So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria, God and life, teaching and gardening plus the occasional cow


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St Margarethen again!

My favourite walk in Lungau and only a few days clear of snow. We’ve a little heatwave this weekend, so we did lots of work in the garden starting my new flower bed and putting the seats out.

Then Swingle and I sneaked off! The fields are still brown and the farmers have come out of the barns to spread everywhere possible with slurry, so it was a smelly walk!

There are big flood protection works going on much to my disgust but just by the bridge. More islands in the Mur. Thankfully, the rest of the track was undisturbed.

The last weekend of skiing at Aineck, I could see the lower lift was stopped, the upper not, most odd. I expect the snow was slush, it was +17!!

Best of all was the birds. I heard swallows, black redstarts, water blackbirds, Fieldfares. Spring at last!

As I strode along I realised how winter and snow has a sort of paralyzing effect. I have no desire to march and my body feels heavier, now I feel lightfooted. Maybe a sort of winter half hibernation? All over now, roll on summer!

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At last!

Its been a hard, snowy winter, the snow came early and is still thick on the tops. Happy skiers! We’ve had a busy time with the holiday houses having record bookings. Wonderful visits from family. This is our first free weekend since Christmas! Dave has just started back at Burg Fibstergrün. I had one blissfull morning this week starting editing my book, with more time to come. I’ve got one English course going at the moment, and another part time after Easter. But it looks like the government has cancelled my main course in the autumn, which means a huge loss of income, but I’m not worrying yet. I’m now running the library, loving it.

But most of all, the snow is melting, in six weeks time the valley will be green and yellow. Spring. My soul rejoices.


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Such a windy dry spring!

Spring here is always at a breakneck speed as the Lungau catches up with the rest of Austria! This year, before Easter we had strong winds laden with snow that didn’t lay, and it’s still windy now. We had the late snow which didn’t hang about, thank heavens and I think only the cherries might have got frosted. Certainly the apple blossom is stunning, today the petals were being blown about by the aforesaid wind.

The weather direction has been from the North and indeed, north of the Tauern mountains and Obertauern, there’s been plenty of rain, but like the snow its got stuck there and we’ve had token rain, but everything is so dry, I get shocks off everything! The grass is well behind what it should be, but nothing stops the Dandelions!

I’ve seen a few mutant dandelions again this year. Dave reckons its snow damage. This beauty will have four heads when it flowers!

Now its flowered!

And then,and I’m not sure what these trees are, lots of them are carrying normal leaves on one side and the others are laden with seeds like in this picture. I’ll find one if full leaf soon and know!

All signs of unusual weather, or a reaction to the cold, windy winter? What do you think?


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Spring Bounces On

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Apparently a lot of the bad weather earlier last week was due to Hurricane Niklaus, and we got off lightly due to the protection of the mountains at Obertauern.

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Early evening on Maunday Thursday, just as we thought the rain was easing off a sudden storm came hurtling up the valley and it snowed like it hasn’t done all winter. We woke up to about six inches, much to a certain puppy’s delight! The skies cleared and it began to thaw in the warmish sunshine, we even went for a walk along the river.

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Slightly wonky Easter fire at Tamsweg. I wonder if they will be able to light them?

Then blow me down, if it didn’t begin snowing again on Easter Saturday, but just rainy sleet  all day. Easter Sunday was cold with snow showers, and we walked in the woods in deep snow, of course for Swingle’s playtime. Monday it did the same, snowed over on to Tuesday BUT they say this is the last, it may get to +20 by the end of the week- I’m trying not to get too excited!


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Oh, at last!

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Spring’s arrived in Madling. I can only heave a deep sigh of relief. It’s been an odd, snow poor winter, with illnesses, depression and the only highlight has been Christmas in the UK….oh and you know who arriving!!!!

Life with puppy means that I get to hear the dawn chorus as I let her out. As I walk along the lane, I’m spotting all the new growth and life. The Lungwort, one of my favourite flowers is on its way.

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In the last week, I’ve heard the thrush beginning to sing- there was one singing all spring in our garden last year, I hope it’s back. The swallows have arrived  at the brick factory. The dippers are shouting along the river edge. Paggy’s Bullfinches are visiting the table. Chaffinches are singing continually and the Great tits following me as we walk along the lane. I even saw some fieldfares this morning- a group was here last winter feasting on the huge crop of mountain ash berries and stayed for this poorer winter.

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The first wild crocuses appeared overnight along the lane. Butterflies are feasting on the violets on the south side of the flat The cow parsley is green and vibrant and of course the nettles are coming through.

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The Pussy willows are opening their buds, ready to be cut for Easter. This Sunday is Palm Sunday where small bundles of them and colourful bits and pieces  are tied to sticks and blessed in Church, paraded around and then often planted in the garden.

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Oh, and soon the snow will be gone, the meadow outside our window will be heavenly scented.

At last.


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Hot spring!

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The weather here continues to be very warm, and of course it seems worse because Easter is so late and the ski resorts are trying to cling on for their bookings, but many lower ones are already closed and I’ve seen people trying to ski over the brown patches.

And so we’ve been doing a lot in the garden, much earlier than usual. I’ve had the Geraniums in the spare room for nearly a month with a little water bringing them on, and Dave is now making noises about putting them in the green house, but we are still having low nighttime temperatures with a little frost, me thinks he’s getting carried away this time, not me!

We’ve put the swing seat in its new place and have already wasted several hours just sitting, watching and listening to the waterfall. The other effect is that although we had a snowfall a couple of weeks ago, there has been no rain and already the farmers are wingeing about their grass growth, but farmers all over the world are never happy!  Nevertheless
after last year, we’re investing in another water barrel for the summer. We were in Salzburg this week and as usual its six weeks ahead of us, with the magnolias nearly over , forsythia in full gas and the trees covered in this strange green stuff. And I’m glad that I have all this to look forward to!  I wonder if a rich person could travel around the world and so live in permanent spring?


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Spring arrives – or does it????

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Like much of Europe, we in the Lungau have had an early beginning of spring with lovely warm temperatures and the snow going. I think I’ve resented it a lot this year as it came late, then was wet and heavy. If it had been a long cold winter I would have adapted but I was already thinking spring when it came at the end of January!!!!! Typical Brit.

Last week, I walked around the corner of the house in the sunshine and was hit by a blast of perfume from the violets and there was a butterfly feasting on them.  I’ve never had daffodils actually blooming here in March before, we usually get them in May!

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