a charm for Honeymoon Bay gardener

One pot about two feet deep and one foot around produced four pounds, five ounces of potatoes

  • Oct 31, 2020
Guy Patten harvesting the latest crop of potatoes from a pot. (Mary Lowther photo)
Veronica Scott is Making Magic, in the window of Imagine That! in Duncan in November, 2020. (Submitted)
Veronica Scott is Making Magic, in the window of Imagine That! in Duncan in November, 2020. (Submitted)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: Are we willing to do the work on mental health?

This has been a tough year for all of us.

  • Oct 25, 2020
Chris Wilkinson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Stop, Look, Listen, then Report

Taking two minutes to stop and inquire about the state of affairs makes all the difference

  • Oct 25, 2020
Tim Schewe
Carrots from seed harvested in 2018. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Carrots: from seed to storage

Our sandy soil dries out quickly and I find I can sow carrots usually mid-April

  • Oct 24, 2020
Carrots from seed harvested in 2018. (Mary Lowther photo)
Alistair MacGregor

Alistair MacGregor column: Let’s help small business in this tough time

This week is small business week.

  • Oct 24, 2020
Alistair MacGregor
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Headlamps 101

Few drivers get their vehicle headlamps aimed, yet this is important

  • Oct 18, 2020
Tim Schewe
Ten pounds of tomatoes produced 20 pints of sauce. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Getting the best tomatoes and potatoes

I cover my tomato crop and grow early potatoes

  • Oct 17, 2020
Ten pounds of tomatoes produced 20 pints of sauce. (Mary Lowther photo)
Work ‘Dr. Bonnie’s day off’ by Pauline Dueck is part of the Living in Lockdown show at Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. (Submitted)
Work ‘Dr. Bonnie’s day off’ by Pauline Dueck is part of the Living in Lockdown show at Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan. (Submitted)
Drivesmart column: Be Safe, Be Seen

Drivesmart column: Be Safe, Be Seen

always assume that drivers cannot see you

  • Oct 11, 2020
Drivesmart column: Be Safe, Be Seen
Garlic, harvested in June and smaller than usual, ready to plant in late October. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: October the best month to plant garlic

Last year I planted a third of the bed in September just for kicks, but I won’t do that again.

  • Oct 10, 2020
Garlic, harvested in June and smaller than usual, ready to plant in late October. (Mary Lowther photo)
Ekamjit Ghuman in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley.

GUEST COLUMN: Life with cerebral palsy full of triumph and tribulations

Tuesday, Oct. 6 is World Cerebral Palsy Day

  • Oct 6, 2020
Ekamjit Ghuman in Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley.
Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District Board of Education. (Photo by Mark Margerison)
Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District Board of Education. (Photo by Mark Margerison)
Drivesmart column: Time to check your vehicle lights

Drivesmart column: Time to check your vehicle lights

Not to be forgotten are the reflectors.

  • Oct 4, 2020
Drivesmart column: Time to check your vehicle lights