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Elsa Peters
June 1, 2011, 1:53pm Report to Moderator

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Wednesday 1st June

Another month and may I add....where did the last one go.  It seems hardly time since I was thinking that I had to get the house ready for Martin and now he's been and gone.  He made me rather a good gate that came into its own this morning unfortunately it was a very big lorry and mangled the concrete at the bottom but it still closes so not all is lost.  So what did the lorry bring...more cement, more ballast and some metal rods for the concrete cover for my new toilet thing.  We always joke that it rains whenever they do any concreting and as I drove back from Djebel, it started to spot and I shouted and asked them if they had started.  Unfortuately it was the prerunner to a thumping thunderstorm but the rain hit the village where the men live and his wife phoned to tell him.

Catastrophe...I bought a bottle of vodka from Djebel, placed it down in the floor in the carrier bag while I spoke to the lads and yes, you're there already, it fell over, the bottle smashed and the men's faces when I told them what it was a picture.....ten leva down the drain, literally.  Perhaps the good Lord up there was thinking I didn't need it when I thought I did.  

Update later...men requiring coffee....
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Wednesday continued

And I can just imagine the conversation in the pub tonight...'You never guess what., she got a piece of wire, turned it to the shape of a hat, got some rope and threaded it round and put it on....a tree stump and root that the digger got out and she thinks it looks like a frog.  She even talked about giving it a fishing rod and angling it down into the old toilet.'

And so to the pictures...I've just finished off the evening reading my book in candlelight...wonderful end of day...that's after using my new shears to drop the grass.  Reminder to self...must get something motorised

LN....



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Thursday 2nd June

So there was I thinking that someone on the opposite hillside had an electric light on the blink....not so...my fireflies are back with a vengeance.  They seem late this year but they are twinkling as we speak and seem to be taking a liking to my upstairs bedroom terrace,

So what have I been today...gardener, maid delivering coffee to suit the men's needs, taxi for Gouljan but it was much later than expected...9.10 tonight from the bus-stop in Rogoshte and home to Polyianitz.  As for my garden, Pedreya, who lives in the same village as my men, gave me some plants this morning that I had admired last year, apparently....they were in by 10.00 this morning.  I subsequently dug up some of my flowering tobacco and took a load round tonight but the irony is, they grow tobacco but I suggested that she grow it near the house since the smell at night is so heady.

Men finished the concrete top to my toilet thingy and I have a very nice little vent to let out the methane so that I don't have what is considered a weapon of mass destruction in my back garden.  It also has a little lid that I can lift off should the mood take me so that I can see what's going on down there...as if I would.

Another thing we did today was to raid Star Mush's cherry tree.  I have some to make jam, some went home for Emaulay and his family, (since he provided the key to the garden) and the guys just munched them after their barbecue of Nardenitsa.  They know how to live.  

As for my garden, I have recreated another flower / vege bed and constructed a screen where the polytunnel was to go that didn't happen because the men wanted the polythene to cover the concrete to the patio when it just threw it down....not to worry...i have flowers on my tomatoes and cucumbers, my broad beans are due for a second cull, my green beans are through as are my sweetpeas now transfered to the flowering spot, my freasia are raising their little heads, I have a walnut tree potted up along with an oak and an acacia.  Pictures tomorrow...and I apologise for a late posting...the storm has been rattling around and everytime I went to log in, a few lightening strikes, noise from above, but now it seems to have stilled for a while...

LN.....there goes another flasher....sleep tight....
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Friday 3rd June

Well I have just dropped the men off and they have given me two weeks off for good behaviour.  Now I'm not sure it they have other work to go to but I'm assured that it it 'homework'.

So what have we done today.  They have redirected my water inlet pipe and my water meter.  Where it sat before it was covered by about three foot of earth that the slugs just loved and it was totally covered for the winter and it hasn't seen the light of day until this afternoon.  I think the water meter readers were beginning to despair that they would never see it again and that I would just get billed so goodness knows what my next accurate one will be.  Live in hope and die of shock when I receive the bill    They have also redirected the water downpipe from the roof.  The original pipe was destroyed by the digger when it was removing the stone but now all is restored.  A little bit of new concrete removed and replaced but I did suggesy that they didn't take up time digging up the old pipe since the labour costs were greater than new pipe...that's using my logic not theirs....ah well...sorted and they did stay until 7.00 tonight to get the job finished.

So what have done?  Planted two rose bushes since they were salvaged by Bekir from my front gate into my newly prepared bed   I've also planted sweetcorn since Dom thought it was a good crop if you pick it when it's ready and cook it straight away and moved the Busy Lizzies that didn't seem very busy into open ground from the pots they were in...so let's see how they do now.  I have one of the freasia bulbs surfacing and I will check the buckets from now on so all's good in my corner of Bulgaria.

Just opened the wine and got the wood burner going.  The weather has been mixed all day, one minute burning the skin off your back and the next pissisting down.  Got cushions to make tomorrow for my new sofa and might even make another sofa for the lounge patio....so much space and so much time....

LN....my lunch today was several chunky sandwiches of tuna mayo so I think the wine will surfice...shower in the morning and a day of pedicure and pleasure....LN....



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Saturday 4th June

It's been a lovely calm day...no men...no pressure...  Had my pedicure and did my nails, decided to sort out the rest of my summer clothes since it looks like it's finally here and put the winter ones away and it was downhill from there.  Finished the house, cleaned from top to bottom, removed the mats, washed the floors, did some washing, made a super salad for about 4.00 o'clock and sat down with a beer.  Washing put away, watered the garden, had a shower and am about to sit down with my 'Who really won the war' book.  Nice when a day comes together and forgot to mention, it's been about 25 degrees all day with a little light breeze.  

And it's goodnight from me....LN...
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Sunday 5th June

So the weather report for Kardjali was for thunder storms and showers...and I'm still waiting but it has been a glorious day.  

I got on the wrong end of a shovel on my stone/rubbish heap and said good morning to my cow man as he took his cow down to pasture.  I was out there at 8.00 this morning, worked until 9.00 when I came in and had poached eggs (from Bekir's freerange chickens so much so that they do not have a hen house for the fox to get in, they have to fly up into the trees for self preservation).  Very yellow yolks and he decries all the rest from the shops as rubbish.  So I read my book, had a little bit of sun and then went out and blow me down, my cow man is returning his cow from pasture, assumes that I have been working all morning and tells me that enough is enough and that the sun is high in the sky and that I should rest.  So I took his advice and called it a day until the sun went down a bit.

So what else did I do.  Move some tobacco plants that are growing in the wrong place, had a lovely lunch of hard boiled eggs, potato salad, onions and tomatoes in vinegar and olive oil with a vodka and tonic close to hand.  I came in, had a half shower, like feet and arms and prepared for my Sunday Bulgarian lesson and I should have checked my other emails first...she called it off so I sat down with my book again....decided that I could do a bit more on the heap. had a bonfire of all the polythene from the heap and decided this time I had really had enough.  But then off I went again and got out my hedge clippers and trimmed the hedge back where the men had been working on my toilet thingy, moved the tobacco plants since they had been left to their own devices and decided to really call it a day.  

Suddenly there was a lot of shouting outside and it was my lovely neighbour who had recently had the hay cut.  Unfortunatley the tractor man's brother died in Turkey so he was not able to bail her out and guess wjhat, he arrived tonight and so by the light of the crescent moon and the lights on his tractor she is now bailed and her cows will have winter feed.  Emaulet my third worker and sunbed lounger was helping out by feeding the bailing machine and so after spending a brief while with them and feeding them pretzils, I came back, watched the fireflys by the light of the moon and a couple of tee lights, update and so to bed.  It's been a good day....work intersperced with books and a little alcohol....what could be nicer....LN...it's approachning my bedtime.



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Monday 6th June

So despite the men having a day off my internal alarm still went off at silly o'clock so I headed downstairs, got my coffee and back to bed for a few games of my DS.  Realised that there was no sleep to be had so outside working on the heap and after what seemed like a long time, I came in to find that it was only 9.30...yikes...Breakfast was sheeps yoghurt courtesy of Bekir and muesli courtesy of Lidls, and then out to the heap once more.  Sitting having lunch I noticed that my yellow flower from my Avatar had opened but then shortly afterwards noticed that the first flower was no more...On closer inspection I have ...Colorado Beetle and having had an attack last year on my Tobacco plants, this year I was prepared...I got the stuff in Djebel last week....mix it with water in the spray bottle and hey presto...instant death.  I checked out my pototes, tomatoes, peppers and flowering tobacco...nothing to date but at least I am prepared...

So went back to the heap this afternoon and worked on it until I had had enough.  One more day should finish it by my reckoning and that will be...jobsaguddun.....Hard work though...some of those rocks are pretty big.

Supper tonight...cheese and onion omellete...CBA for anything more fancy...adequate...LN....I'm feeling kna*cked...too much like hard work this construction stuff.



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Tuesday 7th June

Another day on the end of a shovel....I thought that I would give myself a break but no, I was out there at 9.30 ish and I've just finished showering now.  My cow man is so impressed and he always stops for a chat when he takes his cow for a walk.  I've found out that she is called Maria and he was really giving her a hard time tonight when all she wanted to do was stop and eat the ...hedgerow.  

So today what else of interest...I've had sixty roaming cows and one tried its luck and managed to get in.  There wasn't a hole in the hedge until the beauties ate the hedge and opened up a gap.  Well as quickly as he got in, I was down the garden with my cow stick and he made his was to the other fence.  Now I thought that there was no escape apart from the way that he came in or the front gate and so did she so.....she stood still, I saw her summon up the nerve and hey presto...from a standing start, over she went.  Got to give it to her...that was some jump   Demolished part of the fence which was quick to repair and I was out there with my bag of nails and a long plank and that was in is now blocked.

So after lunch it was back to the heap....I feel very much like one of those that are forced to scour rubbish heaps.  Polythene, burnable, tin, metal bank, stone, heap, soil....spread.  I decided that the fence needed fixing before I went much further.  There was one, the digger man demolished it but now it is restored.  Not pretty, lots of nails, rubbish wood but it keeps the cows out, stops the earth that I am moving about from disappearing down the bank and a stone wall will be built sometime in the future...but today wasn't the day for it.

Off to sit outside and have my first vodka and tonic of the day.....and its nearly nine here...temperature about 20 degress....just pleasant to sit out...LN....enjoy your evenings....
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Tuesday continued

Forgot to put these on...LN



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Wednesday 8th June

So not much different from yesterday apart from the fact that I decided to clean the windows by the outside water tap and then I thought...why stop there.  So all of my picture windows have been cleaned and the second bedroom windows and it's not as easy as you think...there is a little cement from where they were laying the balconies, terracol where they were rendering, and dust.....I used my new fangled silicon water remover and hey what a good machine.  By the end of the umteenth window I was getting a dab hand so that I had no smears.

Stopped at 8.30 and made poached eggs on toast, sat and read my book for a while and then, decided to set into the heap and promised myself that I would stop at six.  As it was I stopped at 2.00, came in and did emails and played a few Freecell because it was hot out there and went out at 4.00 and came in at 6.30.  Finished...stone in one place....flat in the other and ready for seeing what I want to do next.  My cow man explained that he had two letter for me that he picked up when he fetched his pension so off I trotted to get them from his house.  He had great delight showing me his garden, his well and he put the bucket down and drew a some for me to taste, showed me the wall that he had built in one week and gave me some roses....   The letters?  Bills for my internet and house phone...

Supper cooking....belly pork with honey, onion, chilli, tomato sauce with a spash of vinegar.  Pasta cooking as we speak.  LN....I'm off to enjoy....



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Thursday 9th June

Beautiful morning, attrocious night.  I went to bed quite early and woke up at 11.30 last night and thought I had slept for hours....wrong...got back off again and at 1.30am woke up with cramp in my knee that sort of went down into my calf muscle so did a tour of the house and eventually got back off and then woke at 4.38 with the same cramp so down to the kitchen, back to bed with coffee and settled in to my war book.  Didn't bother trying to go off again and decided that it's going to be an easy day today.  Bench preservative going on, covering the foam for the said bench and making outer covers....and that's a dam site easier than shifting soil.  Oh and I might just move some nasturtiums into the new bit, plant some sweet peas, do some gardening and , and, and...finish my book
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Thursday continued

What a day of variances.  I've had a problem with my bank.  Every week they send me a message to tell me how much is in my current account and the transactions therein.  This has worked for goodness how many years, no problem.  Last week....thirty three messages exactly the same and to date this week three so far.  Now I pay to receive, they obviously pay to send, so I phone them up.  A kind lady phones me back and I spend two minutes listening to the music of digital support until this other lady tells me that it is my service provider who is not doing their stuff.  Apparently the bank waits for a return code to say that the message has been received and if no return code, the message is resent.  At least I know the cause...40 minutes wait in a queue for my service provided isn't on so my service is temporarily suspended.  I'll check it online...technology...pah....

So what else happened.  My neighbours with three cows and a donkey popped round for a chat, closely followed by my avatar who wanted to borrow my pump to blow up the tyre on her wheelbarrow and my other neighbour just came by to see what was happening.   All went as quickly as they appeared..they have work to do...I have my list.  And what did I achieve...only the first...I woodstairned the outside sofa and made a shelf unit for under my outside table so that I can put my tee lights and candle jars under there out of the way and off the window sill.  Unfortunately thunder was lurking so in I went and got my supper into the slow cooker to save time later and then the heavens opened.  Huge spots of rain, then hail that bounced round the patio, more rain and now it has serttled into a beautiful evening.  Supper complete, brandy and water, just come in from outside and thinking about bed and hoping that the cramp stays away tonight.  LN...just want to post pickies and then I'm done for the night....

And my screech owl has just kicked off...young bird by the sounds of things.....crickets belting out...how noisy is nature at this time of night....



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Friday 10th June

So after the downpour yesterday and partly through the night the weather wasn't sure what to get up to today.  It dried off this morning, I got out there with the shears at about eight this morning after lingering with Norman Davies and his Europe at War and now it's done and dusted.  An historians view of the war and so different of the concepts that I have held for the last sixty or so years.  That's propaganda for you.  I thought Churchill had done it on his own with the Americans helping out.  So now I have to read more.

Strange one this morning on the pc.  Got into all my usual programs no problem but one of the sites that I go on to has changed some of its settings and now I get this security application that provides some some unintelligible password that you have to enter, a button that you press which goes absolutely nowhere and I end up with a message that there is an error on the page.  If you are reading Danuta, can you please advise Danny that I can't get in...ta.

So the rest of the day moved on to another rainy episode so I read for about an hour downstairs, realised that my little eyes were dropping somewhat and decided that once the thunder started again a comfortable place to read would be upstairs on the bed and at six this evening I woke up.  I suppose the tiredness had built up and I had thrashed myself with the stone moving and new garden creating in extremely hot weather so now I have energy reserves for the next thrash which is the scything of the rest of the garden.  I did get the measuring stick out and the material for making the cover for the foam cover for the bench but, tomorrow is another day.

The weather has settled out now....still cloudy but dry, crickets obviously not water logged or perhaps crying for help but the gardens certainly look better for it.  Since I have prepared nothing for supper, I better go and raid the kitchen to see what I can come up with.....LN...



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Hi Elsa
I have had real problems too today. And I am not the only one.    It is all to do with the new system Danny put in.  I could not log in for a long time.  Try going in and before you try to log in refresh the page and try again.  There are still lots of things to be sorted out seemingly.

Just love your photos.  

Hope this helps.
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I have had problems too and emailed Danny. Glad to know it is not just me  . Can you send some rain up our way, we have had about 5 minutes today and that was it.
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Thanks to my lovely two buddies from my other site....update...I am back in business after reviewing the updated changes website, I reckon I had been blacklisted because I'm in Bulgaria and you probably had the same Joanna being in Latvia.  It's probably an American site and they believe that the iron curtain still exists....as for the rain Joanna...I'm out there blowing for all I'm worth against a prevailing wind....and with Danuta doing it from the other side, you should get it about Wednesday....

LN



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Saturday 11th June

And did I suffer for having a long sleep yesterday.  I finally had to get up and put my phone on charge.  You know what it's like.  There is this bleep, bleep and because you have to get out of bed, your language would normally contain the same amount of bleeps.  So out of bed and getting coffee at 6.00 this morning but then took Aldous Huxley back to bed with me...The Island.  Well, I'd obviously heard of him before but not read any of his works and so far so good.  It comes from the Dom Library in Samodiva and I suppose at some point we'll have a reckie of whose books are where.

Eventually got out at 7.30 to do emails and 'stuff' on the pc and despite the fact that the other site is up and running again, it still seems to take ages to load the threads and to post but apart from that I can see what is happening.  As to the weather this morning...dull and overcast so the washing from last nights night-time cheap rate was out on the balcony on the cloths airer while I looked at the garden that I'd promised a weed free hair trim.  Only part of it got done, the grass was too damp to get the scythe through so again, it's for another day.  I'm also going to use Roundup on the brambles.  They never produce good fruit, it's too hot out here for them they end up looking shrivelled.

Having looked at all the options this morning....I decided it was a bacon, fried bread and eggs day.  Cooked it and sat out on the terrace and thoroughly enjoyed it and then felt too stuffed to get the shears out....but I gave it half an hour and then went for it and cleared down to the kimono so now it does look a lot tidier.  It was then time to move some nasturtiums around, move the sweet peas into a bigger pot and put up the supports for the cucumbers (that I don't even eat) and the sweet peas and prepare the bed for the ornimental gourds that are ready for putting out.....well they are gourds or honey dew melons....let's see what we get.

Now time to get a beer out, the sun for what it's worth is over the yardarm, the bee eater birds are looking for rich pickings in my garden so I doubt there'll be anything settling in Bekir's hive.  There sounds like a constipated cow somewhere around (but not in the garden but note to self...fix the fence, one got in yesterday), crickets are going for it and so are the noisy frogs in the pond down the hill.  LN....must get on.....a demain....
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Sunday 12th June

Had really vivid dreams last night....note to self....go steady on the local beer....

Woke up to rainy skies, rainy garden, rainy everything...so decided that a coffee in bed was by far the most educated guess at life...so what did today hold?

This morning I played Freecell until I was bored with the thing, did my emails and played Bejewelled again until I was bored with it which took all of  two games and then decided that life held more than this.

My outside cushions for the new bench were on this list of 'to do's' but you must know what it's like.  The material that you have for the job in hand is not quite right but you carry on regardless until you know that you were right in the first place...you change the design somewhat and it works...but only you know the 'codging' that has taken place.  I have covered the foam for the outside bench...if I'd have gone to the shop and got new material it would have been better...but it works for me.

I planted up more sweetpeas that had been soaking overnight and in hindsight it I had put them in they would have been fine.  They are to adorn the new garden and the wreck on the east/northern wall.

Checked on my honeysuckle and I have lift-off....my sweetcorn has come on in leaps and bounds....and here is the one sweetpeat...now plucked and in the hall.

My avatar came round this afternoon with my lunch/supper...it was lunch ...the rest is in  the fridge.  Fire going tonight...it's chill, it's still rainy despite a brief interlude this afternoon when I sat out and finished the cushions for the outside benches/chairs...Les Miserable has just finished disk one and I am about to start on disk two...I just love it and it reminds me of the time that I booked tickets to see it with Princess and the baby Frog...and baby Frog chose the venue....not bad for and ten year old....if you know it you would appreciate 'Master of the House'....I think that's what he  enjoyed most.

So tonight, LN....no supper...had a big lunch....maybe a little drink later...and now for the pickies...



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Well thanks for blowing the rain our way, the first wave hit this afternoon, but didn't reach out to our land unfortunately and this evening looks like it should rain but isn't. At least the temperatures are down a bit, it is the first time I have seen our living room below 26C for about a week now - it's 25C and 10:20pm  
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Looks like my blowing did the trick in Latvia and goodness knows that took some puffing and thanks to Danuta, I wouldn't have made it on my own.....two days of rain and I've have enough...I love my house...but I love my garden more..sleep tight...all of you..speak tomorrow.....   time I was in my bed...I have a date with Aldous Huxley on his Island....
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So what a day..thunder has been batting around all day with sun, cloud, rain, no hail though, in and out like a well...haven't got the words for it....

So I decided this morning to rescue some flowering tobacco that had been overtaken by the weeds in my hedge garden and this became a task and a half...and in my digging I found about ten marigold plants that I suppose I must have planted at some time and they are now weed free as are a million and one tobacco plants (slight exaggeration I hear you shout) aghhhh well 999,999.

This afternoon it went really cold so the woodburner was struck up but now it is normal and so the doors are open.  I received another two bills from M-Tel today so that is four in the last week.  Those people should really sort out their invoicing...and I can't understand if I am on a fixed monthly rate why it varies by a few stotinki every month.....that is a question for the boys at M-Tel.....I love a challenge.

So my cow man arrived today and asked in Bulgarian where the donkey was....now I thought he had lost his and we toured the garden looking for one and then it suddenly occured to me....the supports that my men use to get up to the heights of the gutterings, we joke that because they are a little bit bent in places...we call them magare or 'donkey'.  So these had been moved behjind the wreck and we actually identified that that's what he wanted...For what I haven't a clue but we managed to manoever one out of the yard and into the road and he was quite insistannt that I did not help him down to his house.  He returned it later on a wheel barrow and we got it back in the yard.  And I shall never know why....but I know that a bit of timber codged together to form a long tripod is now referred to as a 'magare'.

At last the thunder has eased and the moon is out.  I've just put the remains of the marigolds that I found in the bit that I was de-weeding into my wreck garden.  My frog garden has some already.  Supper tonight was pork with onions in mushroom pepper sauce with a touch of brandy and pasta...It was delicious and now it is time for sleep.  Maybe not in your book...but tomorrow is another day and I have loads of gardening to do unless it rains and then Aldous Huxley is on the cards.

LN.....throw another log on the fire and fill that glass....LN.  



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So there I was, another semi-sleepless night and I seemed to have been nigggled by a pain in right/tummy and of course, you immediately start thinking about appendicitus, well I did but I came to the conclusion that when I was manoevering the 'donkey' yesterday I must have just got it wrong and twisted something.

So what else...more rain overnight and thunder batting around all day again.   PC up, pc down and when it was only half way up...there was another clap of thunder so down it came again.  Eventually made it to Djebel to pay my four phone bills...bit like buses really....none for a month and then four within four days.  The last two I needn't have payed until the end of the month but it's over and done with.  Picked up some chicken and schnitzels, potatoes, onions, cake and biscuits from the local supermarket but a trip to Kardjali must be on the cards soon.  Stopped off to see my restaurant lady and had coffee.....her son that went to work in the UK is back.  I think that there is no work so he is having a break and I asked him how he found UK (apart from the pilot knowing the way) and he said that it was cold.  Not much different to here really.

Took note of 'note to self' and reinforced the last weak spot in the fence with another big plank and some down supports and it's a good job that I did.  The unsupervised herd is now over sixty in strength and while I was reading my book, my little lady from two doors down and my avatar were heading down my garden looking for cows....of which I had none.  The last time they got into my garden they attacked my neighbours allotment via my garden but this time....they managed to get into her garden from the paddock and knocked down all her beans, trampled the onions and generally did loads of damage.  As a deputation we went round and surveyed the damage...laid the blame where it deservedly belongs and off they went leaving her to see what she could repair.  Buggars really...they would have been in mine were it not for the new planking

So cooked one of the schnitzels and another note to self....don't bother...it ended up in the bin and most of the cake has been demolished.  Junk food...comfort food......call it what you like but it was tasty.

So back to my book...the evening has settled down but that's not to say  that it couldn't change in a flash, literally.  Just hoping it stays clear for the lunar eclipse tomorrow....keeping fingers crossed.  Not been active with the camera today...you'll just have to put up with words....LN....
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So while I was playing Freecell on the pc....the sheep were having their last run of the night and I saw one that looked as if it had been painted...strange colour.  As they came nearer I went out on to the balcony and the shepherd spotted me and shouted to me so I asked him what had happened to the red one.  He was as pleased as punch and said that he had imported it from SPAIN and that he has another one coming next week...GREEN from Norway and both from eBay....or should that be eBAH....I can't wait....and it just had to be photographed....

I did happen to break it to him gently that his cows had been demolishing gardens again and he was last seen heading towards my ladies who could be overheard from the field still discussing it......and the cows didn't get into the allotment from my garden...thank goodness...my 'note to self' was acted upon just in time.....LN...time for a little beer I think....



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I always wondered how you made different coloured wool - There was me thinking you dyed the wool after it came off the sheep.  You live and learn.
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Wednesday 15th June

So now you know Dom!! In the Good Life when he made that suit out of green woven wool it must have been from a Norweigan sheep

So up with the lark at 6.00 but I think the lark just beat me to it.  I decided that coffee was the order of the day and at 7.30 my mobile goes and it is Gouljan asking if I can take 'them' into Djebel.  So I asked for it in Bulgarian and it came out the same so I headed for the bus stop at 7.45 to be greeted on mass by mother, two daughters, father carrying goodness how may holdalls, Gouljan who was heading for work and grandson.  Now this little chap apparently took to 'EP and her car' and didn't shut up about it for the whole month they were here.  Unfortunately I think he came out with his words of wisdom at 'middle of the night silly o'clock' which didn't go down very well at all.

This morning on my tour of the garden I went over to smell the honeysuckle.  It is divine and so I just had to take two of the blossoms, put them in water and the whole house is luxuriating in the aroma.  It's on a par with jasmine for me but unfortuately that is yet to be established in this garden.  I have loads in England but it hasn't made the journey well.

So what have I done today?  I have been weeding my garden and using my shears to cut down more of the grass jungle.  The weather has been absolutely perfect for ....weeds...and now...cleared for a while.  I have to thank Martin for bringing over an English fork, minus the handle, on his last trip and it has been super for dislodging the buggers.  Only trouble is now has a long handle and I think that's what actually made me use muscles that I hadn't used for ages hence the gripes iin the tummy...it was nothing to do with the 'donkey'.  Gardened until some bastard beetle or the likes jumped up my long blouse sleeve and bit me...not once but twice so I leaped about a bit and decided that Sudocream was the answer as it is to all of life's problems and at last the swelling has gone down....I couldn't even kill it since I didn't know from whence it came but there was a black grass hopper making its way across the soil so I'll steer clear of those in the future...better safe than sorry.  

Eclipse tonight and I'm hoping it is going to be as clear as it was last night...camera at the ready and fully charge. Just about to go and do something with some chicken that I bought yesterday...pan fried I think...LN....with a little chiante.....fa, fa, fa....



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Last night's eclipse will be remembered by the lack of it.  So I was there last night with boots blacked...not exactly...but this is all I saw of it...just a faint glimmer between the scuttling clouds but this morning, at 4,42 to be precise, it was so bright that it woke me up as if to prove that it's still there.  So the first glimmer was through the trees as I went down to make coffee so I grabbed my camera and went out onto the road, woke my Avatar's dog (Socks) up so shouted for him to be quiet and it worked.  Changed the camera settings (that why it looks darker in the photo), changed it back and just had to take a few down the lane and the rising sun but then, enough was enough and back to bed with my coffee.  Thought that I could probably get my head down for a few hours since there was only Socks and me patrolling the village and it was 8.45 when I opened my eye again, yes, first one, and then the other.

Beautiful morning, just a few white clouds and at this rate I might just have to water my garden tonight...



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Thursday continued

Today has been a day of digging, weeding, clearing areas. moving tobacco plants and the potting bench and getting rid of couch grass and what a buggar that is.  The final solution...a big bonfire.  The shears came out and yet again and I managed to get down to my new toilet thingy so now almost half of the garden is reasonable.

The cherries are up for grabs tomorrow and I think D of S is round to take some for making wine and it that's no good, it goes into the still.  I shall be making a few jars of jam, the one I made last year was good.  Not sweet but really tasty.

So tonight my phone was going in the house but by the time I got in from the garden it had stopped and I didn't recognise the number so did nothing about it.  Twenty minutes later it goes again and this time it's Gouljan's friend advising me that Gouldjan is at the bus stop in Rogoche and waiting for me...first I'd heard of it so I said I would go and before I could get to the village centre, a car is coming towards me flashing its lights and guess who is in the passenger seat....I waved them on, as you can guess I wasn't that amused and no text to apologise or nothing....ah well....the frivolity of youth.

So tonight the remains of last night's chicken with rice with lashings of soy sauce.  I sat out in the garden until I could no longer read and am now thinking about hitting the sack.  Zebra all clean and back on the bed...quilt all fluffed up....and so it's goodnight from me....bit more digging tomorrow but otherwise an easy day....LN
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I had a thought this morning....I wondered if the sheep farmer had tried to get one over on the 'Anglechanka' and had actually dyed his sheep red with henna or the likes.  This thought was running through my head and I was sitting outside with Dom this morning having coffee and we were discussing whether it was a wind up or not.  At that moment they came over the hill and sure enought it was easy to spot.  Well you try hiding with that colour hair amongst the white and black ones and there is only one of you.  So as they came nearer we went to the fence and sure enough it looked normal enough apart from its whitish head and underbelly but it seemed to have a curious mark behind its neck as if it had had a rope round it to restrain it before the dying took place.  It looked rather like the cross on the back of the donkey so we got to wondering, if he has been sold a 'dud' and if it was henna, how long it would take to grow out.....gets you thinking doesn't?

So what else have I done....not a lot this morning.  Showered and washed my hair after Dom had left and blow me, the sheep farmer's dog last year used to sleep under my 'wreck' and he came round to have a look if the 'vacancy' sign was still hanging there.  Unfortuantely for him it has been sealed off so he wandered back down the garden, fluffed up the spoil heap below my new toilet thingy and settled down.  I shouted to him in Bulgarian but obviously being a Turkis breed, 'he no speaky di lingo' or was just choosing to ignore me.  Another note to self....cut down some of the brambles and put a) by the entrance to the cellar of the wreck and b) on the spoil heap...

Now let's get on with some reading.  Aldous has gone...got to the end and like all visions of Eutopia it ground to a halt and then the troops arrived so now I am reading the search for the greatest Columbian villain, Pablo something or other.....hard work this house renovation...   Catch you later....
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Just a quick moan....I have this website that I visit and have some lovely friends on there...nothing dramatic...pleasant.  Now in their wisdom they have installed a website that is an intermediary that is supposed to stop fraudulent web users accessing the site.  Now that's fair enough said the fairy whose name was Nuff....but it intercepted me last night and told me that I had, or one of my network computers, had a virus.  This has happened before so I thought I would leave it until this morning.  Well as you already know D of S decided to pop along for coffee so I didn't try the other website until this afternoon and lo and behold the same message sooo.....I ran a full check despite the fact that I have Microsoft Security Essentials running all the time and nothing to report after six hours of trawling my system...and could I get on to that site...could I buggary and the worst thing is...they put up a page that allows you to enter a password to go on as a temporary user and it goes bloody nowhere...'done with errors on the page'....so I have emailed the intermediary...have received the initial system response and they are looking in to it....haha bloody haha.....I've also emailed the site owner and nothing yet to report....I think they have a thing against Bulgaria....we're not all villains and money launderers you know....despite the fact that my washing machine has been on twice this week   it's not money....it's just zebras, t-shirst and pj's honest....moan over....out of booze and down to gin and squash....it will do until bedtime...

Other than that...have just watered my garden...I have tomatoes, cucumber, and now my ornimental gourds have started and tomorrow...I build the great wall of Dushinkovo....on the top garden and shop for red wine....LN....
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Friday's update update....

So the munchies kicked in and cheese on toast was favourite..but there is something about the cheese here that needs investigating...well it's unable to descibe...brown sauce would invariably save the moment...but must check Lidls next time I'm there...and as described ...the sheep is still there and you can definately see where the rope held it while it was henna'd

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Saturday 18th June

Today I am all gardened out.  It started with...well I'll just do this and ended with...I'm knacked.

I have a stone surround for my little garden that is going to house Mikey B's bench and fully planted.  I've dug up and moved, removed stone that I missed first time round, found an old roof beam that had got buried and decided that I would use it as a little garden within a garden (design on the hoof) and it's looking...good.  I didn't photograph it...I decided to take a shower and go down to Djebel to see my restaurant lady and stock up on a few essentials..like bread and a winebox.  Well it is Sunday tomorrow and I might have friends dropping in for ....communion.

I know I'm late tonight...my mate at the mosque has just started calling the faithfull to prayer and I've normally finished my blog by now.  It's so lovely being between faiths...I have my Christians in Djebel and my Muslims here.....and having my own faith fits between the two.  Did you see the failed interview with Australian ITV interviewing the Dali Lama and cracking the joke that the Dali Lama walks into a Pizza Parlour and asks the man behind the counter to ' make me one with everything'.....it falls flat, Dali Lama doesn't get it and it was better in the film Bi-centenial Man which is where I first heard it....

So when I was finishing off in the garden, I suddenly looked up and there it was....I must confess it made me jump but it was very thoughtful, it stayed where it was until I went inside and got my camera for the photoshoot.  A beautiful lizzard....and I took so many photos that I hope I did him justice...I say 'him' ...don't know...if I am wrongly sexing him I apologise.

So now to partake of some of the essentials that I brought back from Djebel.  I've put the plants from my restaurant lady that I managed to scavenge in water and have also taken shoots from my japonica kerria, philadelphus, forsythia and honeysuckle and tomorrow is a cuttings day.

LN...enjoy your evening......



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He is quite beautiful Elsa.  You were so lucky to see him and have the time to photograph him.
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Well thanks for that Danuta....I do hope you are referring to the lizard...not the man with the horse .

Well I woke up at 5.30 this morning and saw that sun come up and then decided to roll over and I eventually got out at 8.45 which for me is not normal.  The rest of the morning was taken up with my Pablo book, a killer Sudoku that I still haven't managed to solve and I'll have another go at it later and resting my weary bones in the sun.  Breakfast was more of a brunch, half of a spicey sausage with fried mushrooms on toast and the other half went into the slow cooker with onions and mushrooms, a hint of chilli and I've just added more water and a handful of rice and turned it up to high...so I have approximately twenty minutes from now...and they're off.

This afternoon I did have a visit from my next door neighbour with her daughter who hadn't seen the house.  The request was would I take the daughter and her friend into Djebel since the bus wasn't for another couple of hours so threw on a blouse after she had done the tour of the house, grabbed my phone and keys and drove them into Djebel.  Now one in the car I have no problem understanding, but two speaking at once and using words and sentence cases that I covered in Gouljan's n' th lesson that I never did do any homework for, turned out to be a bit much.  They couldn't understand why I was in Dushinkovo and not Djebel and my stock reply...why not....  They offered to pay for the ride which I refused and when I got back mother also offered to pay as well and again I refused and she almost wept....I don't think it was relief....they are just surprised when people come from the heart.  There again she was the one that gave me several headscarves and my baggy trousers so why shouldn't I do her a favour and I was doing it for her not her daughter.  She was so pleased that she brought me round....two pancakes with the instructions to ...eat, eat.

So watered my garden, my rice should be more or less there, I'm just going to tidy outside and then settle into my book again....LN....it's been a lovely day



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Monday 20th June

Again woke up at silly o'clock and had my washing on the line by 6.16am.  Must admit though I went on to do my emails, had some super ones from my cousin's daughter in Australia but none that I could pass on to my other favourite blog....much too rude for that but not that I can get on it anyway.  Last night I ran a bug finder and this morning I ran a full scan and do you think I can get on it...can I buggary and D of S tried and got the same security screen where he had to enter some nonsense slogan, it went away and thought about it and eventually let him in.  I did the same and it still told me that it had errors on the page....grrrrr.  No men...they didn't phone and I didn't phone so they obviously decided to have another week off.  Not that they do, they have their own work to do like tobacco and hay making while the sun shines.  So last night I noticed that one of my big yellow flowers was horizontal and I blame it on the...mole...the thing just got shoved out so as you'll see from one of the pictures...instant gardening...now transplanted next to the sweetcorn bed....result.

So I sat outside and read more of my book, checked on the checker that ran for five hours...it was a full scan...and then thought I would get the shears out and do a bit more to the garden.  This wasn't really working so I decided to get the scythe out and got into it in a big way and attacked the bramble patches.  I was originally going to go for the Roundup approach today but it threatened rain and then the sun came out and then just when I started to water the garden, it started to rain again ....and then stopped.

So back into the garden with the rake and decided to make heaps of the stuff that I'd chopped down and chopped is the operative word.  I think most of those weeds jumped out because they were beaten up so much.  It didn't help that the handle halfway down had come loose at some point in the game and decided to give up the ghost so I was using it a bit like a mallet but hey....brawn baffles brains sometimes....and I won but there is still more to go.  As I always say, tomorrow is another day...but I might just head for the market in Momchilgrad...there is a stall there that does a marvellous line in women's blouses/shirts for about 2 lev....,my sort of prices.

Just poured myself a beer...well it is six thirty here and I did work up a bit of a sweat on this haymaking lark.  And me, the one that usually has to have injections for hayfever about Wimbledon time ....but I sneezed, blessed myself and just got on with it....  LN....I've now got to see what there is in the fridge worth doing something with....and my glass is empty....



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Tuesday 21st June

What a beautiful sky this morning…I made it before the sun and the mosque and was out there with my camera on the balcony.  I made coffee, went and sat out on the terrace and just enjoyed the morning and then it started.  I had been looking at the bed next to the frog garden and there were lots of flowering tobacco that had self set from last year.  No I’m into feeling sorry for these plants.  They seceded to strike a life and a hoe comes and bashes them down so I decided to clear the bed, salvage the plants, create another flower bed and give them a life at least for one year…maybe next year I won’t be so benevolent.

So my next concern was for the sweat peas that were in a little pot and I thought that they will never manage six foot in that thing so I looked at the old fridge that had been hanging about since I had bought the place, decided to paint it using the stuff that I had put on the old petchka, fill it with soil and …sweat peas.  It is now against the wreck with an Ikea plant support that I brought out with me from their bargain basement ….perfect and they look quite happy already.  Found that my cucumber has come on in leaps and bounds and I don’t even like the things….my grapes and starting and my flowering tobacco…is just beautiful and the smell at night is just wonderful.

So a day of weeding, painting, organising, another conducted tour this afternoon and a late lunch of potato salad, tomatoes and onions with oil and vinegar and grilled spicy sausages…  Lovely calm evening, sky rosy red as the sun goes down and more of the same tomorrow please….

Shower, book, wine and bed.  LN



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Tuesday....pickies I had trouble posting....my fault ...I got the resolution wrong but I can blame the  pc..



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Thanks for the photo Elsa.  I do remember it from the dim and distant past.   Can you still not get onto our site?  
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Wednesday 22nd June

Late start this morning....7.30 when I woke up....beaten by the sheep, the sun and a hard day in the garden yesterday.  As for getting on to the other site...still no go...I've run two full scans, they've found nothing and I think it's a 'Country' thing.

So this morning I have read part of a new book....there are three stories in it and being into the hundreth page of the second I realised why I didn't enjoy the first....I think it's the style but when you have nothing else to read.....  Sitting reading I heard a bird's call that I hadn't heard before.  It sounded as it it came from the cherry tree and then flew down to the walnut at the bottom of the garden.  I went into the house, got my binoculars and caught a glimpse of a beautiful bright yellow head and body and when it flew off it had brown streaks to it.  Got out the bird book and there it was.....a Golden Oriole.  Absolutely stunning and such a distinctive call but didn't manage to take a pickie....need a new camera and a zoom, zoom lens....got it Santa....  

Now for a pedicure...my feet are not going into my gardening clogs today...the day's all mine...
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Thursday 23rd June

Well that's my morning workout completed.  One hour with the scythe for the waist, half an hour with the rake, arm muscles and one hour with the shears.....bust ....and that will do me for the day...well until the sun is going down.  It's about 27 in the shade and that's where I'll be for the next few hours.  Saying that though....I seem to have spent a lot of time doing virus checking on this thing that has the nerve to call itself a pc....it's running like a dog with three and I'm going to beg D of S to have a word with it, purely on my behalf of course just before I give in and go and get a new one.  

All that hard work of yesterday, making my tootsies a whiter shade of pale and pinking up the nails was undone when on went my gardening clogs but you do need decent footwear because of the bramble thorns, (my rigger boots are just a tad too warm in the summer).  The Lidl's special are great but they do make your feet sweat and then that combined with the dust....well, maybe a little too much information but my feet are into a bowl of water for the next couple of hours and on to the third story in the book.  Now the seed is planted....update later...
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Hi Elsa, Luv reading your blogs. Great to hear you got some of the emails etc....I appoligise if too rude, I am afraid I am pretty broad minded when it come to stuff on paper or screen, in real life probably a bit more conservative.....not hehehehe. My Mum says Hello, and hopes your enjoying life there.
I have tried to find your address thru google maps, but it come up in a built up area, and your photos dont seem to suggest thats where u are????? Can you explain more for me plz. take care, Linda.x
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Thanks for that Linda....I think we would get on well together....young cousin...I'n not in the least bit shocked but some of the people where I would be likely to post would be...and big hugs for your mum.  As for being in a built up area?    Well I've put another storey on this one but there's not a lot in the village.  If you spot the school in the centre on Google...I'm just up the road...or down the road from there....

So what did I do today?  Still buggered around with trying to work out how to change my IP address and got to find out that it is registered in Sofia and so I thought I would phone up my service provider to complain that it's infected and what could they do about it...So at 5.30 this evening I did only to be told that the offices were closed and to phone back later, no opening times were quoted, just phone back later....and they are supposed to be part of Vodaphone....so much for customer service.  I've got a bet on with D of S, he says that I'll get no joy out of them....I'm going to persist.

My garden is looking a bit more like a garden and is almost cleared down to the bottom now.  Trouble is the weeds start growing again as soon as my back is turned.  While I was watering my garden I was surprised tonite by a tortoise heading for my tomatoes but I managed to head him off and send him towards the field.  Bonfire...it can wait...I came in and had a shower after washing my clogs....(I remembered)...felt all clean and lovely...so sat outside and read with a gin and tonic in one hand and the thought of food reared its ugly head so I cooked gammon with fried bread and a couple of eggs...not healthy food but delicious.  Now feeling tired, the temperature has gone down somewhat and ready to take my book to bed.  The third story is just as boring as the first and second but I'll stick with it....LN....the crickets, frogs and the screech owl are all going well tonight.  I might just have to close the door to the balcony...LN
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Hi Elsa
Just to let you know that none of us have been on our site for two days now,  so you are not missing anything.  We do not know what has happened to it.  TA has left a message with D, but no joy yet.  We are all missing our friends.  
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Thanks for the update Danuta...there's one consolation...it's not my access that's brought it down and I have the proof in the previous entries and yes, I am missing you all but, all of you now are missing all of you...if you get my drift   Lovely morning and at 6.00 I was out of bed only to get back in it after I had hung out my washing being on a cheaper overnight tariff, picked up a book and grabbed a coffee.  

So at 9.00 this morning I was on to my service provider and after being given the run around through the swichboard I eventually got through to a techy guy and when I asked what they could do about changing my IP address or getting it cleaned up his response was....nothing....I explained that I was running goodness knows how many full virus checks and apparently this IP address services not just me but loads of other people in the area and his response was 'not all people bother so much about that'    He did ask for the site that I was blocked from and the name of the intermediary that blocked me and said that it would probably take about three days to sort it out...I asked how?  He said by contacting the people involved...so let's see.

Onwards and upwards today....it's 10.30 here and I have the rest of the day to plan....just a few of last night's tortoise....



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Had a very peaceful afternoon, the web blog that I was excluded from had decided to ditch the software since it seemed to cause more trouble that it was worth...don't know...might be reinstated so I decline to comment further on the grounds that I may not be invited again...

As I said pottered this afternoon but this evening I have had supper in the garden facing the Greek mountains with a glass of the red stuff in my hand and it was magical.  The light was just right and in the middle of it the sheep came over the hill with the 'boys' and there she was...how could you hide with hair that colour and the cowman, who used to be the shepherd was lobbing bricks at some of the herd and it's probably a good job that I didn't understand him, and he got some of them over the hill.  The rest he headed up to the high pasture over the road.  So they are back.  Some have strayed close to my perimeter fence and I'm thinking that I shall be out there with bricks the way that the cowman was...just to send them on their way you understand...I'm not to be reported for this...   So I've just had the sheep come back and I heard the shepherd shout 'chuk' to get them on their way.  So I stood on the balcony, shouted the said word and off they went...I am a shepherdess....LN

Winebox holding up, am thinking that I must go into Kardjali tomorrow for supplies and I might just visit my friend in Nicolovo....I feel like a change of scenery.  Most of the cows are now heading back towards the cowsheds...I get the feeling that they are not expected until dawn...shucks....  Now for a few pickies



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At the back of my mind for the last few days has been that Beauty and the Beast both need MOTs..So this morning I thought I would get Beauty spruced up and get rid of the half ton of balast introduced by the men at the end of the day...it sort of sticks to their little rubber soles.  I do have rubber mats that I chuck out occasionally but I thought I'd pay and get the job done properly.

Before that however, I was out in the garden after yesterday's castastrophe of losing the wedge that keeps the blade on the scythe so I realised that I had an axe handle that had got busted when the roof of the wreck was removed.  So out with my saw, got the chisle to split it and the littler one that I thought would do the trick didn't.  Got the bigger one, bashed it in with my hammer and hey presto...one working scythe and you can now definately see to the end of the garden.  By eight this morning I had got to the point of exhaustion so back for a coffee, lit the bonfire that went up like an inferno since the brambles by now had turned to a crisp.  Didn't risk the fire brigade, I decided that I would put the rest round the perimeter fence to deter dogs and cows alike.

Showered, dried hair and headed for ...Djebel with the view of going on to the garage in Kardjali to get the little one MOTed after its wash and brush up.  Talking to the garage owner, he advised me that I have another month before it needs to be done....according to the little blue disk on the windowscreen so a stay of execution.  But ten leva well spent...it hardly feels and looks like my car any more.

Got back at 2.00 after doing a little food shopping and the thunder was roaming around so I'd cleared the cushions off the terrace and low and behold....three bloody cows in my garden and they seem to have found a new hole in the other side of the boundary...chased them off and imagined 'woman struck by lightening as she chases cows from the property' but I managed to get back in one piece.  Rain set in and it looks like I shan't have to be out there with the hose tonight.  Closed down the computer and thought I would just lie on the bed and read for a while and I woke up at half past five after dreaming about a bloody rabbit that just didn't want to be held and I had to get it home....now analyse that one...

Hamburgers for supper tonight....but already in the slow cooker with tomato and onion sauce and I'll throw in a handful of rice towards the end...one pan cooking for me.  LN...we've just had another rumble so I better get this thing closed down...
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Saturday continued

Thunder came to nothing but I have just sat out on the terrace while I was waiting for my rice to finish. Everything looks really fresh and green and there is nothing nicer than not getting wet but sitting outside.  

I've just got a big plank of wood, found the gap that the bovine beasts got through and secured it between the big trees on the boundary....and I'm standing guard all night with my catapult and shotgun and tomorrow, the barbed wire goes round..... along with the machine gun posts   LN and I'm just going to place the order now.....
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So after the rain of last night, it's a beautiful sunny day but the wind from the east this morning was cold as I sat out to have my cofeee at eight this morning.  Now it's changed round again and coming from the north but the sun is hot, hot, hot.  Still no need to water my garden this morning and my sweet peas in the fridge (the painted one outside) and coming along in leaps and bounds and starting to head up the trellis work and so they should.  Just looking out at the sheep this morning and I can spot my red beauty even at this distance.  It's no good trying to hide, you stand out a mile...

So the pictures I took of last nights sunset were quite dramatic.  There was a layer of mist hanging over the river which I managed to capture and I love the light on the opposite hills as the sun is going down.  It was still raining when I took them but then it really settled in and has soaked the ground.  Today is being a day of nothing.  It's sunday after all, my day of rest along with all the others in the week if I want them to be so.  That's the beauty of being here....choice....hard days or easy days....I am the mistress of my own destiny...now there's a thought...

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And guess who forgot the pickies ...doh...

And all I want now is a chatelaine to dangle my keys from....although if I locked the wine away and lost my keys.....not worth thinking about...



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So I was working away last night on my PC when a bastard XP Security zapped my computer knocking out all my short cuts....wouldn't do anything.  Now previously I have not been known for running lots of security programs but since I had this intermediatory issue with my other favourite website have run loads and it's as if the buggers were waiting for me....and yes, it has got me big time.  It is only thanks to D of S and his extensive knowledge that I am on the internet at all having recreated new short cuts for me using his Dos prompt skills....with the advice...get a new laptop or a box and that seems to be written in the stars.  This one is old, doesn't allow me to play films on it because it has the old type USB ports and has seen better days....bit like me really....so tomorrow I am off to the big city (Kardjali) with BGN to hand....and now I'm going to see if I can run some more software to get rid of XP nasty security virus....aaarrrgggghhhh....
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So I hate to be beaten my a computer and sat chasing down what could be the solution for my dilema and low and behold, thanks to Dom getting me on the internet I found a program that didn't come down as an .exe file so didn't get zapped.  Two minues later and I was up and running again...I could get into Freecell and that's how I know that I had got it to work.  That bastard of a bug had knocked out all of the shortcut keys and desktop icons so nothing would start....When I tried to open Freecell it would ask me what I wanted to open it with...and my response of 'a double click' just wasn't listed on the options....anyway...I did it...and managed to run MalawareBytes and it found the Hijack me..   program and it is now deleted along with three other not so important beauties....so I didn't have to go out and spend but I might just be tempted tomorrow...I'll go into Kardjali and see what rolls out...

On the other side of the coin I have had a brilliant day in the garden getting rid of loads of couch grass and establishing a new flower bed...unfortunately the only thing I have to fill it with at the moment is Nicotina and lovely as it is...it's going to be a bugger next year.  As I said I feel so sorry for those that sprout up in the wrong place, I move some to a better place but there are those that just have to take the rough ground along with the smooth....pickies tomorrow...I didn't come in until 8.45 tonight after spending hours slaving over a hot laptop...

LN...have a good evening...
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Tuesday 28th June

This morning I slept on until 6.20 and felt very rested...no vivid dreams that I could recall but I suppose they might come back to me later in the day...as they have a habit of...now did it really happen or did I dream it?  It comes to us all as we approach the twilight of our years...so I'm told.

My laptop is still holding up and no more issues to date so as well as shepherdess to the CV I shall be able to add 'Pest control' officer.  I think it's rather sad that people just want to undo what the rest of us want to quietly get on with.  Whether their motives are for organised crime or just to 'sod people off', it's tantamount to piracy.  It's not only the damage they do it's the length of time that it takes to put things right again or the cost if you have to go and get expert help to get it sorted.

So this morning after checking that everything was still working...I went to achieve what I was going to do before they struck.  I was out in my garden and weeded another patch but you can't really see where, but I suppose it will all come together eventually unless I have to resort to Roundup and that will make sure it does.  Came in at about eight thirty, showered and headed in the Beast to Djebel to the garage to get my oil, fuel and air filters changed and the oil.  Success...I was offered more for the Beast than I paid for it and it was suggested that I buy a cabriole from them that has petrol and gas and I just laughed....Can't imagine my men doing the 'royal wave' on their way back and to work....noooo....  

Did a little bit of shopping and the police have now installed metal 'no through' barriers around the square. At least some of the European funding is showing something positive out here and the town centre has really cleaned up...let's hope it rubs off on the villages.  They're not too particular as to where the rubbish goes as long as it isn't in their back garden (or their front) and in our village alone we have about three refuse dumps and they blame it on not having 'containers'.  Now I burn all of mine in my garden...it's probably going about twice a week for about half an hour and that's it....lead by example I say and I'll keep on to the mayor.  Had lunch with my lady in the restaurant and delivered some 'Sudocreme'.  She has a sort of athletes foot and her doctor has run out of ideas so I thought I'd get her some so that she could try it.  

Now going to get a coffee and sit out for a while.  Had a few rain shower today but it's still in the middle 20's and the wind just about right.  I'll see if I can get a few pickies of my latest garden projects....
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Windows XP Security is designed to extract money from your credit card. Your computer becomes so crippled, the only way offered is to hand over your credit card details to some Russian who then clones your card and goes on a spending spree in Nigeria, whilst offering no solution.  Alas, Malawarebytes is the only fix and has to be done carefully as your infected PC will block all attempt to run an .exe. Either that or it's back to Genesis for XP (in the beginning, there was a freshly formatted hard drive...)

Anyway, current prices in the UK for a "Beast" (2.8TD EXCEED) is around £1500 - £2000 for a low mileage one (Ebay). I'll certainly be bringing one over, and yes, they do run quite happily on filtered chip fat if required. Alas, with so many vehicles trashed in the Japanese Tsunami, they are no longer exporting 2nd hand ones for the time being, so I'll have to wait until nearer the day...
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What a day of mish mash weather.  I was out this morning until 12.00 working away.  It was cloudy but muggy with it so no problem there.  Came in for a cuppa and when I went out again it started to rain.  Now I believe that there's someone up there who decides that as soon as I'm lighting a bonfire to get rid of the weeds so the seeds don't blow everywhere, there is usually a shower of rain or a few great big spots as if to say...not so easy is it.  Anyway I persevered having come upon another polythene mine and when are they going to realise that it doesn't bio-degrade and neither do the metal clips that probably held the poly-tunnel together but I'm saving those and finding them really useful.  Into storage with them!!

By now the wind has got up and it's blowing a gale and not only a gale but it's cold.  I came in and decided that to complement my outfit of chopped off jeans I would add a pair of over the knee strippy socks to keep the chill off.  Now I could have put long trousers on but that seemed like hard work at the time and complete with sandles, a fairly thick sweatshirt, I started again removing weeds and yes, you've guessed it the sun came out and at this point, I decided that enough is enough so headed for the kitchen, found a tin of tuna, got out the mayo and made a couple of sandwiches.  Sat outside to have lunch and so the sweater had to come off but it was short lived.  Got on the pc and printed off some of Krazy Dads sudoku and stretched out on the activity bench ( or lack of activity bench) and was half way through the second when my lovely neighbours invaded with the intention of making me some lime blossom tea.  I explained...I don't like it... so gave them fizzy lemonade instead, told them that the vodka was at the bottom and they didn't seem to know whether I was joking or not.  During the discussion, the case of the red sheep came up and as I guessed...I think it is imported for breeding purposes but I had the strong feeling that they'd 'painted' it so that they would know which one it was.  I was right....you can see where the rope mark that held it while they did it...obviously being a sheep farmer is pretty boring so they have to find ways to make it more interesting or perhaps a little too much 'sauce' and I don't mean of the mint kind...that comes much later...I'll wait for the green one from 'Spain'.

Not in the least bit hungry after my tuna mayo creations so going back to my puzzles and then look for another book to read...there's bound to be one somewhere....LN
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Last night I slept very badly and I put it down to only having one drink before bedtime...let that be a lesson to you...   I woke at 3.00 and had an hour on my DS killing all the Germs, got my head down when I felt sleepy enough and prompty heard a bleep from my mobile phone which I assumed was telling me that it was fully charged.  Wrong...seven fifteen I was searching for this blessed thing that wouldn't stop ringing and it was the taxi line....Gouljan, who had apparently text me earlier and illiciting no response was phoning to see if I would take her into Dhebel...at 7.45....so up I got, showered and went to the bus stop to be greeted by Gouljan, mother and father and lots of luggage.  So Gouljan is heading for Turkey to pursue citizenship and I did ask why, isn't Bulgarian enough for you but if you are a Cinderella chasing a Prince Charming then needs as needs must.

So at 8.00 this morning I was in Lidl and got all of the things from my list that I prepared yesterday and from there to Billa to complete my monthly shop.  I did pick up a fly zappa from Lidl and yes, you've guessed it.  It has a plastic screw for the battery compartment and out of all in the shop, mine was the one that the screw was broken in so another trip plus receipt and we'll see how good that Bulgarian / Lidl's guarantee is.   From there Technomarket and I succumbed. I have a new pc and it's inthe hands of D of S bringing life into a dead box that should take years off my life.  It's a very speedy machine according to the man in the shop so we'll wait and see.  Included in the price was a 21inch monitor so I suppose if I lose my specs, it's no big deal.

So came back from D of S's with tomato plants that he just couldn't kill being the softy that he is and two Fucshias, the parent of which I managed to kill last year by not bringing them in before the frost.  Note to self...they are not hardy.  Already they are planted up and cooked supper of pan fried honey coated chicken wings and chippies along with a Lidl special premium pils lager and just had a wee nap under my cherry tree in my swinging chair.  Now kitchen tidy, at last on to the Internet, updating my emails and stuff and then settling down with the book that I found yesterday.  

LN...the thunder has now subsided, the sky has cleared and the rain stopped.  The clouds are hanging over the Greek mountains and let's hope they stay there...I have another beer to tackle....
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We have thunder clouds too, hope they drop some rain and then clear off. Will save watering the beans tomorrow
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