So where's the snow?

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


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Plague

This year has been a good one for mice. In one of our holiday houses, they’ve been coming in since the beginning of September. They’ve got in the water meter reading station.  Eaten my apples in the cellar right down until there’s just a mark in the crate. Fighting with the birds for the peanuts. They’re big mice too. When I asked the chimney sweep, he says it’s like this all over the Lungau.

‘It means it’s going to be a very cold winter,’ he said in tones of deep foreboding.

But is this plague not simply the result of a very successful breeding summer for the mice? They couldn’t possibly grow so big if there hadn’t been a lot of food and the right conditions? Or maybe in the past, a warm summer was followed by a colder winter? Often local sayings are right, so I’m off to buy some more fire wood…


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Michaelmas Daisies


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Swallows

On August 24th, I was in Tamsweg and saw the swallows gathering to get ready to fly to Africa. It was amazing, you imagine such things are in the past. But no, here they were hundreds of them!


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November morning

 


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Cow-tober

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I just love it when the cows come down from the hills at the end of September. These are some of my favourite shots from this year. Soon they will all be in the barns, stuffing their faces in the warm, and the valley will be empty of the cowbells. Shame!


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All Change!

As those of you know who follow this blog, I’ve had a pretty frantic summer, but at last things are resolved!  I’ve been blessed with extra teaching work, so we’ve now dropped our time consuming flat in St Michael, and are giving up Meals on Wheels in December. No more endless time in the car, just the bigger houses. It does mean teaching evenings, but at least I won’t have to get up too early the next morning!!

I’ve long wanted to concentrate on my novel writing, and now I’m going to do so. I’ll give it a year, and if I don’t make some sales to augment my income I will think again! I can’t retire yet, I still have to work 7.5 years more!!!!!!

So, Dear Reader!  I will still be posting here about life in Austria, but you’ll also get re-posts from my new blog, Anna’s Books also on WordPress. All good stuff for marketing, but I’ll try not to overdo it and annoy you!  I’ve signed up with a marketing company called BooksGoSocial who have given me so much help, and are doing a cover for the new book.

So Swingle and I are enjoying the start of this autumn which is starting with mists and mellow fruitfulness. She’s eating as many mice as she can catch in the hedgerows and I’m looking forward to bottling this year’s vintage in a few weeks!

Oh, I can’t resist it, if anyone wants a read of the new book, I’ll send it for free, in exchange for an Amazon review!!!


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Autumn begins!

The cows are coming down from the hills. Cowbells around us. Love this time of year!