I’ll be in the country for the next five days, relaxing with my friends, eating good food, communing with Hili the Cat, and working on my book. It’s a real treat to get up at 8 a.m. instead of 5 a.m.!
Here are a few more holiday snaps:
Malgozata and the apple cake (with almonds and apricot jam) she baked yesterday using apples from the family orchard:
This featured as part of a three-item post-dinner snack, along with poppy seed cake and ciastkokajmakowe, a very rich and luscious chocolate mini-tart:
I can see that comestibles are on my mind. Here’s a real treat—fresh cherry juice, squeezed directly from the fruit and undiluted:
Lunch: Polish ham, two types of sausages (note the very skinny one on the board), salad, two types of Polish cheese (one smoked), bread, coffee and tea. Smacznego!
And dinner: chicken in sauce with sesame seeds, local potatoes, and corn, served with a lovely and gutsy Italian wine:
When not cavorting outside among the cherry trees, Hili is snoozing on somebody’s lap (with luck, mine) or on a chair. The transition between out and in is effected by her jumping on the windowsill to call attention to her needs:
Hili recumbent. Someone once said that there is no such thing as a cat with insomnia, and Hili certainly fits that pattern. (A bit of Googling, however, shows that some cats do suffer from sleeplessness.)
Finally, a familiar site: Andrzej and Malgorzata at their dueling computers, hard at work on their website Racjonalista. It is immensely popular among Polish rationalists, both in Poland and abroad. It gets about 30,000 views per day!