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June 2012 - Nr. 6
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

This summer we are doing something we have never done before. Instead of sticking around and watching the scene for you we are taking off into summer lands and dreams. This means that the paper is going to be smaller than usual and appears a bit less frequent. We are staging it so there is one less issue this summer.

I can hardly wait to get to the beach more often, or visit friends and go to picnics. I also am enjoying working in the garden more than ever before, because we dug up and replanted everything last year in the fall and I want it to really flourish. The spring garden was magnificent with dozens and dozens of Flower of all shades announce spring is hereDaffodils and Tulips. Peonies were in their glory in time for “Pfingsten” or “Pentecostal”, I guess that is why we call them “Pfingstrosen” in Germany. They are spent now but still glorious in their last moments. (see front page) Now Ornamental Onions and Mullins supply colour together with the day lilies. Next will bloom the huge daisies and other big summer blooms, like Gladiolas, Cannas Window boxes spill overand Dahlias.

The window boxes spill over with all shades of pink and purple, and the stars of the Clematis glam up the neighbourhood brightly. The roses are doing really well after the mild winter and some of my experiments, like spring onions in containers are wonderful to watch while they grow to maturity.

The city is alive with festivals. Hopefully our intern will apply herself to such strenuous activities as following all happenings in this city that hardly sleeps. Recent events at the Eaton Centre might have put a damper on the scene for a bit, but soon all will be back to normal. Film Fests, performance art, Luminato, Jazz Festivals, Harbourfront, the Distillery District, museums and our great beaches and lake fronts will make for very interesting summer living and experiences. There is so much to do, especially for younger people that boredom is not an option or even a possibility. Toronto is a world class Metropolis. The EU Soccer Games will be shown everywhere and winners will be celebrated openly in our town(s).

By now most folks know that Toronto’s Bicentennial Celebration is on the way, especially featuring the War of 1812 celebrations. Many regions in and around town have something to contribute. If you goggle The War of 1812 you come to all sorts of great information. Especially Ford York will be active re-enacting the scene of history between the 15th and 17th of June.

We have several newer neighbours and it is time to get to know one another better, so we can become a true neighbourhood. That means that we will combine our hospitable efforts and throw each other a neighbourhood party. There will be Canadians of various backgrounds and newer immigrants too. What a feast it will be. I can hardly wait to try all the different ethnic dishes and drinks.

I do want to wish all fathers a wonderful special day and all of us a happy Canada Day, which is coming up before we come back with the next issue. You find both sentiments addressed with poetry.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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