"Octagon" by Christine Brooks

Hi, I’m Marie Prins.

In 1987, my husband and I purchased a dilapidated, historic (1853), octagonal house on the edge of a small town in eastern Ontario. For the past thirty years we have renovated our home, planted perennial and vegetable gardens, and dug a pond on our acre and a half. Here we have raised our family. And kept a small flock of chickens. A decade ago, I began to write about our life on this small ponderosa. My memoir pieces, poetry, and children’s stories center on nature, gardening, and the lives lived here for the past century and a half.

I am paticipating in the Canada 150 exhibit When We Came From Away at the Art Gallery of Northumberland from November 9 to December 31, 2017.

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