We are having a wonderful and long fall season, some times with
Indian summer like temperatures. When was it that we could have
breakfast in the garden in the middle of October? The
temperatures are a bit more seasonal now, but the trees still
have leaves, some of them still green in my neighbourhood. But
the vibrant reds of sugar maples light up even the evenings with
their fiery glow in the lamplight.
We had a great month full of events, some of which you will be
able to read about in this issue, like the German Day of Unity
on the 3rd of October, when we met our new Consul
General for the first time at the Glenn Gould Studio. The clubs
had great events, now that Oktoberfest is over and we are
looking toward the Christmas fares that will be popping up. We
try to go to as many as possible. It is such a wonderful way to
get into the mood. It is not about too much shopping, even
though there will be some of it, who can resist, but it is the
feeling of communion that is instilled in us when we hear our
songs of the season, smell the aromas that are familiar and
recall those special memories that we all have from our past.
Have you heard that in Waterloo on King Street, in their central
LCBO store, there is now a special German Wine Boutique.
Germany’s Wine Queen Ann Hochdoerfer came over to help launch
it. Gerhard Griebenow and owner of HD Import, Harry Drung, and
one of the Oktoberfest Princesses were also present. Hurrah for
And while we think of nice things for ourselves to consume,
let’s not forget that there are residents in our gardens that
need to prepare for winter. We got a new bird house, I took in
all the plants I want to save, the squirrels need to fatten up
for the cold winter that we are being promised. So, I have a big
stash of peanuts in the pantry. Far away from the house should
perhaps be a shelter to put some food out for the coons, at
least occasionally. I promise they will stay out of your recycle
bins if you do that. Every household has stale bread or fruit
that is no longer good enough to eat, or old cold cuts or meat.
They eat anything, they are just not keen on vegetables.
We are getting cozy inside, let us make it a bit better for
those that live outside.
We shall see you at the Christmas fares!
I also hope to see you on Sunday November 13 at the Woodside
Cemetery, 119 Arlington Blvd. In Kitchener, where we will
commemorate the lost lives of war and other inhumanities. The
ceremony starts at 2:30pm.
Until next time