So where's the snow?

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

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The garden has emerged from the snow, and is looking really scraggy. Dave and I have decided that its time to give up on the veggie plot. In the eleven years we’ve been here, things have changed and we can now buy parsnips and  sweetcorn here in the supermarkets.

This is combined with my lack of interest in weeding during the summer, and Dave’s lack of time. We’re going to move the flower bed back towards the fence with the soft fruits and grass it over. Will make mowing easier too.

We will keep on the two greenhouses (ours and Paggy’s one)  for pumpkins, melons and some salads. I want to chop down the tree we call Wizbit (after a children’s programme) because the dogs digging under it seem to have injured it and it looks it.

That will open up the garden even more. We would just like someone to come along and steal our hedge so we don’t have to trim that!



Perfect summer

This summer in Lungau has been text book. The farmers had just enough rain and sun for their first cut of silage. We had the heat of 30 degrees, but it was bridged with rain that had the best growing conditions for the flowers and the veges. I found it too hot when I had to go grass mowing with Dave, but I just don’t do hot. He’s spent a working life out in the heat, and to use his highest form of insult, I was born to work in an office………

We had odd bouts where there was snow on the tops, but you can have snow here any season of the year! Some farmers made three cuts of hay and silage, and there has been time for the grass to re-grow for when the cows come down. I’ve yet to get my picture of them looking out of the trailer tops.

We’ve had brilliant thunderstorms that went with the hot weather and yes, there had been a lot of damage, but where we’re protected by the Tauern mountains, we missed it this year. But all normal alpine weather, if bit more extreme due to the higher temperatures!

The final heat ended on the dot of September first, and since then its been appreciably colder, thank heavens. The hill behind us is white again this morning after a couple of days of rain, and I think of the cows stuck up there. In 2007 there was a really heavy snow and a lot died, but I think this will melt.

And the fruit and veges have been brilliant, and we celebrate our first ever Lungau melon!

Only down side was I seem to have the latest ripening Elderberry tree in the valley and I may only be able to make jam, but I have a few bottles of last years to keep us going!

How was your summer? Or those in other climes, your winter?


Blog Holiday!

Dear readers, you may have noticed my lack of posts since Christmas. It’s just sheer lack of time and life butting in. Having worked so hard on this blog, I’m never going to let it go. B UT! I’ve been blessed for the first time in 15 years since I wrote Tom, with the plot of a new book, and write I must! The summer season with the holiday houses is looming, more library training along with two short English courses, time is of a premium.

In fact, I’ve only had time today because we’ve had the first real rain of the year so no gardening and I’m in the kitchen with the fire lit, sitting writing with Dave out the house at work! I have written a full on Christian set of posts for Holy week, but after that it’ll be intermittent ones until the autumn. Then the first draft and correction of the book will be done- I’ll be looking for  people to read and correct for me too. Then I hope to then publish in the New Year.

So readers, please do not unfollow me, I will be back!

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Greenhouse madness


Dave and I decided that this year, we would use our own, home grown compost for the greenhouse.


This and a month of warm damp weather has seen an explosion of triffids growing over the roof!!!!


The melons are growing and I may actually have ripe tomatoes before August. The Hokaido squashes are going to be amazing!





I’ve no idea what this bush is called, and every spring I’ve pruned it back. Never again! This year having been busy with dog, I forgot and the result are these tiny flowers but the most amazing lemony scent that’s all over the garden. Anyone know its name?


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Yuk, I’ve never seen so many black aphids on one tree, its all over my precious Elderberry trees on the new growth and they’re starting to spread over all the leaves. I guess I’ll have to spray them or no fruit!  Maybe its a result of the mild winter!

Anyone else got problems with bugs this year?