So where's the snow?

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


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Decision time

So far, our flat hasn’t sold, I like to blame the bug for that, and we have to make some decisions quite soon. If we expect to stay for the winter we’ll have to buy our wood and store it soon and buy new winter tyres for the car. September is being lovely which helps!

We haven’t been able to get to the UK because Austria is on the quarantine list, in that when we arrive, we must have 14 days isolated. How this is policed I have no idea but we would honour that. The one brief time where the quarantines were lifted, there were no flights.

I really want to see my son as he has had some problems, and I miss my kids like a heartbreak. maybe I just need to see and touch, but it’s there. The thought of Christmas without either of them looms like a spectre.

There is a glimmer of hope, if we have no bookings on the holiday houses, then we could do a trip home, driving, so Swingle comes too, shortly or just after Christmas, then we could stay a month and do house hunting too.

We’re both believing in God’s timing in all this, we’re praying for the person who will buy and keeping ourselves in belief. It just needs time.


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Christmas over

How was your Christmas this year? We had the most wonderful time with family. Catching up and making new friends.

Now as the new year gets going, life is piling in again. Two books planned for this year, three short stories in note form and at last someone to translate my books into German. Holiday house cleaning season. More English students and my 60th birthday party to plan. I’m feeling snowed over mentally and physically already!

How’s your new decade showing up?


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New old blog

I’ve been fighting for ages against mailing lists and suddenly remembered the book blog I started last year. Why not simply get people to sign up to that in return for a free book and other offers? So here’s the link and a preview!

https://wordpress.com/view/booksbyanna619772285.wordpress.com

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Hi Everyone!

This is my new idea to reach you wonderful readers!

For those who follow by email, there will be a free gift of one of my books as I will personally contact you.

Then each month there will be news and special offers with links to other authors who you may like to read too.

Or simply follow the blog with no commitment.

I look forward to meeting you all in comments!

 


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Advent market at Burg Finstergruen

For the second year we have a stand selling here our old library books.

Austria at it’s best. We’re next to a lady selling home made punch!

Our stall has a big tarpaulin roof to protect us from snow avalances from the roof, we keep saying its the castle ghost chucking the snow.

Wonderful music, great people, and when the sun goes down,just amazing!


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Christmas Giveaway One: Ducks!

No, I’m not giving free birds away! I’m promoting ‘The Baize Door’, by giving away a free short story along with an excerpt from the book. Then maybe people might want to read on and buy the book, yup, marketing again.

However, the book is free ONLY from Friday to Tuesday, then there will be another next weekend. It’s on American Pacific time, so if you don’t find it at first, please be patient. All have an animal theme and the final one is a really Christmassy one from Austria.

Happy Reading!

 


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The Spirit of Christmas

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I expect a lot of you will think, yeah, I got this ages ago. I love reading Christmas books and seeing Christmas films. One thing that has become clear, is that most the kids, whether they are naughty or nice, get presents. Often not deserved. But isn’t this just simply God’s Grace? Being given something freely, underserved, that is a joy.

So I won’t knock Christmas sentimentality any more, its a working of God’s grace.  Do more people need to be aware of this???