So where's the snow?

Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog

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Scenes at Farnham Rural life Museum

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Special Offer!

The first book of my Memoirs is reduced! Click on the link for the special price of 99c, and a bit less on the UK site. This is because the new book, ‘Finding’, will be out on May 1st!

Brought up by a warring Mother and Grandmother, Anna Rashbrook had to make choices that no child should have to.

In this first memoir, she begins the quest to understand the threads of faith, horses, and love, which weave and intertwine throughout her life.

Years of diarying help Anna in this frank and honest chronicle of her childhood and teenage, as she explores the scars and the dysfunction that was all around her. Not to forget pony mania, the Tremeloes, David Bowie, and some terrible teenage behaviour!

Anna travels to Switzerland to work on a farm in Switzerland for a year before college and finds her first true love, but will it all work out?

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This time of year is the main time for book buying, then afterwards people are using vouchers. So here is a subtle hint from me about my books and then I’ll not bug you again until the new year!

All are available as ebooks and free on Kindle unlimited. Christmas and Collection are not available as paperbacks.

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Five Day Giveaway:Pigs!

Here is the next free story, available from Thursday 15th to Monday 19th only, again that’s Pacific time.

We used to keep pigs and they are wonderful animals, friendly and funny. Grossly underrated!  There are some practices which I think are wrong in their care these days and this comes up in the story.

The excerpt from the Baize Door is where the Barknadoes arrive in Joanna’s life and chaos ensues.

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Tag des denkmals, or Memorial day in the Lungau


This annual event always brings up something exciting to look at in Lungau and this year was no exception.


The origins of this building have been lost in time, except that it was built as a medieval tower.


Arch uncovered by the excavations when the walls were repaired.

Over the past two winters much had fallen down so this year some much need restoration has taken place – the owner said that the stairs were hanging in mid air before they were given a new wall.


It was used as a farm house in living memory and there were many reminders lying about the place as we went about.


It was also burnt at one stage, the charred ceilings till remaining.


There was some idea that it dated back to the Roman times,the village was apparently once called Grave village but no evidence has been found by the archaeologists who did a recent survey and some test digs.


Much of it was robbed out to build the local farms, and on the side by the river, apparently the ground is filled with the left over rubble.


There may be a cellar or another room at a lower level here.


Now Dave and I had our Time Team hats on and had a quick trot around the village and think we know what the origins of this wonderful building are, but we need to go and take photos to plead our case.  What do you think it’s origins are?


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Murtalbahn holidays


What more could you want, lovely house,railway, river, castle in distance?

I get quite a lot of interest about our local railway, s0 I thought I must do a plug for our friends who have a beautiful holiday house right by the railway!  It’s just across the Mur from us and enjoys the most wonderfully sunny situation.  The railway runs beside it, no fences nothing, and as its only a local railway, you can plan your times to sit and wave at the train! They run steam excursions all through the summer too, this is on the Club 760 website in English!

View from the Veranda – that’s the local quiet pub/guesthouse ideal for a beer or a great meal!

It can sleep up to six, and has all the facilities you need.  It even has English satellite tv for those who want to catch up with home!  It’s ideally situated for anyone wanting a base to  look at the railways.  Its only 10km from Mauterndorf where the local steam railway, run by the ‘Club 760’ is based.  Or you can go south the where they have a small museum at Fojach.  To drive to Lokwelt near Salzburg is only an hour and a half away, as is the Salzburgerland Freilicht Museum (Open air, mainly farm buildings) which has its own small railway.  You could easily spend  a week here doing train stuff and sun bathing in front of the cottage.

Do have a look at the website;

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