Sunday, 28 February 2016

Teufelstein


The Devil has many stones. 

This particular Teufelstein is to be found on top of a mountain near to the village of Fischbach in the Austrian province of Styria. 

With a companion I was there to take a look at the route of a mountain marathon we had under consideration. 

It was an enjoyable experience to gallop along in the sunshine over a couple of sections of the course, including the section which crosses the moorland road at the top of the pass under the shadow of the Teufelstein.

We slept in a mountain hut after a lovely Austrian evening full of beer and music and dancing and singing. 

The next day was hot. We went to an outdoor swimming pool to cool off. But soon we had to run for cover. A tremendous thunderstorm. There was considerable damage and many roads were closed. 

I didn't do the race. 



This post is linked to Inspired Sundays

The Devil never sleeps.




16 comments:

  1. The thunderstorm was payback for having a good time before.

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  2. I like that header. That bird has movement and life. I like the post and especially the words "to gallop along in the sunshine".

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    1. Thanks, Elle will be delighted. I've some more of her works to show . . . so keep checking back.

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    2. I read your blog everyday.

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    3. Wow! And thanks! By the way, there's a new picture header from Elle Fee for you today.

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  3. hey, you taught me something new, i went to Wikipedia to learn more, who doesn't enjoy learning. have a nice weekend. ( :

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    1. The Devil gets about doesn't he? Even signs of him on Pendle Hill near the place where George Fox had his vision. The Devil dropped a few stones on an outcrop called Apronfull Hill, because he tried to carry too many in his apron. He was throwing the stones in the direction of Clitheroe Castle.

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  4. I also learned more at Wikipedia

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    1. Thanks Tom. You might be interested in my reply to Beth.

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  5. When I read the folk lore of Yorkshire and Lancashire it always seems to me that the devil spent an awful lot of time up here throughout the ages. Perhaps we are a particularly
    wicked lot.

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    1. I think Lancashire and Yorkshire folk are far from wicked, they are amongst the friendliest people in Britain. That's why the devil is working overtime to tempt you.

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  6. So many places the devil left a mark on! Near Bremen we have the "Teufelsmoor" - ghastly.
    First time that I hear of a mountain marathon - I jog too, but not on mountains (while son and DiL climb now, without jogging). Sounds really strenuous - so you earned having a lovely feast in the evening. To live intensely means not to ask (too often) what comes after.

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    1. The Teufelsmoor sounds a bit like Winter Hill in Lancashire where one particularly fog bound Sunday with another runner we rescued a fellow fell runner from a bog. Fortunately the one who had wandered off the path had his emergency whistle with him and so we were able to locate him.

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  7. __The profile of this devil stone reminds me of a the "Profile Mountain" in New Hampshire. That profile was there for many many years, but recently it crumbled and can no longer be seen and recognized as the "Old Man of the Mountains." _m

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    1. the remains
      of an old man
      on the mountain

      Long time ago a mountain running friend told me would like his ashes scattered on Pendle Hill. Since then he has taken up golf.

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