>The weather reports called for snow as far down as our altitude today, and although it hasn’t come, you can feel that winter is just behind the mountains, ready to pounce. It’s time for hot tea, and heating up the woodstove, and baking apple cake. The sun comes up a little later and sets a little earlier (and this is something I notice much more when the sunrise comes up over a mountain range.)
There are piles of pumpkins in the supermarkets, even though Halloween is a little controversial here. Some people don’t like the idea of an “imported”, secular holiday, and maybe it competes a little too much with Fasching (or Carnival season. The costumes tend to get mixed up, and when you see vampires and zombies in February it does throw you a little.) But since pumpkins are an Austrian staple crop (for making pumpkin seed oil, a regional specialty, and delicious pumpkin soup), one can argue that purchasing a pumpkin supports the national economy.
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