So where's the snow?

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


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Cold winter coming?

September 21st

We have had autumn since the beginning of the month. It’s been really cold, although no frosts yet. The cows have all come down two weeks early, but there is plenty of grass for them.It reminds me of 2007 when we had this but more extreme and cows and horses on the alms had to have hay helicoptered in and some died. Not so bad this year, but 2007 had loads of snow and it was a white Christmas!!

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Bullfinches

Since the demise of Paggy, the Bullfinches have been coming to my bird table. This year they stayed and had babies. I feel honoured!


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A walk by the Mur in St Margarethen in Lungau

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I know I’ve posted about walks here, but here was a lovely walk in September!  FB Click on the link.

Stormy, rainy weather

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Horse Market, Mauterndorf

For the first time in eleven summers, we made it to the horse market. When Dave heard of it when we were first here, he threatened to lock me in the cellar. But I’m OK now!

I understand there used to be a lot of foals taken away for meat, but this has changed. We only saw Norrikers and their foals. Beautifully turned out and running around the ring. The Leopard spotted ones are greatly sought after. But the best price went to a back one for €1800 euros. No more meat trade at that price thank heavens.

It is a bit brutal as a lot of the foals are separated from their Mums after this. One youngster tried to kick his way out of a box as we left, but they all leapt out of the car and calmed it. I think someone stayed in the trailer which is illegal, but shows there is love and care there!

September

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Summer roses

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This year our American Pillar rose  and the little pink bush came into their own, even the neighbours commented on them! We hope to train the Pillar rose all over the pergola in the years to come. FB click on the link