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Elinor Florence (Company name) Elinor Florence

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Dear Friends: When I wanted to salvage a wrecked log cabin and bring it home, my husband thought I was off my rocker! Now it's a charming addition to our acreage, and a perfect home for my favourite Canadiana collectables.

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Dear Friends: Comfort reading is far more enjoyable than scanning the headlines these days. I hope that sharing some of my favourite books in all genres will help your retreat from reality.

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I have tried everything in my power over the decades to force my straight locks into curly hair. Unfortunately, I was born with hair so straight it bends backwards.

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Dear Friends: Many of you will remember growing up in a house with vintage wallpaper. At one time patterned wallpaper was the latest word in farmhouse chic! Take a look at these photos for a trip down memory lane.

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Dear Friends: My dream is to renovate an old house, but that passion is sadly not shared by my husband! So when we built our new house in 2002, we incorporated some features to make it look like our “historic” home had been standing on this spot since 1924. My Dream Home When I envision […]

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Dear Friends: I am so excited about my invitation to Danesfield House Hotel next May, the setting for my wartime novel Bird’s Eye View, for a book signing! This gorgeous white chalkstone mansion, pictured on the back cover of my book, located one hour west of London near Henley-on-Thames, was the headquarters of aerial photo […]

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Dear Friends: Here we are soaking up the ocean breezes at our bungalow in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, which I named Palm Tree Cottage. We bought this place mainly because I fell in love with the palm tree in the back yard. Yes, we do have palm trees growing in Canada! Cottage Has Mid-Century […]

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Dear Friends: My youngest daughter Melinda left home ten years ago, and we finally got around to redecorating her hot pink teenage lair and turning it into a welcoming guest bedroom. Here’s the finished result of our blood (I cut my finger), sweat (moving furniture is hard work), and tears (of nostalgia). Over the past […]

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Dear Friends: In my long career as a journalist, I collected memorabilia ranging from hundreds of newspapers clippings and photographs to pieces of historic wooden type like this big E — for Elinor, of course! Since 1972, I have worked for the Battlefords Advertiser-Post, the Western Producer in Saskatoon, the Red Deer Advocate, the Winnipeg Sun, the […]

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Dear Friends: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In my novel Wildwood, my Irish heroine Mary Margaret receives this Belleek shamrock tea set from her grandmother as a wedding gift when she emigrates to northern Alberta in 1923. Later, my contemporary heroine Molly finds the tea set and other vintage items in the old farmhouse kitchen — many of which came from my […]

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