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Elsa Peters
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Thursday 9th May

Stupid night....I had cramp and don't know whether it was down to the beer or that the temperature had dropped somewhat and I'd gone to bed in summer jymjams and no socks.  Tonight I'm in thermals and bugger the fact that it said that it's summer.

Felt so rough this morning after such a restless night and my ear was fuzzy so at ten I went back to bed and got up at twelve.  Very unusual for me but the weather was naff and it was raining.  Started to prepare my lesson for my student and suddenly it was one forty and I was now panicking.  Got it printed up, out to Beauty and no go....I suppose I should have taken it out earlier after it was jumped into life the other night but hey...I forgot.  So out came the Beast from its home and the fact that it starts on the first turn is music to my ears...well one of them at least...the second one doesn't seem to respond to much at the moment.  Into Djebel and the first thing that my student's mum said to me was that the lad was ill, had been dosed up and that set the tone for the lesson.  He'd done his homework, we did the text in quicksticks, he answered the questions and got the tenses right so thought that I'd save the rest for another day.

Down to the shop....thought about staying but wanted to get home.  The cash-point had money in so I'm not existing on fresh air ....went out to the garden and decided that there were so many dandelions that an hour with the fork wouldn't go amiss so dug up about one hundred and packed it in.  Lit the bonfire, lit the house fire, made a chicken sort of coq au vin with the remains of the chicken and the mushrooms that I was going to do something with last night and I didn't.  Added rice and that's ready when I am which will be in about five minutes.  Tommy licked his lips as I headed up the road with the dish and demolished the carcass....he's such a super dog.

Was going over to the Librarians tonight but must get Beauty sorted tomorrow.....and with a dodgy ear I'm not much company....supper calls....I've got a new book that I've started but I won't slag it off at the moment...I'll give it a further five percent....LN..seven my time and the night is young and I've got to seek out my thermals... ...LN



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Friday 10th May

Fell asleep in the chair last night at about nine so knew that it would be a disturbed night.  Three thirty, read until five and then out until seven so not so bad.  Toast on the terrace...sort of has a ring to it....a bit of a chilly start but warmed up nicely.  A few clouds came over this lunchtime but not anything to worry about...white and high.

So you know how I said yesterday that I visualised lots of jobs and did nothing....well I pushed myself today without really trying.  Got two tins of laq yesterday and today have applied one and a half cans to my front gates and now they look the dogs b..s  The little one went up first originally and the long one was a different colour because the wood was new...now they're both the same.  Came in and had tuna mayo on toast with a little beer and then ignored the warning that you shouldn't operate machinery after taking in alcohol but that was the only way I was going to tackle the lawn.  Done and dusted...the grass is still too long down the bottom of the garden but the strimmer should take care of it....but not today.

So on to the garden....parsnips, mixed chilies, leeks, red cabbage, ornamental gourds and honeydew melons are all in.  Again I spent another hour digging up dandelions....I'd like to ask where they all come from but you'll give me the obvious answer....seeds... so I won't ask.

Supper is the remains of last nights with curry powder added.....there's a lovely evening glow on the garden and it's guaranteed a hot sunny day tomorrow.  Jobs complete...I might even go and play tomorrow....LN....



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Saturday 11th May

Six thirty start and went out the the garden to enjoy the morning with a coffee.  Pottered around, visualised getting out the scythe and flattening the garden since my technique is not the best but my saviour was at hand.  The Librarian phoned to say that one of the lads in her village was eager for work and could he come and scythe down my garden....Could he....and she offered to bring him over, provide lunch and we could sit and watch him work.  She brought over her strimmer and he started with that but the clover wrapped itself round the blade so off I went to my Avatar to see if I could borrow her scythe.  Now  mine works but the handle dropped off and while Bekir found the time to mend my Avatars...he never quite found the time to mend mine...

So the lad took to the hand held and did OK but decided that he would revert to the mechanical for the easy bit that has less clover and more grass.  So he started, it stopped, he played around with a screwdriver and fiddled with the air intake, even brought out mine which is similar and removed the plug from it, broke my spanner, and then I decided he had played around enough and suggested that tomorrow is another day.  If he'd have stuck to the mechanical aid it would have been more or less finished but as it stands...he and a mate are coming over with my Librarian as the chauffeurs....to finish the job tomorrow.  I've offered the grass to several in the village but no one seems to want it.....so over the fence it goes....the animals can have a take-a-way all you can eat brunch....

Dug over the side beds now that I can see them and flowers will be planted in due course.  I have so many seedlings that I need to bring on in already established gardens that it's a matter of sorting the good out from the bad.  So I've said enough...I've got to go and water my garden before inertia sets in....LN....had a good lunch so one more gin and tonic and that will see me through...lovely night tonight.....crickets doing their stuff  and warm as you like.....LN



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Sunday 12th May

So last night's moon was in totally the wrong place....I went into the second bedroom to grab a blanket to put on the bed since the temperature had dropped and looked out and was surprised to see it where it was.  I'm so used to seeing it from my bedroom or from the landing or over the garage in the morning that I had to capture it.  Not sure what the biggie is over it but I'm sure one of my star-gazing enthusiasts would know.

Six o'clock start this morning .  Stuck my nose out to sniff the air and it smelt cold so brought it in again and shut the door.  Grabbed a coffee and out onto the bedroom terrace to grab the sun and already the temperature is rising despite a smattering of cloud cover which keeping fingers crossed will burn off.  I've got two boys today and this time with scythes.  No one is going within inches of the two strimmers without they have pieces of paper to certify that they are qualified strimmer mechanics.  To horse...student at ten this morning and need to get a text prepared.  Catch you later.....have a good day...



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Sunday update....

Early start for the boys...they were over by just before nine and the first nob was to get Beauty road worthy again with the jump leads and ...success.  It meant that I didn't have to get the big one out for my student.

Fried tomatoes on toast for breakfast and then I'm off to Djebel for my student leaving the Librarian with full run of the house and what did she do...got her head down while the boys were working away.  Had a good lesson. lunch with the family but picked up enough for lunch for those that had to remain and next week no lesson.  It is the Djebel fete.....breakfast with my family, off to the fair and we'll see how it goes from there on.

The boys done good so to speak.  They've cut down all of the using their own strength and cleared the grass over the fence and on to the hillside.  It would have been good pickings for someone in the village but no one wanted to do it so tough.  It now means that I can go over it with the lawnmower and keep it controlled...until next year.  Came back from Djebel with some five kilogram plastic containers that will be super for the workshop...they're all washed out and drying on the terrace.  Also brought some back for the Librarian for growing her herbs in.....Thirty one containers for nine leva....just about four pounds...rude not to.

Men packed up at five thirty more or less....staked the tomatoes with some new plastic rods since I couldn't get the wooden ones into the soil.  Delivered the scythe back to my Avatar and I've promised to mow her lawn tomorrow weather permitting.   Off down to pour another beer...supper was a toss up between spicey sausage or fish fingers and the fish fingers won.  LN....my tummy is full but my glass is empty....I have a mission to complete...LN



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Monday 13th May

Six o'clock start, super morning and sat outside having my coffee and watching the starlings having a field day on the newly cropped grass.  It's feeding time for the chicks and they're all so busy.

Struggled this morning to find a text for my boy but eventually came up with one and printed it out and also printed out the different  verbs types that they learn about but of which I have no idea since I don't even remember learning them....So off to the lesson in my little Beauty and struck first time.  Gave a lift into Djebel to my Avatar's daughter in law and grand-daughter and we agreed a lift off time back to the village by twelve.  I told them I would leave the car in the carpark but unfortunately Djebel was full so to speak.  I didn't mention that it was the national elections yesterday, so there were bus loads of people up to vote and all of them were buying up the local supermarket to stuff into the coach for their return journey.  The lesson turned out funnier than I thought.  The story was good and there was a punch line about wine that had been added to by his dissatisfied wife falling into the wine press and telling all his friends that she had decided to go back to where she had come from.  I made a joke about the wine being full-bodied but I'm not sure if it went over his head......his homework...learn about four pages of words from the text and be able to use them in sentences....that should keep him quiet.

Picked up by return trippers and we stopped off at the other supermarket at the end of town and my Avatar is now the proud possessor of lots of goodies that should last her all year.  The daughter in law has stocked her up and if I run out of anything...I'm off to her 'shop'.  Arriving back I noticed that there were a crowd of locals in my neighbour's garden and I was invited to join them.  Now my car had it's engine running and they were waving me in to I asked them to wait and I'd take my car home first and then join in the fray...yoghurt drink, stuffed vine leaves, pancakes and stuff to coat them with, cheese and a rice dish that I left well alone, orange fizzy drink for those that wanted it and we finished with Turkish tea that I'm beginning to like.  I suppose I'm still a novelty.  A lot of the women I recognised from the ladies get-together from last month but I'm intrigued from the expressions on their faces when they burst forth into Turkish.  I just wish I could understand them fully...I get the gist but it's not the same.

Back home, said my farewells and sat on the sofa facing the front door and noticed that all those dark clouds that skirted us yesterday had headed back and so the washing came in in a hurry.  I'd made plans to do my Avatar's lawn this afternoon but it turned so cold and damp that it will keep for another day.  Fire lit, I'm battened down and there is a hoot-toot at my gate so I went out thinking it was the post but it was a man that started to gabble on freely in Bulgarian so I asked him to slow down and explained that I was English.  Immediately the female driver started to talk to me in English and asked if there was a shop in the village.  I said that there wasn't and the main reason for them coming to the village was to see if there were any people willing to collect...wait for it...snails so that they could import them to Kardjali.  Now my immediate reaction was to wonder if it was an opening for me but since I can't even pick them up...frayed knot...so to speak.

Supper I haven't a clue, a two litre of Merlot has been uncorked, my guest arrives on Wednesday so I've a house to clean and beds to sort so tomorrow is going down in the diary as an Activity day.  At least his first job isn't to cut the grass...it's down....but he might have to tackle two strimmers....   LN....I think I've left you with enough for today saying that there are no pickies....LN
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Tuesday 14th May

I have no pictures...the stork flew over at nine of the clock and no camera to hand...I was on the phone to England or rather England was on the phone to me...cheaper that way.

I have spent seven hours on the wrong end of a garden fork today clearing out the rest of the clover from the flower beds and walkways.  I would say 'beds' but a few of you who shall remain nameless would have jumped on it immediately.  My only interlude today was to take my Avatar's daughter into Djebel.  She asked if I was going and I said that I wasn't but then she put forward a case that I should drop everything and take her in.  So I had a quick wash, got out of my pyjamas and got dressed for town. Stand up loos with a dodgy knee aren't all that good so we were searching for one of the sit-down variety and we were successful.  Tomorrow it appears that I'm also providing cement so that the job can be done...there is no end to the goodies in my shop.

As I said, not much to report today.  Daughter in law asked if she could accompany me to Kardjali tomorrow when I go to pick up my guest....I said that I didn't want to be tied down to time and it would be better another day...she took it well.

Supper on the terrace with a glass of the red stuff....the weather has been cool but good for gardening and the rain stayed away.  Housework tomorrow morning just to spruce the place up a bit...all bed linen complete and the slow cooker might even be on ready for when we get home.  LN....it will be like Christmas here...seeing what he's brought me from good old UK...LN
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Hi Elsa, Pics are great, and have you managed to find the sweets yet??...lol.  Say hello to your guest if its the one we met. Mom sends her best. Take care Linda.xxx
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Wednesday 15th May

Heck no sweeties to date...checked but seems most of them get exported and are too good for locals.....I'll try Plovdiv when I go there later this month.  As for my guest...yes it is the one that you met and boy have I got a work schedule for him...

Worked in the garden this morning and put off cleaning the house until the last minute.  I was invited for breakfast to my Avatar's house and we had Metitsa or yeasty pancakes and jam syrup washed down with the local yogurt drink.  The daughter in law was trying to coerce me into telling her the time that I was leaving for Kardjali so that she could have a life.  I agreed on two thirty but then had to go and dig her out and it was a good job that we took the Beast.  There wouldn't have been enough space for passengers.  So off we set and as we drove through Djebel I had to stop off at the doctors and now I'm beginning to feel like a chauffeur.  On to Kardjali and to the daughters digs to unload the stuff and then on to the television shop to get my Avatar a new view screen box but at this point I made her aware that I too had things to do in Kardjali.  Carried on to the bank and set up my standing order for the water board, telephone call received to tell me that my guest is sitting in the cafe enjoying the sun and a cup of fruit tea.  Back to the cafe, on to Billa to stock up with food, Lidl called and back to Djebel and home sweet home.  Lots of changes since he was here last time....and think it looks great.

Supper over, just lit a fire to give it that homely touch.....wine on the go and update and then chats by the fire...LN....as I've said before ...my glass is down and I am up....LN
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Thursday 16th May

Woke up at five this morning and the bedside light was still on...maybe one too many red wines so switched everything off and went back to sleep until sevenish....Went out and watered the garden and my guest was calling in the sheep so I left him too it.  Breakfast eventually was fried tomatoes on toast which I've not had for a while and then head down working on the wrong end of a fork for a few hour.  Plants from England have been either allocated space in the garden or put into containers so that I can watch their progress.

Off to see my student this afternoon and we chuckled about the Winepress story and I must look out for some more by the same author.  Home for about four and took up with my trusty fork again and cleared the flower bed in front of A's bedroom in the little house and tomorrow out with the strimmer to finish off round the edges before it's time to mow the top part of the lawn again.  Sorry no pictures....I've just been too busy today.  Supper was chicken with sauteed potatoes and onions and yogurt and fruit to finish on.  I'm leaving the wine tonight while my guest is going for it.  I've settled for beer.  Watered the garden but it feels like it might be raining tomorrow,  I think he has brought the English weather with him.....if it doesn't clear up......he's having a short holiday...

Fire going more for effect than need...late tonight...apologies all round and definitely photos tomorrow...... LN....I've got a guest to entertain.....
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