Frau Knickerbocker is pleased with my progress. I am not so pleased but think I am probably expecting too much. Every time I get the hang of something she tells me about a new rule – and I just know there are thousands more of these waiting to ambush me.
We are however struggling along and today we took on the Perfect Tense and I was not too bad. We can now have basic conversations and she is remarkably good at not gritting her ears when I use words she has never heard pronounced that way before.
I have been keeping an eye on the ducks and - while the pond in Stadtpark is frozen - they still have enough water to paddle about in – although it is a bit crowded when they are all in the water together.
I have wondered why it never ices over completely when it gets really cold. It is strange because the Wienfluss - which is usually always running – froze solid on the weekend. I have not seen that before.
Is it because so may ducks are paddling about or because there is human intervention?
I have in the past seen a man breaking the edges of the ice with a stick – so that the ducks do have water to paddle about in - so maybe that’s it.
Anyway - the ducks seem to be quite happy and are coping well. I have told them to hang on because the weather is starting to get warmer and soon they will have the pond back to its normal state.