pocketing windfalls in the Wellington Botanic Garden last week
the firm tramping of sturdy boots alerted me to an invasion
as the tour group drew closer, i heard one of them asking
"was macht sie da?"
["what is she doing there?"]
quick as a flash and
without the glimmer of a smile
the tour leader responded
"das ist eine einheimische, sie sammelt zier blaetter"
[that is a native collecting decorative leaves]
Merci du compliment, m'sieur!
this shows that
like a Tequila shot, the advice of tour guides can be improved with a little hit of salt.
and now to the delightful task of reading all your allotment stories
and then finding a suitable hat...