So where's the snow?

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

About Anna

P1210340

Short version;  Christian, Writer, gardener, English teacher, walker, Brit in Austria!

Long Version; I moved from the United Kingdom to Austria in 2007.  I’ve been married for 33 years to Dave who worked for a few years in the  local Garden centre in Tamsweg, but chucked it in due to stress!  We have a very small business looking after holiday houses and he is now working at Burg Finstergrün where I have worked, as a gardener for the summer ( but he doesn’t have to work with Erna). He loathes the internet, but thinks this blog is a good idea! We both felt a call to move here but still haven’t really found out what God wants us to do yet!

We are members of the local Protestant church and have a non-denominational housegroup, all of which are struggling a bit at the moment.

We planned to work as Missionaries but it just didn’t seem to be right for us.  God has used this time to feed us through the media ministries of many television evangelists – the best of whom are Andrew Wommack and Joyce Meyer.  I’ve learnt so much and I’m using this Blog to share what I’ve learnt and how I’ve applied it to my life.

We have  two kids, our daughter is a Nurse and our son works as an Electrical engineer on railways, and is  married to Michelle.  I have an Honours degree from the Open University in English and History. I went back to work once the kids were old enough to be left to wreck the house on their own and worked in Fine Art Insurance then in Riding therapyfor six years. I ‘ve always been into horses (pony mad kid!) and to work with teenagers with learning difficulties was a dream job.  During this time my mother died, the dog died, daughter went to University, son was rarely at home, and I was banging my head against a brick wall in my job as I’d stupidly moved into more office work. We tested this call in every way possible and are sure we’re where he wants us, but are struggling with the way forward. I gave the love and work with horses back to God when we left England only to have it given back.  I worked teaching riding  (which was a great way to have to improve my German) for two years.  In my last summer my boss (75!) suffered severed injuries in riding accident leaving me to run the yard.  By the spring I was burnt out. So I left the horses behind and have had  many jobs in the past few years, including  working as a cleaner in the local castle, for a local business, and other hotels and a disastrous job teaching English.  All of which is detailed (often painfully)  in the blog! I now help Dave with the business, do home tutoring in English, and have re-trained  as a TEFL teacher and so take a course for the job centre in the autumn.

Dave and I  believe  God has a plan for our lives, that he will bless us so that we can be financially idependent so we can work full time here for him.  After 8 years, we now have a dog, Swingle who has brought us much joy and penury! At the time I write this, I’m fighting with homesickness, and I’m taking each day as it comes!

Advertisements

51 thoughts on “About Anna

  1. Hav’nt read it all yet as I am really busy on the computer, but I had a quick ‘skim’ & it looks very interesting.
    I must get round to writing properly.
    But in brief
    Karen got GP placement & Amelie is now 19months old
    Phil getting married in Sept & buying a house
    Bean having yr off after A levels to decide what to do
    Bob busy doing property maintenence
    Me busy doing my cards & calendars & having a young lad from bad background living with us – full time work!!!

    Will write soon xxxx Aline

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I like your blogging Anna, and hope you are not sweeping the dust under the carpets at the Castle ( that’s what a Burg is isn’t it?). You can’t beat your neigbours alchoholism but God can, it’s a dangerous addiction. I understand your lack of confidence in offering to pray for folk especially if you don’t know them, but if I may, I offer this advice, believe God and take the risk, that’s how miracles happen.
    Love in Jesus
    Ken and Eileen

    Liked by 1 person

    • Its great to hear from you, and thanks for your as ever good advice. I hope Eileen is now fully recovered. We hope to see you at Christmas when we’re over. I’m looking forward to a New Life service, ours here are a bit quiet! Much love

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Top 100 Exchange and Experience Blogs 2012

    Dear Anna,

    My name is Virgínia Rodrigues and I work for the language portal bab.la.

    I’m contacting you with regards to your blog.

    Every year we organize the “Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs” competition (also known as IX12). We are looking for the top 100 blogs about life abroad because we really enjoy bringing the exchange blogger community together. Last year we had 220 participants and close to 5.000 votes. You can see the last year results here:
    http://en.bab.la/news/top-100-international-exchange-experience-blogs-2011

    Your blog has been nominated and will enter the competition unless you tell us not to. The nomination period goes from January 16th to January 29th, 11:59 p.m. CET (German Time). Feel free to tell other bloggers about the competition or nominate another blog yourself. Voting starts on January 31st and goes till February 12th, 11:59 p.m. CET (German Time). Results will be published February 14th. The winners will be decided based on user votes.

    If you don’t want to be included in the nomination list, please let us know by sending me an email and we won´t contact you again. You can also contact me by email (virginia@bab.la) if you have any further questions about the competition.

    Kind regards,
    Virgínia Rodrigues
    On behalf of bab.la and the Lexiophiles language blog

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nice to hear from you, Anna, and good to know that you too are loving ife here in Austria. Busy skiing right now but once the snow has disappeared, we’ll make a bike trip into the Lungau.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. It seems you have become in a certain way a missionary, but in an other way than you originally thought. I do hope you are willing to witness for the only one God as well by doing service to Jehovah and taking care of the weaker ones. And by not being connected to a religious group the Asylum seekers hopefully shall not misuse your kindness and efforts.
    Best of luck.

    Like

  6. Hi,
    my name is Simona and I am with the web research team at InterNations.org. We are the world’s leading social network for expatriates, with currently 500.000+ members in more than 322 cities worldwide.
    I really enjoyed reading your fantastic blog and believe that expats in Vienna and around the world would not only – appreciate the entertaining content, but also benefit from the insights and perspectives you offer. Your blog really is a captivating read! This is why I would like to feature you and your writing in a designated section of InterNations.org , the Recommended Blog on Vienna. We have designed a link badge for placement on your blog and would be glad to hear from you directly via our questionnaire!
    I hope my proposal has piqued your interest. If so, please feel free to contact me via email: featuredblogs@internations.org

    Best,
    Simona

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I dropped into your blog to say thanks for being my 100th follower!
    I am envious of your view of the mountains.
    Take care-

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Dear Anna, I have just now nominated you for the Liebster blogging award, if you would like to participate in it. Thanks.
    http://suyashchopra.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/the-liebster-award-november-2014/

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Great!! It may take a little while as I’m working teaching at the moment, but I’ll definitely do it by the end of the month!

    Like

  10. Just in case you’re in any doubt Anna and Dave, I do follow your blog from time to time and admire your tenacity and bravery in sticking with it all – lesser humans would have packed it in ages ago. But you have each other, your health, your joi de vivre and, of course, your faith. Stay well, stay happy and keep writing. From your old friend Clare XX

    Liked by 1 person

  11. When are you over and where are you staying? Could do Wareham on a weekday

    Like

  12. Hi Anna, thank you for visiting my blog, your photography looks really awesome. 🙂

    Like

  13. Hi Anna and Dave, I enjoyed looking through your photos and reading the posts – all very nice. Looking forward to your further adventures!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Here’s a message from Türkiye to say “thank you” Anna (and Dave). I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂

    Hope you have a great day…

    SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

    Like

  15. Thanks for the follow!!

    Like

  16. Icelandics are a great breed, can be very reliable but also naughty! Tolting is like flying and on a good horse faster than galloping! There are pictures on the blog, I’ll send you the links when I can get to my pc! Have a great weekend!

    Like

  17. Anna, Thank you for stopping by and liking my post at Renaissance Musings. Wishing you success on your journey through life.

    Like

    • I loved the photo, it reminded me of when we lived in the New Forest in the UK and the crows and magpies would pull hair form the horses much to their pleasure as they shed their winter coats!

      Like

  18. Thanks for following Sawyer’s adventures! ~Uschi

    Like

  19. Hey Anna!! 🙂 Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sisterhood Award. 🙂

    https://kidfarmer.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/sisterhood-of-the-world-blogger-award/

    Thanks for being my friend!! 🙂

    Like

    • Wow, thanks, I’m thrilled to bits!! I’ll work on it in the next couple of days. Haymaking has ground to a halt here as we’re in for a thundery spell. Swingle had a run around a hayfield the other morning (I’m sure no one saw….) and the grass was so high she disappeared, all I could see was some waving stalks, I just wonder how she found her way out!!! I guess I’m a farmer by proxy, I find all the work around here fascinating and I’d love to have a house cow again!

      Like

    • HHEEELLPP! I’m having a senior moment, I can’t get the blog award logo on the post, what do I do???????

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Hey Ana,

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Austria and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

    Like

    • Hi Joe, I’ve sent your information on to a couple of people who may be interested. Shame I’ve been living here too long! If I can be of any help, please let me know! Best wishes

      Like

  21. Hi. It’s nice to meet you! 🙂

    Like

  22. Hey Anna! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. 😀

    https://kidfarmer.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/the-blogger-recognition-award/

    Like

  23. As a fellow English lit & History alumni and a Brit living (for the time being and possibly for the further future) in Austria, it’s nice to come across this blog! Looking forward to getting to know another expat’s story 😀

    Like

    • I’ve sent a long boring email to you on the address above rather than the public one here, but I’m not sure if it will actually arrive because I’ve had problems with windows 10, if you don’t hear soon from me, please let me know!!!!!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s