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New car Toyota RAV4, January 11th, 2020


Last December 2019 we decided to have a new car: a sturdy Toyota RAV4 Hybrid with all wheel drive.

One week in Dresden from November 13th til 20th, 2019

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Wednesday November 13th, 2019 we drove to Dresden. We had sightseeing to the old city, the castes on the Elbe river, we visited Panometer with 'Dresden 1945' during WW2, we visited also Stadt Wehlen on the river Elbe and could see many interesting things. November 20th, 2019 we returned to Steyr. The photos above are from left to right: the famous bridge 'The Blue wonder' - the castle on river Elbe - Martha at the 'Zwinger' in the old city of Dresden - the famous opera house of Dresden ('Semperoper') - the rebuild of 'Frauenkirche' - view from the top of 'Frauenkirche' upstream Elbe river (click on the photos to enlarge).

Merkurtransit November 11th, 2019

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November 11th, 2019 after noontime it was after 2016 again the case of a so called Merkurtransit: planet Merkury is positioned between the sun and earth and can be seen as a small black dot before sun. As Merkury is so small it can be seen by a telescope only; a special filter is necessary as the sun is too bright not to damage the eyes. Compared to 2016, this time the weather was bad and cloudy, no free sight to the sun in Steyr. So you had to observe the case via internet from the observatory on mountain Pico del Teide, Canary Islands. The pictures above are from Solar Scope, Canary Islands and their copyright. On the second picture you can see the the view from Solar Scope and the moon is rising in the background.

Martha and Poldi hiking in Hinterstoder, October 15th, 2019

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October 15th, 2019 Martha and Poldi drove to Hinterstoder to Hoess. A hiking tour to the water storage lake 'Hirschkogel' was the target. The weather was excellent and finally a stop at 'Loegerhuette' was the program.

'Surprise' lift out of water, October 8th, 2019

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October 8th, 2019 we lifted the boat out of the water.

Sailing with Erich, September 10th, 2019

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September 10th, 2019 I was sailing with Erich on lake Attersee. We had four Beaufort of wind from the North-East. It was an excellent sailing day.

With Laura and Anita in Wildpark in Gruenau, June 16th, 2019

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The following sunday we went with Laura and Anita to Cumberland Wildpark located between Almsee lake and Gruenau.

Roundtrip around lake Almsee, June 15th, 2019

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From Kasberg location, we drove to lake Almsee on June 15th, 2019 to the southern end of Seeklause. Here we started a walking trip around the lake which is approx. 6 km long.

Walking on Damberg, June 10th, 2019

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Whitmonday we went hiking on Damberg to the look-out tower. On the way back we passed by Laurenzius chapel and had lunch at Schoibers inn.

Boat splash and first sail, April 24th, 2019

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April 24th, 2019 the boat was splashed and the days after in May we had the first sailing tours. We also paid a visit to 'Mostbauer' at Miglberg.

Skiing at Wurzeralm, March 21st, 2019

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March 21st, 2019 we went skiing to Wurzeralm; the weather was excellent.

With Laura at the animal park in Haag, March 9th, 2019

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March 9th, 2019 despite the weather was a little rainy we paid a visit to the animal park in Haag together with Laura.

New cabaret programme - 'Pathos', premiere February 13th, 2019

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Fourth solo programme from Angelika Niedetzky
More info and performance dates for Austria under (german only)

Skiing at Wurzeralm, February 14th and 27th, 2019

February 14th, 2019 we wre skiing at Wurzeralm. Weather was quite sunny and excellent snow conditions (4 meter snow height at the mountain). Temperatures springlike but again cold in the shadow. We had a four hour ticket, 3.600 hm and tried out all slopes, including Frauenkar and Schwarzkogel. A resting stop was at Sonnalm. Poldi joined us.
(Pictures from left: on Frauenkarlift, middle: Poldi and Martha from Frauenkar, right: on main slope from Wurzeralm.)

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Skiing at Forsteralm, January 16th, 2019

January 16th, 2019 we were skiing at Forsteralm. It was the first good weather day after the snow chaos in the Northern Alpin region.

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Visit to Johanneskapelle and Christmas market in Puergg, December 1st, 2018

December 1st, 2018 we have visited Johanneskapelle and Christmas market in Puergg in Styria. The 'Johanneskapelle' is very famous for the wall paintings dating from around 1200 AD and the Christmas market is also very seldom, all the shops are distributed and integrated in the houses of the village.

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Visit to provincial exhibition in Enns, October 28th, 2018

October 28th, 2018 we have visited the second part of the provicial exhibition in Enns - the museum 'The Legion is back': many pieces from excavations and the famous house of Medusa. After the museum the Basilica in Lorch - Lauriacum - had our interest. The weather was not fine - but the guided tour in the basilica was excellent.

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More sailing on lake Attersee, in October 2018

As there was a high pressure period beginning October 2018 with excellent sailing weather and high temperatures we continued sailing on lake Attersee some more days in the first half of October. We always had wind from North-East once even 4 to 5 windforces. October 16th, 2018 we prepared the ship for dewatering and the dry season in winter time. Even in autumn it was an excellent sailing season.

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Visit to provincial exhibition in Schloegen, October 6th, 2018

October 6th, 2018 we have visited the provincial exhibition in Schloegen having excellent weather conditions. The region is a reminder to the Wachau in Lower Austria with all the castles and ruins on the hills of the northern riverside of the Danube. We visited the archeological excavations dating from ancient Roman empire on the river Danube, the monastery Engelszell in Engelhartszell, made a short visit to Waldkirchen am Wesen for gas filling, eating in Gasthaus Schiffmeister in Wesenufer and finally made a short walk through the forest to view the Danube meander at Schloegen.

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Once again sailing on lake Attersee, October 5th, 2018

October 5th 2018 we were sailing again on lake Attersee. A rather cold weather but sunshine - we had 15 degrees air- and 16 degrees water temperature only - nevertheless it was a nice day. We had 2 til 3 windforce NE with a max of 10 to 12 knots of wind. First we tacked north to Schloss Kammer and then turned to the south on the eastern shore down to the line of UYCAs. Then we tacked north again - the wind increased a little to 15 knots and we tacked at Kammerl for return to island of Litzlberg. At 16 hours we removed the sails for harbouring on the water still in the sun. 16:30 h we returned to marina.

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Sailing on lake Attersee, September 20th and 27th, 2018

September 20th and 27th, 2018 we decided for sailing on lake Attersee. First day on 20th there was no wind at all, no wonder it hag an airtemperature of close to 30 degrees, and water temp was around 22 degrees. We had a swim in the lake and it was excellent. Windmeasurement showed 2 or 3 knots - forget. We tried again on September 27th, 2018 and it was much better: a steady North-Eastern with 10 to 12 knots, i.e. 3 to 4 Beaufort made us happy. Its autumn time, no temperatur for a swim again - 18.5 degrees water temp and air temp even lower. We sailed down to Alexenau and back north to Kammer and some tacks from coast to coast, we finished at 4:30 pm - but it was cool.

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Rechnitz in Burgenland, August 19th til 24th, 2018

August 19th, 2018 we decided a trip to Rechnitz in Burgenland. With us our new e-bikes for small trips to the wine hills. First day we went to Baumwipfelweg in Alt Hodis, then made a hiking tour to Satzenstein, next day walking to the viewing tower at Geschriebenstein and we visited some Buschenschanken in the hills of Rechnitz. Also the small Hungarian restaurant close to the border - Hatarmenti Vigado we paid a visit to it. The weather was hot and clear, every day in the thirties, but Friday afternnon a thunderstorm including heavy rain ended that period. So we returned home.
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Again new astro photos, August 18th + 19th, 2018

August 18th and 19th, 2018 - again new astro photos: moon eight days phase, planet Jupiter with two large moons and the second star zeta of Big Dipper: Mizar - a double star - good to see and Alkor the smaller riding collegue star.

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Trip to 'Aussichtswarte Lichtenberg', August 17th, 2018

August 17th, 2018 sailing on lake Attersee - less wind and a view over the lake in the background of the village Attersee to the hills of Lichtenberg inspired us to a trip to the viewing and sightseeing tower on the hill of Lichtenberg.
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'Blue ribbon' on lake Attersee, August 4th, 2018

August 4th, 2018 it was the 90th Blue ribbon regatta race on lake Attersee. The start was seven o'clock in the morning, but no wind at all. This continued the whole morning and after 3 hours we reached Nussdorf and the first turning mark in Burgau we reached at 13:20 h. On the way back there was no change at all until we reached Steinbach; then the north eastern wind started to blow and we had a good trip to the north. Close to Weyregg the wind again started to loose its power, but finally we reached the second turning mark at Kammer. On the way back to the finish we hoisted Spinaker and crossed the line at 17:36 h after ten hours and 36 minutes racing. (More pictures).

Two beautiful astropics of moon and Jupiter, July 20th, 2018

July 20th, 2018 again in Steyr two beautiful astrophotos from moon and Jupiter and the four big moons (Galilei) were made in evening. The weather and sky were clear. Moonphase 8.4 d. Time: 20:30 MEST, exposuretime 1/800 sec. Jupiter Time: 20:37 MEST, exposuretime 0.5 sec. Click on the photo for large pictures - back with <-. Both pictures made with Maksutov 100/1000 mm.

Moon shot from June 20th, 2018

June 20th, 2018 in Steyr, a beautiful photo of half moon phase was taken. Weather and air was clear. Moon phase 7.9 days. Photo by Maksutov 100/1000 mm, exposuretime 1/1250 sec.

Trip with Erich to Lower Austria, April 10th, 2018

April 10th, 2018 Erich and I made a trip to Lower Austria. We started at castle of Plankenstein, then we visited a hydropower plant in Freiland on river Traisen; we continued to monastery Lilienfeld where we had a rest and lunch and continued to Mank and Kettenreith. Click for more photos here.

VOLVO Ocean Race fleet leaves Auckland / NZL, March 18th, 2018

March 18th, 2018 the Volvo Ocean Race fleet was leaving Aukland in NZL and Dianne June joined the spectacle just by chance. Returning back
home from a holiday at Great Barrier Island, the ferry crosses the course of the fleet, departing for leg 7 of the regatta to Itajai / Brasil.
Approximately two or three hours before they started from Auckland / NZL. Click for the spectacular photos here.

Skiing in Hinterstoder, March 2nd, 2018

March 2nd, 2018 we went for skiing in Hinterstoder, Sonja joined us. She met some former collegues from bureau Wagner. The weather was nice but some clouds in the afternoon. Fresh snow on the slopes but partly hard and icy, temperature quite normal again, zero til minus three. In the hut of 'Dachsalm' the roast pork was very excellent. Click for more photos here.

Skiing at Forsteralm, February 28th, 2018

February 28th, 2018 we went for skiing at Forsteralm, Poldi joined us. Weather and snow were excellent, but temperature was rather cold (-15°C). Therefore we twice visited a hut for warm up. Click for more photos here.

Tour to Freithofbergalm, December 26th, 2017

December 26th, 2017 we made a tour to Freithofbergalm close to Maria Neustift in Ennstal to avoid the fog in the valleys and enjoy some sunshine. See more pictures here.

New garage and bridge opened in Steyr, November 11th, 2017

Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 11:11 hours the new garage in Steyr close to the main square was opened. The weather was lousy, but this couldn't influence the mood so much as the the city governement has sponsered sausages and free beer to everybody participating. Load testing of the bridge was also successful with human material. The new street above the garage is designed very generous and noble (see the intake to the stairway for the garage).

Trip to Sonntagberg and Heiligenstein, September 30th and October 1st, 2017

September 30th, 2017 we made a trip to Sonntagberg. The day after we went to Heiligenstein.
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Sightseeing trip to Waidhofen an der Ybbs, September 24th, 2017

Sunday September 24th, 2017 we made a sightseeing trip to Waidhofen an der Ybbs. (Click on the pictures for more photos).

Photovoltaic power in Steyr installed, August 4th, 2017

August 4th, 2017 the 5,2 kW peak Photovoltaic power installation was commissioned in Steyr and connected to the grid.

Tracking Marlen Haushofer in Frauenstein, June 16th, 2017

Friday June 16th, 2017 we visited Frauenstein and were tracking the Upper Austrian novelist Marlen Haushofer, known from 'Die Wand' - also as movie. (Click on the picture for more photos).

Outdoor theatre performance Robin Hood at 'Burgruine Reichenstein', June 9th, 2017

On Friday June 9th, 2017 we visited the outdoor theatre performance in Reichenstein. This year Robin Hood in a new edition by Daniela Wagner. We were six persons Sonja, Dr. Poldi, Traude & Georg, as well as Martha and me. Warm weather and an excellent performance by the experienced and well known actors of Theatergruppe from Tragwein made a perfect evening for us. We always enjoy to come here from time to time.

Bridge for 'Stadtplatzgarage' erected, March 24th, 2017

Friday March 24th, 2017 the last piece for the bridge of the 'Stadtplatzgarage' was delivered and erected.
Now the construction of the garage must be finalized until October 2017, then the opening ceremony will take place.

Again skiing at Wurzeralm, March 2017

Last weekend there was fresh snow: so we decided on March 13th, 2017 to drive again to Wurzeralm. Snow condition and weather were excellent, in the afternnon it became springlike temperture and conditions. We had a 4 hours ticket and made 4,700 meters and 20 km slopes. A wonderful day ....

Again two skiing days at Forsteralm, February 14th and 15th, 2017

A large high pressure system over middle Europe, therefore excellent weather for skiing in the mountains; we went two times to Forsteralm February 14th and 15th, 2017. The snow was hard but not icy, in the afternoon the temperatures increased up to 8 to 10°C - in sunshine even more. The first day was a bit windy, but the second was excellent to enjoy the sunshine - after skiing of course.

SKiing at Wurzeralm, January 24th, 2017

Again excellent skiing weather conditions on January 24th, 2017 at Wurzeralm and snow and temperature rather cold. Even skiing downhill through the narrow valley of 'Gipsgraben' it was really cold as for air temperature. We purchased a 4-hours ticket and had approximately a 20 km slope and 4.000 hm skiing. [You can click the pictures for enlargement]

Skiing at Forsteralm, January 19th, 2017

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January 19th, 2017 we went for skiing at Forsteralm (approx. elevation 1000 m) having very excellent weather conditions. After a 45 minutes drive we arrived at Forsteralm around 11 hours. Snow condition was excellent too, but air temperature was rather low with minus 8 degrees (wind chill not included . . . .). We bought a ticket for three hours and used it for approx. 13 km skiing and 2500 m head. On the way home we passed by 'Rieglwirt' to get some food and drink.

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Skiing season 2016 / 17 opening in Hinterstoder, December 21st, 2016

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On December 21st, 2016 we had opening of skiing season 2016 / 17 in Hinterstoder. We had excellent weather on artificial snow on the slopes.
Natural snow was only a little some 10 - 15 cm only, but regular skiing was ok. Some photos you can find here.

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