So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog

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All Change!

As those of you know who follow this blog, I’ve had a pretty frantic summer, but at last things are resolved!  I’ve been blessed with extra teaching work, so we’ve now dropped our time consuming flat in St Michael, and are giving up Meals on Wheels in December. No more endless time in the car, just the bigger houses. It does mean teaching evenings, but at least I won’t have to get up too early the next morning!!

I’ve long wanted to concentrate on my novel writing, and now I’m going to do so. I’ll give it a year, and if I don’t make some sales to augment my income I will think again! I can’t retire yet, I still have to work 7.5 years more!!!!!!

So, Dear Reader!  I will still be posting here about life in Austria, but you’ll also get re-posts from my new blog, Anna’s Books also on WordPress. All good stuff for marketing, but I’ll try not to overdo it and annoy you!  I’ve signed up with a marketing company called BooksGoSocial who have given me so much help, and are doing a cover for the new book.

So Swingle and I are enjoying the start of this autumn which is starting with mists and mellow fruitfulness. She’s eating as many mice as she can catch in the hedgerows and I’m looking forward to bottling this year’s vintage in a few weeks!

Oh, I can’t resist it, if anyone wants a read of the new book, I’ll send it for free, in exchange for an Amazon review!!!


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Dog coat of arms

Saw this on the side of a building in Tamsweg. Must have been a hunting family. Anyone know dogs mean in heraldry?

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Swingle and Rocky!

Swingle tried so hard to get the stick, then they both suddenly lost interest!

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Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness….

My walk at St Margarethen seems to be my muse.

The mornings are getting colder and as Swingle and I arrived, the mist was lifting.

The cobwebs were still on the bushes.

The Baldrian flowers are misted like the cobwebs, amazing!

The light and the cool were hints of autumn to come.

No rush for that, but it’s a sense of the year coming to fulfilment.

We wandered along, enjoying the peace at the end of an extremely busy summer.

Dave and I are changing things, so that we get some time to actually enjoy our summers, we haven’t been up in the hills at all this year.

So we’re dropping Meals on Wheels and one of the holiday houses.

Hopefully, my tutoring and my new book will supply the difference. Let’s hope.

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Training in Strobl

My last week of learning how to be a voluntary librarian! No cleaning or dealing with holiday houses, lovely surroundings.The stress levels are sinking!!!



This summer seems to be hurtling by. At times I feel so upbeat, answered prayers for extra work, and its turned up, and it’s teaching.

Baize door is ready to go, I’m actually using professional marketing this time, so in September I’ll be getting that sorted. Its follow up, Compromise is coming on nicely too.

Holiday houses keeping me busy too, roll on when the flipping grass stops growing. At least we don’t have the UK heatwave, but that would stop the wretched stuff! Library is such fun, next week, we’re off to blow an extra €500 grant we got!

In a couple of weeks I’m off to finish my librarian training. All really good, but under this have been a few personal dramas, sometimes I seem to swing from one cock up to the other!

Swingle’s dewclaw was healed but as soon as she ran in the grass, it ripped again. This morning she had the claw amputated. Poor, sore dog, and she’ll have to wear the collar of shame when we’re out.

I’ve finally moved on enough in faith and have received my healing for the diverticulitis, hooray. Then I get so tired, or I do something stupid or forgetful  and I just want to burst into tears or run away from this life back to the UK, why?

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Lungau morning