So where's the snow?

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


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Spring – backwards and forwards

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I’m calling this a yo-yo spring. I celebrated winter’s end too soon! On Monday, I just had put the washing out in the warm sunshine and down the valley came a storm which lashed through and it rained on and off for the rest of the day.  It then snowed, heavy wet snow and rain all night.

Yesterday, in warm sunshine, Linda and I were sweating as we planted pansies in the graveyard in readiness for Easter. This was after we had woken to a covering of snow that had melted by lunchtime. By the time I had walked the dog, it was raining again.

This morning we woke to about 5cm of fresh wet snow. Looks like we put the shovels away too quickly. Interesting that a local guy had said that morning that he had seen an ermine still in its winter white,  a sure sign that the spring will be late. Of course, Easter is quite early this year, but it seems the old Lungau adage  is right, Green Christmas, White Easter, and maybe April will come in like a lion but leave like a lamb!


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The Best Easter Tree

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Don’t care if it’s pagan or Catholic, the Easter trees that abound here are great and this is the best I’ve seen this year at the Landgasthof Weilharter in Kendlebruck!  Brilliant!


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The Christmas Egg Shop in Salzburg

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We found this shop several years ago, when it was a wet, cold day for tourists in Salzburg and just going into its colourful warmth lifted our spirits.

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It does have a wonderful selection of eggs for Christmas and some new themes as shown on my pictures.

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Here I want to feature the Easter Eggs. All ready for the Austrian/Catholic/Pagan tradition of having a tree of willow buds decorated in your house on Easter Sunday.

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Sound of music ones of course!

I do a tree too as a bit of colour to enjoy, no belief system.

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Can’t escape Mozart either!

 

But aren’t they pretty??????

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Ready to be painted

The shop in in the Judengasse in the old city, so do pop in and enjoy!

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Salzburg scenes


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Lenten fasting

Ice!

We decided this year  to fast from meat this Lent, just as a trial.  I’d always been meant to eat less due to the cholesterol etc etc.  So we did, and it turned out to be a non issue, neither of us missed it!  It was only a problem when eating out!  Someone asked me if I was experimenting with lots of tasty veggie dishes – no I wasn’t!  I only enjoy cooking when entertaining,and I like to throw something in the oven, and fish it out half an hour later with no effort on my part!  I found myself buying Veggie dishes,  such as fingers and schnitzels, and pre-made rice dishes. The Spar even had a new range of meat substitutes  – yuck, they were disgusting!  as Dave pointed out, why do you give up meat and then try to have things that are just the same?

So fast over, I don’t think we’ll go back to as much meat again, but we do like it. Spiritually it was a non event, but I did read my Bible more and pray more.  Dave now says next year we should fast from tv,  me the internet, and my kindle – and he and the cheek to say he’d just then listen to the radio.  Tad unfair I think!


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Wrong information!

Still plenty of ice about!

We were travelling around the Lungau on Easter Saturday admiring the different designs of the fires that were being built around the valley.  I think this year is the first when it has rained on the day.  One was done in a complicated twirl, another looked quite lopsided.  Then someone asked me about what I had said in a blog about the children coming around with the rattles being a way of warding off evil spirits.  So I checked up and in the book of Lungau Traditions, I stand corrected. The bells in the catholic church during the sad time from Thursday evening to Sunday morning, are turned off.  The bells fly to Rome (!), and so the rattles were to tell people the time!  So who fed me the false information, or was I privvy to some Lungau secret – is this how customs or  folklore start??????

You’d have also thought that we’d learnt about shopping here.  On impulse on Saturday we went to buy some outdoor carpet for our porch, at one of the biggest home furnishing shops. We wondered why we were served in such a hurry, only to hear an announcement that the shop was shutting at One o’clock for the holiday – how have we managed not to find this out in over five years -duh!!!!!!!!

PS.  I’ve just had the spirit thing confirmed by someone else, so its both!


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After Easter

My Easter tree and through the window, snowing!!

It snowed on Easter day which is the first time for us and the weather went cold. Great for the last of the skiers but a bit of a shock down here as we’d got into spring mode!

Easter turned out to be unexpectedly a blessing for us, and was a great day.  We both woke quite early and so decided to go to the Church service at Murau, our mother church.  The service itself was very traditional (I’m being tactful here) despite really hard word being done by the Pastorin. To our surprise, she invited to lunch along with the other  English family. We had a great time, great food, great chat, although mostly in English which always makes me feel a bit guilty.  Is it a compliment that people here only speak to us in German?

Then we trundled home and then had an evening meal with the Lungau English gang, which was again a real blast.  What a day!

Paggy is on the mend, just waiting for an all clear from the physiotherapist that he’s mobile  enough to go home.  He says he’ll discuss about the key when he comes home, but this time I wont let him evade it.  He even talked Dave into buying him a beer and sneaking it into the ward for him – at the time it seemed funny, but now we’re both having kittens and dreading getting told off when we next visit.

It’s now like another start to the year, Pentecost and Spring to look forward to, so why am I yo-yoing between great joy and manic frustration?