So where's the snow?

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

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Merry moles under the snow!

As the snow melts, all is revealed. This was everywhere on the meadows!

For solitary animals looks like they had quite a party this winter.

Until pest control arrives……..


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Three years of Swingle

Three years of the joy of dog owning! We’re sure her Dad was a Labrador, the way she has to bring us a gift when we come home, her enormous appetite, her loving nature. Now a mature dog, her capacity for sleep is endless, especially if she has a pillow!

Her new hobby is snow rolling as its getting warmer, as I think her skin is itchy as she hasn’t swam since December. I’m not so mean as to bath her. A gentle if noisy dog, bless her!

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The Diktler hütte and secrets in the woods.

Last week we went back to the Diktlerhütte, our favourite hut in Lungau to see what had happened. In the spring we’d seen major building work going on and feared it was turning into another gastro hut like Ludlalm.

Joy! Even Swingle was pleased. They’ve just put new storage, a new cooker, heater in the main room, they’ve not even changed the menu card or the pongy bogs! Same staff! Same menu, so we had a wonderful roast and walked along the Cross country ski path back to the car.

We’d parked in the new carpark, and I suddenly saw this old hut through the trees.

Its even got trees growing out the roof! Its next to a huge barn. Wonder what it was used for?

The house over the road had the biggest icicles I’ve seen in Lungau!

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We’re just waiting for a real Siberian blast of cold air, after the snowiest winter(so far) for over a decade.

Walking up the lane this morning, I was looking at all the footprints. One of the farmers has been clearing it, so maybe we’re all using it more. I could see where people stopped for a chat, the first snow angel,

Mr B’s sticks, deer slots, paw prints(!), all the different boots!

And our home mountain, Huhnleitknock looked good too!


Baize door

Question for all my followers especially USA ones!

Do you know what a Baize door is? If you saw a book of that name, would you be tempted to look further? I ‘m asking as this is the name for my new book, but I’ve discovered there is already a couple of books with similar names-although they are old and out of print!  Tell me!

And here’s a spurious Swingle picture!

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Lungau snow

After our recent very heavy falls of snow, I was chatting to a neighbour and casually said,’I suppose this is how it used to be when Lungau was the Siberia of Austria?’ ‘No’ he said,’there was much more then.’ Staggered, I went home, shut the door, put the kettle on and realised,no wonder the older generation here is so totally twitched about snow clearing…….and was so grateful for Christian and his snow blower!

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So much snow, so little time!

The past couple of weeks we’ve had family staying, and its been such a good time.

We’ve got out and gone to places we don’t usually go to, a real staycation!

Now the main ski season is kicking off, score so far one bunged up washing machine, one frozen gate and a dishwasher pumping onto the floor…….roll on Easter.