I thought you may like to see a few snapshots of our holiday in Austria recently, taken sometimes out of the window of the coach, or through drizzle! It was a good holiday with two days travelling by coach each way with a stopover near Cologne, eventually arriving in Alpbach, Austria, a village full of pretty chalets (the village mainly used for skiing during winter months). The weather was very hot and sunny for about 3 days and then it turned to a drizzle the day we went up on the highest Austrian mountain and glacier - Grossglockner.
We were pretty fortunately really, the first 3 days were very warm and sunny. The day up the Grossglockner was drizzly which was a pity and the one evening when the local Tyrolean band came to play in the village square - the sky turned to as black as night and a thunderstorm/torrential rain started. Such a shame as we had all looked forward to it.
Me neither, actually we've never been 'beach' people. Probably as we have it on our doorstep... but I do love to swim in the sea, toodle around rock pools and explore. Nothing so boring as lying sunbathing on a beach I think.. but that's just my opinion, I know lots of people who do love to do that.
I do agree mountains and scenery do go above the beach, however was down the beach with the dogs this morning and it is still raining, hear they have had floods up in Kingussie and the railway line is closed. Mind thinking about it thats why we love Ardverkie as it has the best of both worlds the beach and the mountains, how lucky are they, mind they have the pesky midges as well.
Wow, the flooding in Kingussie must have been caused by the tail end of hurricane Bertha last weekend? I remember Newtonmore was very close to the river (Spey?) I bet that gets flooded sometimes. We were very fortunate with the gale and our fish had a lucky escape.... We have a kind of palm tree next to our pond with those long spikey leaves, which go brown and fall down sometimes, well during the gale the leaves on Sunday evening fell on to the waterfall part of the pond and diverted the water outwards. When Jeff glanced out of the window in late evening all the water, apart from about 4" in the bottom had been diverted out of the pond on to the grass! We both had a mad dash outside, pulled really heavy lily pads out of the remaining mucky water, used a fishing net to transfer the fish into a large tub for the night. We got rid of the hanging over palm leaves. The next morning Jeff cleared out the pond (found 4 more fish) and then refilled it. So far, all is well, no fish were lost.