|Abla, Gloria, me, Sue, Ursula: Gründonnerstag 2015|
|German speaking friends bei Gloria, with cake to|
celebrate the fact that the German group is now 20 years old
|On the way home from Lachute: view over PTN's nose|
|Ice melting from the Mississippi River, near Almonte|
|View of Collins Bay, Lake Ontario, from Lemoine Point|
|Edge of the lake ice, seen on take-off from Kingston|
Otherwise, I've been busy with the first of the year's gardening jobs and by our preparations for China, our two requests for a Chinese Visa for instance, which took days to process at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre on Laurier Avenue, costing $290. I've been revising the Chinese phrases I know and trying to learn some more, thanked the girl behind the counter for her help in Mandarin (saying xiexie nide bangzhu), but she chuckled and told me I needed to do more practice, so obviously my pronunciation leaves something to be desired. At least we now have our passports back with the requisite stamps in them.