Posted by: annarashbrook | April 18, 2014

Remembering the Holocaust in Salzburg

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Three members of the Eisenberg family, Lia was only a year old, all taken to a camp in Riga and killed

The holocaust was as much here in Austria as in Germany and the other parts of Europe. In Salzburg, lives are remembered by little brass plaques commemorating lives lost. There’s even been a spat of anti-semitism where someone has been smearing them with stuff top cover them up. Dave and I found some when we were last year. I had though them a way to remember the tragedies that was enduring and special. Dave said, look, they’re being walked over, rubbed and treated with disrespect. I countered they may out live the buildings, but he than said, look at how many streets get torn up when they rebuild. Sad and haunting, but the right commemoration, what do you think?

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 17, 2014

The Best Easter Tree

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Don’t care if it’s pagan or Catholic, the Easter trees that abound here are great and this is the best I’ve seen this year at the Landgasthof Weilharter in Kendlebruck!  Brilliant!

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 16, 2014

Blogging 201- Input please!

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Those jolly guys at WordPress who are the hosts for my blog are running a two week challenge with assignments to improve one’s blog. So I thought it can do no harm, I can’t spend my life doing challenges to increase some readership, but I am happy with writing as I do, being a  lifelong diarist. So on the first task I had to set some goals.

The first one was to do this plea blog! Does this blog work for you? What would you change to improve readership? Do I have too many strands or themes?

Second: To get to know my wonderful followers and the blogs I follow better. To comment and learn from their success.

Third to increase my followers to 200 by Christmas.

 

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 15, 2014

The Christmas Egg Shop in Salzburg

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We found this shop several years ago, when it was a wet, cold day for tourists in Salzburg and just going into its colourful warmth lifted our spirits.

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It does have a wonderful selection of eggs for Christmas and some new themes as shown on my pictures.

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Here I want to feature the Easter Eggs. All ready for the Austrian/Catholic/Pagan tradition of having a tree of willow buds decorated in your house on Easter Sunday.

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Sound of music ones of course!

I do a tree too as a bit of colour to enjoy, no belief system.

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Can’t escape Mozart either!

 

But aren’t they pretty??????

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Ready to be painted

The shop in in the Judengasse in the old city, so do pop in and enjoy!

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Salzburg scenes

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 14, 2014

Salzburg – a changing city?

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We’ve been visiting Salzburg for about eight years now and on our recent trip we noticed how its changing. It was in between seasons, there were relatively few tourists and a lot of cafes were getting their act together for the Easter rush. Maybe its a more relaxed time of year before the summer rush. There’s a lot of building work going on, many cranes, especially towards the railway station.

Firstly, things were good, the guy at the Park and Ride was so friendly compared to our last visit, and I said so. Then on the way back in the bus, the driver pulled my leg with a wicked grin saying our tickets were wrong.

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BUT in the Old town, there are even more beggars, mostly women and not as crippled as last year. So why does the city tolerate these gangs? There are whining articles in the paper and news, but no-one does ANYTHING. Then there are a lot of people selling the equivalent of the Big Issue, which here is APROPOS. I bought one and gave the guy a little extra, and felt smug. Later sitting in the Mirabelle gardens, another came by and just wouldn’t accept I had bought one and wasn’t going to buy another. He then said give us just 50 cents, so I refused and he stood there nagging until I got cross. He had no ID, and was wearing good quality clothes. Doesn’t the publisher check tactics? They should send a secret shopper to follow them about.  This is outright begging and they are abusing the system.  When we had such problems in Tamsweg, they didn’t last long.

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There were plenty of Austrian people with problems, sitting on the benches, bag ladies and guys taking to themselves. I guess they’ll be booted out at Easter, but the APROPOS sellers have a sort of legitimacy and wont be.

All this is beginning to take the beauty and uniqueness of Salzburg away. What finished it for me was this bridge, pictured above.  An idea copied from another country, with even a shop selling the padlocks nearby. I just hope that Vienna when we visit it later this year has got its act together!

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 13, 2014

Society’s outcasts

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Jesus eats with the sinners, the tax collectors, upsetting the church hierarchy again. I got to wondering who would it be today. It was shocking then. So now, I guess he would be sat with the Paedophiles, the Benefit cheats, the drug dealers. All who we look down on and despise. Those whose sins we see as unforgiveable.  Jesus died for all sin, past, present and future, and sin is sin. Nicking the firm’s pens and murder are sin. It has no depth or grade. But we are forgiven for it all. No one is unworthy of forgiveness if they want it truly. Ponder in that

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them.14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 11, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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Couldn’t really find anything that suited in Austria. So I’m posting a monument I’m really proud of. It’s the Battle of Britain Monument in London. And on it is my Dad’s name. Sub Lt (FAA) D M Jeram.

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He was one of, ‘The Few’.  And what ever his failings as a father, I’m proud of what he did in the Second World War.

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http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/monument/

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 11, 2014

Travel theme: Clean

Spring – a time to get things clean!

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Last year the sparrows made holes in the flowerbed, making their spring cleaning dust baths. I expect they have all sorts of mites and bugs in their feathers!

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Can you see them? Oh and here’s a rarer sort of duck cleaning the chimneys!!!!!!!!!

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http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/04/11/travel-theme-clean/

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 10, 2014

God’s Plan, are we on our breakthrough?

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Our recent trip to Salzburg was to see the Chamber of Commerce (well that’s how I translate it) the WKO about the correct information on Dave going self employed. We had the luxury of an interview in English and correct information. It is far more do-able than we thought, we just have to go out now and find the work. I can even be employed by Dave and partially insured!

So we could be working as a team looking after holiday houses, the only problem is the winter. If we have more than two changeovers on a day, we cannot physically do it. But it would free us up to support ourselves and do more direct work serving the community.

In this area, we have just started a stint helping with Meals on Wheels in the village. Two of the guest houses take it in turn to cook and we go and collect. Our first day was hilarious as the Guest house being on its first week as well as us didn’t know where one of the ladies lived, but we followed the boss and we found her waiting for us at the side of the road. Another lady denied having ordered but the Kindergarten was pleased we were early!  We are believing that this will lead us into more contact around and maybe to some work for Dave.

And we are believing for the financial break though that will supply us with enough money to keep us going  because as as yet there will not be enough money to support both of us.

Great, we’re on our way!

Posted by: annarashbrook | April 8, 2014

A summer of Plagues?

P1250785Last year was extremely hot and dry and we’ve had a relatively warm winter. Result is that the flies that overwinter in attics have not died. A couple of days ago I was looking up at our neighbours wall and thought there was an early bee swarm, but no, it was flies. When we went up to the attic, the windowsill was heaving with many dead flies on the floor. Linda came and opened the window and they dispersed. Mostly onto the walls and washing!

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This had me wondering, does this mean that the base population this year will be so high that we have plagues of them? Likewise with the moles and the dear Wühlmaus that eats our veggies, will we have more problems than usual? Driving around in the valleys, there are far more mole hills in the fields than usual. Or would this be beneficial- the insect eating bird population could benefit  at breeding time from the extra grub. But the moles may eat more worms and so will the soil  suffer? We’ve already put the sound deterrent in the garden for the Wühlmaus, we’ll see!

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