End of March Update

A few things have happened since I last posted.

We went to a children’s fleamarket a couple of weekends ago and got some good bargains before almost sucumbing to claustrophobia and making a quick exit. On the list of haul items was

a pair of converse boots (1 Euro)
the vest in the pic (5 Euros, because I bought it off the woman who knitted it)
a book, “Wo ist Wendelein?” with one page missing, but exquisite pictures which I think I’ll frame (50c)
a “Like-a-bike” balance bike for 10 Euro (retails for 190, woop, woop).

We were all pretty tired afterwards…

I’ve been sewing for Otis (and not taking good pics of the creations, sorry). The two shirts above and the coat he’s wearing in the goat pics, are a couple of examples of what I’ve been making though.

In other news, we went to stay with a forester acquaintance of Thomas’ (lovely guy, amazing house with it’s own secret theater up in the attic, also no pics, sorry), it’s turned into spring, and we’ve just gotten back from a small holiday on the island of Rügen.

If you were to ask if I actually like the island, I’m not sure what I’d say. The place we were staying at was lovely – a big thatched-roof place, lots of sun, very rural and pretty. The rural roads are all tree-lined avenues, and there are some pretty villages around. On the other hand, as it is early spring the whole island seems to be lying dormant – the towns look like deserted movie sets, packed with faux Victorian villa holiday apartments – empty, waiting for the floods of tourists who swamp the place in summer. Anyway, we managed to avoid those places for the most part, and had a nice relaxing time.

We went to an animal park while we were there. I think that most of the animals there were native – they even had wolves (although they looked a bit sad). Otis loved the “goaps”, and had fun patting the kids. He woke up this morning and the first thing he said was “GOAP!”, so they must have made an impression.

Rügen has chalk cliffs, so we did the obligatory thing and went for a look. They were ok – didn’t blow my mind, but the walk was nice.

We also went for a walk in a forest where the spring flowers are blooming, which was really pretty.

This weekend we’re shifting flat again – this one for the next two months, but we’re REALLY hoping that we find something permanent after that. Oh, and Thomas has a new job, which means that my job hunt has been put on the back burner a bit. We’ll have to decide what’s happening with that over the next week or so.

That’s all for now I think – I should get packing. Fun times!

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