Austria Christmas

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Christmas at home just is special. The whole family together, catching up, relaxing, having fun.

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This year was wonderful, I loved being at home and really loved seeing my family. Unfortunately 3/4 of us became ill over Christmas, one of those horrible illnesses that drag on, mine lasted for most of my stay. But you realise quickly that none of it really matters that much as long as you are together.

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I can honestly say that despite the coughing and sniffling I absolutely loved my Christmas. I miss my family already. Roll on Easter!

Family – the most important thing

This is the last of my posts about our wonderful holiday in Austria, and it is dedicated to a few photographs of us hanging out as a family. Family really is the most important thing, and I miss them all terribly. I wish I could see them more, but I am glad that we all get on so well and that we had this amazing time together. I can’t wait to see them again soon.

I love you all ❤

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Visiting Oma in Birkfeld

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On one of the days while Fraser and I were in Austria we went to visit my Oma (grandmother), in Birkfeld where she has lived her whole life. It was really important to me that she and Fraser met, even if they could barely communicate with each other, because she means a great deal to me, and she was very excited to meet him.

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It was yet another beautiful day, perfect weather to spend some time sitting outside, catching up as a family.

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We decided to go for a walk around Birkfeld, which is a pretty little place that Dieter and I used to visit a lot as children.

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First we refuelled with some coffee (or ice coffee).

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Then we had a little look around the place as it was so wonderfully sunny.

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There was hardly anyone around, it was peaceful and pretty.

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The whole day was really lovely, I am happy that Fraser and Oma met and that I got to spend some time with her.

Food at Home

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One of the best things about being back home in Austria is the food, the glorious, glorious food! Honestly we spent so much time eating in the few weeks we were in Austria, but then, if you can’t eat a ridiculous amount when you’re on holiday when can you?

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So here is a little tribute to these culinary delights:

The regular barbecues we enjoyed in the garden as a family….

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Fraser, here eagerly awaiting his plate of grilled food.

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Sausages, vegetables, chicken… we felt as if we could have had this for every meal.

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The delicious (and in the heat much needed) ice creams.

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And ice coffees, eagerly scoffed down by my brother Dieter.

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Of course the other lovely drinks we enjoyed too, such as post-dinner chinese plum wine, and refreshing beverages.

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Great restaurant food.

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And last, but certainly not least, 60th birthday ice cream cake.

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So back in Edinburgh now it is definitely back to exercising and eating more healthily, but, my God, was it good while it lasted!

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Grünersee 2

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Some more pictures from our wonderful day at Grünersee. (You can find part 1 here.)

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As we felt we hadn’t yet had enough of the beautiful surroundings at the lake, we decided to go down to the lakeside and walk around closer to the water’s edge.

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The sun came out, really highlighting the gorgeous turquoise water.

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We wandered around, admiring the different colours in the surroundings, it was all so peaceful.

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Fraser took to skimming stones across the water, and we managed to clamber on to a rock to get a closer look at the water and touch it (it was very very cold!)

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We decided to head back up the path that leads to the lake and investigate another smaller lake nearby. It is less well known but just as beautiful.

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A lovely spot to spend some time together as a family.

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We even found some interesting insects to photograph.

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Before long it was time to turn back, but we all feel that this was one of the most memorable days of the holiday. If you are ever in the area, make sure to visit the lovely Grünersee, its beauty really stays with you.

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Grünersee 1

We have been enjoying our wonderful holiday in Austria, hence my inactivity here. But we have been doing so many wonderful things.

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Last week we went to Grünersee, and it was stunning! It’s a beautiful, picturesque lake in a quiet, calm spot.

We drove up and had lunch before walking around the lake.

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Afterwards we began the walk on the upper circle around the lake, we got our first glimpses of it through the trees.

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The scenery around it is wonderful too.

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As we came round the trees the lake revealed itself in all its turquoise glory.

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It was great to investigate the lake together as a family.

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We decided to go down to the lakeside to see more, we weren’t ready to leave the lake just yet.

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More to come soon, in part 2….

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By the Lake

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This is where Fraser and I have been spending our days.

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We are staying with my parents back home in Austria. The weather has been beautiful and last Thursday we went to a wonderful lake to swim and relax.

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It is nice to just stop and gaze at the sky, not having to do anything.

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The lake was great and there weren’t even a lot of people there.

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Long, hot summer days are what I remember from my childhood, and it’s been wonderful to drink up the sun.

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We are really having a fantastic holiday!

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To Austria

My long absence is explained by being insanely busy before I left for my holiday back home, and having been busy with family and friends since I got here.

But one of the best parts about being home is always how relaxing it is. The weather has been hot hot hot, so we have been relaxing accordingly.

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It’s been lovely to spend time with family and we even had a wedding in the family. Surprisingly, I caught the bouquet.

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Another highlight so far has been the barbecuing. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!!

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Apart from the sunshine, great food, and wonderful company, I have even been treated to an epic thunderstorm. Darkening skies, thunder and lightning, torrential rain.

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It’s safe to say so far this holiday is going wonderfully well! I look forward to the next two weeks here.

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