Our country home

Welcome to spring

Editor's letter


I haven’t seen flowers yet—it’s a bit early—but the ice is melting and the earth is muddy with promise.

The news is not good but we can step away from the headlines, look around us, and seek a moment of quiet.

Jane Anderson has an update for us on the state of real estate here in the country. People are still buying—but there are fewer houses for sale. If you’re considering jumping into the market, now’s a good time.

Sharon Peduto reminds us that it’s also time to prune your trees and bushes. Check them for damage or disease, remove the ailing branches and twigs. Your garden will thank you for it.

Jude Waterston is thinking about leeks and other spring onions. She’ll tell you how to treat your leeks and how to cook them to bring out their velvety goodness.

Are you renovating your home? Barbara Winfield, the River Reporter’s decorating expert, has tips on choosing the right contractor and keeping within a budget—and the latter, in particular, is not easy.

Finally, we meet Art Riegal, apiary expert, who explains the magic and wonder of bees, and gives you tips on starting your own hives.

It’s spring, and the earth is opening up. Breathe deeply.

Annemarie Schuetz

Section editor

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