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Elsa Peters
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Friday 10th August

Don't know why I put yesterday's entry as Friday but it just felt like it I suppose.  It's all to do with my student and me breaking up for the weekend.  So now it is Friday and not Saturday and my Beast is MOT'd and good for another year so he tells me at the garage.  Everything was assembled to go except for the local tax document and so twenty minutes of searching found it where is wasn't suppose to be but for this time I had all that the man required.

My Avatar's daughter is over from Turkey so it was a job lot this morning into Kardjali.  I picked up the daughter and three of the grandchildren, stopped off at the granddaughter's house in Djebel for something and off we set.  I pulled into the parking lot and we agreed that two o'clock would be a good time to assemble the troops and I've had a very nice morning thank you.  As I said Beast done and they even take photos of the vehicle via the computer...so sophisticated....and all details entered into the computer.  It's a step forward from the old days when you could have an MOT without even taking your car to the garage.  Job done, went to Billa to top up on coffee, over to the Leva shop for some pegs and a couple of other items that I couldn't live without, went to my second hand dress shop and picked up a couple of tops for eight leva.  Moved the car to the parking meeting place and down to the market stopping off at my art shop to check out my next future purchases and on to the market for some peaches, red onions and tomatoes and a couple of English books from the bookshop.  Found the Mayor of Casterbridge that I had read ages ago and Phantom of the Opera that I have never read.  Two weeks out of mischief.

Everyone safely gathered in at two and down to Lidl for a few essential supplies.  On to Djebel where they had to have a document translated but because the name had been written over it was thought to be a fake so they wouldn't do it and as we were leaving Djebel there was a request to go to the end of village supermarket and who should I see there but Bekir.  He looked very well and is obviously not pushing himself too hard but to be honest it is far too hot for them to work for me.....I don't want three hour siestas....I'll wait until September or October for the fun to start again.

Shopping unpacked, five of the clock, first German Premium Pils underway from Lidl and it looks like it's sweet and sour pork and potato wedges tonight when I get my act together....I'll maybe take a photo if it turns out alright.

Weather today...close as you like...we could do with a thunderstorm to clear the air....here's hoping.    D.V.
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August 11, 2012, 5:38pm Report to Moderator

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Saturday 11th August

Lovely lazy start and the promised rain and thunderstorm weren’t imminent at nine of the clock.  Caught up on last night's Olympics and phoned the Library to say that I hadn't gone back to UK and the librarian came up with the suggestion that they could pick me up at ten thirty and we could head into one of the hotels around Kardjali Lake for a spot of lunch and a swim.  Now this seemed like a really good idea to me...exercise and weather permitting all seemed possible.

Ten thirty we were on the road, straight up to one of the hotels that I haven't been to before, the sun came out, lunch was ‘bitsas’, where we all picked at each others washed down with the inevitable beer.  After that we gingerly moved down to the pool area and one by one headed up but the junior member of the family we got in.  It was cold but as with most pools, after a while it was OK and as the clouds came over and the wind from the lake increased, it was warmer in the pool but in dribs and drabs we exited, ordered the coffee and sat around.  Lovely afternoon.  We did the tour of the lake and the village that I had never been to before but when I noticed that one of the houses was called 'Casa...' I wondered if I had slipped to the other end of Europe and the design looked very like those of that particular country.  Saw a very funny bird on a perch down from the hotel.  It allowed me to get very close and opened its eye, dropped a poop and went back off again.  I was amazed at the length of its beak.

Drove into Kardjali and we found ourselves in my art shop and yes....I have the two metal pictures that I have looked at for a while.  I am now on bread and water for the rest of the month but pictures will be taken later when they are in situ.  I actually got commission from the lady....she likes me...I am a good customer and I bring other English in there.

Lidl stop off on the way home and all that I could afford was a packet of biscuits and some washing up liquid.  I have realised that I have already paid the telephone and internet bill delivered on Thursday by my Kmet so I am quids in.  I've been threatened with another swimming regatta before they go home...will have to go into training.  As for supper...not interested in much...lunch was good.  The clouds seemed to be rolling over tonight so perhaps I need to get my onions under cover....it's supposed to be heavy rain tomorrow but it was supposed to rain today which hasn't happened yet.  

LN…this is a mare to try to load so I am hoping it will do it this time….LN



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Saturday update

Can I just add my congratulations to Mo Farah for a fantastic gold medal in the 5000 meters to add to his gold metal in the 10000...Well done you....LN
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And continued

Fantastic....



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Sunday 12th August

Early start...and it's raining but not enough to do any good to the soil.  Went out with my trusty weeding fork and dislodged a few of the really deep rooted ones from the vege patch and the top garden but my crava mush was waiting in the wings so I invited him to attack my plum tree and provided him with a bag for the use of.  There are loads on there.  Last year I made jam and I still have it in the kitchen unused so what is the point of making more.  I don't eat enough of it.  I must also check out the pear tree and see if he wants some of those as well.  That has done much better than last year.

The weather cleared up this afternoon but I have been inside catching up on the final count down of the Olympics with the finale this afternoon in the modern pentathlon.  Verbal coverage was good but why can't they show the videos...all I get is that it can't be shown in my area....I'm a Brit you know...

I have a grudge against Mtel...why do they want to charge me extra for a speedier service when it means nothing to them.  All they do is connect me...surely it costs no more and they want five leva...which is very little ....but if it is so little ,,,,why do they want it.  I don't remember signing up for any speed when I took out the connection.  Some days it was fast, others it was slow but it all depended on weather.  Now for some unknown reason they are offering me a fast service but if you read the small print....it might not be as good as anticipated.  Tomorrow I must phone them and ask them what it's all about.  The Google translate paints a picture but it's more like looking at a Picasso....takes some unraveling.

Supper was spicey sausage with honey, tomatoes and pasta followed with almost a packet of crunchy biscuits which I have just managed to turn aside from.  The peaches that I bought on Friday after trimming were desert but a lot of 'trimming' took place.  Bruised very easily they did.

Back to the Olympics count down.  All the competitions are over and now it's just the hand over for Rio....think I might make it to that one...well what a holiday that would be.

LN.....early to be....that swimming yesterday took it out of me....
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Monday 13th August

Which feels a lot like Sunday.  So what have I achieved today...sweet bugger all.  I did water the garden this morning even though it looked black over Pamporovo, ran a line of washing though the machine and played on the computer until lunchtime.  Unfortunately a half packet of biscuits got in the way of breakfast...well they were breakfast and after playing in the garden for a while the heavens opened and down it came but even though it seemed to be coming down heavy...I've been out there now to dig up a few weeds and it seems to only have scratched the surface....we need more rain.

At about three this afternoon I could hardly keep my eyes open so I toddled from the computer to the bedroom, snuggled up and woke up about two hours later.  I really felt disorientated and looked at the clock and it said five forty and I thought the battery had given up the ghost since it was daylight.  Went downstairs and thought they had both gone the same way and then realised that it was daylight and afternoon not morning....that's Bulgaria or old age for you.

Supper over... fish fingers and chippies but no decent bread to make butties so had to settle for mayo and tomato ketchup...tough out here.  Lost without the Olympics....I'll have to find something else to do and I know where there is a huge heap of stone that wants moving and the floor of the little barn needs my attention before the men return.   Another day me thinks...

Lovely night after the rain...calm, tranquil and the sun is shining....

It's not a bad life out here....LN



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That first picture from saturday is beautiful - it almost looks like a Cezanne painting because of the light.
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Tuesday 14th August

Thanks Tabs...must remember to get the Cezanne painting back to the gallery before they miss it....

Silly o'clock start and it's all due to having a nap yesterday afternoon.  I did remember to put the quilt on the bed last night and as expected, the temperature dropped but I was snuggled up so half asleep and half awake but cosy with it.  Started to circulate at six thirty and the morning seemed to be on a go slow.  Out with my trusty English garden fork at about seven thirty and started digging up weeds from the top bed and some sort of galloping weed that sends out foot long sprawlers and has a deep root. Found lots more of them down the bottom by the septic tank so had a good digging session and burnt the lot.  Polythene bottles are now out for burning...my garage man wants them so that he can sell his oil and now I have an outlet.  Must say though it's a tad embarrassing on how many I'm accumulating but I do need to keep my fluid intake up...

Came in about twelve and prepared for my student.  Had a shower and washed hair and scrubbed up well.  Went to visit my neighbour to see if the daughter wanted to go into  Djebel but I think they had a lot of work on.  She did mention that she no longer is going to keep a cow....it is just too much work for her...I only hope she won't miss the income but as she says...she has no children at home that are interested and the grandchildren are more into Facebook....way of the world.

Went to start Beauty to get into Djebel and nothing...just a click but the Beast started first time...So off to see my student armed with a text from Hans Christian and told him the ending of the story that we had last week.  We did a big of moralising on it or rather I did. The man killed the old hag...had loads of money given to him, there was a genie that he could summon at will, he married a princess and the dogs that were guarding the money in the old tree killed her parents and all of the courtiers and they live happily ever after.  Where's the moral in that?

Came back with my student's dad and he started the little one and drove it back to the garage.  I want it sorting was the cry.  Supper was sweet and sour pork sticks with boiled rice washed down with a little beer just so that I can have another bottle for the oil bank.  I sat outside and realised what a beautiful evening it was.  Took some pickies of sunset and now the crickets are chirping their little socks of if they had any to start with...I'll say LN....I'm about to enjoy a beer outside...



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Tuesday continued

My finished supper didn't post....and that was much better....



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Is that the same glass of beer or a refill?

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