You know you’re in Austria and not in Australia when… there’s a pause in the mowing noise

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Summer is for mowing. Especially in Austria where you generally have to mow every week to keep things under control. Like anywhere, people are apt to start mowing early, especially when it’s hot. But come 12 noon, and what you’ll hear in Austria is… nothing. That’s because it’s considered impolite to mow your lawn between 12 and 2… disturbing the peace and quiet of lunch time. In the same way that Sunday is a day of rest, and the shops are closed, there are still lots of shops that close here between 12 and 2 during the week. Oh, and you better not even think about getting your mower out on a Sunday… that’s definitely forbidden!

But hey, it’s nice to know, that for your Sunday BBQ, your serenity won’t be disturbed. So I’m all for it!


5 thoughts on “You know you’re in Austria and not in Australia when… there’s a pause in the mowing noise

  1. Mum August 24, 2022 / 5:36 am

    That is a lovely memory. Sunday was like that when I was a child. It was the day we could put on our roller skates and use the lovely smooth concrete in the garages without fear falling over because there was a stone or the foot paths and of course no fear of being run over on the road. I often think it would be nice to have hard work, commercial and social pressures put aside for one day a week. Maybe I crave Utopia.

    • debbiekaye1980 August 29, 2022 / 1:07 pm

      It was hard to get used to at first, being used to everything being open on Sundays, but now I don’t notice it. Like you say, the streets are a lot quieter and what really can’t wait till tomorrow?

  2. Connie August 29, 2022 / 2:50 pm

    Do you know if we can mow the lawn on Saturday? In Germany we couldn’t mow on Sat or Sun and I assumed it was the same here.

    • debbiekaye1980 September 7, 2022 / 10:22 am

      Yes apparently mowing on Saturday here is fine (I checked with an Austrian). It must be hard for people who work to find time to mow in Germany!

      • Connie September 7, 2022 / 12:05 pm

        Great Debbie. Good to know as I was only mowing during the week.

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