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Elsa Peters
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Sunday 1st April

White rabbits and at least at this time of year you can see them but there was fresh snow on the Greek mountains so let's hope that's where it stays.
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Sunday continued

Lazy morning this morning....dug over one of the newly made beds from last year.  The forsythia has survived along with some of the tall yellow flowers and the grass and weeds have done exceptionally well .  They have all gone now to the compost heap along with the cow droppings from Friday's encroachment.  Gap now filled in and the machine gun post has been reloaded.

The weather turned cold mid morning and I knew it was a day for getting the fire going and closing the door on the world.  The Parson's Daughter is now down to about eighty pages to go and I suddenly remembered that I had agreed to go into Kardjali with Gouljan for dinner but couldn't remember what time I had to pick her up so gave her a ring and brought it forward to five instead of six.  The heavens opened as we set off and looking at the huge puddles on the road it can't have stopped while we were in the restaurant.  Food was very good but I do wish they would hang the veal for a short time before they decided it is fit for table or for shoeing boots.....this could have been used for either.  Salad was very good and it is the first time that I have had tomatoes that were skinned in a salad.....I must say it made such a difference to the flavour.  It's a trick I might try when I make mine.  Stuck to the water tonight....cars and alcohol just don't mix....we fought over the bill and I won again.

Home for nine thirty my time...rain still raining and lots of little frogs leaping across the road as we drove back.  There's a hint of thunder and lightening on the far hillside so I've just drawn the curtains to keep it out and I'll be down to the fire in quicksticks tonight.  Livened it up when I got back but it had held up pretty well....LN.....I've just boiled the kettle and have the makings of a nightcap with a little brandy.....it might be an easy day tomorrow...if it rains I just can't see the men up on the roof....LN
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Hi Elsa,
Looks like progress on house 2. Photo's are great. And hope the weather becomes better for work to be finished. Not much happening here, Mum ok, I have been sick with a head cold turned bronchitus cough, which has kept me off work for a few days. But getting better. Have an enjoyable Easter, and hope the bunnies leave u something nice, instead of eating all your foliage on their way thru..lol

Take care. From us here in OZ...
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Monday 2nd April

So Linda that accounts for all the jokes that you have been sending through....off work for a few days 'recuperating'.   Get well soon and big hugs for mum and you all take care of each other.

What have they got up to today?  And me as well of course.  Slept really well last night and opened my eyes at seven twenty and out on the road by....well it was delayed.  There was frost on the car this morning with no hint of it last night.  I had to scrape it off before I could get going and then it was a good job that I did.  By the saw mill place there was a trailer across the road.  I wasn't really paying much attention at the time until I realised but I could just go off the road, miss it and safely reach the other side.  No warning triangles, nothing.

Men were eager to get here......they covered in the east wing of the roof and then got out that f** packet to alter the design of the dormer roof.  There were mutterings, Sally wasn't convinced, Bekir took a hammer to persuade him that it would work and so off they went.  Bekir did say to me that this morning they were playing and I believe they were.  I strung out my washing and decided that I could occupy myself in the garden taking in the scenic view of the roof without seemingly paying much attention to it.  Lunch came, lunch went, I continued digging over flower beds and planting out shrubs that I'd rooted in water and only started to pay attention when I saw Bekir standing on the top of the dormer.....now it was getting interesting.  I commented that I didn't realise that I had the Olympic Gymnastic team in training and Bekir said that he was 'like a monkey'.

Semile delivered three carrier bags full of meat for Bekir...he said that it was for his friend and they had their general chit-chat about the local government political parties.  They are at opposing ends of the spectrum but Bekir said that all the documents for his sheep are in order and he votes for Europe so that he should get all the grants going...Semile...well what can I say.....he's for the others....   Bekir kindly gave me about a kilo of cow meat and it's in the fridge wanting attention...a job for tomorrow I think.

Roof looking good.  Tomorrow they have titivating to do.....and then on with the wood and hardboard.  Finally the bitumen and then we have a big hunt for second hand roof tiles.  I've got some, know where there are others but will definitely have to buy some.  Called in to see KingDom tonight.  They are off to Sofia tomorrow so I am on taxi duty and they fly out on Wednesday morning.  Sad bunnies and I'm going to miss them.

About to go to the kitchen and work out what I can put with already cooked leeks and potato to make a quick meal.....LN....my brain is being stretched at this point.  I'm sure I'll find something...not starved yet....



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Tuesday 3rd April

I am just too tired to write tonight.  It's been a long day.  I think I have covered more kilometers today than any other and it's been over the same roads.

Picked up the men and brought them to work and coffee for three please.  Printed off the lesson for this afternoon for my student and at 11.30 set off to pick up Kingdom and Annie from their home and into Kardjali with their luggage and I could sense the despondency as they set off and it was nothing to do with my driving or that I took Beauty and not the Beast.  Dropped them at the bus station and then  on to Lidl for a few things namely a chain saw but they had sold out, back to Djebel for my student, got a phone call for another ten kilograms of nails and I just hope that they don't place a giant magnet over my house.  I could imaging them all going skywards and me left with a heap of wood and stone.  Since I was out for such a long time I left the kettle in full view with some instant 3 in 1 Nescafe and told them to make their own if they wanted it.  When I got back there were three cups so I reckoned they had been entertaining the sheep farmer and I was right.  I'm going to call this place Tree Tops Cafe, Bar and Restaurant Grill...got a nice ring to it.

So lesson over, little bit of shopping in Djebel, went home, made another coffee and went down the garden with mine to see how they were doing long view.  The cherry tree needs to be shortened to get the complete picture but otherwise so far so good.  You've heard the response that it is 'our house' not 'my house' and they are building it as such.  Bought them some of the green plastic plant ties as a present and it sat on the back seat of the car.  I'm sure they didn't think it was theirs but taking them home I was invited into the restaurant and bar that they frequent when I drop them off so soda for me and beers for them followed by cheesy chips.  Now what could be nicer except for two plates of cheesy chips.

Finally to Djebel for fuel for tomorrow...yes I know...I should have thought about it before I left Djebel but the brain was not engaged.  Back home now...fire going, last night's leek and potato with the added ham is for supper and is now sitting on the wood burner awaiting attention.  I could invite the village in...there's loads of it apart from the fact that it's ham....my village is Muslim.

So it's goodnight from me and goodnight from ...well there is no one else.....LN....I have supper to see to, another drink to pour and a book that I realise I have read before but since I can't remember the end....I am still with it....LN
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Hi Elsa
Well thats our summer over for another year its snowing here and sticking ime off to make a snowman big huggs G & H  
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Wednesday 4th April

So this morning I read for about an hour and got up at seven and appreciated the leisurely start.  Decided to do my emails before I left and realised that at seven thirty I was still not dressed so got a bit of a move on.  Locked the door whizzed onto the drive and discovered that the bit of concrete that was left over from the men working in the yard earlier in the year, was a greater hazard than I thought it to be.  Toe of clog catches rim of hump, body going faster that interrupted forward velocity of legs, you just know that you are going down but this time I had the sense to go down palms first not knuckles.  Ground was soft....I uttered words that my children don't think I know, picked myself up and swore that the concrete would be no more when I had picked up the men.  Knee has turned a slightly different colour...I don't hurt much but it sort of knocks the wind out of your sails as well as your lungs.  Arrived back in the yard, picks up hammer and it is no more.  Bekir did make a funny saying that I would probably fall down the slight depression the removal had made....I'll risk it.  

Went to return my Avatar's yogurt bowl that I had forgotten about and had a little left over meat for Socks.  She was picking over her strawberry plants and getting them in and my other neighbour was out in the garden weeding.  She called me over and I helped her get the bundle of weeds on to her back and I thought she was taking them to the tip and unexpectedly she headed down the lane and dropped them in Star Mush's hedge.   

Read my book this afternoon and finished the Paterson one about the flying children that I had read before but the details had forsaken me....got another one at the ready but I was called up to the wreck to add detail to how big I wanted the overhang of the roof on the balcony.  Reminded them that it was our house and that they knew best and it's done and dusted. Only one short side of the roof to have hardboard on and then we're on to the bitumen and now it takes shape.  Next job to source more roof tiles since I want second hand not new to match the first house.

My neighbour came round later today and delivered some pumpkin ready cubed.  Now I'm not a great lover of the stuff so I took a little out of the bag but not only was she insistent that I had it all, she followed me into the kitchen, ordered me to get a saucepan out and the sugar and got it going on the gas.  I moved it on to the wood burner when I went to take the men home but I lifted the lid and gave it the nose test and it didn't pass so now it's back in the kitchen awaiting attention.

Supper is the remains of last nights which was the remains of the night before and I ask myself why do I make so much.  Men are not working tomorrow....they have 'winter documents' to get into Kirkovo for the animals but Sally went to great pains to tell me that they could work on Friday.  So down I go to tend the fire, get my supper, pour a glass of the red stuff (first today) and find a new book to read.....LN....I have things to do.



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Good to know your ok and the damage was limited   my what a good looking estate you got I'm not jealous really I'm not    
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Thursday 5th April

Thank you for your kind comments Jackie and for your email.  

This morning I'm hurting.  Not the kind of hurt that 'hurts' but just hurts a bit if you know what I mean.  Aches from yesterday's downward dive that only appear the next day.  Having said that...no men to make coffee for, a good book that I've got into quite quickly and this mornings treasured moment...I have a pair of hoopoes feeding in the garden. They are beautiful crested birds and were quite near the house at one point so I headed for the wreck to get nearer in my socked feet but disturbed them.  Now one bird is back and making its way up the garden but not near enough to get a good shot but I'm watching it now, with the camera at the ready before it's had it's fill of what it feeds on.  I'm going to post the picture I posted last year just so you can see how beautiful they are.

Student this afternoon....about to get a script and a couple of other things to do to keep his attention for one hour or so (well he is a teenager almost).  Having said that I might just watch my bird for a bit longer now that he's attacking my flower bed.





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The roof on the property is looking awesome and that large window has the most wonderful views (I wonder if you'd notice a squatter in there!!)

Might be back over in May to take a look at some places over Smoylan way!
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