Andreas and Beate have two lovely children called Patrick (aged 15yrs) and Sanja (aged 12yrs), and we all get together over a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast (not usually time on School mornings as the children start at 07.45hrs!).
After breakfast, Andreas goes off with Patrick to one of Patrick’s friend’s confirmation (which Beate seemed to think was an excuse for extravagant presents to be lavished on the child – more than Christmas, she said). There is a good lunch shared after the church service.
Beate and Andreas’ daughter Sanja is a goalie in a handball team – and also very crafty: at 12yrs old, she spins, knits and is currently sat beside us making woven straps on a bead loom. Her older brother Patrick, at 15yrs of age, is an internet games player and I didn’t see so much of him at all during my stay.
Beate is mine of information about her locality (and on any topic really) – Karlsruhe proper is a fairly new city – at only 300years old, whereas Durlach, where I am now, is the original city. The king of this area fell out with his citizens and decided to build a new palace next door – in the shape of a fan – ‘Fan City’ is the nickname for Karlsruhe. The Palace itself has been completely rebuilt since the second world war, when Karlsruhe suffered heavy bombing (it was a rail hub for Europe). Beate comes from Bavaria and was shocked at how ugly the city centre was compared to her rural home.
Beate is an expert knit (she learned before she went to school) continental style – She finished her latest cardigan, from a Drops pattern, whilst I was there. She’d converted the pattern from aran weight to 4ply/fingering and it was light and beautiful – like much coned wool, it will fluff up when washed as it’s oiled. She also showed me a finished circular shawl with hundreds of glass beads.
There is a large cloud of Samoyed fluff sitting on the bookshelf alongside some batts, waiting to be spun. There are three wheels in the house – all Louets – Sanja has a Bliss.
It will be hard move on tomorrow, but the cycling will be fairly flat.