So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria, God and life, teaching and gardening plus the occasional cow

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Your own little bit of land, plenty of firewood, a tractor, time to potter about…..a little bit of happiness?

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Through a window


In Tamsweg, Shloss Kuenburg is being done up, its been tatty for years, so being ever nosey I took this shot with the iphone through the window. Shame the iphone couldn’t handle the exposure at the end where all the guys were working, but I liked the curves!


Neverending quest!


This summer, Swingle has found a new quest


And despite how many times


I chuck the flippin stick


she’s off on the quest to rescue it


and bring it back to safety


and she never gets fed up


rescuing sticks from a watery end!


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Death by Elderberry!


Jenny came to help with this years wine bottling, and while I was squishing the next batch of elderberry this happened!


I also managed to spill it down myself and we had to stop Swingle slurping the floor! And despite me cleaning thoroughly, Dave came home later and straightaway found all the sticky bits I’d missed!


So the wine has come out surprisingly dry this year. The Gooseberry is delightfully pink as hoped. The first batch was the driest, and that which I added extra sugar to, only marginally sweeter. The blackcurrant isn’t so sweet either. I can only surmise that its due to the wet summer which means less sugar, but I did pick after a few hot days.


Maybe I do need to change my method and have the fruit must and sugar and the yeast in a bucket for  few days rather than adding the sugar to the sieved must. Note to self for next year!


Maybe the elderberry will be the same. My trees are a disappointment again, so one will be chopped down to start again and the other pruned. On my dog walks I spotted several laden trees, so I stole my elderberries from behind the factory, some were hanging like bunches of grapes.


So after Christmas, when we get back from the UK, Jenny has said I should have a party to take my mind off things ie the missing the kids blues, sounds a cracking idea to me!!!


A surprise invitation!

img_3345This came through the post the other day and I was bowled over!  Its an invitation to be a special guest at the village harvest festival -which I’ve been to before with the Trachten frauen.  And lunch afterwards in the pub with the mayor, priest and the other guests.

I guess its because I’ve now officially joined the library on the team, and will be the leader at the beginning of 2017. I had to laugh at myself just after writing this,  filled up with my own self importance, I found that Linda and Annie the main library workers are going too!

I’ve loved my two sessions I’ve done so far, can see things I’d like to improve and change, but I’m learning the system and will have to do proper training.  It doesn’t even to seem to matter so much that the books are in German.

Only one problem……..I’ve lost so much weight my dirndl might not fit anymore……………

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The trees have gone!!!!!


As you will see in the slideshow, some very fast growing conifers were planted by our neighbours  shortly before we bought this place in 2007. Our view across the fields has slowly disappeared, but we just got used to it! I did sometimes see the squirrels run along the fence and I had a small view through the gate. I suppose its an English thing wanting our views………


Until last week when the farmer who cuts the hay turned up with the neighbour below us and spent the day not only chopping down the now huge pines, but all the pines that were blocking his light and sadly on of the sycamores.  The trees had cast so much shade that the hayfield was turning slowly into a moss field. Our neighbour gave in to the pressure on the condition it didn’t cost him anything.

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I was taking to his wife who said they miss the trees, but it was each to his own. I suppose as they are on the upper floor, they see more into the houses and roofs , but what ho, for a few years we don’t feel so claustraphobic!  Our neighbour is now 89, so maybe he wont replant!

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Window’s edge, St Michael in Lungau!


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