So where's the snow?

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


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How’s the new job?

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As I was moaning the other week, I’ve started yet another job, this time at the local farm which has a restaurant in the barn!  To my pleasure, I knew the woman who works there too and we have a common interest in dogs and after my first day, our dogs met too. But we don’t often work together as there are three shifts. I seem to be on the morning one, which is fine by me, as I have more energy first thing. There is also afternoon for clearing up after lunches, ironing and evenings for washing up. Mornings is the cleaning up after evening events, which is doing the kitchen and floors, loos and the restaurants. Simple enough.

Of course I made some blunders, not realising I needed to have the kitchen finished when there is a lunch for the boss to cook. My first Sunday I was swanning around and the other cook arrived and wasn’t too pleased at a wet floor! Of course, the boss could have told me! Still I think I’ve got it together after about three weeks, although at times, I’ve been fed up with the whole cleaning thing and nearly chucked it in due to miscommunication and tiredness. Yesterday, there was a band celebrating it’s 20 years, and it had rained. It looked like a herd of cows had partied, smashing the glasses all over the place and I had my first load of vomit to clear up!!!! It took me five hours to sort it and I was exhausted after! But the boss was actually quite chatty for the first time when she saw I had done it, she had been as white as a sheet first thing that morning, they’d been up till 5 am. Although she has picked me up on blunders I’ve made, such as leaving buckets out and missing some sweeping (Had to ask for the hoover on Sunday!), maybe I’m earning her friendship.

BUT the job so far has some really good advantages. Its usually only a shift of four hours, leaving the rest of the day free, and its not every day, although there is a lot of weekend work, I had this Saturday off and now three weekdays, so I get time to myself to write and do my things. Maybe in this way I’ll get over the not liking working weekends syndrome! It also struck me, that this job, (so long as there is no Erna and Mad boss),I finish, go home and forget all about it. Comparing to other jobs where  I’ve gone home and woken in the middle of the night remembering things I’ve forgotten. Compared it to the stress of when I worked in an office, I will have my peace!

They also let me fit in the Meals on Wheels around it. I get top up pay from the job centre to get the money up to dole level (its only 16-20 hours),  because I’m a wrinkly.  I’m beginning to slowly feel hopeful that this job could be a starter, after all this is my 10th job in 9 years!!!!!!!


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Bird Famine

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Not only has the local bird population been decimated by a certain puppy picking off the Greenfinches, all this winter there’s been very few birds in the garden. The Bullfinches never came back, and there’s only a few tits, Great, blue and crested, and the field sparrows. I think the mice ate more sunflower seeds in the autumn. And the cause? Well maybe the warm winter, but more likely, all the trees that were around Paggy’s back garden have been felled, destroying the habitat. I don’t suppose the birds will come back with no motorway from his pace to mine. Such a shame. But as I write, the birds are starting to sing, maybe we’ll have some new ones in spring!

Just how clean is the air over the Lungau?

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The lane, October 8th-2014

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All starting to look a bit bare!

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Wild hops growing on the old hay shed that was later pulled down

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The Thomotaler by the weir

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Not hay making but cutting down the bits the horses wont eat!

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Golden trees!

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Into the sun, thank heavens for digital cameras!

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Young stock having a frisk about!

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Cow convinced I can’t see it!

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Duh!

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Neighbour taking a short cut!

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Storm coming

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Trees being emptied

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Bit overexposed?

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An overflow for the trough, not modern art!

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The last geranium


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Nearly flattened by the tractor!


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Up on them thar hills!

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Dave and I love exploring the hills around and found a new way. We could see this lone tree on the skyline from the flat, and by chance found our way to it after a very steep climb.

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There were banks of lupins all around, we must go there next June to photo them!

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And when we found the tree, we got some fantastic views of the Lungau and our home!

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Stables at Schloss Moosham

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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And just look at this old school door insulation!

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