|Springtime in the local park|
|Receiving my Spirit Award from the Chief Flying Instructor|
|Edward from Alberta, addressing the VIPs|
Thirteen of the Spanish speaking conversation group came to my house this week and the German conversation group that I organise is thriving too. We've had lengthy discussions about mathematicians and Dresden and asparagus! Next week's topic will be how the State rules our lives, with reference to the pervasive legislation in Germany (one of our group has found an article in the Spiegel about this and wants to share it).
Before the end of April, our tax returns had to be submitted to the CRA, a dreary job, when Chris and I would much rather be making music of an evening. Well, the job is done, and we have managed to attend a few concerts since I last blogged––a performance of Schittke, Bach and Kodaly cello music at a private house, another, bigger performance by "four of Canada's top 'cellists together" (morning coffee concert), then a flamboyant Verdi "Arias and Choruses" occasion towards the end of another day and a more gentle concert the following evening, featuring quartets by Frank Bridge and Vaughan Williams. After the Verdi we went straight to the Pub Italia in Little Italy with friends who'd been at the concert and didn't leave till midnight. Such fun.
|Edward Du Hobbs, a few hours old|