Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
JANUARY 2012
Forum Login
Login Name: Create a new account
Password:     Forgot password

Elsa Peters living a new life in Bulgaria    General Boards    My Diary by Elsa Peters  ›  JANUARY 2012
Users Browsing Forum
No Members and 2 Guests

JANUARY 2012  This thread currently has 9,572 views. Print
6 Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 » All Recommend Thread
Elsa Peters
December 31, 2011, 10:10pm Report to Moderator

Diary Admin
Posts: 4,359
Gender: Female
Posts Per Day: 1.10
Location: Mobile!
Sunday 1st January

Well it is here....LN...I'm off to bed...

Morning....if there are white rabbits out there...you'd hardly spot them.....there's still snow on the ground, car needs digging out and you know those mornings when there's a glimmer of hope left in last night's ashes and you nurse it carefully when all the time your common sense tells you to take it apart and start again.  Bit like a love affair that's passed it's sell by date.  Eventually it got there and it took about an hour to get that hot water bubbling through the system.  It might not be me...the wind's changed round and is coming from Siberia and I don't think it's going to get above freezing today.

To horse....first wood chopping, I've run out of the small stuff after this mornings fiasco and I haven't even started on lighting the little one until I have more supplies.  Then the car needs out, well one of them at least...
Logged Offline
Site E-mail Private Message
Elsa Peters
January 1, 2012, 3:51pm Report to Moderator

Diary Admin
Posts: 4,359
Gender: Female
Posts Per Day: 1.10
Location: Mobile!
Sunday continued

Cars dug out, well one and a half...the Beast can wait.  Drive and terraces clear and I still didn't manage to get the small stuff chopped but the fires going and tomorrow is another day.

So what did I get up to?  I went up the ladder in the wreck to salvage my sweeping brush to clear the terrace and then it struck me how much snow there was up there....arggghhhh.  I reckoned it would probably have caused a flood in the down rooms so yes...my task for today should I choose to accept it was to clear a lot of the snow from the wreck. Armed with a shoved, up the ladder I went and decided to take a picture before I started.  Well you know what it's like...you look at it and think you could have always done better ...well you don't but that little voice inside you does...and now I have the proof.  It's not totally clear....I need to go back up there tomorrow to finish it off but at least that white stuff that is now outside won't be melting inside.

Turned into a very sunny day today with an OK sunset.  I took it first from the garden near to the outside toilet but then caught it from the kitchen terrace about half an hour later....that's the beauty of being out here...you just have to catch the moment.

Supper tonight is spag. bol. left over from last night and out of wine so finishing off the beer and then it might be a Brandy nightcap....those new brandy glasses are super but I think the contents evaporate from them...well just my opinion....

Monday tomorrow...it's supposed to be foggy but not sure if I'll get a phone call from the men....it's not going to be a bad day when it lifts.  I'll wait and see....LN....it's been a good day and where's that bath when you need it...I've shifted loads of the white stuff today.... ....



Attachment: my_little_visitor_last_night_878.jpg
Size: 44.20 KB

Attachment: so_angelic_75.jpg
Size: 46.10 KB

Attachment: with_her_parents_9950.jpg
Size: 60.27 KB

Attachment: gouljan_that_didnt_want_me_to_post_it_2102.jpg
Size: 46.42 KB

Attachment: one_and_a_half_dug_out_3261.jpg
Size: 65.07 KB

Attachment: lot_of_snow_up_here_516.jpg
Size: 73.75 KB

Attachment: view_from_the_top_1412.jpg
Size: 79.16 KB

Attachment: sunset_egh_6376.jpg
Size: 78.97 KB

Attachment: see_you_tomorrow_3719.jpg
Size: 77.56 KB

Logged Offline
Site E-mail Private Message Reply: 1 - 58
linda g
January 1, 2012, 7:28pm Report to Moderator
Big Poster
Posts: 64
Posts Per Day: 0.02
I know I am a bit late. But Happy New Years Elsa. Hope it will be good for us both. Love the pics of the snow, but what can I say we are swealtering here, now its gone muggy and cant sleep and in the shower to cool off. Worked over the weekend, but a friend came over to keep me company when I got home from work, and we watched junk on Tv and had some nibbles and talked till midnight, then I rang my daughter here, then Zowie in Austria and my friend got a hold of her kids in various places......its was a quiet night. Take care. Linda.
Logged Offline
E-mail Private Message Reply: 2 - 58
Elsa Peters
January 2, 2012, 6:44am Report to Moderator

Diary Admin
Posts: 4,359
Gender: Female
Posts Per Day: 1.10
Location: Mobile!
Quoted from linda g
I know I am a bit late. But Happy New Years Elsa.
Take care. Linda.


Never too late Linda...it's still 2012...   I picked up your Happy New Year from Facebook...and pleased you enjoyed a restful entrance...mine would have been pretty quiet had it not have been for the late visitors arriving with the food parcel of home made bread, filo stuffed white cheese and baklava.  Forgot to mention that that was my teddy which she named Anisey and it's too close to Anisette that I'm sure I'll remember it.

So today since the bear was such a great success for the little one I'm off to Djebel to try and get her one.  It's cold out there...minus six when I last looked but warmed up a little when the sun popped its little head up but the fog has just managed to annihilate it and the hillside has vanished.  The rest of the roof beckons but I'll leave it for when it gets a little warmer and my brain told me that I should get the big wood burner pipes out and give them the first clean of the new year but that was just after I got the logs burning brightly and the hot water round the radiators in all of twenty minutes this morning....result....

Shower and breakfast, Djebel and teddy, roof and snow....pipes if it really warms up....now that's a sort of plan...well close enough to one....


Logged Offline
Site E-mail Private Message Reply: 3 - 58
Elsa Peters
January 2, 2012, 4:58pm Report to Moderator

Diary Admin
Posts: 4,359
Gender: Female
Posts Per Day: 1.10
Location: Mobile!
Monday continued

Got to Djebel and the shop that I wanted was closed...how dare it...so no photo frame for my pictures of the family but what was on my list?  Not a lot...beer, wine (essentials) and intended to go to the local butchers where only men normally enter to get some mince for the freezer.  How fortunate....Jaylan, brother of my sheep farmer was emerging from the male preserve so I approached him and explained that I wanted two kilos or mince beef...and he said that the butchers wasn't the place but that he would get some from home.  Semile arrived this afternoon...wishing me a Happy New Year and delivered about a kilo and wouldn't accept any payment.  He also delivered a 'dried sausage' that he had made himself and said that it would be delicious with a little red wine. I'll pick my moment for that then....

Other excitement today...I had one of my neighbours frantically knocking on the door wanting my foot pump.  It's all to do with 'children' and she was most grateful that my foot pump worked and hers didn't.  Looked up the road and there were about three cars littering the road.  Maybe she thought that New Year was over and it was time they left.

Phoned the 'library' tonight and told her that the lady who defended Britain against the invaders, no, not Margaret Thatcher...but Bodecia,  was no more.  The books were finished so could she look in the library and bring a selection.  Wednesday has been agreed.

Supper tonight was leek and potato soup with chunks of gammon left over from this mornings breakfast joint ...delicious ...and served with crusty bread and a large glass of the red stuff.  

LN....the temperature has dropped tonight and looks like being a corker.....loads of stars....Don McLean would have a field day out here with his Starry, Starry Nights....tomorrow...student.
Logged Offline
Site E-mail Private Message Reply: 4 - 58
Elsa Peters
January 3, 2012, 3:40pm Report to Moderator

Diary Admin
Posts: 4,359
Gender: Female
Posts Per Day: 1.10
Location: Mobile!
Tuesday 3rd January

Up with the lark at sixish and had this mad dream that Tom Jones had been found dead on a park bench...that's my last night on red wine...well for this week anyway.  Really vivid it was and so much so that I looked it up on the news as soon as I became compus mentis....found no blaring news items so realised then that I must have dreamt it.  

Got the kitchen wood burner going so that there was some heat in the house being minus six outside and as promised to myself yesterday...large wood burner pipes dismantled by seven, cleaned by seven fifteen, wood burner thoroughly cleaned and everything reassembled and ready to go by eight.  Little one was belting out so by the time that the sun came up, there was no need to light the biggie.  My windows just trap anything that the sun chooses to throw out and I welcome it.  Saves on logs.  Sat out on my swinging chair this morning for about half an hour in the sun...it was really lovely and the snow was sparkling.

My cmet (local mayor) delivered a letter from my telephone provider today and I am now a member of the 'Business Club'.  Don't know what that gives me apart from two cards to keep in my wallet.  No more fun stuff left over from Christmas lingering in the post office...I am now back to bills and more bills but the beauty is that they are within reach not like in the UK.

Into Djebel this afternoon for my student and we covered 'Hurricanes' which seems rather appropriate now that the UK seems to be undergoing one.  I've been listening to BBC Radio 2 and dear old Bobby with the weather has some rotten stuff to report.  Now back home....biggie lit and pumping hot water round the system.  It has been a beautiful day and tonight is very calm but again the temperature is dropping so throw another log on the fire.  Got guests tomorrow for lunch so that minced been from the sheep farmer is going to come in handy.  Not sure what it will get turned into but it will be loosely based on something with pasta....might even be a lasagne (for which I am well known for in the UK) with lashings of garlic bread.

LN.....the remains of my soup from yesterday is ready so I'm off to eat.   Now what did I say about red wine...I fortunately forgot...



Attachment: beautiful_morning_8336.jpg
Size: 51.95 KB

Attachment: sparkly_snow_6291.jpg
Size: 61.64 KB

Attachment: drive_back_from_djebel_7695.jpg
Size: 82.06 KB

Attachment: my_signpost_2813.jpg
Size: 38.93 KB

Attachment: just_caught_the_sun_3528.jpg
Size: 81.02 KB

Attachment: nice_light_6069.jpg
Size: 64.39 KB

Attachment: moons_up_4275.jpg
Size: 48.27 KB

Logged Offline
Site E-mail Private Message Reply: 5 - 58
Joanna
January 3, 2012, 6:47pm Report to Moderator
Poster
Posts: 35
Posts Per Day: 0.01
Hi Elsa,
Happy New Year from me, only just catching up on your news. So you didn't make it to the UK for Christmas, would have been fun to meet up  , another time perhaps.
You have lots of snow compared to us, we have had a bit that comes and goes and is rather slushy, not good. Hopefully we will have enough of the good stuff to be able to ski but not enough to worry some of our friends out on their farms.
Logged Offline
E-mail Private Message Reply: 6 - 58
Elsa Peters
January 4, 2012, 4:14pm Report to Moderator

Diary Admin
Posts: 4,359
Gender: Female
Posts Per Day: 1.10
Location: Mobile!
Quoted from Joanna
Hi Elsa,
Happy New Year from me, only just catching up on your news. So you didn't make it to the UK for Christmas, would have been fun to meet up  , another time perhaps.
You have lots of snow compared to us, we have had a bit that comes and goes and is rather slushy, not good. Hopefully we will have enough of the good stuff to be able to ski but not enough to worry some of our friends out on their farms.


And a Happy New Year to you too Joanna.....hope you enjoyed the Christmas holidays with your family.  As for me.....kept the home fires burning...England will be later on in the year for me...I have a whole raft of birthdays at the end of January and February and as you say...there will be other times....and as for the snow...this year it's just as it should be...cold nights and beautiful days but there is more of the white stuff supposed to be heading our way in the next couple of days.

So what have I been up to today?   I dug out the rest of the logs that didn't get split from under the snow and brought them under the front door terrace.  I stuck a huge one on the fire last night with three lumps of coal and it was still going this morning and lasted until one this afternoon.  Hence my idea is to dry the others out and if it threatens to be loads of minuses on the thermometer, to do the same as I did last night.....it only really has to tick over during the day if the weather stays as it is.  The library arrived at about twelve...we sampled a small beer and had spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread for lunch.....lovely day.  Avatar came round with my next door neighbour when we were sitting down to lunch so I dragged them in against their wishes, not wanting to impose, and showed them the crochet blanket that my librarian had given me for Christmas.  They were both suitably impressed.

The library also needs to get connected to the internet so I was showing them my service provider stuff and demonstrating how easy it is to use....I think they'll be heading off in the next few days to get sorted.  I suppose it gets to be a bit of a lifeline.  I have such good friends on this and my other favourite site that there is no way that you feel isolated.

Quick update tonight...the connection has been very poor all day and I want to get this posted before I lose it...LN.....kitchen all tidied away, four books delivered, beer poured so it's good night from me....



Attachment: this_ones_for_danuta_5999.jpg
Size: 38.31 KB

Attachment: from_my_desk_8579.jpg
Size: 41.64 KB

Attachment: breakfast_time_9623.jpg
Size: 57.72 KB

Logged Offline
Site E-mail Private Message Reply: 7 - 58
50
January 4, 2012, 4:44pm Report to Moderator
Guest User
Thanks Elsa.  Just love it, so atmospheric!!    
Logged
E-mail Reply: 8 - 58
Elsa Peters
January 4, 2012, 5:00pm Report to Moderator

Diary Admin
Posts: 4,359
Gender: Female
Posts Per Day: 1.10
Location: Mobile!
Quoted from 50
Thanks Elsa.  Just love it, so atmospheric!!    


Thought you might not have seen it for a while....keep warm in your new finger-less gloves...maybe you could do with some fingered ones since your 'electrics' are on low power.

As I've said before...I have time to stop and observe here and the camera is always at the ready just for that special moment....now back to the serious stuff....my glass is empty...the beer has evapourated....
Logged Offline
Site E-mail Private Message Reply: 9 - 58
6 Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 » All Recommend Thread
Print

My Diary by Elsa Peters (only location)

Thread Rating
There is currently no rating for this thread