April 2016 - Nr. 4
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
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
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.
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, editor, editor-in-chief of Echo Germanica,
comments, cultural, artistic, political, daily events, German-Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
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