Shortly after her extensive efforts had created the hill
A considerably more recent development in
We have a chance to sit down in a café seemingly fashioned from an up turned boat (it wasn’t explained if a giant’s temper had got the better of them again!) and heard some local accomplished girls play their zithers and explain some of the detail in their costumes. If I recall, the brighter the red on their dress, the younger and more available the girl! We eat a tasty pastry filled with a leek and bacon mixture I suspect accompanied by, in my mind, the strongest blackest tea ever. I couldn’t drink it but I enjoyed the savoury.
Another thing the Estonians are proud of is their flag. I guess they haven’t been flying it for that long. Merica explains that generally flags with three stripes like this would always have the white at the top possibly explaining the fact that when they won their first gold in the Barcelona Olympics in 1991, their new flag was hung upside down. The explanation goes that the blue signifies the sky and the seas, the black the soil and the white for the hope of the people. So now we know!
Our evening meal is enlivened by some of the new stories we've been told of during the day and M and I are extremely grateful we had Merica enlightening us. Tonight's chosen options were Celery Mousse on Marinated Cucumber Salad with Spring Onions and Tomato Relish, though some of us waived the tomato. Ericson is very good and remembers my bête noir so I don't have to fear the dreaded red stuff!
The soup is Cream of Courgette with Croutons, another pale and not entirely interesting offering.
My main course tonight is Slow, Cooked Duck Leg with Blackcurrant, Orange and Cassis Sauce, Vegetable Mixture and Marquise Potatoes. The duck is quite cooked! M chose the Braised Venison with amongst other delights - a pear and potato dumpling. She had forgotten it was a dumpling and thought her potato tasted even odder than usual!
And tonight's finale is an Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce with yet more mutant mint sprigs.