Posted by: Anna Rashbrook | April 23, 2014

Those naughty Gams!


We did our first walk in the mountains on April 6th, quite late again. And as always it was up the Weisspriach hill past the Diktler hut and by the river. We even took the closed route -which has had a warning sign on it but the wear on the path indicates its ignored. We could see the reason, there is a large landslip and there were new stones on the ground. But to my surprise, we could see animals grazing on the hill. I had my old trusty and zoomed in on the group. In seven years, I’ve never seen one that isn’t stuffed and in a pub. Here was a whole gang of Gams.

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Of course, Dave and I were a bit worried, bacause when you see a denkmal picture (deathogram) depicting someones untimely end , there’s always a Gams lurking in the background with a wicked grin on its face. But happily for us, none of them were manning the machine guns or the trip wires because the were hungry, but at last, for me some live wildlife!!!!! oh and we might call a Gams in English a Chamoix!


Spot the Gams

Posted by: Anna Rashbrook | April 22, 2014

Of Mice and Men

Our work with the Meals on Wheels had a nice surprise last week when we were called in for another photo shoot. Of course, they couldn’t put a piccie in the local newspaper with the old Mayor and so off we trooped again. What I was most thrilled about was that we were given little wooden
trophies – as above. The new Mayor is the director of the local Agricultural college, so of course its no bother for him to get a woodwork class to knock these up. Nevertheless its our first Austrian trophy. He is shaping up well, giving us a little speech and he made eye contact. Will he be worthy successor. Apparently in May there will be a big party to install him. Beer and Sausages of course!

Later that day, we went up to the graveyard to plant the grave of the Gautsch family with pansies, as is done all over the Lungau. Again, we grew these ourselves. As I’ve said before, it makes me feel very Austrian and one of the family. However, this time was odd. Dave went to water the plants in and the watering can spout was blocked. He shook it and a very wet mummified mouse head shot out. The poor thing must have been in there all winter poor mousie. It was quite horrible this head stuck out the can, Yuk.  Very apt, a day of mice and men!


Posted by: Anna Rashbrook | April 21, 2014

The dangers of driving in Austria

IMG_0364 Just around the corner from us us a sharp bend in the road which leads to Tamsweg.  The road was widened during the war but being pure rock, bits fall off it now and then. Today the gang was there hewing the winter’s weak bits off. Not a job I fancy!  Just makes you think with all this rock around you, let alone local drivers who consider the best way to overtake is on a bend while on your mobile……….

Posted by: Anna Rashbrook | April 20, 2014

He is Risen!


1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

John 20, NIV

Posted by: Anna Rashbrook | April 18, 2014

Remembering the Holocaust in Salzburg


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: Anna Rashbrook | April 17, 2014

The Best Easter Tree


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: Anna Rashbrook | 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: Anna Rashbrook | April 15, 2014

The Christmas Egg Shop in Salzburg


Sounds odd doesn’t it? I added the egg bit and you can see why!P1250805

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.


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


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.


Sound of music ones of course!

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


Can’t escape Mozart either!


But aren’t they pretty??????


Ready to be painted

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


Salzburg scenes

Posted by: Anna Rashbrook | 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.


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.


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: Anna Rashbrook | April 13, 2014

Society’s outcasts


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.”

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