There is still no news of a handwerker and it seems as difficult to find as a plumber once was in England. Frau S was quite convinced that she had found the very man for me but he's left for a fortnight's holiday and he has said he will get in touch on his return if he's not busy. 'ich klinge wenn ich Zeit haben.'
Crossing over from my garden to the rest of my life, I have heard no more about my job offer although it is early days yet. The connection between this and my garden is that my original handwerker was recommended to me by the lady who offered me some work. Let's hope that the job has more substance than the gardener.
My sister-in-law sent some hollyhock seeds from her garden in England and I've set some out down by the bottom fence and will save the rest for the spring propogator. Planting is now nearly over – I may tuck some cyclamen under some of the conifers and I want some tiny violas to give some winter cheer in the kitchen and bedroom window boxes but after I pull the last of the nasturtiums I think the garden is nearly ready to settle down and tuck itself up for winter.