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May 1993 THE WEATHER UPDATE

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I am no longer able to write about how much warmer the weather is here, since spring has hit Canada. Each day I look in the weather section of the paper to see just how warm it is in Toronto. We continue to have a steady temperature around 15C with a reasonable amount of sunshine. From time to time it inches up to 20C. The locals tease us that this is summer here. I truly hope they are joking. The warmer and sunnier weather has encouraged Sally and I to go further afield in search of interesting places to walk. One of the prettiest sights in the carpet of bluebells on the forest floor. Not only do they look nice, they also smell wonderful. A welcome contrast to the aroma of farmers spreading muck (manure) on the fields. The return to school after the Easter holidays, also signifies the switch to Summer Uniforms. For the girls: o Blue or lemon gingham or striped dresses o Short sleeved blouse with skirt o Royal blue cardigan or sweater o Short white socks o Shoes, not runners For the boys: o Grey shorts or trousers o White, blue or lemon polo shirt, or white short sleeved shirt o Royal blue sweater o Plain dark socks or plain white socks o Shoes, not runners It’s a refreshing change for the children, but Christopher’s exposed knees have been taking quite a beating.

DID YOU KNOW… That the Union Jack developed from a flag that was first used in 1606. When English and Scottish thrones were united under King James I, the red cross of St. George of England and the diagonal white cross of St. Andrew were put together. In 1801 the diagonal red cross of St. Patrick of Ireland was added to make the flag used today. FAMILY NEWS Kendryth and Arden have graduated to bigger and better bikes and the world of financing. These were purchased with their own savings and a loan for the difference, (interest free). Now, if they can just sell their old bikes and make a profit…they can go into the village and shop to their heart’s content.

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Mike has made a complete recovery from his illness, and we have switched doctors/clinics. We had a wonderful visit from Barb Kolpin earlier this month. (Barb and I met when we both worked in Tech Service for 3M about 10 years ago.). Barb still works for 3M in St. Paul, and was able to drop by for a few days after finishing up a business trip in Europe. Kendryth was particularly excited about Barb’s visit because she is a pen pal with her daughter Katie, and her class are pen pals with Katie’s class. Barb spent an hour talking to the children in Kendryth’s class about what their American counterparts like doing, eating, watching, etc. Recently I have had a comment back and I am sounding very British. I will not reveal the source, but will only say, “When in England, do as the English do”. At least that way you can be understood, and don’t have to be corrected by Christopher. Now there’s a case of sounding completely like a little English young man!! He who fought vehemently against the use of English Vocabulary, now sounds like all his classmates. Speaking of his classmates, I am now well known throughout the Infant School as “Christopher’s Mummy”. This is due to the fact that I took on the challenge of planting the flower beds with the children one day last week. They were all very good about planting their one or two flowers and couldn’t wait to show their parents which ones they had done after school. NAMES One of the things we noticed here was the slightly different array of names encountered in the playground. I have tabulated the children’s classmates: GIRLS Adelle, Alanna, Amy, Charlotte, Chloe, Ciara, Claire, Crystal, Danielle, Deborah, Elizabeth, Emma, Hayley, Hollie, Jane, Julia, Katherine, Katie, Katrina, Laura, Lauren, Lisa, Lucie, Madeleine, Naomi, Nicola, Rebecca, Samantha, Sarah, Sian, Sophie, Stephanie, and Tracey. WE MADE IT TO LONDON! At long last, we found our way to London. Driving down and through London was nowhere near as difficult as we had been told. It got a little confusing right downtown where the roads had been closed to the IRA bombing. (The financial district really was a shambles, and I can’t imagine how and when they are ever going to clean it up.) Somehow with my incredible navigation we got back on the right track, and found our way to the Youth Hostel. Yes, that’s correct, Youth Hostel. It was our fist time trying this out, and once we got used to the no frills aspect, it turned out to be a wonderful way to overnight with the kids. There are a number of advantages: it’s tons cheaper than the hotels; we can all stay in one “family room” (they don’t allow 5 in a hotel room); there’s a kitchen where we could make our own breakfast, etc.; BOYS Alex, Andrew, Anthony, Ben, Charles, Colin, David, Glen, Howard, Jack, James, John, Kyle, Liam, Matthew, Paul, Philip, Ryan, Same, Thomas, Timothy

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and there’s a large common room with TV and bar where you can relax and meet other very nice people. We quickly confirmed that from a child’s point of view, London is rather boring. Of the places we went, the Tower of London was the most entertaining, thanks to our Beefeater Guide. Christopher was a little taken back by these fellows; their fancy uniforms must have been intimidating. He seemed to take their fancy though, since they specifically said goodbye to him on our way out. We did the obligatory changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, walked to Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park to find no sign of any speaker (that was Mike’s idea), climbed on the statue of Nelson in Trafalgar Square, and strolled around Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. I took lots of photos so we wouldn’t have to go again. That’s not to say we wouldn’t return to London, but it would only be to go bac to the Natural History and Science Museums. The Dinosaur Exhibit at the natural History Museum was referred to in the January issue of National Geographic. It was impressive, to say the least. Not only did they have lots of skeletons, they also had a lot of interactive displays for the children. They just couldn’t et enough.

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NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM, YORK A great spot for train buffs and fans of Thomas Tank. In the photo Christopher is posing in front of Green Arrow, which he read about in this Thomas Tank book. His favourite part of the visit was riding on a 7 ¼ gauge miniature railway.

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PUB OF THE MONTH: THE QUIET WOMAN in Earl Sterndale Far off the beaten track is a friendly pub with a rather unusual name. It refers to an earlier landlord who chopped off his wife’s head to stop her ranting at him both day and night. Apparently, the village happened to be 100% behind his desperate action. The current landlord told us this was only a story, but who knows… That’s all folks!!! Now we are really, really, really, looking forward to hearing form you. Cheers, Yola, Mike, Kendryth, Arden and Christopher

This sign was spotted in the parking lot of the Crag Inn in Wildboarclough. I like their sense of humour.

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