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Sunday 1st August

New month and this is going to be the busiest so far with guests and things....I must really make a list of the things that I want done to the house before they arrive....but not yet....far too early and I'm off visiting gardens and the likes....let's see what goodies I come home with this afternoon.  I shall refuse all offers of cows but everyone thinks that I should keep one at least in my little house / barn but so far I have convinced them that they are only 'work' and if I wanted to take anything for a walk...it would be a dog and speaking of dogs, Socks make it clear that he wanted a drink of water yesterday so he has his own bowl out there.  Last night while I was tapping away I heard a strange noise and realised he was lapping away and then scurried 'home'.
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Sunday 1st continued

The flaming internet blew away my original post so I decided to have a little nap before I attempted it again...this time I put in the pickies before the script just to make sure.  It doesn't make sense...if it's a beautiful hot clear day...no internet...if it rains you get goodness knows how many bars up...and now it's clouded over..there you go..

So I went off to visit my Seka, my restaurant lady and this is how the morning started.  We were joined by another lady who decided that a toasted sandwich was not enough to get the day rolling so she popped home and that was the result, stuffed peppers.  Then we set off in the car and on the way we had to deliver a packet of coffee for a neighbour and a phone call later outside the block of flats, a rope was dropped and up went the coffee.  Lateral thinking...and so off to the garden.

We parked the car, crossed a tiny stream and walked to the garden.  Now I thought we were down there just to gather for her but I got the wrong end of the stick...we were there to build me up, buttercup and I came back laden with potatoes, sweetcorn, red onions, carrots, tomatoes, egg plants and green beans.  I think she thinks it funny that I want to take photos of everything for my diary but I do ask first...some people get funny about it and I do tell them that I am posting to my diary on the internet.  We collected the loot, she was gathering marigold heads which I found out were for making a salve as a cure for rheumatics and aching joints....think I'll have some at the ready.

On the way back we stopped at her sister's house and my garage mechanic was there with his wife and it's strange but you never know who is related to who and it's always amusing to find out....the secret...never talk about anybody and just listen.  They were processing tomato juice / paste and had a blender that they put on the end of a drill.  My guys use the same piece of kit for mixing my grouting.

We went back to Seka's little apartment and we sat on the floor and prepared the tomatoes and her husband blended them and the process then follows that they heat them up but I didn't get that far....that's the second lesson.

As we left the apartment there was a police car parked behind my Beauty and one was standing by it and the other sitting on a bench....now the police in Djebel seem to be officious but as I was leaving Seka I said to officer that I would take the white one and he said 'Dobre'.  We had a little chat (that's as far as my Bulgarian stretches) and then I was on my way with bags of goodies.



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Sunday night continued


Forgot to mention....my hoopoe birds are back. They are so beautiful with tufted crests but so difficult to photograph.  I've got a picture of one from the internet so that you can see what I mean...why are they called hoopoe? because their cry is....hoopoe, hoopoe...very distinctive...

And I've just found out that it is the official bird of Israel....the things you live and learn...



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Monday 2nd August

So what have I done this morning?  You might well ask.  I don't believe anything of any significance but have trimmed the geraniums since they were not looking at their best, done some weeding, done the washing and it's out drying, just cooked fried tomatoes and had them on toast for a late breakfast and supper of chicken, onions, tomatoes (well I have got rather a lot of them and so has everybody else), green beens in a chilli and tomato sauce is bubbling away in the slow cooker and it's still only 11.00 o'clock here.

Just looked at my stool / table and it needs a little adjustment.  I have found the tool to do the job, namely a nail punch so it's a little bashing, a little filling with a plug, sand down the top and polish.  As I said it was made from wood that has been lying around for a while but the devil makes work for idle hands and it's going to be a devil of a job to get it looking like something that could appear on the Antiques Roadshow in fifty years time...

So I will say 'To horse'.  The men have still not phoned so I'm thinking that Sally has more tobacco than his poor wife is able to manage on her own and is giving him earache...must phone Bekir and find out. .  D of S might be worth a visit...but he's always worth the visit.  I really don't have any  reading material so I shall go and deplete his coffee supplies that's when I manage to locate a cup from the garden....
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Managed to contact D of S and so set off....on the way nearly came to grief....Bulgarian car drivers do not appreciate the white line down the centre of the road sort of....my side, your side and one was taking the bend on my side of the road and so I swerved and hit something on the grass verge, not child, not cow, not local but it damaged my wheel trim....tomorrow I'm off to the garage to see if it has done any damage...probably not but better safe than dead....

Had a lovely afternoon and we discussed happennings since the last time we had met....I have a trilogy of Alexander the Great to get through and I'm told it's explicit and sexual, not that I shall probably understand the half of it but I'll get D of S to explain the bits that are beyond me...he's bound to know...the same age as my son and nothing seems to have been missing from their education except basic literacy....

Just about to dish up my slow cooker speciality with tumericed rice...beer at the ready, dish on the worktop, so I'll let you know how it turned out tomorrow.  I've been looking at some old photos of the house and tomorrow I am going to put old and new side by side and get them onto Facebook....I'd forgotten the half of it...
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Tuesday 3rd August

Now I am really late tonight.  I have had a very chilled day and given myself a pedicure, getting rid of the hard skin and nail varnish passed it's view by date.  The nails are now pristine and matching up to everyone elses in the village...they just don't seem to get dirty and I'll have to find out the secret.

Now Socks appeared and so I had some skins from the Nadenitsa (spicey sausage) and I felt sorry for him so he had part of my omelette which was a bit mistake for which I was taken to task.  He is our dog, he eats our food and he lives in our garden, came the response, and mine, why don't you tie him up then....

I had a super evening in my friends garden complete with my dictionary and the lady next door had family visiting from Sweden so we had a conversation about the time I used to work there and the places that I went to...this is Bulgaria...we spoke Bulgarian, Turkish and she even refered to my dictionary to explain that she was an accountant on school holidays and that her husband worked in a restaurant in Gamla Stan which I knew very well.

So for me the day has been about sunbathing my middle and reading my book, the first of the trilogy that D of S gave me...I'm on page 240 already so it shows I have been doing something all day.

Now my lady gave me three pears.  I mentioned that I had two trees but undeterred she went to the drawer and extricated three.  'Yes but you haven't got any of mine' was the retort and now I am back in my little house, I shall pour myself a glass of the red and get back to my book....

Lecka nosht...tout le monde....the book calls...
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Wednesday, 4th August

Morning although it's a little bit late to be saying that....well I checked out my middle and it definately is not to see the light of day at all today....it's pink but as the saying goes in my family, it should be brown tomorrow.  I hope so, it had taken on the look of flesh that hadn't been exposed while the face, arms and legs had....bit like a tortoise really, extremeties exposed and the rest hidden under the shell of clothes....not thought of it that way before...how philosophical am I this morning..... and that wasn't a question....and I've finished my book so hence the late start.

Now I think I have mentioned the dog that likes to sleep under my other house where they used to keep livestock.  Yesterday I caught three of the big white beauties trying to get past my cherry tree baracade and I believe one of them succeeded earlier so they thought the three of them would try.  Later I'm off to get some wood to make a door to seal off the area.  Unfortunate thing is the exit is right by my washing line and are they big dogs....don't want to face the three of them halfway down the garden.  I shout at them in Bulgarian but all they do is just turn round and look.  Now I have a gun that fires pellets and a catapult but I don't really want to resort to violence but ....they just gotta go.....they are supposed to be looking after the sheep for Bow Peep, my sheep farmer, but I suppose while the sheep are grazing, no one's the wiser, apart from me, that there is dereliction of their duties....but who am I to tell them where their duties lie....I don't know that much Bulgarian but there again, they might only understand Turkish and I know even less of that...   So next time in Kardjali, I need some firecrackers....that should get them, and keep them, going.....and I've just heard the sheep so I'm now going on dog patrol....
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Wednesday continued

I've finished supper, just had the most delicious sweetcorn with lashings of butter fresh from my veg expedition of Sunday.  Now I've had sweetcorn before but I have never tasted it so fresh (normally Asda and goodness knows how old that it when it gets to the store).  I was short of corn on the cob holders so I made do with cocktail sticks / toothpicks stuffed into the end and the serviette was at hand to stop the butter from running down my chin.  Oh I do like my butter especially on sweetcorn.  

So what to do with the rest of the evening.  I cannot tell a lie I have started the second book of the trilogy and Alexander the Great has just started his quest into Asia demolishing the first Persian army and ready to start on the next.  He pulls, I push on with the book.  It's silly really, I should ration myself otherwise I shall be in the same position with nothing to read.....human nature...now where was that bottle of red that I was thinking about.  LN...the night is young....I might just sit outside with my feet in a bowl of water, book and glass to hand...and enjoy the evening...LN
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Thursday 5th August

Well aren't I a clean bunny today....shower, hair washed, floors swept and mopped and woodwork polished and nobody coming which is great.

I have just had lunch of smoked ham, my vegetable salad that I forgotten and eggs mayonnaise.  As for the weather, what a mixture we are having today.  The sun has hardly peeped through but when it does it is extremely hot but the hills have a mist over them.  It's very humid and hazy and almost book weather (that's when I've washed up from lunch).

My hoopoe was round this morning and I did manage to get a shot of him in the cherry tree over the small house roof (she says jokingly) or what's left of it.  You might have to look very closely, follow the electicity lines to the cherry tree and there he/she is with the coronet down.  Now look closely and I did warn you....That was my camera at full stretch so I'm thinking I'm going to have to invest some more cash and get one that has got greater magnification.  This one is just not good enough.

Now to wash up...Alexander the Great has now got himself into a hole in Syria after conquering Turkey...I'll keep you informed....



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Thursday continued

Alexander the Great has just conquered Egypt and established Alexandria so two down and one to go in the trilogy.  D of S will have to come up with some more goodies and Little One will have to keep scouring the charity shops

So as you can guess my afternoon was taken up with reading but it was just as well, it did get hot this afternoon and a siesta was the order of the day.  Socks came round at supper time and while I was busy inside he was busy outside.  I filled up his water bowl and made it clear that Iwan't to feed him after getting told that 'this is his garden' but the next thing I find him trying to 'lift' my secateurs from the bench where I keep them so after chastisement I realise that the little beauty had naffled the case...so I searched the garden and his kennel, came back and went towards my little barn and the cover is there on the floor.  They are now kept inside along with anything else that he can get his theiving mouth round...shoes included.

I've got Leonard Bernstein playing at reasonable volume tonight...very soothing and a post supper glass of the red stuff....early to bed tonight.....it's the Djebel market tomorrow and I might just go and see my man about making a gate for the property....I want to bring in Beauty and the Beast to save them being outside.

LN....I've got some noisy birds out there tonight....I'm off to investigate....
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Friday 6th August

Now my PC seems to be on the go slow and if it's going to keel over, please do it and then I can get a new one...I don't buy for the sake of

I found a bucket of limewash left over by my builders this morning and then had a mission.  To use it up on the top landing and when it was used up I found another poly bag of the stuff so I thought I'd carry on.  Now I've never mixed the stuff before, never used it, don't know how much water to add, so I added, stirred it round, added some more and I couldn't go by the consistency of the other since it was about a month old and not readying any Bulgarian, I couldn't even follow the instructions...

Then I thought, time for a photoshoot of the bucket, long handled brush and wobbly ladders..your life in their hands, so here goes...and I expect my men to work under such conditions.



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Friday continued

I have just cooked the most delicious cheese, potato and onion omelette washed down with a little of the local stuff....the heat has gone out of the sun, it's a beautiful still evening and all's right in my little corner of Bulgaria.  

Didn't manage to get the back bedroom done but the landing looks good enough for something / someone to land there...aliens beware....I'm something to be handled with kid gloves....so don't threaten me...LN....I'm about to sit out and catch up with Alexander the Great...I bet he's thinking that I've abandoned him  
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Saturday 7th August

Alexander the Great has gone the way of all great men....enjoying the opulence of money and concubines...but has at last come to his senses and is about to go to war again.  Darius is still around and that's my mornings update.

What a beautiful morning.  As I stood by the open bedroom balcony door there was a delicious perfume from the flowering Mexican tobacco that I am growing, but only for it's perfume may I add and it's not wacky backy.

The door has remained open since I moved upstairs although I was more than tempted last night to shut it. The crickets and wild life are ok and I love the noise, but..and it's a big but....there's a barking bastard dog, permanently chained up that lives in a house that I can see, frantically yapping last thing at night and started at about 4.00 this morning.  Coupled with the mosque that for some reason started not long afterwards.....I have been awake for a while and in surprisingly good demeanor,  but I think a siesta might be planned for later....

I think my PC heeded the warning of being despatched to the hillside....it seems to have perked up / speeded up although I did run Spybot yesterday and cleared out loads of cookies that just seem to get deposited in this marvellous age of technolgy and.....advertising.  The only cookies allowed are in jars in the cupboard and normally covered in chocolate....yum, yum, yum.

Now back to the downstairs bedroom and that bucket of limewash....I think I need a new brush, the old one seems to be full of dried 'stuff'.  I've soaked it overnight but I've got the feeling that it had set solid before I started using it and I know that it's a bad workman.....and all that....but I'm off this morning to get a new one and a decent little paint brush for getting in along the beams.  So with a plan in mind, breakfast, Djebel, brush, walls of the bedroom and then book, siesta and then into the evening.....pat on the back if that all goes to plan
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Saturday continued

What a near miss.  I got back from Djebel after finishing my shopping, having Beauty checked out and cleaned and came into the house with goodies and left my keys in the door.  Wooosssshhhh.  Big gust of wind and Beauty's key was bent.  Now I only have one key so I went back to my book and ignored the fact and then curiousity got the better of me and I went to try it in the car....no go....and I imagined hitting it and the damn thing breaking...so back to my book until I thought it through.  So I found a piece of kit of the builders that was hard and flat, put the key on it and hit it with my favourite hammer but only the once....back outside and it fits Cinderella so now they are firmly esconced behind the door on the hook where they should have been hanging when the door slammed.

Done the back bedroom and boy does it look better.  It was the only room where we didn't renew the plaster and it seemed to suffer in the winter...but it almost looks good.  One more coat and it will be the dogs whatsits.

Lovely supper tonight.  Slow cooker special, ham with honey and soya sauce in mushroom chilli sauce and potatoes and carrots...how's that...washed up, sat outside and read until the light failed and now back in at 21.12 my time...time for a little drink and then beddy byes and hopefully no barking dogs tonight other wise he is for the chop...big time ...or his owner is.  Anyway...Lecka Nosht...the night is young and I've got a Vodka and tonic that needs attention....oh we know how to live and variety is the spice of life.....
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Sunday 8th August

Last night before I went to sleep I realised that the water had been turned off so I disconnected the power to the boiler.  At five this morning, tried the water and we had some so reset the timer for the boiler and set it in motion.  Absolutely great but now it's off again. Can't wash up, can't shower can't do much at all and the annoying thing is that I have a 200litre water container that is waiting to be installed in the loft.....come back men...closely followed by...please.

Alexander the Great had his own problems...he ended up in the desert without water and I thought...we've got something in common....but he survived and I have the solution sitting outside...a car to take me to Djebel to get some bottled.....just has to be done.  It's getting to the interesting stage...he's about to attempt to take India but looking at the map at the front of the book, it's not part of his territory so I'm guessing he doesn't do it but I'm off to carry on reading to see what comes next...

3.20

Still no water....this is no joke.....I've heard the noise of a digger in the field below....of course I can always go to the well but think a trip to Djebel is more likely...
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Sunday evening continued

I have water, now I can shower and wash up and then back to bed.  Not much to report from this afternoon.  At around 5.00 it started to rain, the thunder thundered and the lightening was flashing around a bit so I took myself off to bed for the afternoon, woke up at 7.00 then promptly went off again and came to about half an hour ago so there's not that much life around.  I suppose I'll suffer for it and will wake up at silly o'clock.

I've got some of last night's supper in the fridge so that will do for me...just a little bit 'picky', not really hungry but if I don't eat, coupled with insomnia, double disaster.  That'll do for now....off to Kardjali tomorrow to blast out M-tel. Ive got the credit through for the lines but not for the overusage of the connection.  If they had brains they would be dangerous or a joy to be connected to and as for the service desk, got through yesterday and was told that the service desk was closed and to please call back.....what sort of service is that....so I'll save this all up for tomorrow...

LN...I'm after something to read now that Alexander the Great has succumbed to the fever and gone to meet his maker...so three books back to D of S and probably going to raid his library again...
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Monday 9th August

Off to do battle this morning....M-tel, my internet connection are for it and my planer has to go back to the shop.  After that I am on the search for wood for more construction.  Need more furniture was the yell from the hillside.  I have decided to put a dining table in the hallway by the stairs.  It's light and airy and is like eating outside but without the flying creatures bothering you.  I know all hot countries have them but with flyscreens on every door and windown, I am in, they are out and that's the way is has to be.  Can't stand the beasties where food is concerned.

Of course it is not completely sealed since the builders have yet to plaster the two upstairs bedrooms and the bathroom so the odd one does get through but then there is the wall of flyspray to get through and on close inspection, they haven't fitted themselves with little aqualungs or face masks yet.
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M-tel were a joke...they explained what I already knew but they didn't know how not to take payment of the new bill when it is less than they owe me.   So a telephone call was made and they're going to phone me back. Fat chance.  I also asked them to explain why I was charged for Internet 'trafic' when I was paying for a huge allowance and I was adament that that could never be correct.  So we fetched the manageress, they looked at the screen, made a phone call and said that they would call me.  I pointed out that I live the other side of Djebel and I could not keep 'tooing and froing' just to get this abortion of a bill sorted out and again they said that they would call me...if my service is cut off before they make the adjustments they can stick the contract where the sun don't shine....a good afternoon was had by all.

So what else did I get up to?  Bought six wine glasses that caught my eye, bought a bottle to help fill them from Billa and a few provisions.  It came to about 40 leva but when you think I got four meals, a 2ltr bottle of red, a 1 ltr bottle of vermouth, pasta, stilton, 4 ltrs of orange juice I think that was good (£17 English approx).  I also popped into Djebel and got a little pressies for D of S.  Got one for me, thought they were damn good, so got one more for me at the same time.  So just testing out the wine glass, nice feel about it.  Fresh bed made up and two loads of laundry completed this mornng...what a good day....oh the glass is half empty or is it half full...no just topped it up...it's full...LN...a demain
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Don't you just love Vodafone!  I hope they shrugged their shoulders at you!    The glass is definitely half full otherwise you haven't poured it properly.  I have a four book set of Julius Ceasar ready and waiting.  After that there is Gengis Khan, Hitler & Stalin!  Can you see the pattern!

Can I drink the present?  You do know that Ramadan starts on Wednesday, so no beer for a month!

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Tuesday 10th August

Firstly I must reply to D of S...no you can't drink it and secondly, isn't this the time with Ramadan starting that you make everyone understand that you are not local and as for the books....I can see the pattern and don't we all love strong men....so what are you trying to tell me or is it hero worship?   And I'm still waiting for the phone call and how to you recognise a phone shrug.

Now as for my morning...yes silly o'clock again but very refreshed and so with camera in and I thought I would chart the sunrise.  The sheep beat the sun this morning.  They started their fun with Bow (my shepherd...he doesn't understand the joke but I how you do) calling them back the other way obviously where the grass was greener and they've certainly nibbled the grass outside of my boundaries.  The sun didn't rise until 6.30 this morning and the more I think about the Egyptians, you can understand why they worshipped it.  There everyday and it brought light, heat, saved on heating bills and made their tomatoes go red while mine are still very green.

Socks was around this morning scavenging in my bonfire bucket.  That's the trouble with them when they have been strays...the habit never leaves them and despite the fact that they are fed, they still feel the need to most things in their path...so the sun came up, beautiful morning and it's cleared away most of the mist but only lingering over the river.  I've watered my garden, hoed my flower bed and got out all of the 'twitch' grass thats roots seem to go on for ever, put what I was going to have for breakfast, a big fat sausage into the slow cooker with chilli, mushrooms, garlic, honey and tomato paste and so I know what's on the menu for tonight....so now to Samodiva to get some literature....Another little visitor that made me jump but not as high as he was trying to do....a tiny frog / toad who was heading for my outside tap...tried to get up there but couldn't manage it so a saucer went down.

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Well D of Samodiva arrived with lots of books in a bag so I am set for the next couple of months or so...four books of Julius Ceasar and one summary of his efforts and some to make me think....oh dear...gave that up when I left UK.

We opened the red only in the course of science to see if the quality of the glass was adequate to the quality of the wine and they both passed with flying colours.  He only had the one....apparenty there are a lot of Greek cars making their way over for cheap shopping.  Now all Bulgarian cars going over the border to Greece are stopped and all documents checked thoroughly so Bulgaria are doing tit for tat with the border police checking all Greek cars.  This is very reminiscent of Gibraltar and Spain ....both in the EU, no borders necessary but still very active...

Just had another shower.  At this rate I shall be washing myself away but it has been a tad hot today.  I have prepared my flower bed to get the gravel laid tomorrow, energy permitting and I did get another coat on the downstairs bedroom / eventual dining room.  It looks better but until the soil is removed from the outside wall, I won't know how damp it is and whether or not I need to get the plaster replaced...shame to spoil the ship for a half'penny worth of tar.  

Off to bed now and there is still wine in the bottle...I'll save some for tomorrow....LN...sleep tight everyone...
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Wednesday 11th August

Yes I can confirm that Ramadan has started..the little man in the mosque kicked off at about 5.00 this morning and I think his loudspeaker had a bit of a hum with it.  I thought at first that it was a mosquito in the bedroom and if it wasn't so hot at night I would close the bedroom door but instead, I'll try cotton wool in the ears for tomorrow morning.  So locals are not supposed to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset but as some of them say, they are working in the fields picking tobacco so they are leaving it to the pensioners to keep the mosque happy.  Chances are they would die of thirst when it's 34 degrees out there and some of them are thinking, well if I'm drinking water anyway I'm not keeping to my faith so I might as well have a beer.  That's logic for you...just thinking outside of the box.....what we do well out here.

No M-tel haven't phoned me and I just hope that they don't cut me off for none payment...otherwise...hell to play.  Since they are part of Vodaphone I was about to contact UK and ask somebody to sort Bulgaria out but hey, who is sorting out the UK....I think they are all as bad as each other....

So today I'm off to see if my kitchen manufacturer can do me a little job on a piece of wood.  It's got a lovely shape about it and I want it cutting into two lengthways so that I can make a headboard for my bed upstairs.  Designed on a shopping list pad, it would have been a ciggie-packet but I don't smoke...looks rustic....so we'll see what he makes of it.  He'll probably have a good laugh to which I will say....can you?, ...in Bulgarian....he'll shake his head and then give it a go.....and his volume always goes up....what's wrong with these foreigners

Catch you later with maybe pickies of the headboard....
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As I've said the best laid plans of mice and men...it got so hot today so that when I had watered my garden, setting up and ingenious method with hose pipe, blue plastic bucket and floor bucket halving my workload, I decided to have a bonfire just to clear out all the rubbish that accumulates on daily living.  This was great until the wind got up, maintaining the 35 degrees on the outside thermometer and this wasn't even in the sun, so I doused the bonfire not wishing to destroy the hillside and settled down on the sofa with a book.  The eyes were going, but then I heard the mobile disco van and realised that my three day old bread was not for the feint hearted so I stationed myself in the Beast to await the delivery.  It seemed to take ages so I decided that not only did I need bread, but two bottles of beer would be appreciated by guests.....      so a glass of beer, fresh bread and stilton and then head down for the next couple of hours.  I'm refreshed...have just been on to another forum and sparred with some of the associates, had fun and now am back to my book.  

The headboard can wait for another day....LN ...the bed's not going anywhere......
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So last night I decided to take a few pickies of the garden and the flowers that I keep going on about,  There is one huge monstrosity growing in between my flowering tobacco and I haven't a clue what it is...D of S gave it a squeeze on his last visit and thought that it was producing some sort of fruit.  I thought it was a pumpkin at first but it has white flowers not yellow but perhaps it will 'take me to the ball' if I wish hard enough and ever find my Prince Charming.

Bed head....yes it is on the list for today since I have to go into town and pick up some bottled water.  I went to fill the kettle this morning for coffee and ....nothing...not even a dribble....so off to see the water board on my way through and ask approximately how long we shall be without and whether or not I shall need a huge supply of baby wipes for my chemical wash if the real stuff is not available....

So to post pickies of my garden....I notice now that it is blown up to full size that it also contains D's ciggie butt which make you realise how small my rosemary is....I'm just going to remove it....no I am not growing filters for my tobacco plants....



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The Beast started without any problems today so of I went taking my avatars two granddaughters off to Djebel for an excursion into Kardjali...Grandmother had earlier presented me with a bowl of home made yoghurt and some friend pancake thingies....no I don't know the name but they are delicious.

The purpose of the visit....to get some bottled water so that I don't get caught out again.  Nothing worse that not being able to flush the loo when it needs to be flushed....if you get what I mean.  So took the Beast in to get the exhaust nuts and bolts tighened. It went up on the ramp, he looked at it, fixed it and it cost me....two leva the equivalent of 84p.  Just like the sort of service that you get in England....NOT.

So it's very hot, into my book about a human, who because of a freak accident, acquires control of the world.  I think it makes more sense after having a drink and because it's so hot, I think a beer might be the order of the day.  I've changed out of my jeans and town type clothes and am back into my cotton laze abouts and now to relax.....I have water so I think a quick shower before it goes off again but I am told that it was not a shortage but failing equipment which has now been fixed.....

Well I've just had a beautiful evening with my avatar and her family, the parents of the young girls that I took into Djebel this morning.  I was presented with food as soon as I arrived and the option of a beer which I refused.  I think I'd done well already so didn't want to spoil the fun.  We conversed in my Bulgarian and it's amazing how they are all beginning to understand 'my speak'.  We all take our time and we get there....

That's it LN.  I'm back to my book and the next story.  He turned out to be a descendent of the main god of the time so was entitled to rule the universe and in the end did it extremely well...onto the next story.....
LN...
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Argggghhhhh.  Friday the 13th and I am off to tackle M-tel....if I don't pay my bill either today or tomorrow then I get cut off from the internet....now this bunch have promised to phone with a solution...and from Tuesday I have waited until I can wait no more as I said, if I don't pay, cut off and then more headaches.

As I approached the shop, it was heaving with lots of unhappy customers.  The manageress saw me walk in and straightway we walked together to the back of the shop where she started to explain in Bulgarian and I heard the word 'deposit' and froze....I told her that she had to speak more slowly and use fewer words but instead she took over from one of the assistants who has a smattering of English and who is very sweet.  She had obviously been 'dumped on' but then explained to me that they had made a mistake and it would take 30 days to get the money back.  I said that some one could have phoned and told me that, which they had promised to do but that now they owed me the equivalent of £50 which was more than the bills I was about to fork out for so that I still had my connection.  I then added that the help desk had told me that if I supplied the credit notes for the connection, that the shop would refund me the money so that I could use it to pay the bill.  They obviously don't like parting with money .....but they did it.....for the connection, which is half of it, so I'll have the rest within the next 30 days. Result.

I took my avatar's grandchildren with me to Kardjali, dropped them off at the carpark and we agreed on 13.00 back at the car.  I was just going to get a drink at about 12.30 and saw them on a park bench so suggested that we went to the restaurant on the lake and I couldn't believe that they had not seen the lake.  I had forgotten what hardwork 16 and 15 year old girls can be but the little looks on their faces when we came over the hill after climbing up in the car from Kardjali was a picture.  They were excited and then we walked onto the ship and ordered three Fanta and two cheesy chips.  Unfortunately the cheesy chips were a let down, greasy ready frozen things and the oil needed changing so we didn't enjoy them that much.  

Then back to Djebel and shopping with Mother.....I carried on home and started to read a book because the internet was spikey and kept dropping the connection but the outcome was, I dropped off too and have only just come round.  Most weird dreams and I'm putting that down to the fact that I bought a large bottle of Fanta from the shop and knocked back about a half of it before going to sleep so I think I overdosed on what ever they put into it....sugar mainly....Will wait to hear the girls' story from the mother later in the day....might be more...we'll wait and see.....D of Samodiva is going to be pig sick that I managed to get some money out of M-tel though
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I've just had a flash if inspriration...I have tried all morning to connect to M-tel and my thingie could not find the transmitter.  Now I can see the bloody thing from my bedroom on the top of the next high mountain so I thought, take the laptop to the mountain, meaning that if I move it upstairs onto the landing instead of being in my kitchen behind 2feet thick stone walls then I would probably stand a better chance.....doh....and so it came to pass that I carried the plastic picnic table upstairs and established a new office set up on the top landing with a plastic chair to boot as a temporary measure but now I have just found the site for my office.  And for now....four bars which is more than I've ever had before and it works quicker than it has ever worked before and so why didn't I think of it before..................

So tonight is the night of the grand party to celebrate that Dom has been in BG for two years.  I can notch up a tad longer but going backwards and forwards not actually living here.  If I want to see the goat cooked I get there at 5.00ish, if I just want to eat then I get there at 8.00....probably get there at 6.00 and watch part of the cooking process and cry as they waste he beer on the beast.  I shan't be drinking tonight since I shall have to drive back....only this ime I'll remember to leave lights on and not stagger back in the dark...no street lamps to light my way and no moon to speak of.

I did offer to bear gifts like salad and stuff which he declined....too many people grow too much salad and speaking of salads.....my first tomato has a tinge of pink about it and I am watching it with great enthusiasm.  It is the first one that I have ever grown.....as for my peppers I'm not sure how big you have to leave them so I'll try for a little advice on the subject or get the book out.  

I did say that I would take my camera and take a few pickies of tonight but I am strictly concerned with the chain of events while the goat is cooking and when the locals start drinking after sundown (Ramadan) it goes away otherwise I might be wearing it.....Now siesta time....it's 36 degrees today....
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So I arrived last night to D of Samodivas house, no car, no Dom, so I went to the restaurant, no car, no Dom but fortunately I recognised one of the locals and he advised me that they were cooking the lamb in a field belonging to the sheep farmer so off I went.  What a setting.  Through the farmyard on foot and into one of the pastures by a stream that as a lake above it.  Apparently the owner wanted to keep fish, so he got a JCB in to d the stuff and now he has a lake....

The story goes that Dom had to select the young male for slaughter at 7.30 that morning.  Can't be a ewe, they give birth so ewe know that makes sense....any male can do the job.  He told me that they prepared it with ease, apparently one of the dogs ran off with the liver so got his share before anyone else ad then it was scewered, secured with wire, fire lit and four hours at a nice even temperature stoked up from the never ending supply of hot coals from the barbecue, basting the beast with yoghurt and it's stomach lining.  When ready it was wrapped up in brown paper like a huge takeaway and transported to the house where Dom had laid on beer and salad.  Neighbours then started to appear and I was the only female present.  I came out with some of my best Turkish which impressed them but when they started in full flood, I asked Dom if he knew what they were talking about since I thought he did and he confirmed that he didn't but wasn't it fun just listening and watching and it was.  The lamb was ceremoniouly carved into a metal tray, beers were opened and we all picked and threw the bones and fat into the garden for the cats and dogs...very middle Brittain.  I made my excuses and left at 11.00 ish so that they could start letting their hair down, those that had any, and I couldn't have another beer since I had to drive home.....brilliant night....my resolve...to learn more Turkish...


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As and add on, I took a picture of my house at night and just thought I would post it....as for the camera and the barbeque...as promised it did not come out once we were all assembled....I had previously been warned that it would not be going home in it's case and I could have been walking funny....it would have ben an infringement.

And so today after some bloody man with a gun has shot all of my pidgeons from the electricity cables, the garden looks comparatively empty.  They used to come to feed but now they are feeding someone else by the looks of it.  Seven o'clock this morning they were at it.  Why don't they shoot the marauding magpies??
I've cleaned my kitchen and polished the table downstairs not that my laptop has a new home and for the first time ever...five bars up and signal excellent.....doh, doh and thrice doh.....sometimes a penny just has to drop....

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Sunday continued, continued

Just had to come on quickly to show you what I found nestling in my Mexican flowering tobacco.  I've been watering this thing and despairing that there was no fruit and nothing seemed to be setting....well now you have it/them/lots of them somethings which look remarkably like gourds....I'm so pleased....this is my first vegetable growing season

So now to read the book to see what to do with it....





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Am I keen or what...now I have spotted the little beauties I was out there at 6.30 this morning with hose pipe in hand giving them their first drink of the day....and my first tomato is ripe for the taking and so will be taken tonight.  This is one of the few that the cows didn't get along with my sweetcorn.  

It's a beautiful day again with a breeze that whips through the door in the bedroom across the landing making sitting here a pleasure and nowhere near the 35 degrees outside.  The same in the lounge downstairs....big windows but very little direct sun so it keeps the temperature down inside the house and the tiled floors are cooling to walk on....I suppose in winter I'll be moaning and groaning and looking around for carpets to lay on them and have already found the shop in Kardjali.  Sheep woollen woven carpets in browns and cream, approx 5 Euro meter square which I think is good value.  I'll start saving for winter....but difficult to think about winter when it's this hot.

Off to Djebel...market day and want bread and a few other things....catch you later....
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Best laid plans...yet again...gone askew.  I decided that I should really finish decorating the bedroom with a visitor next week it kind of makes sense.  So it is done and I thought since I have a bucket of this stuff that they use here, a sort of lime wash, only half used that I would tackle the kitchen.  Done, second coat to be applied tomorrow and just the lounge and my bedroom now, oh and the rest of the stair well, but that can wait....Sally my builder does a much better job than me and doesn't seem to spread it so far but hey, it's done and all the floors are washed over so it's all back to normal.  Only thing left to do is to repolish the window sill in the kitchen, that I only polished yesterday, but wasn't intending to do the kitchen for a while.....five minute job and it looks so much better.

So that shopping that I was going in for this morning is now on this evening's agenda.  I am now about to have a shower and head into town and have decided that someone else can do the cooking....LN... .  I'm going to visit my restaurant lady......
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Tuesday 17th August

So did I go to the restaurant...did I hell as like...I decided to have a bonfire, heard the girls in the garden playing something and I thought it was football so went to investigate and they were cleverly playing volleyball over the high garden gate.  The upshot was that I was invited to join in, we got mother out to make it equal, father came to give us some coaching and tell us how to hit the ball properly.  Now I used to play volleyball a good thirty years ago before they started playing it on the beach in bikinis and turned it into a spectator sport and had very sore wrists on occasions especially when it was girls versus boys (well...men v women, my children were at the five and six age group) and alcohol was involved...throwing ourselves everywhere to get the ball over the net.   Played for about half an hour, came back and my bonfire was just finishing off, started to read one of Dom's book called the Fatherland and it's a 'what if Hitler had have won' theory/novel and at nine thirty I decided I was hungry so headed for the kitchen and knocked up ham and chippies and then to bed.  Restaurant tonight me thinks.

And so today....need to put another coat on the kitchen but firstly need to go and buy material.  Need some wood so will take the beast and then see how the rest of the day pans out.  Firstly I am going to pick my one and only tomato and have it for breakfast....of course I'll take a pickie of it first....my first thing to eat from my own garden....result.
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So there I was last night completely enthralled by the book Fatherland when sudden across the floor shot one of the centipedes that scare the life out of me...they are long, millions of legs, great big horns, very, very fast,  apparently bite and it shot under the sofa.  I jumped up and got the spray (there was no catching this beauty) and sprayed in the direction of the threat, who just shot up over the cushions of the sofa, up the wall and into the hall.  I followed on my two feet sprayed him again, he shot back where he had come from, over the lounge floor and was lost to view.  I decided that the lounge wasn't for me anymore, took my book and headed for bed and woke at silly o'clock thinking of that beasty.  Finished my book, brilliant read and went into the lounge and he wasn't moving at all well this morning so out came the broom and he is now out where he came from. I must check the gap on the flyscreen, that's the only way that he could have got in and remove the bricks and generally cover the area with vinegar, chilli and tumeric powder as a deterrent.  Good for keeping ants at bay too.

Watered my garden, my butternut squash is still producing flowers and new fruit and my tomato is still on the vine getting bigger all the time.  I have been informed that they are beef tomatoes so probably need a little longer to sweeten up.  Let's set forth on the day....
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And I was just about to go out when Dom arrived.  His laptop was beyond economical repair and so I offered my netbook as a reserve just so that he could do his website.  We hummed and we arred, we look at the butternut squash which was no where near when he came he last time (but we didn't know what it was then), we discussed the tomatoes and then he said that he wanted to get some of the dishes that I bought in the shop on the way to the airport.  He was bored, I was only going to Dzebel to get a few bits so why not.  Off in the Beast, Kardjali, Haskevo, and on to out pottery shop where I had first spotted the rocking chair so there was another string to my bow.  We tried to find a restaurant on the way up to no avail, but when we reached the shop there were a couple of Germans buying up so I checked stock of the items we wanted and they were all there so we asked for and were given a bottle of water while the Germans finished the sale.  We were recognised from out last visit and I said that we were not on our way to the airport like last time and we had come up specially.

I decided that the rocking chair was uncomfortable and settiled for four rattan chairs with high backs but in need of seat cushions when I got them home, Dom got his dishes and I got another four dishes with lids and a three litre casserole dish....the lady and her husband  were grateful....so was I...good prices, good deals...good people...there is nothing nicer to reward the deserving.

Came back the other way through Mineral Bani and stopped for a  Donner Kerbab but there was not enough drink around to make it authentic....who has a kerbab when they are sober...so we returned to Dzebel, went to the shop and increased my supply of insect stuff since I had used most of it last night on the intruder...

Chairs in situ, bonfire to get rid of the rubbish, beer finished, bed looms....what a beautiful day...firstly I have been driving in my usual fashion without scaring passengers and it as given me a lot more confidene...England I cope with and can drive from home to Glasgow/ Edinburgh...no problem this is Bulgaria coupled with the state for growing old and sometimes you begin to doubt the capability.....Everything restored, situation normal, I am back to being me....and the sad news is that the two cash points in Dzebel are not working and so I owe Dom 200 BGN.  If I pass go do I collect or if I throw the wrong number do I go to jail.....problems, problems, problems...

I got a phone call from Pepe tonight, she is back in Bulgaria from Stockholm....I shall arrange for her to visit but first must check how much work she hast to do on tobacco....it's the silly season....LN.....I've got a beer getting warm.....
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First stop cash point....I hate owing money and second to the shop in Djebel complete with chair to find out how much foam pads would cost to be made up....cushions are too fat so I want about two inch thick foam with removal covers for washing them every now and again.  Garden watered but I woke up at 6.30 and felt really rested.  It wasn't so hot last night and never heard the mosque or the sheep on their first run of the day or the dog over in the valley.  I think I spotted an owl this morning or some sort of hunting birdand reckon tt might be a resident of my 'derelict' in the garden that won't be derelict for much longer.  

Before the winter it will have a roof and windows and the inside will be sorted out next spring....I used to think that everything was complicated until I saw my three builders on the one that I am in now....I just get the images in my head on to some sort of design....ask them if they can....yes or no and normally a yes....and off they go.   Brilliant guys.  So to horse or rather to Beast with chair.....
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I've paid my dues I can now go out in daylight...coupled with that I came home from Doms with a string of onions, some broad beans to be planted in November when the locals laugh and shake their heads, (they don't grow broad beans here), a melon that should be a cantaloup but has failed the test and I am assured that I will not be back for more.

From Djebel I have four cushions for my chairs, mince but no lasagne....they don't do it...cornflour, milk, beer and tonic water and from my pound shop, a clock, two picture frames for the grandchildren, pens and pencils...the woman just loves me in there....I buy such trash sometimes but I only spent the equivalent of £4 and came out with loads of goodies....   It's a bit like visiting the pound shop in England except that you get twice the value...1 leva is equal to 44p approx.

Got another good book on the go by the author of the Fatherland....this time he is a scribe to Cicero in Rome.  Only on Chapter 2 so not really into it yet.  Spoke to Zac, the wife of my Beast guru and they have just come back from six days away in Velingrad...looks like I might be going there.  An apartment at 50 BGN per night for 3 persons, full board with mineral spa and health treatments...roll on my guests....I need company to do those things....
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Friday close of play

I've just had the most beautiful everning.  I picked my first tomatoes ever and decided that one of them should go to my lady who seems to provide me with most things, so I toddled off with tomato in hand but she wasn't there and had gone visiting her sister but just along the road.  Bearing in mind that the flaming cows got most of them.  I sat down with the family and the neighbours, we munched sunfower seeds ad eventually she returned clutching....a bag of tomatoes.  So I explained the scenario as best I could. there was Turkish flying around of which I understand little but then the Iman from the mosque inDzebel started up and it was quite a profound moment....it is dark with a little moon and this sound comes in and was beautiful.  I sat for a while, realised it was getting to the time that my coach turns into a pumpkin so headed for home.  What was my parting gift....a bag of tomatoes...this is Bulgaria......

Tomorrow I am off with Dom to get a computer and I am buying a freezer....as I said, the little box at the top of the fridge serves no purpose at all.....LN
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Friday 20th August

Now firstly I have to apolgise for having lost a day and secondly what a wonderful surprise when I gained it.  The last text message was from Dom last night saying that he would be late arriving and it would be more like 10.00 this morning.  So I went for the lazy morning, book reading until 8.30, down for a shower and looked through the bathroom window and there was his blue car nestled against my two and me walking around with a blue towel and pink shower cap...in he came, I said you shouldn't be here yet to which he replied that there had been a change of plan so he made himself a coffee.  I mentioned that the mosque had been going well to which he replied that it was Friday.  No I said, it's Saturday, no, it's Friday and eventually he convinced me that he was right and now I have an extra day....I have amended the blog accordingly and sorry for any confusion.

So what did I do with this extra day...I bought a freezer and Dom a PC, we've just had a ready cooked chicken with bread and tomatoes, honeydew melon, nectarines (both purchased in the market) and a glass of beer.  I'm waiting for my freezer condenser to settle down again before I plug it in and tomorrow I am going to get some decent mince from the butcher (I'll have that chunk now can you please mince it for me) and lamb from the field not the supermarket.  So much cheaper and so much better.  Instead of wasting a half a loaf every few days, the bread will also find its way into the freezer, I just hate waste.  Next job is to see my kitchen maestor and see if he has any of my worktop stuff left to get it into a unit to match the kitchen....I have the space, so why not.

Such a lovely afternoon, I'm going out on the sunbed with my book since there is a beautiful breeze blowing.  Catch you later....
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So I'm a novice at this bird watching stuff but I was reading my book this afternoon when I heard this almighty screech followed by a few hoop, hoos.  Where was my camera....upstairs and where was the best view of the bird that I spotted, on the old chimney so I crept up the stairs expecting it to just take flight but no it stood its ground and I managed to take a few pickies of it....now both of my offsrings have superb cameras and mine is good at close quarters but at this time I have vowed to buy myself a decent one that has magnification on it...this one is just too frustrating.  Out came the book...it is some sort of owl but the photos just don't do it justice.  In the binoculars I could see the detail on the face so now I'm back to the book to make a proper identification.



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Saturday 21st August

And it is Saturday, my extra day since I thought yesterday was   Now what shall I do with it?  I have already reorganised my kitchen shelves since there are things there that are awating fitting so are now relegated to the upstairs rooms where there seems to be a lot of storage and little activity since it's too hot for the men to work.  If you want a good days work out of them....drop the temperature and this will happen towards the middle of September towards October.  

I would ask this....where has this year gone.  I've been out here virtually since February with only a trip back for my sister's funeral and it will soon be Christmas....a lot has been achieved, I have a house that is beautiful, what I wanted, and the garden is at last coming round.  I'm about to book the tractor and have decided that raised beds are the thing so that you don't keep walking over it and having to redig.  Now deciding where to site them....let's just ponder on that one for the next few hours  
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So I turned the freezer on but decided to have a bonfire and sort out the outside watertap area before I went into Djebel to feed the thing.....Now this freezer appears to have a deep voice which says 'feed me' and it reminds me of a stage play that I once saw...where this giant pot plant just said...'Feed me Seymour'.  Scarey....so off I went to get the provisions including sausaages, three loaves of bread, mince, chicken fillets and pork thingies.  I wave at the police 'stop and search' as I went into Djebel and I waved about five minutes later on my return trip.  So I pulled up outside the supermarket, checked my pocket for my wallet and what did I find....the secateurs and no wallet so hence the quick wave to the police.  I know where it is, next to my phone on the hall table....so tomorrow my task is to shut that freezer up and get it filled to the gunnels.

Came home, served up my chicken, honey, chilli, soya sauce, vinegar and tomatoes from the slow cooker onto a dish of pasta, followed by melon and ginger....washed down with a beer....what could be nicer.  Washed up, melon seeds are out drying along with two nectarine stones ready to store for next year.....

Emails, Cottage Smallholder website, mine is updated and then off to bed for an early night.  Lazy day tomorrow...I think it's a slow ride into Kardjali.  I want some wood and a few things to make my outside
water tap area look a little smarter....LN   Just heard my hooty owl outside....magic....LN
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Four this morning.... heard my hooty owl outside...not so magic as it was last night.  There is a wind this morning and it's keeping the temperature down fortunately.  I have a load of washing in that I must hang out before I go to Kardjali remembering to securing it well or it could be adorning the Greek mountains or the hllsides in between....breakfast of poached eggs on toast so feel ready to face the world.  Must remember...money....that would be a long drive if I get there without it...Djebel...bad....Kardjali catastrophic. .

I'm back.  Freezer full, another honeydew melon (last one beautiful), bananas, red cabbage (and I hear Princess say 'how much' following on from Victoria Woods sketches, fresh bread from Djebel so delicious that I could eat half a loaf with just butter on it.  That's the thing with bread out here....no preservatives so after two days it's naff but no one has any left by the second day...the locals will eat about half a load a day.  In England I would suffer with indigestion, out here don't get it at all and I do put it down to the fact that they use few preservatives....good healthy stuff.

Joy oh joy, my men start tomorrow so I have moved my desk from the landing into my bedroom so that they can start to tile the upper landing tomorrow.  Now where's that list I've got for them?  I got the phone call this afternoon and I think word might have got round that I was asking whether they were still working on the tobacco....there are quite a few others that would step into their shoes if I would let them.  As it stands, I have absolute faith in my two so why would I want others.

Five of my clock.....I'm just thinking about what to have for supper now that the freezer is loaded....and where's that beer gone.  
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Socks came round tonight and emptied my burning bucket so I had to relight it to stop him getting anything else out of it.  That's the trouble with scavenger dogs or those that are left to fend for themselves...they never lose it.  I thing I might have fed the freezer enough so that it doesn't make gurgling sounds anymore ' Feed me Seymore, feed me' and tomorrow it should be fine.

Beautiful sky tonight, beautiful sunset and now the moon is full and smilng at me.  I have moved my office desk into my bedroom so that the men can have free access to the workareas tomorrow and am now working with the moon in full view...

LN....it's magic tonight.....and now I'm signing off....
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Monday 23rd August

So the result of getting an early night was.....an early morning.  I beat the sheep, the donkey, just managed to beat the owl clacking its either, 'good morning or good night'.  Perhaps it was the excitement of the men starting again and I didn't want to oversleep.  The upshot....I got through two chapters of Tony Hawks - A Piano in the Pyrenees and it was very reminiscent of me startin out in Bulgaria except that I don't have any more English in the village (fortunately) and the swimming pool is low on the list of priorities.  I bath is higher on the list now that I have the shower.

I have just ordered my first 3 cubic of var...and the men are working on giving me another bedroom upstairs.  We have sited the electricity points and they are tapping away like gooduns.....I have moved the freezer into the kitchen and wondering will it ever stop whirring.  I did put rather a lot into it for the first time.  Now coffee time for the men...my work begins.....
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The var arrived, I'd forgotten to go to the cashpoint so off I went again to Djebel.  There is no need said Bekir, he knows where you live but no, in true Brit fashion....I don't have debts lingering.  So my var man has a bad leg, lots of work to which I replied that he 'lots of money and to stop complaining' so we joked and then I managed to get coathangers for my guest, but I need to get somewhere to hang them.  I am assured it will happen before Wednesday....everything else if ready apart from the sweep and mop through.  Beds sorted, freezer full, furniture where it should be apart from one bookcase that has to be sawn down into a shelf and , well two shelves really....Tomorrow is another day.

Called in to Dom of Sam on the way back and listened to the Iman signalling that the sun had gone down and in this time of Ramadan the locals can raise a glass to the full moon and start eating again.  The pub in Samodiva is next to the mosque and those that don't truly follow the religion must feel doubly ashamed since it is right next door  Doubt it though, the Iman is old and outlived communism but his voice still resounds with a passion and without the loudspeaker.  And I did watch the hairs on the back of Dom's head stand up when he started singing his Arabic call to the end of the day.  Driving back I almost ran over a couple of obviously baby owls....but slowed right down as I caught them in the headlights...magic.

I am now sitting in my few office since the builders have commandeered my landing, and with one of the curtains drawn I am still looking at a full moon.  Now I am told that the 'star' that I seem in the morning low on the horizon is in fact Mars and that if I look with my binocs tomorrow morning I should see it glowing faintly red....I am waiting for tomorrow and I will confirm.

The red that I am viewing currently is about a foot from my right hand and sitting in a glass.  Oh. I'm typing with one hand and what is the other doing?....raising it to my lips....LN tout le monde....I'm chilling and sipping...
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Tuesday 24th August

So I've been telling everyone that my guest arrives on Wednesday and that's the day that I've been working towards with housework etc....At 5.30 this morning I had a text saying that so far so good, everything on time.  It was at this point that I checked the original email stating booking confirmation and he was right, I was wrong...so this morning has been a 'get a rail up for the coathangers and saw down the book case and make a small shoe rack, clothes thing' for the spare bedroom and my Bekir has just done what was ordered and poor Sally my other builder was waiting for his playmate who was otherwise engaged.  He who pays the piper calls the tune.....and now we have worked out that I can pick him up and then take them home.  The flight was delayed but there again it was easyJet but there was a text saying that they had to take somebody off the plane so I'll wait to hear the full details.

Now I'm wondering what goodies are in the suitcase for me.  A lot of the stuff was packed up at home ready to be brought over but I had a phone call from Princess last night saying that she hadn't managed to find me a size 12 bikini so she was going home to see what was in the drawer to get it into the luggage before the final weigh in.  I believe I have cutlery coming over, and some plants for the garden so they better go into the nursery beds to acclimatise to the 34 degrees that are belting out at the moment.  Anyway housework finished, just need to get a shower and get myself to Kardjali for 5.30 ish.....I'll update later.....
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So where was the update....didn't happen.  Taxi journey complete...met the bus, all present and correct, luggage loaded, men deposited back home in luxury in the Beast, unpacked goodies and now I have my clock ticking on the wall, my cutlery in my jar, my bikinis fit, and the bed was deemed to be comfortable.  So far success.  So today I have had visitors...the man arrived with my water bill which was 10 Leva for two months and then the water went off.....I thought I've just paid for it .....and now I have none.....typical so the washing up was done with Devin Spa water when I got fed up of watching it sit on the worktop.  Ran the washing machine this morning so perhaps the shortage was due to my overusage and the finale must have been when I watered my garden before the heat of the day really set in.  D of S popped round to say Hello and swig a couple of coffees and is already lined up for the football this evening.

Today has been a lazy one.  Little jobs done around the house but the list is getting added to as we speak and I'm sure I can find things that can be done.  My men decided to take today off.  Bekir was going to stand in a queue for four hours to get his passport renewed (long process here which relies on queues, more queues and even more queues normally with only one person processing the applications).  I think the theory is, if you want it you'll suffer the agony...

Tonight I have a really slow laptop in need of some maintenance like file deletion to make it run faster....it is old and was almost renewed when Dom of Samodiva replaced his laptop with a pc.  If they'd have had two I would have had one but true to form, when it's on promotion, let's just have one in stock..  So now, after it has downloaded all the windows updates which seems to be some of the problem....I'm going to get my little head down and let it do its stuff.  My visitor has taken the easy way out and is in the land of nod already ...LN
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Well that maintenance took place yesterday hence no update and by the time that it was ready for me to perform on the pc...too knacked.  Sorry....

I had an extra hour in bed this morning...it was just so hot in the night and it was 7.30 when I opened my eyes and for me that is almost unheard of....6.00, 6.30 is normal....and so it was a wake up quickly. into the car while my guest was still snoring his little head off.  Now I picked up two, but Bekir had the story of a house in Momchilgrad and he had to go and see a solicitor and then had to go to Kardjali but that Sally could still work.  It all sounded rather complicated but when we got to Rogoche, the village before I turn off to mine, Bekir got out, explained that a friend was going to do the rest, and off Sally and myself set off for Dushinkovo.

So the day went rather as 'unplanned' but dear Sally hearing my guest snoring asked if it was OK to start banging and  hammering to which I replied, give me the hammer, and we all started.  I was called a noisy b****but I'm well used to that so nothing changes.

Had to go into Kardjali to ask them to replace the belt on the Planner.....guess what...they didn't have on in my size so had to buy a new one since I heed it for the men, so it should be ready in two weeks time....shall we wait

Well just finished supper, hamburgers in a chilli tomato sauce followed by grapes from the village and hubovo.  Just too much to concentrate on tonight...I'll have a reasonably tomorrow am...men not working....LN.  
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Arrrgggghhhh.  It has taken me 40 minutes to get this far and I'm absolutely knacked.  What is it with MSN???  The stuff it loads is incredible and half the time because I am overseas you can't run the videos or it won't load any of the pictures anyway...I have to think of another method of connecting...

Really hot day and it's as well that the men didn't work.  I have doubled the size of my garden at the side of the house and raked all of the dried grass off and lobbed it over the fence for the sheep.  Found two more odd shoes, I swear there was a one legged man or woman living in the house by the amount off odd shoes that I find.  Food today was not so inspirational as happened and I mixed fried red cabbage with pasta tonight with sweet and sour chicken followed by bananas which went down well....I think it is also due to the beer which makes everything go down well.

I did manage a siesta this afternoon.  My guest decided to take a nap before lunch, I decided to garden this morning have a late lunch and sleep at about 3.30 until 5.00.  The slow cooker did it's stuff, I just did the rest and then sat out until 8.30 when I decided to get ready for the update and that's when the frustration set in.  I am not going to linger long over this just in case it all goes ladies anatomy skywards..LN...I've got some good pickies to post tomorrow....hover flies digging holes and baby toads in my new garden sink....GN 4 now...
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Sunday 29th August

Afternoon...let's try for the pickies first and then I can fill in the script....

Done much later....the warty little toad found its way into the sink that I installed outside yesterday but there was lots of wild life in the garden.  The spider I came across as I was digging up a bush and I'm not sure who was more surprised when I saw the size of his load.  As for the tortoise, that just fell down the sand heap and then set off for the greenery and the sand fly just flew around a bit, dug a bit more of its hole, disappeared inside and then started the whole process off again which seemed to keep him happy.

As for the boy on the horse....I'm not sure who was taking who for a ride but when you think he was only sitting on a cushion held on by a strap, not for the feint-hearted...it didn't help when a car approached, two cows and Socks appeared all at the same time...poor thing got a bit skitty but the horse was alright...didn't bat an eyelid....



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Morning or for me, afternoon.  I have just spent the last three hours deleting files to make space on my laptop so that it would run defrag....don't you just hate them but at last it seems to be able to do its stuff after the time spent on it.

The script that I put in for yesterday's post was sent off into the ether and never returned but I had a fresh posting with two of the pictures so in the end I gave up and went off to the restaurant....not a bad idea considering that the other option was to string up a rope from the beams and commit beamyside.  (Just updated yesterday's script and all seems to be present and correct.)

I've ordered the rest of the wood to finish off the ceilings and doors and that is due to arrive on Wednesday / Thursday so that should be the last of my major bills for this month at least....and a job well done.  Poor Sally has been on the wrong end of a planer all morning while Bekir has been finishing off the electrics in the second of my bedrooms and so only one to go and the bathroom and finally we can put in a decent staircase.  And then they move out to put in the terraces and render the outside of the building.  This has got to be a September/October job otherwise it dries too quickly, cracks and falls off.  Off to Djebel...to get some money.  It's payday today for the troops....
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Hello,

Rumour has it you called at my house last night whilst I was up the pub!  They really are very nosy round here.  If I am not there but the car is I am in the pub!  Welcome!

  Hope you are ok, enjoying the rain?

  Will be in Djebel tomorrow any chance of coffee?  Only got the supermarket to go to do you fancy a coffee in Djebel?

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As you can see from the above post....not much get's past the locals and that's good.  They keep an eye out for you and I don't call it nosiness....I call it caring.  We had a thunderstorm last night so I didn't manage to get this updated but there you go.   On to the new month
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