So where's the snow?

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


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Weekly Travel Challenge; Solitary

Solitary but happy, pig in the sun in Weisspriach.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/weekly-photo-challenge-solitary/


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Weekly Photo Challenge; Urban

I’m cheating here!   This was my dream job at a stables called Urban -Hof, it being a surname in  German.  However, the yard was right by one of the Maut Peages or toll areas on the A10 motorway, so the yard while being totally pastoral was also urban, we had to ride under the motorway on our rides out. And maybe this is as urban as I want to be in Austria, have I used the word enough?????

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/weekly-photo-challenge-urban/


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Stripey paint

What a job, going around Austria with a tin of stripey paint!

This was originally written abotu a year after we moved here, but I think it still applies, with more I’m thinking of!

Things I love about Austria and the Lungau

*Walking in the mountains following footways marked in red and white stripey paint

* Driving into Tamsweg in the early morning in winter and seeing the moutains literally pink in the sunrise

*Eating Kasierschmarrn in mountain huts

*The fields full of dandelions in May, covering the whole valley in shades of yellow

*Burg Fintsergruen, although working there was a little stessfull at times last year, the old place has got a bit of my heart – maybe because I see it out of the kitchen window everyday.

*Seeing farmers going to do their shopping on their tractors with a crate of beer in the lifter behind

* Spring flowers in the mountains and the smell of the meadow flowers below our flat

*Cows going to the Alms in spring

What I don’t like

*Smoky restaurants and Pubs

*Ice


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God’s hints and how he soften our hearts!

Canoeist on the Mur

Sometimes I think the Holy Spirit shows me things and I think its good to share them.Whether its a softening of our hearts, or a prophetic event it doesn’t matter to me. I’m always on the look out to follow God‘s plan and theses incidences are to me such strong indications of his working things out for me. There were so  many God-incidences about buying this flat that we knew it was right, but here’s some of the other stuff in which he’s been active in over the years.

In the 1980s, we were evicted from a Tithe cottage in the New Forest and went through the process of eviction and living in B&B (maybe I need to tell this story some time, anyone interested?).  We were waiting to be rehoused and in this time, I had to do some trips to New Milton, a local town we had never really liked. However, on these visits, I realised that it wasnt such a bad place, and I would come back to do some shopping. So what happens?  In the next few months we’re offered a new council house there and accept with alacrity – this is also maybe God softening our hearts!

When I was working in Art Insurance and my Boss was such a bully, for some reason I got interested in  horse competition called Le Trec and went to a demonstration at the Fortune Centre.  While I was waiting,being early as usual I saw some of the students and thought these kids are ok -until then Disabled people had really freaked me out.  Result, three months later I was working there!

Last year I took a job as a laundress in Obertauern, which didn’t work out but I got some ideas about ironing and stuff.  So what does my new job entail? About 4 hours ironing a week, and its never been a favourite occupation for me – I’m so glad Dave never had an office job and needed shirts!


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Weekly Photo Challenge -Today

Today, Dave and I have been enjoying Kaiserschmarrn at the Josef Merle Huette, in Shoenfeld.  This is Austria‘s most favourite pudding.  Best enjoyed after a good walk!  It’s basically a sweet pancake, cooked in butter, accompanied by ApfelMus – pureed apples or a compot of any fruit. It is mashed up and dusted with icing sugar. This one only got 8/10 as there was a little too much butter and no sultanas in the mix. We always rate our when we are in a mountain hut!

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/weekly-photo-challenge-today


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Weekly Photo challenge: Summer

I’ve already done one challenge on summer in; https://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/travel-theme-summer/

so now I’ve had to think a bit.  I’ve found five photos, to me iconic for our five summers in Austria

2007

As we began to explore the Lungau, we made our first trip up Grosseck Speireck near Mauterndorf in a Gondola, and found horses at the top

2008

My dream job, teaching riding at a Hotel with a riding school in St Michael.  Me, six Haflingers and loads of kids, I had a ball!

2009

Before Lois’ s riding accident, and seven day a week working, a trip to Prangsten in Zederhaus, I think I’ve talked about it in another blog!

2010

Working at Burg Finstergruen, I sneaked my camera in while on duty!!!

2011

When Edith and I won the Tu Was award, we worked with Asylum seekers with Equine Assisted learning, despite the language barrier, we had fun!