I am typing this with one good hand as there is a cat draped over my other. Excuse any typos!
Last night’s dinner was again Swedish, with the “peasant” dish potatis gratänt (potatoes au gratin with ham and other trimmings), salad, and pear nectar from local fruit to wash it down.
Dessert was nöttoscä päron, or pears in compote with crumbles:
Gosia and her 2-year-old daughter Hania joined us for dessert:
After dinner, Andrzej exhibited his attempt at artificial selection for larger walnuts. Several years ago he found a giant walnut growing on one of his trees, and planted it in an attempt to get larger walnuts. After seven years, that tree has finally borne nuts, and, sure enough, they’re all big. If this happens next year, it would suggest that the selected nut was a “sport,” or mutant walnut that was genetically dominant for size. Here’s one from the selected tree (left) compared to a nut from its ancestral tree:
After dinner there was a warming bonfire outside. Emma the d*g joined us, but Hili the cat showed a fear of the fire, and climbed a tree instead.
Hili is an amazing climber, and within seconds was up in a plum tree, even trying to crawl out on the thinnest branches. She had great trouble getting down, however, for she hasn’t learned that her claws are curved the wrong way. Her predecessor, Pia the cat, did learn to back down the trees, allowing her purchase on the trunk.
Hili spent a lot of time in the tree chewing on twigs, a behavior I wasn’t familiar with in cats.
A real chimney sweep came this morning! Here they still dress traditionally, in top hat and black clothing (they don’t, however, go into the chimney). A rope and brush were affixed to his back.
Homemade fruitcake for breakfast!
A trip to the butcher’s yielded two types of sausage. These thin ones are called kabanos; a reader pointed out earlier that the casings are made from sheep intestines:
This is a kielbasa swojska, which I suppose corresponds to a Linnaean binomial. These two encased meats will be part of today’s lunch: