As always, we have come across them quite by chance, not having thought about the "Sand Worlds Festival" being on. With our season's tickets, we can just pop in and have a walk in the palace grounds any day, even if just for half an hour, or using the park as a shortcut when wanting to reach the parts of town that are East of the palace, such as the hospital and cemetery.
|I'm not overly fond of this one, too much of a caricature for me.|
|Beautifully made, look at the ears!|
|A gathering of pets.|
|The mouse was my favourite.|
These two - Äffle & Pferdle (monkey and horse) - are famous cartoon figures in this part of Germany. They have been appearing on TV since 1960 in short clips at the start and end of the adverts block and soon became a firm favourite for viewers of all age. They talk in our Swabian dialect, and their little clips often depict one of them making a funny or silly statement which the other one comments on - and sometimes their statements aren't quite so stupid at second glance. Sometimes they sing - and one of their songs has become a big hit (Hafer und Bananen-Blues - "oats and banana blues").
We enjoyed our Sunday afternoon walk (this was on the 19th of this month, when O.K. was here for the weekend); there were people about, but it was not exactly packed, as it would have normally been on such a day, with busloads of tourists crowding the park.
Today is an important day for me: For the first time since March 17, I will be working at the office of my bread-and-butter client. I know they have all the measures in place you would expect, and I do not feel uneasy, just strange - after so much time working from home, I am going to see the people there face to face again instead of on video calls. I wonder how much dust my desk has collected!