So where's the snow?

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

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Merry moles under the snow!

As the snow melts, all is revealed. This was everywhere on the meadows!

For solitary animals looks like they had quite a party this winter.

Until pest control arrives……..


Perfect summer

This summer in Lungau has been text book. The farmers had just enough rain and sun for their first cut of silage. We had the heat of 30 degrees, but it was bridged with rain that had the best growing conditions for the flowers and the veges. I found it too hot when I had to go grass mowing with Dave, but I just don’t do hot. He’s spent a working life out in the heat, and to use his highest form of insult, I was born to work in an office………

We had odd bouts where there was snow on the tops, but you can have snow here any season of the year! Some farmers made three cuts of hay and silage, and there has been time for the grass to re-grow for when the cows come down. I’ve yet to get my picture of them looking out of the trailer tops.

We’ve had brilliant thunderstorms that went with the hot weather and yes, there had been a lot of damage, but where we’re protected by the Tauern mountains, we missed it this year. But all normal alpine weather, if bit more extreme due to the higher temperatures!

The final heat ended on the dot of September first, and since then its been appreciably colder, thank heavens. The hill behind us is white again this morning after a couple of days of rain, and I think of the cows stuck up there. In 2007 there was a really heavy snow and a lot died, but I think this will melt.

And the fruit and veges have been brilliant, and we celebrate our first ever Lungau melon!

Only down side was I seem to have the latest ripening Elderberry tree in the valley and I may only be able to make jam, but I have a few bottles of last years to keep us going!

How was your summer? Or those in other climes, your winter?

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At last, a real winter!

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For the first time in about five years we have a really cold, dry, beautiful winter! We had snow soon after Christmas, and then  cold, regular temperatures of -14 to -18 at night and well into the day. Crispness underfoot. There’s a big cold blast and clear skies over us for most if the next week. Love it!

Only poor Swingle isn’t too happy, while she loves bombing around in the deep snow, when it gets to less than -7 or 8, her paws hurt and she waves one in the air. I have to warm her paw and clear between the pads. Its worse on the roads and where there’s salt. We’ve tried boots, she takes them off, we’ve tried a coat, she takes that off. So we go up the lane in the morning, where its just snow and the afternoons to warmer paths.

There’s perma-frost on the trees that are permanently in the shade, and in the mornings, ice crystals form in the air. The rivers are backing up with ice, Where we were walking this afternoon and there were waterfalls and flooded banks. Beautiful, but of course my iphone died, I’ll have to go back later in the week with my oldie……


Autumn blues


Friday September 13th

Some would say not to be good writing on this day but I don’t hold with all that nonsense! My Cowbell summer has ended, Dave is now home from the course and my hermit existence is over.  I’m adjusting and the peace God gave me remains.

We’ve a spell of colder weather with snow above 2000 metres which has put paid to any walking up really high, just now as we finally have the time after a busy summer to do some, typical!  Dave and I are now in the do we put the Geraniums away conflict.  I want to keep them out on the terrace as long as possible, winter dullness lasts too long with the monochrome white and black.  We get this cold blip in September but then October can be really warm.  Apparently its the reverse metereological effect of when the Ice Saints come in the spring, and is maybe why we now have English tv channels back!   I remember when we were house hunting being in Salzburg on the National day, all warmly sweating because the temperature was in the mid 20s!  But we have +3 forecast tonight which will may mean a frost.  So we have reached a compromise.  The largest plants which we’ve had for a few years will go in the greenhouse to dry off ready for going in the cellar, and the others will stay put, I may put a fleece on them tonight.

Maybe it is going to be a hard winter, after the nutty summer we’ve had. I need the next few weeks to pysch myself up for winter, by November I’ll be like a five year old watching for the first flakes!

As a post script, I lost the battle with the flowers going into the greenhouse the following Monday as there was a real frost forecast and there had been already quite a snowfall on the hills.  But I got my own back, I just happened to buy some Michelmass daisies and some pansies and some heather when I went into the Garden centre for some extra compost!!!!