My son and I spent a few nice days in Cologne at the beginning of the month. We went to the chocolate museum,
the sports museum,
and one day we took the train to Bonn to go and see the Museum of History of the Federal Republic of Germany. This museum is free of entry charge, and it is so filled with interesting information that it is well worth going there more often.
One of the very famous pictures in connection with the
building of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Of course, that is not easily possible for us, living over 500 km away, but anybody who happens to be near should take the opportunity!
I was surprised to learn that my son claimed he had never heard of the famous Cologne Water:
Even more surprised, when he claimed he thought it smells pretty good...
I took him into the Cathedral where we listened to a short organ recital and prayer, sitting opposite the famous glass window by Gerhard Richter.
And I went and visited Ernst Barlach's Soaring Angel, couldn't leave the city without that.
Then life turned very busy, as work became more intense again. Our hospital went back to full schedule in the operations room and thus I am not in danger anymore of being sent around to other wards ‘helping out’. Which means my period of vocational adjustment finally turned serious indeed. There are days when I am optimistic I will make it, and others when I think I will never be able to fit everything into my brain, differentiate between the various systems of implants for hips, knees, or get the whole procedure memorized... Today is one of the latter, but Friday was one of the former.
Meanwhile, some things have been happening in the background. It started in the summer, when Susan Callaghan gave a talk at one of the online meetings of the regional SAQA zoom meeting for SAQA Europe/Middle East. After finishing the talk she mentioned she was planning to start an international quilt group, would people be interested to join, get in touch with her... Initial difficulties with zoom links almost discouraged me completely, I had even started writing a mail in which I said I was not going to join the group after all, but something made me change my mind, and am I glad I did. The group has taken off with the speed of lightning, and today is our first reveal date, within the group, but we are going public in a few days. Here is a detail shot of my first piece.
|"Bridging the Cultural Gap" (text messages???), detail. 40 x 43 cm, 2022.
More about this in a few days!