photoWhen you take a colour photograph from your kitchen at 10 a.m and it looks like this, you are transformed. The bird bath and sun dial have been foreclosed by elves and fairies. The front lawn’s curb appeal has gone up by 100 percent. And for five months you can stop worrying about weeds and insect bites. How peaceful is that!

Margaret Kell Virany, lover of language and literature, note-taker of Northrop Frye, journalist, editor, author