So where's the snow?

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


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Snow Prediction

I always have fun guessing what the season will be like, most times wrong, but after last year’s extremes, I have ideas!

The seasonal early snow and rain in November were EXTREME! So, I’m pluming for a mildly white Christmas day here in Lungau. Then heavy, heavy, heavy snow which will be gone by Easter and we’ll have an early warm spring with no frosts to ruin the fruit.

I can hope!  What about the winter where you are?


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Early birds

Not seen him this winter either

I’m writing on March 25th, although this blog will go out later. I can’t believe it, and we’ve just had our first thunderstorm of the year.  Even knocked the power out briefly!  This warm weather makes it so easy to get to think that it’ll be warm and sunny all spring, now its dark and gloomy and raining, but the garden needs it. I’m not going to be caught out this year planting stuff too early! This is our sixth spring here and I’ve never seen the like!

Also amazing, yesterday I  just saw a family of  Alpine Martins flitting around the eaves of the house, one was sat in a nest right up in the eaves, I hope I didn’t scare them off, it would be great to have some here.  But so early,  the swifts and swallows don’t usually get here until late May, early June. I’ve given the garden birds all the tail ends of the winter’s fat balls out of the nets on the table, they’re going nuts about them.  I’ve also  had to stock up of bird food as the shops now are stocking barbecue stuff, and I’ll need reserves for another month or two yet!

Does this all have any link to the ash in the atmosphere or the sun spots?  Thing is we’ll never really know, I just think its more of this wacky weather which started last spring!

I did my second office in the new job and am beginning to see a rhythm to the week and how I will fill the hours. There was ample evidence of a dog there – when I asked the boss, she said it’s an afghan puppy, maybe I need to go a bit earlier next time to see it!  Still, if I do the offices twice a week,-especially with the dog hair, I will get my hours. I just need one more day filled! And compared to the Burg, I have FOUR hoovers, and ones a Dyson!!!!!!!!


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The cold!

Looking down Taferngasse

This coldwave which has hit Europe and Madling is something extra-ordinary.  No one here can remember it staying so cold for so long.  After about two weeks, it’s becoming almost usual for it to be -10 each night.   The temperature difference between sun and shade can be extreme.  On the sunny side of our house it can read +10, on the  shady -10 at the same time. The snow keeps on coming, although we haven’t had the extreme dumps some areas have.  Its still our ambition to open the porch door and have to dig out!  Its even too deep for riding in some places, what looks ok to ride across can be deep enough to tip up your horse!

Our place

Its effect is on us is that we’re probably going to have to order more wood, and of course the increased heating costs.  On the body itself, you cease to register the depth of cold, except when your nose hair freezes.  Most surprising is that you don’t actually need to wear more, if you have your outside clothing organised in boots, coats and outer trousers.  It’s nice to think we need more calories as its cold!  But the most effect we’re feeling is tiredness, it really takes it out of you after a while.

Its funny though, sometimes the effects are amazing as ice crystallizes out into the air as warm air hits some cold in the sunlight.  I’ve been reading Shackleton’s book of his fated expedition and his accounts of how the light changes in seconds and the mirages and colours make me want to visit the Antarctic with my camera.  I’m also reading Rosie Thomas’s ‘Sun at Midnight’ set there too.  Is the cold becoming so second nature  I wont be able to handle the heat – oh for a chance to try!!!!!!!!