Happy New Year!!

So! Happy New Year to those of you who are not bored of this blog yet! We had intended to do a Christmas post but the preparations, settling into our now home, and the celebrating seemed to take up a lot of time! We write from the common room of our campsite in Kaltenbach, in the Ziller valley, nice and cozy!

In the last week we said ‘Ciao’ to Italy, grateful for a boot full of Chianti, Prosecco and basically everything we needed for Christmas! Well almost… there was still the small matter of getting some gifts for each other and where better than the Christmas markets in Salzburg. It was a little chilly but the combination of the markets and the scenery really helped to get us into the Christmas spirit.


My multi-lingual wife


How do you solve a problem like Maria? Dance apparently...


Someone elses's snowmen checking out the castle!!

We arrived here on the 23rd, with a tonne of ‘vadmin’ and feast preparations to get through before Christmas day but managed a little ski on Christmas eve on some really quiet slopes. Christmas lunch was chicken-a-la-dutch-oven and was very delicious and we spent most of the evening on Skype to family…we even had a Plummer-Sweetnam conference going at one point!!


Home sweet home


Rusticus's Christmas Shrine!


Disgustingly cheesy mountain pic...slightly embarrassing but hey!


Cathy doing unspeakable things to the bird


Trev burning stuff


Roughing it? I think not!!

The rest of the week we’ve been checking out the different ski areas in the valley and slowly getting the ski/snowboard muscles back in shape. The snow isn’t the best & it’s quite busy for new years so we’ve only managed a few hours each day, mostly in the afternoons so we are in the right place at the right time to scout out the best apres bars for our visitors!




Very excited to have a couple groups from Ireland coming over the next few weeks and better still there’s finally a good dump of snow on the forecast! We’ll let you know how they got on in the next blog…




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