So where's the snow?

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


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Wrong information!

Still plenty of ice about!

We were travelling around the Lungau on Easter Saturday admiring the different designs of the fires that were being built around the valley.  I think this year is the first when it has rained on the day.  One was done in a complicated twirl, another looked quite lopsided.  Then someone asked me about what I had said in a blog about the children coming around with the rattles being a way of warding off evil spirits.  So I checked up and in the book of Lungau Traditions, I stand corrected. The bells in the catholic church during the sad time from Thursday evening to Sunday morning, are turned off.  The bells fly to Rome (!), and so the rattles were to tell people the time!  So who fed me the false information, or was I privvy to some Lungau secret – is this how customs or  folklore start??????

You’d have also thought that we’d learnt about shopping here.  On impulse on Saturday we went to buy some outdoor carpet for our porch, at one of the biggest home furnishing shops. We wondered why we were served in such a hurry, only to hear an announcement that the shop was shutting at One o’clock for the holiday – how have we managed not to find this out in over five years -duh!!!!!!!!

PS.  I’ve just had the spirit thing confirmed by someone else, so its both!


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After Easter

My Easter tree and through the window, snowing!!

It snowed on Easter day which is the first time for us and the weather went cold. Great for the last of the skiers but a bit of a shock down here as we’d got into spring mode!

Easter turned out to be unexpectedly a blessing for us, and was a great day.  We both woke quite early and so decided to go to the Church service at Murau, our mother church.  The service itself was very traditional (I’m being tactful here) despite really hard word being done by the Pastorin. To our surprise, she invited to lunch along with the other  English family. We had a great time, great food, great chat, although mostly in English which always makes me feel a bit guilty.  Is it a compliment that people here only speak to us in German?

Then we trundled home and then had an evening meal with the Lungau English gang, which was again a real blast.  What a day!

Paggy is on the mend, just waiting for an all clear from the physiotherapist that he’s mobile  enough to go home.  He says he’ll discuss about the key when he comes home, but this time I wont let him evade it.  He even talked Dave into buying him a beer and sneaking it into the ward for him – at the time it seemed funny, but now we’re both having kittens and dreading getting told off when we next visit.

It’s now like another start to the year, Pentecost and Spring to look forward to, so why am I yo-yoing between great joy and manic frustration?


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Only two more days to read Tom for free!

Over 700 copies downloaded, and up to Number 24 on the Amazonbestsellers religious list!

Tom is now available for free on Kindle at  Amazon.com and I presume .co and .de from Friday 6th April to Tuesday 10th – times may be a bit different as its on USA time.

So if you want a good read for the Easter Holidays, pick it up for free!

Lots more comments please too

Blessings

Anna


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The Lungau Easter fire

 
 I thought it good to re-blog this as a  follow on to Lungau in Spring!
Easter will start on Good Friday morning with the kids coming round with rackets, like the old football ones, saying a prayer and driving evil spirits away – another example of Catholicsm meets the old religions!   Of course the kids also then get sweets and stuff!  There is only a bank holiday here on Friday if you are Protestant!  Then Saturday night, all around the Lungau are these great fires – see picture above. It symbolises Christ rising to heaven.  There are more here then other parts of Austria apparently because Napoleon was on his way here, saw the fires and presumed they were parked troops and so went around the Lungau.   The car is parked at the foot apparently to stop people coming and burning it too early!
 
There is a Church service before the fire and a flame (apparently directly from Rome) is carried in procession to light the fire.  Or if you don’t go to the service, churches have a brazier outside from which you can light your own fire.  Bonfires are banned here, unless you are a farmer, so a lot of junk gets stuffed in these fires, and if there is little wind, the Lungau lies under a pall of smoke the next day, and the green party has another hissy fit.   Then on Sunday, there is a church service where people are given gifts of food such as butter and cheese but I’ve not got to the bottom of this one! Again, more paganism, very few chocolate  Easter eggs here, its all Easter rabbits. Houses are decorated with branches of pussy willow and hung with fake eggs beautifully decorated. People eat boiled eggs with shells coloured with dye – maybe another reason why the air isn’t so fresh here at Easter!!!


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Read TOM for free!

Due to the ourstanding  success of  Tom (!), its now available for free on Kindle at  Amazon.com and I presume .co and .de from Friday 6th April to Tuesday 10th – times may be a bit different as its on USA time.

So if you want a good read for the Easter Holidays, pick it up for free!

Lots more comments please too

Blessings

Anna