After lunch we walked down my street and beyond the co-op store, up a little back lane to the home on the very end. Petr and Dominika live there- two artists who once taught at Townshend, and who actually know well the artist couple that live below me in the Milkwood house. They are very nice, down to earth people with a good sense of humour and some well -loved animals, including a cat named Luxor. We stayed all afternoon and then it was time for Martina and Greg to go to Austria to visit Martina’s mother. I came home and found myself coming down with a cold so ate leftovers and went to bed.

This beautiful warm and sunny morning, I did a good number of dishes and went out to the square to meet Keith, the Vice Principal from Townshend, his wife Shirin and her parents, Sue and David. They took me for lunch in a Czech restaurant, where they had trout and chips and I had a traditional meal of pork, knedliky (which is a dumpling I believe is made from potato) and sauerkraut. It was delicious and filling and very rich.  I talked to them about pilgrimage to the Holy Land and they made it sound eminently doable, so I am considering putting my name on the list to go in the next few years.

I came home for a long nap and made more curried lentil soup and rice for supper, which seemed to hit the spot, along with a piece of bread and blue cheese for dessert.  Tomorrow it’s grocery shopping, one of the highlights of my week, and back to the slow work of writing my novel.