Das Alte Forsthaus in St. Michael im Lungau

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We recently acquired the "Altes Forsthaus" (the Old Forester's Lodge) in St. Michael, a town of about 3,000 souls in the lovely Lungau valley in the Austrian state of Salzburg. The house was built in 1921, and before we could move there permanently there was lots and lots to do. Gabi and I lived under extremely primitive conditions for the first few weeks, but we're almost finished now. These pictures document the various stages of our ongoing renovation project - a house is never finished...

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Making my world-famous "Zirbenschnaps" from the fresh cones of the Swiss Pine [Pinus cembra] in my neighbor's garden. Homebrewing, The Fresh, Pine, Drinks, Garden, Pine Tree, Drinking, Beverages, Lawn And Garden

Making my world-famous "Zirbenschnaps" from the fresh cones of the Swiss Pine [Pinus cembra] in my neighbor's garden.

Spring comes late to the Lungau (elev. 1100 m), and the lilacs are strutting their stuff; in the flatlands, they finished blooming weeks ago. This is the time of year to take Voltaire's advice („…mais il faut cultiver notre jardin“). Spring Is Coming, Lilacs, The Struts, Old Things, It Is Finished, Bloom, Advice, Plants, Projects

Spring comes late to the Lungau (elev. 1100 m), and the lilacs are strutting their stuff; in the flatlands, they finished blooming weeks ago. This is the time of year to take Voltaire's advice („…mais il faut cultiver notre jardin“).

This summer was perfect for outdoor living. We lit the barbecue almost every day! Be Perfect, Alter, Barbecue, Outdoor Living, Old Things, Table Decorations, Building, Summer, Pictures

This summer was perfect for outdoor living. We lit the barbecue almost every day!

Hard at work making all kinds of preserves from stuff we grew in our garden: pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots, apple sauce, herb oil and vinager, apricot jam, etc. This haul should keep us in food all winter long! Vinager, Apple Sauce, Make All, Preserves, Beer Bottle, Pumpkins, Tomatoes, Carrots, Herbs

Hard at work making all kinds of preserves from stuff we grew in our garden: pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots, apple sauce, herb oil and vinager, apricot jam, etc. This haul should keep us in food all winter long!

Our two little neighbors all dressed up and ready to go, posing with mama in the kitchen window Ready To Go, Alter, Old Things, Dress Up, Window, Poses, Kitchen, House, Figure Poses

Our two little neighbors all dressed up and ready to go, posing with mama in the kitchen window

Our good friend Sigi hard at work correcting our new book while Ossi, her husband, enjoys the sunshine and the view Enjoy The Sunshine, Alter, New Books, Old Things, Husband, House

Our good friend Sigi hard at work correcting our new book while Ossi, her husband, enjoys the sunshine and the view

By Haloween we will have all the pumpkins we need (and more! Pumpkins, Old Things, Plants, House, Pumpkin, Plant, Butternut Squash, Squash, Gourd

By Haloween we will have all the pumpkins we need (and more!)

Yes, there is such a thing as too much salad. No way we will every eat all of these before they spoil. Salad, Plants, Pictures, House, Photos, Photo Illustration, Salads, Plant, Lettuce

Yes, there is such a thing as too much salad. No way we will every eat all of these before they spoil.