Hats By Katrinka

Kate Brown Pernia is a Milliner on sabbatical in Switzerland. She has been designing hats and teaching millinery under her Katrinka label since the 1980s. Kate is also the founder of Houston Hat Net. View Katrinka hats and hat patterns at www.hatsbykatrinka.com.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Starr in Appenzell

Here is my pal Starr with her wee Molly. Starr has been my saving grace in recent months helping me find my way around Switzerland while mein Mann works long hours. She is a retired USAF officer, a whirlwind of energy and fluent in German. Starr has involved me in Book Club in Zurich, Carnevale in Venice, Simi’s Indian cooking classes and, as of tomorrow, a dinner cooking club which includes husbands. Of course, one of our favorite pastimes is shopping the fabric outlets.

Since yesterday was a glorious spring day we decided to ditch our plans for sewing and go to Appenzell - just a 15 minute drive up the mountain - for lunch. We were hungry so passed by the shops and headed for a restaurant graced with lace doilies and carved wooden chairs. After a veal and rösti lunch and a dl of wine we strolled to the shops only to find them closed for lunch. Ooops, we forgot! Next time we will stroll until the shops close and then go for lunch. K Q:-)


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