So where's the snow?

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


Mom’s Favorite Reads March


I’m so proud to be part of this, and especially as on Page 25, you can read for free, Ducks, the first short story I ever wrote!!! Here’s the link.



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Spring is coming (Please!)

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Most of Europe seems to be getting extra snow this March, us included. I’m sick of the sight of it now!!!!!  It’s so annoying when my garden is just emerging and it gets covered again.  So far all we’ve got is a few snow covered crocuses!

BUT the birds are returning.  Today on the birdtable a Greenfinch was sharing the food with the sparrows.  I’ve seen Thrushes and heard them singing in the early morning.  Our Robin has returned.  The Nut crackers are still here, guzzling away. And look who popped in for a snack!

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It’s now difficult to get bird food.  All the shops are on a schedule and have the Barbecue stuff in.  I managed to get an extra bag of hempseed, so my lot are ok.  In the UK I could buy birdseed all year round.  I won’t feed all year just wish they would stock later into the spring.

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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!!!!!!!!