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?
He came by on November 30th, before the snow and hurtled around the garden. Dave saw him first and came rushing into me as I’d left the camera on the eye thingey not the screen. I can now understand why when people see strange cats the shots go to pieces. I just couldn’t keep up! Dressed for the snow, maybe all his prey could see him coming and ran away! I hope we see this little ermine again!
There is the sound of panic not music in the mountains! This time last year, the lifts had opened early and the season was underway. This year the opening at Obertauern took place with Andrea Gabalier but without the snow. The weather has been too warm for the snow canons to make snow. There is snow forecast at the weekend but the forecasters keep on putting it back and lighter and lighter. On the more southern areas towards Katschberg there is snow as we’ve got the air from the south. But not enough to ski. The local tv showed the early visitors in Obertauern going WALKING! from the open lifts! NiederÖsterreich has had problems with ice storms bringing down trees and cutting electricity. When we look at the weather cameras on the tv in the morning, the Tirol and Voralberg have even less snow than here!
So my snow prediction is not far off, although I didn’t see the lack of made snow! This time last year we had frosts and cold. I don’t really mind. I’m driving to England for Christmas and I’ll definitely have a GREEN Christmas!!
I have embarrassed my family for years with my love for old stable blocks. It probably goes back to childhood where the Victorian house we lived in had a complete block at the back.
This had been sadly converted into garages, but the floors were there, and I played a lot there, always wishing the old partitions and troughs were still there. In the 60s, Victorian stuff was rubbished, not like now.
Back to the point, there was a recent event at our local Schloss,selling all sort of goodies from wood sculpture to jewelry to felt hats.
This year they opened one of the old stall blocks for exhibitors. I was thrilled, but just wished they would all get out of the way so I could better photo the stone troughs, old wood partitions and floors!