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The Seasons in the garden

On Saturday I noticed just how low the sun already sits in the sky as it slowly sinks below the roof of the house across from us at 4:55pm (summertime). During the summer, the sun is still high in the sky and the tall tree gives us shade from it in the late afternoon, early evening.

Here are a few photos of the sun’s positions

On October 8, 2019 at 5:17pm (summertime) the sun was already vanishing behind the roof. Now, the sun is going down behind the roof much farther to the left, and at 4:55pm (summertime).

October 8, 2019 at 5:17pm
October 8, 2019 at 5:17pm – The sun going down behind the roof of the house across from us

On September 5, 2019 is still reached the tree before it sank behind the other houses at 6:14pm (summertime).

September 5, 2019 6:14pm
September 5, 2019 6:14pm

In the summer, on June 25, 2019 the sun was high in the sky at 5:06pm (summertime) and it would stay sunny for many more hours during that time of the year.

June 25, 2019 5:06pm
June 25, 2019 5:06pm

It’s amazing how quickly the seasons change and it’s interesting to see the seasons change in the plants and trees of the garden. So I thought it might be interesting to post a bunch of pictures showing the different seasons in the garden.

I was worried the number of photos would be too much for one post, but considering I decreased the size of all the photos a lot, it should not cause a big impact on loading time and bandwidth.

Over the two years we lived here, I took a lot of photos of the garden. Many times when it was cloudy, because I just love to photograph clouds and cloudy skies. So it might look like it’s often cloudy here, even though it’s not ;-) Also, the photos are from different years, so things are looking different in some photos, like the small tree in the middle, which was destroyed more and more over the course of a couple of storms.

The season’s changes in the garden

January

January 1, 2019 3:40pm
January 1, 2019 3:40pm
January 23, 2019 8:24am
January 23, 2019 8:24am
January 23, 2019 08:24am Murli
Murli – January 23, 2019 08:24am

February

February 22 2019 2:00pm
February 22 2019 2:00pm

March

03 29 2019 5-27pm
March 29, 2019 5:27pm
March 3, 2019 3:11pm Samantha
Samantha – March 3, 2019 3:11pm

April

April 15, 2018 12:49pm
April 15, 2018 12:49pm
April 28, 2018 Samantha and Murli
Samantha and Murli – April 28, 2018

May

May 28, 2019 9:44am
May 28, 2019 9:44am
May 8, 2019 5:29pm Murli
Murli – May 8, 2019 5:29pm

June

June 4, 2019 1:38pm
June 4, 2019 1:38pm
June 7, 2018 5:22pm Sonic and Samantha
Sonic and Samantha – June 7, 2018 5:22pm

July

July 21, 2019 12:39pm
July 21, 2019 12:39pm
July 9, 2018 9:41am Murli
Murli – July 9, 2018 9:41am

August

August 16, 2019 4:43pm
August 16, 2019 4:43pm
August 24, 2019 9:55am Murli
Murli on the bathroom window – August 24, 2019 9:55am

September

September 9, 2019 6pm
September 9, 2019 6pm
September 20, 2019 Sonic and Samantha
Sonic and Samantha – September 20, 2019

October

October 18, 2019 11:17am
October 18, 2019 11:17am
October 24, 2018 10:36am Murli
Murli – October 24, 2018 10:36am

November

November 13, 2017 10:27am
November 13, 2017 10:27am
November 26, 2017 11:14am
November 26, 2017 11:14am
Sonic and Samantha November
Transported Sonic and Samantha in with the chairs from the balcony, because it was just getting too cold to have them stay out there for long, despite the sun.

December

December 15, 2018 09:09am
December 15, 2018 09:09am
December 2017 Samantha
Samantha on the bedroom window – December 2017
Time change to Wintertime

The cats and I aren’t used to the daylight savings time change. Sonic comes up meowing for me to come to bed at 9pm, because to him, it still feels like 10pm. He doesn’t care that silly humans have silly time changes twice a year. Murli and Samantha don’t care either, they want their breakfast at about the same time. So, of course, they feel like I’m late in getting up. Therefore, I’m getting up at 7am at the moment, since it would be 8am normally.

Just like with the cats, my feeling for the time is screwed up and exactly an hour wrong too. I keep feeling as if it’s exactly an hour later than it is.

Today I had to use my bicycle light again for the first time since last winter. It was completely dark by the time I was on my way home from the pharmacy and grocery shopping at 5pm. It was a dark day anyway, with thick overcast and rain all day. The temperatures are a lot lower now.

In another sign that winter is definitely coming now, they are starting to put up the Christmas lights in the city. Usually, I saw them mount the lights near my old home on November 1st. Though they have probably always started earlier in other areas of the city and I just never noticed it. The huge Christmas tree on the main square will be put up around the 1st of November as well usually and the Christmas markets will be opened soon after. The Christmas lights remain dark until the 1st of December though.

I really can’t believe how fast time goes by. I’m not feeling any Christmas vibes at all yet, but I’m looking forward to decorating our home in a few weeks ;-)

Also looking forward to the long weekend! Hope you all have a great week <3

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November 29, 2016 at 8pm Sunny cold day and feeling good

Woke up today feeling just as well as these past two days; no migraine! Todays weather was sunny and we had a clear blue sky, but it was still cold with an icy cold wind blowing. For as long as it’s cold, I’ll feel fine. Murli feels good too and still does purrfect with her new food. No adverse reactions to it. So her body is apparently doing just fine with it. Otherwise she would have had issues by Sunday. I’m really happy with this!

Because I only got a few packs of catfood from the vet, since I couldn’t be sure she would like it and if her body would accept it. But because it’s all so well, I got some more from the vet today.

On my way between the tram station I had to get out and the vet office, I have to walk by the park (Volksgarten park) and saw my favorite tree again, purrfectly illuminated by the sun and still beautiful with a lot of colorful fall foliage on it.

I already played under that huge tree as a little child. Went there countless times with my Mama as a child. This park is full of beautiful memories for me. Too bad it’s not safe anymore to go through. Sigh…Such a wonderful old tree, that already stood there for who knows how many decades before I was even born. Hopefully this tree will see a better time again for this lovely park.

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November 11, 2016 at 4:00pm – More autumn photos

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2:20pm in the afternoon, on my way home, this is next to the river Mur, the bridge is right there, at the end of the walkway
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The river Mur. There are walkways to both sides of the river and they go for miles and miles. (View = North)

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This is on the other end of the bridge. There are walkways on both sides of the river and they’re great for taking walks, and beautiful. (View = North)
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The bridge crosses also over this street. The walkway from the previous photo is to the right of the trees. (View = North)
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That’s the same street, just from the other side. (View = South)

I love taking to take photos, even if I just go from A to B for other reasons. I take the most pictures during fall and winter, by far. Just because everything looks more interesting somehow. It’s my favorite season :-)

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November 8, 2016 at 8:23pm – It was snowing a little today

What a good nights sleep we had, Murli and I. It was raining outside for most of the night and when I got up in the morning, it was snowing a little, but it was wet snow, so it’s didn’t stay. Shortly afterwards, it changed to normal rain. The highest temperature today was just 3°C / 37,4°F.

This is my city, Graz, from a webcam on top of the castle hill (Schlossberg). If someone is interested: Link to the webcam

Murli spend most of the morning and early afternoon napping in her favorite kitty bed.

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I wonder if we get some snow this winter. It’s been such a long time since we had snow over christmas. In my childhood in the 80s and early 90s, we had lots of snow in the winter, especially in the 80s. There was snow for most of the winter. It was colder too. All this changed a lot. The climate is much warmer now and we don’t get snow here. Even the mountains get much less than than before. Usually it’s like today. Every now and then over the winter, there will be a bit of wet snow, which melts even before it reaches the ground. But I love the fall and the winter anyway, it’s my favorite season.

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That’s how it was all day. Real dark. This is the castle hill btw, where the webcam overlooks our city.

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You can still see the beautiful autumn colors, but all those remaining leaves will be on the ground soon. Those pictures where all taken in my area.

There is a lot I want to post and update, but I don’t get to it right now. Only in the evening, but then I’m already very tired. Like now. And I’ll go play with Murli now. Just wanted to share a couple photos from today.

Hope you all had a nice day!

 

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October 31, 2016 at 8:30pm

We had a good night and slept so well, and of course we woke up an hour early, but got up anyway. Unfortunately, I woke up with a migraine though, but after I took my triptan, it was gone again.

When I looked outside this morning, I saw them putting up the christmas lights in the street! Every year at the same time, they put up the lights. Another year has gone buy since I last stood at my window, taking pictures of them putting up the christmas lights… It doesn’t feel like it’s been a year. But the years haven’t been feeling like full years for some time now. Somehow, it feels like the time has sped up compared to my childhood and early 20s. Especially as a child, a year felt like an eternity.

This year, I saw the first christmas sweets and even decoration, by the end of August… Can you believe that? I don’t really know why that would be a good idea from the stores perspective. Does anyone even buy them that early? Are people supposed to eat christmas sweets for all those months until the christmas holidays? But they would be sick of it by the end of October, of not earlier… Or are people supposed to buy them at that time and then keep them until the holidays? But who wants old sweets? Neither makes sense 😂 😹 We love sweet things, a lot, but my dad and I will start with cookies and the like about two weeks before christmas. I look already forward to it. Murli would love them too! There are some cookies, that Murli goes all excited about when she smells them… I have to be careful not to have them accessible, otherwise Murli would get right into the cookie tin…

Later today, I went to grab a few things before the holiday tomorrow. I also got a couple new crotchet hooks from a sale, because I want to learn how to crotchet. I can do the basics, but I want to learn how to make awesome things to wear and other useful stuff.

On my way home, I took a shortcut through a church parking lot, which has a garden and trees that belong to the monastery there. The sun being so low, causes the light to be much warmer and more in the red of the colorspectrum, which looked beautiful on the yellow, red and brownish foliage on trees and bushes.

All of this is is near the city center.

Back home Murli was happy to see me back. She was hungry too and looking forward to the cooked chicken brest I made her before.

Now she sleeps behind me on the floor, on her favorite rug, while I sit at the computer. This Thrusday, on the 3rd of November, we have to go to the vet. It’s time for her vaccination shots and check up. Muri also has her skin problem again, where she gets itchy at the area before her ears, and some other small spots on her chin. It started just before the weekend. She had that problem in 2014 too. It goes away again after the medicine I have to put on those areas, which stops the itching, gets rid of any inflammation and desinfects the area. As soon as the medicine is on, the itching stops.

But no idea what it really is or what causes it. It doesn’t seem to be influenced by her food, or by anything else she has contact with. I have to use very mild and totally non irritating stuff myself, because of my rosacea and my overly sensitive skin, that reacts with inflammation to any chemical preservatives, BHA and BHT, Parabens, Phthalates, anything with Aluminum in it, many parfums and pretty much every chemical in mainstream cosmetics. So I just avoid them alltogether. Thankfully there are nowadays lots of alternatives, that are vegan and cruelty free and because of that usually harmless enough of my skin. I can’t even use sunscreen lol. Because my skin can’t tolerate the chemical UV filters in them. And because of my rosacea, I have to avoid the too much direct sun. Which is why I usually go with umbrellas in summer 😂

Anways, the point of that long explanation is, that there isn’t much in the home that could be harmful. Pretty much any and everything we use is organic, most food is usually bought from the farmers market and cleaners are environment friendly and as harmless as possible.

Murlis food is also without any bad chemicals, grain, or stuff that doesn’t belong. When Murli was still a kitten, she was often sick and had diarrhea and would throw up soon after she ate. I realized back then, that she simply can’t tolerate many of the ingredients in normal cat food. As soon as it’s just meat and the food is free of grain, artificial aromas, preservatives, food coloring and other additives, all is well. That’s how I noticed pretty quickly that it was the food, because as soon as I gave her cooked chicken breast, she was fine. Every meal would cause a reaction of her body very soon. If there is anything in the food she can’t tolerate, she’ll throw up and have diarrhea soon after. Poor baby! But ever since then, we have figured out what works and what must be avoided and we have enough food brands to choose from nowadays. Never again did we have those problems and Murli has been in purrfect health all those years.

Except for the few small spots of itchy skin, all is well. I’m sure there are some more things we can do to help with that. We will see what our Vet says on Thursday.

Now I’ll go and make some tea and have a comfy evening with Murli. Hope all of you are fine and you have a happy Halloween 🎃