So where's the snow?

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


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An afternoon’s walk

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It’s been a funny old year. Being at home all the time and the wet summer, BUT I  rejoice in the teaching qualification I’ve made and the great experience I had teaching this year. I had such a lovely group of students. I taught the beginners in English and I think they all improved. Someone had at last decided to split the beginners from the experienced and it worked. They were motivated and hard working – mega. Compared to my first course I was overwhelmed with gifts and even a Christmas lunch from the new Boss. I can see things I want to improve and re-do and I have a contract to teach again – but not until next October!

So in the next couple of days, Dave and I are driving from Austria to England, through Germany and France and then taking the ferry from Cherbourg to Poole where we have another short drive to our son’s house. Dave and I argue in the car, so I can’t say I’m completely looking forward to it. We have a borrowed TomTom so that should help! Dave wouldn’t fly this year, so its all HIS fault!

On Sunday we went for a walk in the sunshine, no snow, along a beautiful path by the Mur at Predlitz. I feel for the ski resorts who are having to drain all their ponds to make snow, but I’m just enjoying everyday without the ice. I’ll be ready for the snow when we get back in a couple of weeks! I feel blessed and hopeful for the coming year. And you?


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Spring arrives – or does it????

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Like much of Europe, we in the Lungau have had an early beginning of spring with lovely warm temperatures and the snow going. I think I’ve resented it a lot this year as it came late, then was wet and heavy. If it had been a long cold winter I would have adapted but I was already thinking spring when it came at the end of January!!!!! Typical Brit.

Last week, I walked around the corner of the house in the sunshine and was hit by a blast of perfume from the violets and there was a butterfly feasting on them.  I’ve never had daffodils actually blooming here in March before, we usually get them in May!

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