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April 6, 2017 This mornings view from Castle Hill and our Mountains

Just thought I’d post todays view from the castle hill webcam to show you today’s weather and view. It cooled down a bit, and a cold wind is blowing, because the mountains got a little bit of snow again. It snowed down to 800m (2624 ft) and our city lies in a valley, at a height ranging from 350m (1148 ft) to 380m (1247 ft).

It’s overcast with a little bit of sun here and there. Right now it’s 10°C (50°F), but it feels much cooler due to the chilly wind. We might still get some rain later.

Here’s the view from 10am:

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Since the webcam can’t look behind itself, due to the castle hill rising up higher behind it, here are some photos I took from up there in April of 2013. The mountains you can see in the back are just the lower ones, but they have snow on them, just like they do now. The mountains are all part of the alps, which rise up higher and higher behind the mountains that are visible. But the mountains are not visible from that position, because there’s another valley in between the snowy ones and the next ones.

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There’s still more city to the right, but I don’t have pictures of it yet.

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Source of this map: Von NordNordWest – Eigenes Werk, usingOpenStreetMap dataSRTM30 v.2 data, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30094311

The map above shows my state of Styria. The purple arrow to the bottom right just shows where north is exactly. The other smaller arrow points into the direction of the snowy mountains you see in the photos above the map. If you click on the map, it will be larger. Like I said, there’s another smaller valley behind the snowy mountains. After that small valley, there are the higher mountains. As it shows, the mountains just get higher and higher. All of the mountainous region you can see are the alps. All of it. It’s VAST. And beautiful ☺️ The highest mountain in my state is at 2995m (9826ft) and it’s called the “Dachstein” which literally translated means “Roofstone”.

Here’s an english Wikipedia article about the “Dachstein” (LINK) and a list of the highest mountains in Austria (LINK).

Just thought I’d post about it, because I was talking about mountains with some furends 😺

Murli wants her pic in the post too, just because she’s cute 😂😸

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March 7, 2017 Murli stressed out by noisy road work

Hello my dear furends! I haven’t really slept this night either, even though I feel better today. At least compared to how sick I felt over the weekend.

Anyway, this morning we suddenly had a construction site right in front and around one corner of our apartment building. They are apparently starting to renew the pavement. So they use a jack-hammer to get the old stuff out. OMG, it’s so loud! The whole house was vibrating and the noise was resonating through everything.

Here is what it sounds like with the window closed:

Here is what it sounds like directly in the street. Even though I filmed this in the later afternoon and at that point they were already around the corner, which made it slightly less loud. It was worse before. It was already 3:30pm when they went around the corner. The jack-hammer was being used non stop from 8am until 5pm, except for one hour during their lunch break at noon.

Poor Murli was so afraid, she didn’t even knew what to do anymore. She ran through the whole apartment with a bushy tail, again and again, seemingly not feeling comfortable to stay anywhere. Even though she has numerous hiding spots, they weren’t enough for her this morning. I think it’s the intense vibrations that make it worse. Cats have much more sensitive nerves in their paws than we do. It’s so they can feel the smallest little movement, like a mouse walking. Their hearing of course is also much more sensitive. They especially dislike noises in the deeper spectrum. I’m sure that she heard a lot more that we couldn’t hear. I’m sure she isn’t just feeling these vibrations much more intensely, but I can imagine that’s accompanied by an additional noise as well. She never heard a jack-hammer so close by.

Even though  I was worried about Murli, and my heart was aching seeing her scared like that, I tried to not show my worry and did everything just like usual. Because if she sees me acting different, it would just add to her fears. If she sees me behaving like all the time, she realizes that the situation in our home itself is safe and nothing is wrong. Murli always notices when I become nervous or afraid, which causes her to feel on edge as well.

She didn’t leave my side at all the whole day. We are already always together, but today much more so. She stayed close to me. Then I saw her sitting underneath the drying rack, which had a big blanket on top. Then I got the idea that I get one of her boxes, and put it under that thing.

This is the box under the drying rack, before I put the big blanket over it, so it was like a tent around her box.

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I also put one of her beloved Valerian root pouches into the box for her, because it seems to calm her somewhat. This was shortly after Murli got into her box. The little Valerian root pouch is between her front paws. I sat right there with her. First at the desk. But then I sat down on the floor, in front of the drying rack, with my coffee and iPad. We stayed like this until noon, when I used the quiet of the construction workers lunch break to get into bed for a nap. Murli went right after me and jumped into bed as well.

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I always take her blankies into bed with us for her to cuddle on:

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I took this photo when I got up again. Murli was able to rest at least, despite the noise. I didn’t really sleep either, but I needed the rest anyway. Btw, when we sleep like that, she likes to curl right into the back of my knees. My legs were bent around her back. She always tries to curl herself as close as possible to me. It’s so cute.

She even stayed in bed after I got up. But not for long. Thankfully, at 5pm, the jack-hammer finally stopped. After Murli ate, she got into bed again. Since then she sleeps, which is no wonder. I feel quite sleepy myself lol. Probably because the sleepless night and the flu.

So hopefully I’ll finally sleep normally tonight. Hugs & love to all, from both of us❤️️

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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)
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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:

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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.

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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)
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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

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January 5, 2017 Cold front incoming

A cold front arrived over night. It’s bringing ice cold polar air, storm, ice and snow. It’s going to get cold, which also means no migraine. Which is awesome! It’s going to bring the winter temperatures that were normal when I was a child in the 80s and early 90s. We’ll see how long it lasts.

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Yesterdays setting sun illuminated the lowest layer of the clouds in a bright red, almost pinkish color. It was quite windy up there in the clouds. They were moving fast and in different speeds in multiple layers and heights.

When I got up this morning, some snow had fallen earlier. It really wasn’t a lot but it was fluffy snow, real snow and not frozen fog snow.

Took these photos when I came out of our apartment building. And I tried drawing a kitty face into the snow (I always draw stuff into the fresh snow at every chance I get, even though I can’t draw to safe my life lol). Poor kitty face is all disproportional… I need more practice lol!

More pictures are on my new flickr account: flickr.com/photos/catlady-natascha

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Later the sky looked really beautiful again, with the clouds full of ice and with those strong winds up there: