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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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Merry Christmas sweet friends!

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Ralph, me and the Cats, Samantha, Sonic and Murli wish everyone of you lovely friends a happy Christmas, and peaceful holidays!

You have all been on my mind, wondering how you all are doing and hoping everyone and their furbabies are well and happy.

We are all happy and thankful to be together in our home. The cats are fine and happy, as are Ralph and myself. My migraines have not been as frequent either!

We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner yesterday at my Dads. I still feel stuffed from that dinner… Of course the cats got some of it too! We brought home some chicken for them, off of Ralphs plate. They loved it of course, and even today, they got some meat from Ralphs dinner! Since I don’t eat meat, I don’t have anything to give them off of my plate, so it’s always Ralph :-D

We walked home after dinner at my Dads, and I went to bed not too lang afterwards. This morning, we opened our gifts, which was lovely.

This is our little tree. I got it from my Mum in 2005, and I put it up every Christmas. I added some things to it, like the birds and the cat at the top. The birds on that tree are older than I am, except for one.

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Ralph and I got that little cat last years Christmas at the Christmas market in town

 

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Murli on the living room window with the Christmas lights

I will do an end of year post, where I try to put everything important in that’s been going on. But one important update I’ll leave you with already. Murli ended up being fine after the Vet. The lab results showed that she is healthy, except for one thing, her thyroid… She’s got Hyperthyroidism. And for this, she now gets tablets that according to the Vet, she’d have to get for the rest of her life. Thankfully, she seems to be doing really well with them, and she’s happy as always. I have to put the little tablets in a chicken or turkey meat bread spread, make a little tiny ball out of it and put it in her bowl with her normal food. That way she eats up the tablet every day without a problem.

Murli, Sonic and Samantha send out lots of head rubs and nose kisses to all their sweet furfriends! We all hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday!

Much love, Natascha and the kitties!

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Merry Christmas!

What is going on Sonic, Murli & Samantha? It’s Christmas day! What happened with the time?

Ralph, I and the pussycats Murli, Samantha and Sonic wish all of you wonderful friends a merry Christmas and wonderful holidays! Hope you’re all comfy, warm & well.

We spent Christmas eve at my Dad’s, enjoying a wonderful dinner and a nice evening together. This Christmas morning, I woke up with a bad migraine and so the presents are still waiting under our little Christmas tree. It’s past 8pm now and we will finally get to it after I send off this little post.

I miss all of you, the blogging and our awesome chats in the comments, emails and by all other means. And reading your blogs of course!

It’s really almost unbelievable how quickly the last months went by since I flew to Spain in July, then Ralph’s, Samantha’s and Sonic’s move to Austria in mid September and since then the prolonged Hotelstay, getting the apartment, and during all that time the government appointments and paperwork. It was just shortly before Christmas, the 22nd in fact, when we got the last important paperwork. Now the worrying and exhausting bureaucracy is pretty much done. What remains now is all part of getting married. We’re a translation away from getting a date from the registry office. This date will likely be about two months out, because their schedule is so full.

So hopefully I will get back to blogging and keeping up with all of you much much more again.

Ralph and I are so happy and every day together is a gift. We’re enjoying every minute together and everytime I go out by myself, even if just for half an hour, I look forward to getting back home to my new lovely family and home of us and our sweet 3 cats. Despite all the worries and the exhaustion of this big change in our lives, especially for Ralph and the cats, it’s so worth it. We will soon be able to recover from it all and get on with living our new life together.

Murli is doing really well! She had a hard time in the beginning, as it was a huge change to her… New home, 2 new cats after being alone for many years and a new human! She was afraid of Sonic and Samantha, but she’s getting more and more used to them. Especially recently she’s getting better and better with them. She’s happy, playing and cuddling, chatting and eating more than enough. She loves to watch the birds and is especially thrilled to bits to have a balcony now! All 3 love the apartment and the windows and balcony are much better kitty TV than before.

I am so happy with our apartment and the area in which we live. It’s safe and quiet and we’re in the city centre really quickly too by tram or bus.

We are having a comfy and warm evening now, enjoying Stollen and coffee. The cats got quite a bit of treats… Murli was after the Stollen and the biscuits my Dad made… Oh dear.

Again, I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas time! Stay warm and enjoy the holidays!

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February 12, 2017 Our old city

I noticed some furends being interested in those old buildings and other historical facts of my city, Graz. So I thought I’d post some pictures about the history of the buildings you often see in my photos.

What is known for sure is that the area of Graz was settled from about 3000 before common Era, which was in the Copper age. It had probably people living here for much longer than that though. Of course back then it wasn’t called Graz. Graz started being a city in the early middle ages, and from then on it grew. In 1379 it became the capital of inner Austria, during the long reign of the Habsgurgers. In 1619 a new Habsburg emperor decided to move the court to Vienna, which became the capital city from that point on. If anyone is interested, there is a timeline on wikipedia about Graz.

The castle hill (Schlossberg) was part of a massive fortification of the city. On the hill itself was a huge fortress, which goes back to the 10th century and grew from then on. The castle was never conquered, but unfortunately, after the Napoleonic wars, the fortress was largely demolished, as part of the Treaty of Schönbrunn of 1809. The parts that are still visible today where simply to massive and strong to be demolished back then. They would have removed every single thing up there if they would have been able to. The clock tower and the bell tower were only spared because the city paid a ransom basically.

Thanks to this, those two towers still stand and still have their original old bells in them. Most other bells in church steeples for example, were taken down and destroyed under the treaty (the Napoleonic forces had them molten and made into new cannons, since it was the same kind of metal needed for cannons).

The fortified city (For the larger version click HERE)

Fortified Graz seen from the east
The fortified city around 1645. The view is to the West. (Source: Institut für Städtebau TU Graz http://bit.ly/2lOAWMA)
The fortress on castle hill
The fortress on castle hill. Looking towards the North. Source: Festung Kupferstich Matthäus Von Matthäus Merian der Ältere

The closest view that I could find, looking towards the castle hill today, HERE.

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The castle hill with fortress, looking towards the North. (Source: Österreichischer Städteatlas at mapire.eu)

And the same buildings that the arrows are pointing to, today:

The Clock tower
The castle hill clock tower (Source: Von Andreas E. Neuhold)

The clock tower has 3 bells. One rings at every full hour, and is the oldest bell in the city. It’s from 1382 and I recorded it’s sound this Friday:

Then there is the bell from 1645, which was rung in old times to warn people, every time a fire broke out in the city. It rung the number of the district the fire was in. For example for my district, which is the forth, it would have rung 4 times. It was rung not just once, but with a break in between those 4 times.
The 3rd clock, from 1450, rung every time a person was executed… In the 19th century, it rung when the gates of the city walls were closed and locked.

The Liesl bell tower
The Liesl bell tower. (Source: Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner)
The huge bell in the Liesl bell tower
The huge bell in the Liesl bell tower. (Source: Von Uoaei1)
The Liesl bell
Thats how huge the bell inside the Liesl bell tower is. Source: meinbezirk.at

The Liesl bell rings 101 times at 7am, 12pm und 19pm. The bell tower was build 1588.

Then there is the old steeple, at the church near my home. It’s visible on that old map, and it’s this one that one of the arrows points at. It’s the old steeple of the church called Mariahilfer Kirche. The two high steeples came much later and weren’t visible yet on that old map.

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There are many beautiful old buildings throughout the old city center, like the city hall, which looks like a castle really.

City Hall building
City Hall building (Source: Von Taxiarchos228)
City hall seen from bastle hill
City hall seen from castle hill, with zoom though. (Source: Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner)
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Another beautiful old building downtown
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One of the many beautiful old houses seen downtown
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Typical narrow alley from medieval times

On special holidays, like christmas, every church in the city will ring their bells for mass. I recorded a bit of it on Christmas morning in 2016:

I think I’ve made this post long enough lol.

Here are the sources to the images that are not mine:

The fortified city around 1645. The view is to the West.
Source: Institut für Städtebau TU Graz, Link 1, Link 2

The fortress on castle hill. Looking towards the North.
Source: Festung Kupferstich Matthäus
Von Matthäus Merian der Ältere – File:Topographia Austriacarum (Merian) 200.jpg, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46412714

The castle hill with fortress, looking towards the North. (Arrows and text added by me, the original image can be found through the following Source)
Source: Österreichischer Städteatlas http://mapire.eu/oesterreichischer-staedteatlas/graz/#OV_17_2

The castle hill clock tower
Source: Von Andreas E. Neuhold – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16708923

The Liesl bell tower
Source: Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner – Eigenes Werk (own photography), Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1468029

The huge bell in the Liesl bell tower
Source: Von Uoaei1 – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15965814

Man with the huge bell in the Liesl bell tower
Source: https://www.meinbezirk.at/graz-umgebung/leute/ueberpruefen-der-kloeppelanlage-der-schlossberg-liesl-der-kloeppel-misst-rund-vier-meter-m2342248,288979.html

City Hall building
Source: Von Taxiarchos228 – Eigenes Werk, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13128328

City hall seen from castle hill
Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner – Eigenes Werk, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5066608