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Elsa Peters
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Sunday 24th April

Happy Easter to family and friends and everybody else and enjoy this happy time.  Eggsactly what was ordered...brilliant weather.  I'm off to the restaurant this morning for 'Special Easter bread'.  Not sure what it is but I was invited so I'll go.

I was sitting reading at 6.35 this morning drinking my cuppa when I heard this almighty clang.  Now both of my cars are off the road but it sounded like a 'catastrophe' so out I went in my PJ's and the bus had stopped about ten metres from my gate.  The driver was walking along back from where he had just come, picked up what appeared to me metal, hence the clang, and threw it on to the grass verge.  He got down and looked under the bus at the back and front and then drove off.  I've yet to go and investigate but the sensible thing would have been for him to put them in the bus so that it/they could have been refitted.....perhaps he'll pick them up on his next trip.

Eight o'clock my time...reading the book 'WE' by a Russian and was apparently George Orwell's inspiration for his 1984.  The author decided to leave the country and was granted permission by Stalin and died in Paris. I decided the war record wasn't an Easter day book.....
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Monday 25th April

Busy morning...market day in Djebel and Dom and Annie picked me up.  You know what it's like though...you go shopping with someone else and throught all the meandering and coffee stops you forget what was on the list that you never wrote.  I have forgotten to go to the cash point and get the money out to pay the men for last week but I don't think they will mind too much...it was a short week anyway because of the snow.

There is a lot of banging going on today.  The rest of the undereaves wood work is being completed and I sort of put the workload up when I said that it would look better in short lengths when they could have just put some long ones in....he who pays the piper and all that....and in the end we all agreed it would look better.  It was quite funny today....I heard words that I don't think were meant for my ears and lots of muttering.  The wind was whistling and it was a bit cold up there and Bekir seemed to be hanging on by one leg trying to get a nail into a piece of wood in a very difficult position so in fact they were both in a difficult position .  I didn't like to get the camera out though...that might have been the final straw so when they have finished I will take the picture and describe it in more detail.....the lights are going in today and Bekir had forgotten where the switch was for the outside garden light....or rather arc lights as I'd like to call them....I'll have to be careful that I'm not mistaken for the airport at Plovdiv and something lands in the garden...helicopters OK apart from the electric cables but as for anything bigger....it's about 100 kilometers north boys and girls.....

Beautiful sunny day apart from the cold wind and only a few very high clouds.....am I ready for my visitor tomorrow?....Well as I said I have moved my bedroom upstairs but the boys are working on my bedroom balcony so the hoover is the last thing that is coming out....no point doing anything while they are in and out.  Tomorrow I will take the dust off the lounge and give the house a quick hoover before I set off for Kardjali in the afternoon.  The bus arrives at approximately 5.00 tomorrow night so I've worked out if I do my shopping before then I can still get home by 6.00 ish to deliver the men home....I think supper is going to have to be a ready cooked chicken or perhaps I'll check out the freezer this evening and slam something in the slow cooker in the morning.....now a plan is taking shape....

LN....I'm off to take the men home....
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Monday update

So on the way back it was decided that we need a few more materials from the supplier in the morning so I had to go to the cash point tonight just to make sure that there is enought in the kitty.  So went to the bottle bank to get rid of the evidence that was rattling around in the back of the car, got my money and there is my village 'bad boy'.  This one drinks and then drives his car, is a local shepherd, father owns a large flock and I'm trying to pair him off with Gouljan.  Unfortunately I think he was a little worse for wear when I saw him tonight in Djebel but since he had asked for a lift, how could I refuse.  He put his bag of bread in the car and proceded to go into the local supermarket coming out with a bottle of the 'hard stuff' and got into the car.  We tried German, of which I know little, Bulgarian of which I know sufficient but not when it comes out slurred.....I no understand drunken Bulgarian.....but the subject of Gouljan came up and it was established that she was a very beautiful woman which I must tell her the next time I see her.....so this match maker was trying to pair him off but I think the rakia would have to be addressed first and then would he be such a 'bad boy' with a sparkle?  Must ask her

So tonight it has to be an omelette since there is nothing defrosted although it nearly all was yesterday.  I moved the freezer out of the bedroom and back into the kitchen and forgot to plug it in.....doooohhhh.

This time for sure, LN.....I'm off to the kitchen....

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Tuesday, 26th April

So I have got chewed off today by my guest not refering to him by name...can I now say that his name is Martin.  He arrived on the  12.00 o'clock bus from Sofia and is firmly established in my downstairs bedroom and has challenged every decision I have made... but on the whole he thinks I have made a cracking job of the project.

What have I done today?  I have investd heavily in Billaa and Lidl especially in the food and drinks department but at 3.00 leva a bottle it just had to be done.

Men are deposited home, supper was spicey sausages with bread and a bottle of the red and what could be nicer and now Martin has settled down after having spent numerous hours travelling but appearing one hour earlier than he should thanks to easyJet he is now snoring away.  I'm just finishing  my page...checking emails and the likes and so to bed, sleepy head...LN
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Hi Mum, just catching up with your news and wondering when the new patio is being done?!!

Back at school now but off Friday and Monday for Royal Wedding and Bank Holiday.... Had two lovely weeks off work and managed to catch some sunshine.... It was glorious.....

Love you, moon and back,

Princess xxxxxxxxxxx
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Wednesday 27th April

As we speak Princess, the patio has now to be dug deeper if you know what I mean and is due to be completed next week....and so to peace and quiet....

I've had a very good day in the garden and have dug up several lilac plants and they are now planted in the hedgeline....I've also planted up twenty five gladioli bulbs and the freesias are going in tomorrow....as for fetching the men this morning...I think I did it on fresh air and the light didn't come on once but I wouldn't risk it on the way back.  I drove into Djebel at five and filled up.

This afternoon there was a bit of a funny.  My sun lounging local arrived in the garden with a very big rabbit by the ears.  I got the gist that Bekir had bought it from Emaula and it was going to be put to death in my garden.  Now I threw a wobbly about this....don't introduce me to a rabbit and then take it down my garden and kill it, food or not, so I told them to come back later. Now I'm not adverse to animals being killed for food, I love meat, always have and always will but don't introduce me to it first....Hello, this is.....we're just about to take it's life away...

So off they went, but came back later tonight and Martin informed me that they had done the deed by the bus stop and Bekir came up to get changed clutching a polythene bag.  I related the story of my pet rabbit, Smokey that my father killed for food when I was about eight and it was served and could I eat it?   No, and no again.  How can you be expected to eat your pet rabbit.....child's logic.  So I took them home and I asked him if it was the rabbit in the bag and he said that it was his jacket.....again I asked him and then more or less demanded that I see inside it but was denied the priviledge.  So when I arrived home, my Avatar's dog shot to the hedgeline by the bus stop and two cats sped away and when I checked it out, there was the rabbit skin and the inside so tomorrow, if the dogs or fox hasn't disposed of it, I dig a hole and bury the rest of it so that the flies don't become a nuisance.  I know it's nature but not in my garden.

So supper was beef in tomato and onion sauce with pasta...delicious washed down with a little of the red stuff..LN everybody.....tomorrow is another day.  Men to work, shopping Kardjali, and into my second hand shop since I haven't been there for a few weeks....there might just be something that I just can't live without
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Thursday 28th April

Well the royal wedding tomorrow and everyone out here seems to be more excited than I am....are you going to watch it?  Am I buggery.  I suppose the wedding fever has hit because it is attached to a public holday and great PR stuff that.....enjoy.

So what have I done today?  I have built me a polytunnel and my tomatoes and peppers go in tomorrow for a month or so so that they get a bit of a headstart.  It was built under the auspices of Bekir who said...why so high...you only want it for a month or so....so down it came.  We got rid of a pile of logs today, Martin on the saw and me on the despatch and stacking to the old house.  The scaffolding is part way down...it is only up so that I can work out the angle of the garden lights for maximum effect and hoping that I'm not mistaken for Plovdiv airport, and boy do they light up the garden.  

So tonight we have a good fire going, supper was ham with onions, pineaple, tomato and chilli served with pasta and it was delicious....desert was home made yoghurt, mine with cherries and Martins with banana and Bekir's acacia honey....we know how to live....

So my scaffolding is down tomorrow and then we are on to the concreting of the patios so that the dust stays outside...Can I just say a quick hello to Jerry, a neighbour who has joined the site.....hope all is well with you and yours and I promise a few photos later....my camera seems to have gone walkabouts....

So drink, fed, really sleepy after a good day in the garden....LN.....pickies tomorrow....
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Friday 29th April

So today the intention was to go into Kardjali after picking up and sorting the men but at 10.30 I was still on site.  Bekir decided that we needed a little bit of plumbing stuff but instead of that we came back with some 3 meter lengths of plastic drainage material so that they could work to their hearts content without me having to rush off every hour on the hour for bits.  As well as that I came back with some compost and was advised that the amount of sheep in the village would have provided what I had just paid out for free.... I eventually got off to Kardjali, we were running out of wine, and so to the second hand shop and got Martin a body warmer for the princely sum of 10 leva and it's reversable so when he gets the one side dirty I have told him to turn it inside out.

I had Emaulet in today to work and he cleaned out the two rooms of the wreck so that we could put the wood from the scaffolding somewhere dry.  All cleared, all stored, all OK.  I thougth the boys had finished at about 5.15 but at that point they decided that they were going to concrete the side by my vegetable garden and the well....and it is done.  They were late leaving tonight but a good day's work by the three of them.

So today we had the circular saw and the reciprocating saw up in the garden and got rid of a lot of the pile of wood.  The straw from the wreck has all been burnt and is burning now and at last the wreck can be worked on once the concreting is complete on this one...

So I'm going to go downstairs to see what is happening to my fire...there is someone else in charge of it and not me and that's not good....Supper was sweet and sour pork....delicious and out of honey so tomorrow I have to go out begging.....LN...a woman's work is never done.....
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Saturday 30th April

This morning I slept in until 7.00 and I was awakened by Martin who I thought was either having a bad dream or ….well I wasn’t sure what was going on but he was chasing cows from the garden so this morning’s task after breakfast was to animal proof the hedge line again despite the fact that I thought I had done it….bastard beings.

So this morning I decided to deliver some wood to my neighbour that kindly supplies my yoghurt but she wasn't home so I ended up dropping it off at the back of her house but I was spotted by her next door neighbour that was delivering tea buy the cup to my other neighbour.  As well as wood I was dropping a box of 'thank you' chocolates but since she wasn't home I was left with an empty wheelbarrow and the box so I was invited in for a coffee morning with the rest of the ladies.  I sat down, handed over my box of chocolates and then it was decided that we would dress the 'Anglechanka' up so my neighbour went into the house and came out with a pair of Turkish ladies trousers and I had to put them on over my padded combat trousers much to the amusement of the ladies since I was like the proverbial stork and balancing on one leg to do it and then she went inside, came out with a headscarf and dressed me accordingly and even brought out a mirror to show me what I looked like....they are lovely....’choc guzel’ in Turkish...I had perfume applied and went skipping back up the road pushing my wheelbarrow in full Turkish garb and I have worn it for the rest of the day.

I eventually found my Avatar and delivered her chocolates and now only one to go for my drop-on-carry one neighbour…..you can’t do one without the others.

Wood cleared to day, passageway of the wreck sorted so that when you take anything in to store you don’t have to watch your footing….supper tonight is just about ready and is sweet and sour pork with rice….it was good last night with pasta so we’ll make it a bit different tonight.  Pictures will be on tomorrow since I am having a mare of a time with the internet….sorry….
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