So where's the snow?

Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog


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Locked Down

Here’s some cow shots to cheer us up!

How are things in your part of the world? This time last year, we were struggling with the effects of the heavy snow,floods and landslides that took out roads and some houses!

Here in Austria we’re a few days into a stretch that ends on December 6th. All shops are shut except for supermarkets, banks and chemists. Hotels and restaurants are closed too, but with a takeaway service.  My library is closed, but I’ve been in doing my annual chuck out of books. People on the whole are taking things seriously, we’ve had cases in the village this time, but not lost anyone.

I’m quite happy, I’m just finishing a new book and the free time means I’ll get it out earlier than expected.

I’m tired of hearing the negative stuff about Corona, why would Governments want to destroy their economies? I see them as people trying to do their best in a no win situation.

Can’t say I’m looking forward to Christmas without family, but at least we have zoom and other things. Roll on when this is all over. I have faith that God will see us through this, we need to trust and pray.


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So it goes on

How are things in your part of the world with this annoying bug? We are ornate, just to the left of the big green bit at high risk, but not yet higher.

We now have two people interested in the flat. Our last sale fell through as he went on holiday and bought another place, not having signed the contract. We now have a lady from Styria who has been twice, but is very non commital when she speaks to us. And a couple we know, who work locally, are fellow Christians. They have given us the offer we want, but the Gemeinde is being sticky about it being their main residence. They will have a talk with him early next month.

Last night, we were shocked when we saw how Austria is turning red with Corona. Germany has put a warning on people returning, that they must have a test or quarantine. The Aller Heiligen going to the Graveyards church services have been cancelled. It seems the problem is people mixing in private and event, shopping and keeping distance is not the problem. There’s so much idiocy with conspiracy theories and anti government stuff. Can’t people see it’s a matter of self responsibility? I would be devastated to think I had infected someone who later died. Why are people so selfish?

So this all means, that maybe if Europe is more and more restricted, we won’t actually be physically able to move, Wales where we might go is locked down. The spectre of Christmas without family is looming.


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Smiling with the eyes

Here in Austria, things are starting to get back to normal as we can now shop if we wear masks and keep our distances. You have to have a trolley each in bigger supermarkets, and some shops restrict how many can be in at once.

As I trotted around this week lots of people said Hi and I had trouble when I didn’t recognise the voice. I even heard someone say, ‘Is that really you?’

Then it struck me, do people know that I’m smiling at them from behind the mask? Duh moment! So now I make a point of smiling with my eyes, consciously raising my cheeks so my eyes change. Funny how we only think of smiling with the mouth. Guess after this I’ll have more wrinkles!