So where's the snow?

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


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How’s the new job?

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As I was moaning the other week, I’ve started yet another job, this time at the local farm which has a restaurant in the barn!  To my pleasure, I knew the woman who works there too and we have a common interest in dogs and after my first day, our dogs met too. But we don’t often work together as there are three shifts. I seem to be on the morning one, which is fine by me, as I have more energy first thing. There is also afternoon for clearing up after lunches, ironing and evenings for washing up. Mornings is the cleaning up after evening events, which is doing the kitchen and floors, loos and the restaurants. Simple enough.

Of course I made some blunders, not realising I needed to have the kitchen finished when there is a lunch for the boss to cook. My first Sunday I was swanning around and the other cook arrived and wasn’t too pleased at a wet floor! Of course, the boss could have told me! Still I think I’ve got it together after about three weeks, although at times, I’ve been fed up with the whole cleaning thing and nearly chucked it in due to miscommunication and tiredness. Yesterday, there was a band celebrating it’s 20 years, and it had rained. It looked like a herd of cows had partied, smashing the glasses all over the place and I had my first load of vomit to clear up!!!! It took me five hours to sort it and I was exhausted after! But the boss was actually quite chatty for the first time when she saw I had done it, she had been as white as a sheet first thing that morning, they’d been up till 5 am. Although she has picked me up on blunders I’ve made, such as leaving buckets out and missing some sweeping (Had to ask for the hoover on Sunday!), maybe I’m earning her friendship.

BUT the job so far has some really good advantages. Its usually only a shift of four hours, leaving the rest of the day free, and its not every day, although there is a lot of weekend work, I had this Saturday off and now three weekdays, so I get time to myself to write and do my things. Maybe in this way I’ll get over the not liking working weekends syndrome! It also struck me, that this job, (so long as there is no Erna and Mad boss),I finish, go home and forget all about it. Comparing to other jobs where  I’ve gone home and woken in the middle of the night remembering things I’ve forgotten. Compared it to the stress of when I worked in an office, I will have my peace!

They also let me fit in the Meals on Wheels around it. I get top up pay from the job centre to get the money up to dole level (its only 16-20 hours),  because I’m a wrinkly.  I’m beginning to slowly feel hopeful that this job could be a starter, after all this is my 10th job in 9 years!!!!!!!


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Crazy weather

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It’s not unusual to have a late fall of snow in April, but this year must be the wors and the lastest!  We’ve had several days of a really cold wind and snow showers, which stayed in the air, but the mountains got a covering and even Salzburg! Apparently it came over the UK from Iceland to us. And this morning we woke up to it laying, and as I write at midday we’ve had 25cm!

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Yesterday it was all green and the cherries were blossoming everywhere, but the flowers were browning in the freezing wind. So I guess precious few cherries this year! Dave and I have covered all the plants in the greenhouse,so glad we hadn’t planted anything out!  We were quite smug too that we hadn’t yet taken the winter tyres off the car, meaning Dave was the only one to drive up the steep road to the Burg for work!  I went for a walk with Elke and her son, and we got frozen and covered in snow as it waited for the main tip when we were at the furthest point away. But the dogs loved it. Poor little Robert was fed up and even tried to get his Dad to come and pick him up!

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I was so glad that I’ve still got some bird food and could fill the table up, so many Chaffinches, bullfinches

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and the tits are fighting over it all as I write!

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And it’s then going to freeze tonight. Sooner or later I expect Linda will be out with the snow shovel, I’m keeping below the parapet, it’ll be gone in a few day-won’t it?????

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Spring!

 

P1310856There’s so many crocuses along the lane this year, I think its going to be a good one. Mr B has been telling me the local names for flowers and they are ‘Käseblumerl’. We were looking at this fence that had come down in the rain, it was rotten, his comment, ‘Schlaganfall’ !(Stroke)

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The Lane, then and now

A picture taken in approximatley the 1950s

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Another one taken by us in 2014 before Paggy died. We think the little dot is the now huge pine tree!

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2016 – not quite the same angle, but now all of Paggy’s trees have gone, you can see more.

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The Lane, April 17th 2009

Some watery shots on the Thomatalerbach!


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The Lane, April 16th 2015

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Things starting to change after the late snow had melted. Framers spreading liberal amounts of slurry, at least its organic!!!!!

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Meltwater!

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For the past week or so, the snow has started to melt and we’ve had rain.

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Thomatalerbach further upstream by the old mill

The Mur and the Thomatalerbach are now full of action and up to a more normal level after the very dry autumn.

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When I first saw the line last Friday, I thought there was a problem, but Lizzie says its normal!

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