So where's the snow?

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

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The Lane February


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Another slideshow, but it’s a quiet time of year. Interesting how it varies though!  FB click on the link.

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It’s snow time for skiing!


I was wondering what weather this winter would bring, and while there is a lot of ice about, the little amount of snow here is melting around us as I write on February 1st. Its been cold as usual, and we’ve had rain as has been the trend for the past few years.  I’m happy as I’ve been able to dog walk with relatively little peril, especially as I now have shoes with retractable spikes! It rained this weekend and once again our yard was like a skating rink. But it has meant the ice on the lane has melted and I don’t have to worry for Mr B making his daily way across it. We haven’t had the snow shovel out once.  I’m just hoping we don’t get another load of snow in March like last year just after we got Swingle.  There’s been very little rain or snow which had the hill farmers moaning before Christmas, and where I’ve been measuring the Thomatalerbach, its been steadily low the whole time.


Skiing? The season started with streaks of man-made pistes down the hills and accidents galore when people went too fast or off the edges. There as a good bit in the middle, there were some spells of -12 a couple of weeks ago, and where the Mur is so low, it actually froze across for a couple of days. But all our friends say its been awful recently as the snow is turning to slush by middle morning, and sections of runs are ice.  The rain means the avalanche warnings have all been raised. At least its an early Easter this year.


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The Lane, January

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I’ve been so busy the last month, that I’ve completely missed my postings about the lane! It’s a changing place, as I seem to meet more people when I walk there with the dog. Dear Mr Bogensberger who now has bits of bacon for Swingle, many neighbours on an afternoon walk. Its becoming a social place.  Just wish whoever keeps on putting old bits of meat out for the foxes would stop, and the  deer from pooping in just one of the fields where Swingle has to eat bits of it (YUCK), let alone the body of the deer somewhere ion the wood where she will run off to and grab a bit if she sneaks off!  Here’s a slideshow from past years! FB click on the link.

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The Mur freezes over


In the nearly nine years we’ve been here, I’ve never seen the Mur freeze right across. Then a couple of days ago, we had -16 overnight. And ten minutes after I came home from photographing the ice across the road, it went right across. The water is still going under, but what a sight. I’ve been doing a timelapse shoot. It’s getting warmer -well relativley this weekend, so I guess it’ll melt.

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Its a result of the extremely dry late autumn and winter which has the river incredibly low. Don’t think it’ll be like the year they had to dynamite it to get the river to flood though!

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I don’t care about the snow…….


It suddenly struck me the other day that I don’t care about the snow anymore, whether it comes or not! In the past few years I’ve been eagerly watching the weather forecast and peering out the window after dark to see if its snowing, or just watching it. But now, I don’t care at all. It’s good if there’s enough to cover the path for dog walking. And of course, in our little corner of Austria, the snow has got stuck at Obertauern again and we’ve relatively little here. Don’t care if we skip straight to spring!

What is interesting me is photographing the ice……..


Mid winter witter!


As I write, its a gloriously sunny day, we had -11 last night, but the freeze isn’t due to last long. And we’re in the what I see now as the mid winter trough.  We have more holiday house changovers coming up in the next six weeks, roll on Easter!  At times I find myself loathing this work, but it’s what God has given us to do, and I have to change my attitude, there is a joy in a job well done, whatever it is. But no work otherwise, so we’re slipping into a routine that is safe and confortable, but becasue of dog walking, its not as deadly as it has been because I’m too tired to start chewing the walls!

Up in the morning (eventually), quick breakfast then out with the dog. A long walk if we’re leaving her, shorter on the days we will have a long afternoon walk. Then shopping or a changeover. Lunch. Dog walk. Supper at 5, bath. Television.  But its ok for now. Until the other day when I began to think about spring. Primulas, appple blossom. No ice. I had to take my thoughts away from this, it’s too far away. February has to be weathered first!

I’ve got much better about ice-no other option with a mut. And I’ve got some great shoes that have a flip metal stud in the sole for bad bits! Ice is becoming a bit of a photo obsession as there is so much about! I’ve found poor Swingle reacts badly when the roadside been gritted and has water or melted snow on it. The salt really hurts and stings her feet. This morning she was on her back while I rubbed her paws!  It means we have to turn around and go up the lane. Snow and ice themselves are no problem for her! She hurtles across frozen puddles and hasn’t done a bambi yet. I’ve toyed with buying boots but I can’t see them lasting long!  I have sympathy with my mother now where she would dress up in layers for winter dog walking. And the compulsion that the dog must have a walk- Swingle seems to like her morning one the most, but sometimes as soon as we finish lunch she’s whining to go out. Its best when we pop round to play with her best friend Bella!

I’m at peace at last. But I’m bugging God still. Where’s the work? What do I do? What do you want me to do? You have all of me, USE ME!!!! Linda gave me a writing before Christmas, basically saying, if God isn’t directly calling, just live your life as it is to shine with his glory. So I’m trying to do this.

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New life in Schönfeld


Now that we have some snow, we took a trip up to Schönfeld, and had a brilliant walk along Rosinental, where I posted we walked in the autumn.DSCN3490Swingle leapt in and out of the snow, eating so much of it, she was tiddling all the way back!DSCN3485 (2)This is the first time this path has been cleared for about three years.DSCN3493 (2)We really needed the snow shoes, so we’ll be going again when the weather has a clear day as it will take longer than in the last time!DSCN3484 (2)There were touring skiers around which annoyed the dog as she thought the place was hers!DSCN3492 (2)Along with the path clearing, the loipes are being made, although without the slots, maybe just for the classic skiers.DSCN3500But one lift is now open, so is the hotel, and there were kids pootling up and down the slope.DSCN3499Schönfeld is open again, and yes, it is good to see the new life there, and in the summer it is ours! That evening there was a report on the local news about the re-opening, a German company and some local people have invested in the area. Brilliant! DSCN3486



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