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.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Far From Home

The weather was really nice Saturday so I persuaded Sherman to take the afternoon off for a boat trip to Lindau. This was my third trip to the little island in Germany but my Sweetie hadn’t had the opportunity yet. On arrival we were hungry for some lake fish so we made our way to Maximilianstrasse for fresh caught Sonderfilet and half liters of beer. Prices for dining are much lower here than in Switzerland. Jazz discovered she really liked the salmon and indulged in gelato both before and after lunch.

Here’s an interesting oddity. There is a Sequoia Giganta from California planted right here in this little island town - far, far from home! My husband, a biologist before he was a lawyer, says that Redwoods rarely survive being transplanted as they have an intricate shallow root system and are dependent on a particular soil bacteria. He wanted to see it with his own eyes and here it is. This tree appears to be missing it’s top half. Perhaps it had a struggle surviving the move. Clearly, it has been here a long time and it seems to be thriving now. I’m still trying to find out how it got here.


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