So where's the snow?

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


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Swingle is Six!

She’s a much calmer lady these days, sleep is good! Brisk walk first thing, snooze, help folks with their lunch, shorter walk, snooze, supper, sleep. She has three beds, ours, the spare room and the sofa.

She still plays with Rocky and Kira. She still hunts the Wuhlmaus(sort of gophers). Hate it when she crunches them!

Still barks too much and gets excited with guests. Very sensitive, slightest grumble if I’m writing or Dave and I have a bit of a discussion, she runs in, in a panic. She should have been a therapy dog!

And now, shes learning to bark in English and Welsh, and how to hunt rabbits…


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Silage in October?

We’ve had a warm, wet summer, in fact a normal summer. As you know, I love to follow the farming season.

This year, there has been loads of grass, and some fields have been cut three times. I was surprised when farmers cut a couple of weeks ago.

Now we have a bit of sunshine, they’re at it again. Surely there can’t be much nutrition in it? Snow is forecast on Sunday, so there has been much scurrying around with bakers today.

How late do you cut in your part of the world?


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Sold or Not sold?

After several viewings,we finally had someone who was keen to buy. We weren’t prepared to get an offer straight away and asked for time to think. Me being greedy and not trusting God wanted more. After a couple of days I saw sense and we agreed.

Then the sale contract had to be signed, and we’re still waiting. This is binding in Austria. The guy is on holiday until this weekend, then we’ll get an update.

It’s like living in limbo. Should we buy our winter wood? Buy new winter tyres? We’ve sorted one of the holiday houses but in the proviso we may still be here this winter.

My impatience is learning a lesson in patience, so I’m writing another book!


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September mornings 1

I’ve been out early in the mornings this week and it’s been such a spot on, really warm and beautiful, some stunning shots in the early light, I hope you like them!


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Decision time

So far, our flat hasn’t sold, I like to blame the bug for that, and we have to make some decisions quite soon. If we expect to stay for the winter we’ll have to buy our wood and store it soon and buy new winter tyres for the car. September is being lovely which helps!

We haven’t been able to get to the UK because Austria is on the quarantine list, in that when we arrive, we must have 14 days isolated. How this is policed I have no idea but we would honour that. The one brief time where the quarantines were lifted, there were no flights.

I really want to see my son as he has had some problems, and I miss my kids like a heartbreak. maybe I just need to see and touch, but it’s there. The thought of Christmas without either of them looms like a spectre.

There is a glimmer of hope, if we have no bookings on the holiday houses, then we could do a trip home, driving, so Swingle comes too, shortly or just after Christmas, then we could stay a month and do house hunting too.

We’re both believing in God’s timing in all this, we’re praying for the person who will buy and keeping ourselves in belief. It just needs time.


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Clouds

This warm, wet summer has made for some stormy weather and some spectacular clouds!