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April 2016 - Nr. 4
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

If you thought winter was over, you would have been wrong. March was very spring like and fooled us into believing that warm weather was around the corner, but in true April fashion, just like a rebellions teenager, we were rudely reminded that we live in Canada and spring hardly ever comes early or without a few nasty surprises. The trees might have already big buds, the daffodils are just ready to burst open, the Robins are pecking away at the ground, the grass is green and rain had already washed away what little grime the winter had produced.

On one fine sunny day with temperatures reaching almost 20 degrees Celsius we had lunch in the garden. Sitting in the sun and protected from wind it was most enjoyable. But the A squirrel enjoys peanuts dug out of the snowpleasure did not last. Since then it has been too cool to lounge outside. Instead I bought a lot of potted flowers to generate those spring feelings inside the house. It keeps the winter blues away and adds fabulous colour to its surroundings.

Sudden urges of comfort food arise in our household when a blast of winter returns with a vengeance. Hot chocolate with fresh Italian buns is a great snack to blow away our misgivings about the weather. That and looking at the potted spring flowers, a cozy blanket over the shoulders and watching a bit of TV with one or more cats by my side make me almost forget that it is cold outside. There is lots to laugh about, especially the reports on the election campaigns in the USA. I avoid going out and do so only to feed the birds, stray cats and racoons. Our Robbins are totally disgusted with the weather, but are grateful that I put some seedy bread out for them to pick on. The stories of who is trumping whom are a never-ending source of amusement.

No matter, spring is just around the corner and we will be outside and enjoying our garden and all that sprouts in it. Before we do that I want to draw your attention to the Germanica festivities that are taking place at the Hansa House later this month. Some very special members of our community will be honoured for their work to forward the German customs and culture in Canada. Echo Germanica was the recipient of this honour in the year 2004. I am very happy to be involved in this year’s celebration and hope to see many of you there, as well as at the anniversary celebration of the club, also in April.

Until then!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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