So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Early Mornings

Bullfinch eating dandelion seeds!

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How’s your lockdown going?

In our little part of Austria, we have been virus free for several weeks, apart from someone who had a relapse for a couple of days. The whole Lungau is now clear. We have been very good about keeping to ourselves, although I think some of the neighbours stretched what was meant as family.

We all have to wear masks in shops and pay behind plexi screens. My little library will open on Monday, we spent a lot of the time doing an inventory and were shocked at how many missing books there appeared to be. Now we think there has been a problem in the numbering system, so that will account for a lot!

Restaurants are opening, will be so nice to go out for out Wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. Of course, all our plans to move back to the UK are on hold and we think we might just forget about it until next year. But we had a viewing from a local family, who knows?

We have been really blessed with online services with our church in the UK, but it isn’t the same without a congregation! But to have teaching in English is a pure joy! Our little church here meets in the chapel of the local Old People’s home, we wont get in there for a while!

How’s your lock down going?


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Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)

We had one of these trees in our first house at Little Marsh near Beaulieu. Its scent when flowering is amazing, heavy and a bit peppery. It takes me back every time to when our kids were small and how they played in that garden. There’s lots of these trees in this part of the Lungau and it seems this year is their turn for heavy flowering. Here are some piccies I took today. Have you got some great flowering trees where you are?


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The old road to Bundschuh

This was the old road down from the mining area from Schonfeld to the furnace at Bundschuh, and then on towards Thomatal and Ramingstein. There’s also a lost castle there too. Boy, was the river full of melt water loud. There was a lot of damage from the rain and snow last autumn too. It was simply good to get back in the woods and walk by the river.


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Smiling with the eyes

Here in Austria, things are starting to get back to normal as we can now shop if we wear masks and keep our distances. You have to have a trolley each in bigger supermarkets, and some shops restrict how many can be in at once.

As I trotted around this week lots of people said Hi and I had trouble when I didn’t recognise the voice. I even heard someone say, ‘Is that really you?’

Then it struck me, do people know that I’m smiling at them from behind the mask? Duh moment! So now I make a point of smiling with my eyes, consciously raising my cheeks so my eyes change. Funny how we only think of smiling with the mouth. Guess after this I’ll have more wrinkles!


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Writers’ Block

So last week, I was ploughing on with the new book, the final book in my Horses and Souls series. I’ve wanted so much to crack on with this all winter. It’s set here in the Lungau, has a romance and loads of horses. I’ve managed another five thousand words.

Today I sit at my computer. I don’t want to write a word. It’s not that the story isn’t there in my head, it’s there waiting to be pulled out. But I can’t. I feel the story is boring, lacks action, just putting another word down fills me with boredom. I don’t want to do it.

Maybe it’s a final effects of the flu. It’s been a hard winter for me, physically and mentally. Then there’s this lock down. Day in day out the same, but at least I get out for work. I know I’ve got some anger boiling away inside, some things that wouldn’t have been a problem have got me really angry.

So I’ll eat some chocolate and watch the tv and try to get my head around this.