So where's the snow?

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


WPC Transition down the Alm!

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September 2008, bringing Icelandic horses down from the Alm in Riedingtal, Lungau

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Something odd in the woods


Without my bridge, I’m having to look for new walks to keep us from being bored and this morning I went up the forest road behind the brick factory. Just what all this is, I have no idea, kids playing, or misplaced Catholic sentiments because someone found a dumped sledge and a broken statue? They’ll be saying a Saint or Holy man was there next……………

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A cool June


Near St Margarethen

This June has been at times rather on the cool, cloudy side, and there’s been snow over 2000m.

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St Margarethen towards St Michael

Poor cows, just been shipped up there and this happens!


Near St Margarethen towards Pichlern

But to me, its a joy, I just love walking in the coolness, and some of the hay fields are still uncut, so there’s a wealth of flowers.


Cows, St Margarethen – well you knew I’d be snapping them sooner or later!

Along side the Mur is my favourite bit, I suppose it comes from my childhood and happy times in the Winchester water meadows.


Near Mauterndorf Airfield

But I do so itch to get up in them thar hills!


Near Mauterndorf, towards Mariapfarr

but it’s been either raining or we’ve been working. Hey ho, we’ll get there.


By Mauterndorf Airfield, towards Weisspriach


Ambition Achieved???


IMG_1633 (2)I drive Dave nuts, cooing at the animal transporters as they take the cows to the Alms.



They all have their heads over the tops if they can, they know where they’re going -summer holidays! But have I been able to get a photo?


Not in 8 years! But I think I nearly got one in Tamsweg last week. I think I’ll have to ask a farmer next year If I can go by when he’s loading.



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Odd autumn

October 14th

Like last year, we’re having a wonderful October with high pressure giving us foggy mornings, blue skies when it clears and cold nights. The larches are going golden on the hills, colours are spectacular and my camera figure is twitching to get up there.  We have had some great walks, but there are odd things all around us.

I was looking for an acorn – there are a few oak trees here, but found none, so went for hazelnuts, and found none, but the catkins ready on the branches -I thought these were produced in late spring. It probably just a result of the badly timed frosts here. What will this mean for all the squirrels and birds?

Then the siren went off the other day, and I didn’t think anything till I read the report in the paper.  One pine tree all on its own on Platchenalm had caught light.  The firemen had to fell it and cut out the root to put it out.  Makes you wonder about these forest fires.Just follow the link the pictures are amazing!,371301.html

The longtailed tits have been through earlier than ever, but the Sparrow population is completely down, there’s only three here, even when it snowed the other day. There’s a huge group of the bickering families.

I’ve also never seen Rosebaywillowherb go quite this red, but it was at the end of the slag heap of the old silver mine.

Maybe I’m reading too much into all this………..

Of course, since I wrote this, we’ve had nearly a foot of snow in three goes, the Sparrows are all here, stuffing their faces, and one mouse is still visiting the bird table, I think we can live with that!  But then so much so so early?

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A walk around Tamsweg

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A  whole new walk around Tamsweg that takes a whole day, I was sceptical! It uses older footpaths and joins them up.  However, Dave and I walked a stretch and it’s actually very interesting, as it takes you on foot to places you wouldn’t usually visit.  Part of the Witch trail covers it and the kids part has  pigs and sheep and horses and a Lungau Farm playhouse.  We saw loads of mushrooms, it being July but the Eier Schwammerl ahd been picked by the local mafia!  I got some lovely shots of farms too – working life goes on.  Do enjoy the slide show!