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July 26, 2011, 9:58pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Elsa
i am just catching up today after being away in Englandshire!!  We missed you. Your friend MOS and his wife are brilliant.  You would have had such fun with them and everyone else.   You should have come and that would have saved the fall.  I do hope you feel better soon.  You seem to still be aching all over.  Take care and don't do too much till you feel better.  I don't fancy relaxing with Chairman Mao though.  
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July 27, 2011, 5:21pm Report to Moderator

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Wednesday 27th July

Well as you can see from the above post...I should have gone to England and then would be in one piece instead of bits hurting all over the place.  As an update, the legs are fine, it's just my pesky ribs that hurt so I thought a little gentle digging would be good exercise so garlic lifted (small but adequately formed), cleaned and strung and the potatoes from the tyres ready for storing.  I do only need a small bag though...not much to write home about.

It's been a scorcher today again and at seven this evening it was still 28 degrees but it's been dry heat.  Nice breeze this afternoon and very pleasant sitting on the terrace out of the sun.  I took Chairman Mao out there with me but I didn't get through too much of it.  It's pretty heavy going but it was interesting to get the history of Tienanmen Square and having been to Beijing and stood in the middle of it and you read that most of the buildings were pulled down around this time....it's amazing how much actually survived the various revolutions.

Didn't go into Kardjali today.  The last time that I did in my ribs by falling over in London at 9.00 in the morning rushing from the tube to NCR, I asked my doctor for some pain killers because I was having difficulty driving.  His only comment was that perhaps I shouldn't be driving so I decided that I'll go in tomorrow or Friday.  One car is through the MOT so at least I have transport.  Rustling in the dry grass today and yes, there he was, a whopper tortoise and looked back at the house from the garden and decided to take a picture of the house and a couple of the new terrace with the harvested goodies...

I had a phone call from the UK this evening so I'm late with my update and supper is nowhere in sight ....I think cold ham and salad or it might even be chips...Let's see how the mood takes me when I get downstairs.

LN...I'm off...



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July 27, 2011, 6:24pm Report to Moderator

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I have to say, the house is looking damned impressive. All you need is a pool and a summer kitchen.....
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Wednesday continued

Quoted from Old Holborn
I have to say, the house is looking damned impressive. All you need is a pool and a summer kitchen.....


Well there is always my wreck in the garden...this already has a sunken room and the joke is that we have discussed using that as the pool.  I would still have three rooms and a hallway.  It would be more of a dip pool at 4 meters x three and a half or I could get a rugby team in quite comfortably or most of my old ladies from the village. or the rugby team and my old ladies from the village....they would insist on keeping their long trousers on though and their cardies...only taken off when the temperature really soars...

The possibilities are endless...it's a blank canvas....LN....

  
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Thursday 28th July

What a day of inactivity apart from the fact that I cleaned the house from top to bottom but that was the sum total and that took all of about two hours.

The intentions were good, the execution was abysmal.   I didn't make it to Kardjali with the Beast...I didn't have a good night with my poor ribs...every time that I turned over there was an ...ooohhhh....aaahhh ...and it wasn't from the audience.

I did have an amazing lunch of my potatoes and onions in potato salad and my tomatoes....now who's blowing the trumpet.  I suppose it's because I never considered myself as Adam the gardener and so for next year I am going to be more serious about it especially on the tomato, onion, garlic and potato front and I have the order placed for the sheep sh*t for September...my garden is just crying out for nourishment and has been sadly neglected for years.

So phoned a friend today and she came up with the right answers.  It's a girl I used to work with when I was sixteen and we're still friends...our lives have crossed many times, her husband is not well but her father at eighty nine wishes to be remembered.  Oh I'm back down that memory lane of a holiday in Newquay where my first attempt at body surfing resulted in a fantastic bruise on my stomach and fortunately swim suits were all the rage then.  You wouldn't have wanted that showing between the bottom and top half of a bikini.  She doesn't have internet connection so I send her photographs of how the project is going out here so instead of rushing to the garage, I decided to write her with some photographs and I shall post it tomorrow.  I promised to do it and it's done...

Supper has been cream cheese with bread-sticks since I ate so well at lunch time....tomorrow is the day for the car and to get that letter in the post.  LN....lovely calm evening and I can relax in my super clean home...
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Friday 29th July

Got it wrong again this morning.  I was up at 6.00 and sitting on the terrace with my morning coffee cup and thought that I would water the garden first, get the fork out and get rid of a few weeds which I did and then moved to the base of the wall where a good weed patch had developed.

As I dug down I realised that I had struck a polythene mine yet again and (me being the determined little person that I am), decided that it was to come out.  Not a good call having a bit of a damaged rib but jobsaguddun...it's cleared along with the inevitable jam pot covers that are sure to be hidden down there.  Didn't they realise...neither of these things decompose...but the polythene burns well and I believe that the going rate is one leva for a kilogram of jam jar lids.  I better get my weight scales out.

So shower and I'm getting the Beast into Kardjali via the garage for a magic potion for the oil that's supposed to stop it smoking.....wonder if it's fit for human consumption?  I know a few that could benefit from it

Catch you later...must get on....onwards and upwards...
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Friday continued

Four thirty...back from Kardjali....I've been MOT'd but prior to that went and had an additive to the oil and I had to go to the petrol station and ask for one leva's worth of diesel in a coke bottle....and request granted.  So back I went to the auto magazine, they mixed the brew, added it to the diesel  and said that it would be good for 10,000 kilometres.  My response was that I would be OK for the next two years then.  I just don't use the Beast much but I am so relieved that it is through the MOT.  The additive is supposed to be good for 100,000K so that should do me until I die then.

So out of the garage with my new paperwork, went into the computer shop since my keyboard is naff and one of the support legs keeps falling down and I just can't type with a flatbed keyboard.  Invested in a new one and while I was at it decided to get myself a surge protector since I have cables into extension leads and they seemed to be trailing everywhere.  All spaghetti sorted, keyboard installed, cables tidied away and now waiting for the thunder.  It's also got a jack point for my phone so that can't be bad....I just need to read the booklet that came with it.  .

Chicken for supper, I'm just going to get it under way and I might even open a bottle of red tonight.  Just pleased to be mobile...I'm assured that the new stuff will stop all the smoking and that there is no way that I need new fuel injectors now that this stuff has been added.  Don't know what it coats the engine with, I did do a quick look up on the internet but there were pros and cons...so I went with the pros....

Might just pop on later....
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Friday night update...

So there I am enjoying the evening when there is a...neee..naaaa...nee..naaa. hitting the village.  So I go out and there is a police car and a fire engine at my neighbours.  So I have to head down and investigate and it is full on...The fire brigade have hoses at the ready and are dousing flames and my neighbour is fully bandaged around the feet.  I have no idea what caused it...maybe she was burning her rubbish...but to call out the brigade and the police attend too....must have been more than she could cope with.

In with camera, threatened with My Avatars stick for taking pictures but had to do it anyway... so here goes...the outcome is...bandaged feet, sodden garden and the kennel is still OK.

Came back with food even though I had just had my supper of chicken with mushrooms,honey, tomatoes, red wine and onions with rice.  Now I feel stuffed.



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Saturday 30th July

Hot, humid, sticky but with a breeze blowing so not too bad.

So this morning I delivered the begging bowl back to my neighbour and I'm sure that they think I don't eat...Yash, yash which means 'get it down you' is the standard cry to their livestock and anyone else that visits.  I also had the intention of offering my services to take the injured one to the doctors where her feet could be dressed properly.  Now this one doesn't speak Bulgarian so I need my Avatar, the provider of food, to do the translation for me and she agreed that we would go that instant so I walked home and got my keys, phone and purse and she was on with her coat and waiting for me at the gate...

I hadn't got a clue where the doctor's surgery was but with a little bit of sign language we got there.  We were met by a man who helped her in and I followed and I waited in the reception area. It's Saturday morning at 9.30, one in the surgery so we had to wait for five minutes before she was seen.  No appointments, all the dressings and bandages were fetched from the chemist by a 'runner' and she was out in quick sticks.  I found out that the surgery is open everyday including Sundays so that you can always get attended to.  Fair puts England to shame.....with the four receptionists who are more like a front line defence for possibly two doctors and an appointment system that has to be at least a two or three day wait and you try getting one on the weekend.  While she was in there her sister arrived, I smiled as the runner told me in English 'sister' and so I said the word in Bulgarian but there wasn't even a glimmer.  She went and spoke to my neighbour but when we all left she is obviously suspicious of the 'Anglichanka'.

So home James, I keep getting told that I am a good person and I keep telling them how bad I am really.  Into the garden and I decided to do a bit of fence building until I realised that it was the wrong move so took to the gentle art of digging up my four geraniums that look sadly the worst for wear.  As I've already stated, my soil has no body to it and water just drains away.  I gave them a good drink and have now put them into pots where at least they can have more water.  I've also dug up a couple of busy lizzies that I'm sure my friendly tortoise is nibbling in passing.  They are now soaking in water and new sites to be found.

Decided to chop back one of the bushes on the hedge-line and balanced on the beam was a very beautiful lizard. He obligingly waited while I went into the house to get my camera and I managed to get a shot of him.  Coming back to the house I noticed this very pretty two-tone gladioli. So far...best of the bunch.....

Too hot to be out so just going to have half an hour with Chairman Mao....



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Can you clear something up for me, are these wild tortoises that you keep talking about and not pets of yours?  
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