So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria, God and life, teaching and gardening plus the occasional cow


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Lungau snow

After our recent very heavy falls of snow, I was chatting to a neighbour and casually said,’I suppose this is how it used to be when Lungau was the Siberia of Austria?’ ‘No’ he said,’there was much more then.’ Staggered, I went home, shut the door, put the kettle on and realised,no wonder the older generation here is so totally twitched about snow clearing…….and was so grateful for Christian and his snow blower!

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So much snow, so little time!

The past couple of weeks we’ve had family staying, and its been such a good time.

We’ve got out and gone to places we don’t usually go to, a real staycation!

Now the main ski season is kicking off, score so far one bunged up washing machine, one frozen gate and a dishwasher pumping onto the floor…….roll on Easter.


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Snowy winter

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For the first time in several years, we’re having lots and lots of snow. It managed to melt quite a lot for Christmas day, but there was some on the ground, 100% more than the UK! It’s got the skiers happy, and the resorts laughing all the way to the bank! We even went snow shoe walking at Karneralm near us and it was great. There’s a bit of a yoyo effect as it cools and freezes with the cycle of cold and warm fronts and there’ been some crazy snow whirlwinds but I love it!! Swingle goes nuts in snow, eating it like a delicacy when she’s running around. Maybe at last the weather is coming out of the odd rhythm of the past few years, yippee!


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Such a windy dry spring!

Spring here is always at a breakneck speed as the Lungau catches up with the rest of Austria! This year, before Easter we had strong winds laden with snow that didn’t lay, and it’s still windy now. We had the late snow which didn’t hang about, thank heavens and I think only the cherries might have got frosted. Certainly the apple blossom is stunning, today the petals were being blown about by the aforesaid wind.

The weather direction has been from the North and indeed, north of the Tauern mountains and Obertauern, there’s been plenty of rain, but like the snow its got stuck there and we’ve had token rain, but everything is so dry, I get shocks off everything! The grass is well behind what it should be, but nothing stops the Dandelions!

I’ve seen a few mutant dandelions again this year. Dave reckons its snow damage. This beauty will have four heads when it flowers!

Now its flowered!

And then,and I’m not sure what these trees are, lots of them are carrying normal leaves on one side and the others are laden with seeds like in this picture. I’ll find one if full leaf soon and know!

All signs of unusual weather, or a reaction to the cold, windy winter? What do you think?


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Pinks and Greys #2

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I repeated the walk about a month later in the sunshine, this time, my joys was in the sparkling water and the brighter colours. Which do you prefer?


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Pinks and Greys #1

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Walking  along the river Mur at St Margarethen  at the begining of August, on a dull morning that forboded autumn, I was bowled over with the grey colour of the river, contrasting with the pink of the Baldrian flowers that were starting to go over. Some of the newcomers to the Lungau, the pigeons flapped out of the trees and for a minute I wondered of I was in the UK.

A touch of autumn in the water

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