There is not much that can beat the combination of glistening snow and brilliant sunshine for breath-taking scenery. This photograph from February of this year is of the Austrian alps at Rauris in the Pinzgau area of Salzburg.
According to the calendar spring is well underway – the vernal equinox occurred last Friday. I was sailing from Cherbourg to Poole that day. Compared to last year, spring is slow and late arriving.
A home-made loaf of sourdough rye bread, fresh out of the oven. “Brotzeit” is good solid, rustic (and probably out of fashion) expression used in Austria and southern Germany for what the British might call a tea break.