Not going anywhere today because 1) I’d like the opportunity to get to know Katja better, 2) I overslept 3) It will be good to see some of the city in the daylight and 4: It’s raining.
Katja is not working either (she is a psychotherapist working with teenagers with mental health issues so has some flexibility about how she arranges her workload), so we visited the Post office and had a stroll around Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, past new and old places, and shopping centres – including the DM chain that Beate works for, and a British shop called Lavender House, specialising in Cream Teas (no, didn’t go in – wouldn’t want to be disappointed by a whipped replacement for clotted cream).
We went back to Katja’s apartment – and I did a daily draw of an elephant that Katja had carved herself out of soapstone.
Katja has been knitting for four years but is an expert – another continental knitter. I loved her three layer jumper – and she finished test-knitting a sock while I was staying, with a german heel.
Making supper was a team effort: I suggested gougere with courgettes, onions and the german sausage Katja already had. Patrick(Katja’s partner) came home during the preparation and mucked in too. The white sauce was a bit puddingy as I inadvertently used semolina to thicken it (translation problems!). Wee roast potatoes were great, with raspberries and blackberries in yoghurt whisked with flax oil (healthy ay?). I had a dark, sweet beer to accompany.
Patrick went off to watch football after supper – while Katja and I chatted and painted and knitted. It was all very congenial.