So where's the snow?

Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog



In August, I was in Strobl on my last week of librarian training. It proved a magical time. We were all meeting for the third time, so we were all forming friendships, although they are now lost forever. I just so enjoyed being alone in the evenings with a walk to the village. lake Wolfgang is beautiful, and I guess other less built up lakes are more so, but for me, it was healing and quiet. I did have a swim in the lake, but the water was lower and I don’t like putting my feet on the bottom, so that wasn’t so great!

I presented my project as a poem which got a huge laugh to my relief. We had body language training which proved really helpful. Worst was the first day when we did a revision of the course and I couldn’t remember half of it and had forgotten my notes. Only too find others were in the same boat! Relief!

It was the last day that blew me away. We had all had our certificates, so we sat in the warm sunshine in the grounds by the lake, just to the right of the photo. Where I sat, I could see the lake, hear the small waves, watch people paddling and water skiing in the distance. The drone of the boats was familiar to when we lived by the sea. It was all sooooo peaceful. We sat as a group and all talked about our favourite books and their part in our lives.

Then we went to the classroom and had a sort of closing ceremony. One of the leaders, Gabi has retired and this was her last course. We had got all the leaders flowers and presented them. Then Andrea welled up and I think we all did a bit too, maybe because it was Gabi’s last but also because, as she said, we had such good camaraderie and spirit the course was special. We all then said our goodbyes and went home, me with a great peace over the whole thing. I understand there is a refresher course in five years, Oh I hope so!!!!!

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Training in Strobl

My last week of learning how to be a voluntary librarian! No cleaning or dealing with holiday houses, lovely surroundings.The stress levels are sinking!!!

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This Winter


It seems like only yesterday that we got back from England, and I treasure that memory. I came back with no depression, just a deep peace. I’ve finally adjusted to this winter quiet, in summer I look now forward to the rest! But I seem to bustle around mostly due to the dog being walked twice a day. We’ve had duty with Meals on Wheels, I’ve started my library service. I just love being there, planning things, meeting people, and the quiet. My love of books extends to those in German now! Meeting with friends to dog walk, chatting as we walk or we watch the dogs play, echoes of those times in the parks in the UK.  The holiday lets have been easier, I got rid of a lot of furniture in the spare room, and so have more dryers, and for our main flat, we’ve got Polyester cotton quilt covers, that take up less room in the machine and  dry quickly, so I’m not stressing about the house being full of laundry! I’ve stopped being silly about working every Saturday either! The job with Interhome as a keyholder I love meeting the people away from the stress of arrival day. I’ve made the odd mistake over bookings, but I’ve learnt now to  get someones surname spelt out if there’s a problem!  I’ve just had a new English student come knock at the door, more jobs finding me, thanks, God! Dave has the meeting for Burg Finstergrün this Sunday, when we will know what his contract will be this year. I’ve started my new book, just need some quiet in the house to get on…..

I’m starting to hunt down the certificates so that I can get an Irish passport through my Grandparents, hopefully that will fix Brexit!

Then it will be a summer of gardens, dogs, flats, sunshine, meals on wheels. I feel settled. I have more training in the  Salzkammergut in June for being a librarian, I have to write this book review in German -argghhhh! Steph and Paul are coming over for my birthday. Its her 30th this year and I’ve just finished a special book of photos of her from 0 to 30. I did one for George too.

The winter has been amazing with a long really cold spell with blue sky and ice,(see posts) which could have gone on longer as far as I’m concerned. Oh, the crunching of hard cold snow underfoot! I like real cold! We’ve just had a mild spell but last night brought more snow, don’t want a too early spring if it means another late snow that destroys my fruit!

The only thing that jars, is my faith. I’ve felt God saying to me that he has given us Ramingstein as our area of witness. Its not about housegroups and home churches, its about shining with his light, being his love in the community. To stop going around the houses with housegroup-we’ve been trying for ten years and each time its grounded. And I believe, someone new is coming here who will sort all of this out. Its not my job, just to instigate. This year will see if all this is so.

I mean to look back at this post at the end of this year!!