So where's the snow?

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


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I know I keep on about it…

This first spring back in the UK is a wonder. I’ve been so used to the Alpine seasons, and the late snow that can wipe everything out. Now I’m jumping about as if I’ve never been in England before!

The birch and beech trees as they newly unfurl give off this most glorious scent. It reminds me of when I would ride Monty through the enclosures on the forest.

Here on the golf course, there are so many species of trees. It’s as if they are all new. And as they are masked in their green splendour, for a while, I almost missed they skeletal beauty from the winter.

There are loads of bluebells here, but they somehow, just aren’t so exciting. I am more bowled over by the profusion of wild strawberries on the tip and hills.

What season are you in? What’s your favourite?

Each day as I walk Swingle, I praise and thank God for bring me home.


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Spring springs

For the first time ever, I can’t think of anything to blog about, there’s a first… except that spring is here. Up on the golf course there is a huge tree of pussy willows, and they are flowering, filled with the buzz of bees. And around are many bumble bees, in fact I’ve never seen so many of them in one place.

What season is it with you?


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Spring!

How is your spring going? Last week we had 6 inches of snow, but its all gone now. The first crocuses are in the fields, around the corner of our house, violets are dazzling with their scent, and I have seen one pink/blue Lungwort poking through some dead grass. The chiffchaffs have arrived, I saw some swallows in Tamsweg, I hope they’re not freezing and today I heard the crunching chat of the black redstart, always a symbol of spring,

Swingle is eating anything dead coming out of the thawing snow, if not rolling in it. But best is still rolling in the snow and eating it like ice cream.


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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 Fibstergr√ľn. 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?