Memories…and a picture

Not feeling 100% at the moment, I’ve been trying to rest a bit, and indulged in some daydreaming….

When I was very young, this picture of the Ossiachersee (bought by my parents in Austria in the early 1960s) caught my imagination – I have shown it before.


When I was finally in my teens and on holiday with a friend Interrailling in Europe, I was determined to find the place. We must have travelled by train and post bus, and walked, from Klagenfurt where we were staying.

We got to the lake and pitched our tiny tent. Here was the scene the first evening:

You can see the line of the hills, I’m nearly in the same place as the artist was, decades before – but where’s the dilapidated boat house? A lesson….when you are young, you think you will find a place just as you saw it in a picture….well, I did! And of course nothing stays the same forever, and the boat house may only have been an artistic invention. Hey ho!

i have scanned that slide for the first time this evening, over 3 decades since I took the picture, and am rather pleased with the details, previously unnoticed, in it.

Ah, nostalgia…..


  1. Beautiful photo and rediscovery! Is it possible the artist added the dilapidated boat house to show the lake and mountains are eternal?

  2. Nothing like a little dose of nostalgia now and then, and this is a very lovely scene. Hope you’re feeling better soon 🙂

  3. Beautiful scene; with and without the boathouse 🙂 Hope you feel better soon.

  4. Hope you feel better. Lovely photo.

  5. What a beautiful place. I love your account of why you were drawn to it and what you found on arrival..

  6. Amy

    Hope you’ll feel better soon, Sue. Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork. Love it. 🙂

  7. Sorry you’re below par, hon! I don’t remember your parents picture but it’s lovely, and your scan, though very different came out well. Some things live only in our imagination. 🙂 🙂

  8. I hope that you feel better soon, Sue.
    I have an idea to use your parents’ boat house picture as a short story prompt.
    If that’s agreeable with you, I would write it after my current serial is completed, with credit to your site and the picture as inspiration, naturally.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  9. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well, Sue, and I hope you’ve had a restful day. I love that painting and your view. What a lovely comparison, the painting and the photo. I hope the reminiscence was a pleasure. 🙂

  10. I can see why you’d want to track down that scene, yours is much more lively, and I hope you are feeling so soon.

  11. Both are great images, Sue. The two have a similar feel of calm.
    And your fascination for the place reminds me of my one love of Austria, caused by the Chalet School books rather than a painting

  12. I’m glad you found this place. It’s beautiful. Hope you feel better soon.

  13. That is my kind of art Sue, a beautiful picture and maybe the boat house was artistic licence. Photos bring back lovely memories

    • Sue

      Photos bring back memories, and much as I would like to be creating new images, on the days and weeks that I can’t get out, go travelling, I can revisit past travels through photographs, and even create different images from them….

  14. Memories are made of such moments. I guess we all carry images from paintings, books and postcards that we hope to see one day….it is what makes us travel when we can, our own discovery adventures. Your image could be mistaken for Derwent Water in the Lake District….very similar 🙂

  15. looks like a lovely place, Sue

  16. The picture is so appealing – and your photo is really excellent with its range of colour tones and the tiny details of people
    Get well soon Sue – is it the last gasps of summer wearing you down?

  17. Nostalgia is some feeling. Hope you’re feeling better.

  18. Another lovely place Sue, I hope you’re feeling a bit better by now.

  19. Beautiful scenery. Hope you’re all good now

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