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August 2017 - Nr. 8
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

This is the summer that isn’t, at least not one we recall from the past, one with high temperatures and high humidity. These summer attributes are found mainly in Europe, where temperatures soar towards the 40-degree Celsius mark. I don’t mind the cooler weather, as long as I can eat outside breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bothersome are the intermittent rain showers that do not allow us to plan anything with certainty for the outdoors. For our annual picnics that is a tricky situation of pot luck. We could not go to some of them anyway because we had visitors from Europe who had other interests that we hosted. I also enjoy not having to turn on the air-conditioning very often and then not for very long.

Our cats also like this summer. They do not want to come into the house, not even for the night. Unfortunately, we are being beleaguered by a flee epidemic. Last year it was the fruit fly pest that kept us annoyed. I do not know if I prefer one over the other. Some good and effective poisons would be advantageous, none of which are available in Canada since they were outlawed a few years back.

The garden is flourishing with the mild temperature and the plentiful rain. My daisies (Margaritas) have never stood so tall, up to my shoulder! It is a jungle out there! I have picked already my own cherry tomatoes early in the month of July.

Our day at Lake Erie

Since it was not too hot we only made it once to Lake Erie and my favorite dune. I am surprised that I still made it up there, with difficulty, but I made it. However, I did not dare go down to the water for fear that I would not be able to get back up. Nevertheless, we had a great time enjoying the big horizon with a big blue sky and the vast expanse of water.

When we were younger we stayed until the last ray of sun threatened to hide behind the horizon or the evening cloud bank of rising mist, now we pack it up at around 5pm, which gets us home while it is still light.

As our frontpage shows it was a beautiful day: Sunshine and a lake that meets the sky. It invites us to step into its waters.

Hoping you are having a lovely summer and that we might see each other at the Hansa Picnic?

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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