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MikeyB
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I can't believe that rust bucket of a bus stop hasn't been painted yet!  
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Saturday 20th July

Neither can I Mikey B but having said that I've badgered both political parties and now I think they are seeing who can get the price at a discount.  I shall eventually paint it myself I know with psychedelic paint and let them worry about it....hahaha.  And I'm taking it that my invitation is still in the post....

Busy day.  My morning started at five thirty by taking in last night's washing, digging over the little house flower bed and removing the weeds, firing up the lawn mower and using it until it ran out of fuel and it was still only seven thirty.  I felt like I'd done a day already.  Guests today so I peeled loads of potatoes for potato salad, onions and carrots and shredded a cabbage that was gong to be coleslaw but I never put it all together since one of my guests had an egg allergy and I thought that it would be better if I left it as single ingredients and she could please herself.  Dug up some beetroot and boiled it and it is delicious...picked tomatoes and a cucumber so nice and fresh from my own garden.    Way to go....

Guests arrived at ten thirty...Librarian's car into the garage for a brake problem and I did the chauffeuring.  Guests made themselves at home..tea coffees, etc and I carried on with the lunch when we came back and we had chicken wings, sweet and sour pork and spicey sausage fried off with onions.  Food to die for but let's hope they don't.  We started off outside but then I had issues with the flied and so moved the table into the hall and there was plenty of room and food.  Finished off with melon and the remains of the pineapple from the sweet and sour with cream.....nice day.

Back to the garage to pick up the car at three and it has to go back on Wednesday for new disks on the front but the brakes are much better than they were.  Sat around for the afternoon selecting sun or shade as was the preference and went of to Studen Kladenets lake further up my village for a walk and a sit down by the water.  

Now I must think of packing...my other visitor arrives at midnight tonight and busy day tomorrow with architects and translator with Gouldjan filling the bill nicely.  Kitchen tidy and furniture back where it should be....I've had a lovely day and I'm on the same plane as most of my guests on Tuesday....we'll say fond farewells at Gatwick....LN
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Sunday 21st July

Well Sunday is supposed to be my day of rest but it has been far from that.  Last night I sat out waiting for my guest to arrive on the evening flight into Sofia and driving down.  It was a beautiful moon but it was about one when he arrived.  We chatted for a while, off to my virtuous couch and awoke this morning at six thirty so straight out into the garden with the hose pipe, cup of coffee and our day began at about eight.  Breakfast of tomatoes on toast and into the car by nine twenty to pick up Gouldjan as an interpreter for the day.  Lunch in Momchilgrad, architects arrived late but they achieved a lot and quotes worked out over supper in a restaurant.  

Gouldjan safely returned to home and another beer underway to aid the decision process but thank goodness they are not mine to make but it did take me back a bit.  Tomorrow looks like being busy too and I really must think about packing a suitcase for the UK be it only a small one.  After all I have loads of clothes there even though some are stored at my daughters

Thunderstorm today and no need to water the garden tonight.....rain clouds hanging over the hills....so let's hope it picks up for tomorrow....LN



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Monday 22nd July

What a manic day today.  Started at four thirty when the battery on my phone started to wind down and the blasted thing started bleating at me.  So lights on low not to upset my guest but managed to find the end of the appropriate charger and job was a guddun.  Played a bit of DS and read for a while but then up at six generally pottering and moving plants around so that my Avatar didn't have to worry too much about watering the things while I am in England.

So England my England for eight days and I'm leaving at six in the morning so it's a bit of a rush to the finishing post.  I'm leaving with my guest since he is on the flight to Manchester and me to Gatwick and Sofia here we come.

Today everything was cooking on gas.  He has brought a property here as you may have gathered and we got the forms completed for the electricity....had a survey by the waterboard for his inlet pipe and that is arranged, went to see the office that sold him the property in Momchilgrad and found out phone numbers to hand to the architect, opened a bank account and bought him a sim card for when he is over here...And all that by lunchtime.  Picked up Gouldjan and her sister from Djebel and deposited them at their house by three thirty and then it was time to relax.  I've still to do my packing but supper is over and the kitchen finished and toilets cleaned ready for leaving the place for eight days,

So now it is time to head to the bedroom and start sorting 'stuff'.  Such a beautiful full moon tonight and my guest has taken lots of photos but no time tonight to get them from his camera and on to my computer...I'm cooking on gas and all systems are go.  LN...the next update will be from the UK...so it's goodnight from me...LN
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So excited for you. Have a great trip!

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Tuesday 23rd July

Slept really badly waiting for the alarm...and I beat it.  Got out of bed just before five this morning, had a shower, dressed for the flight back and made enough noise so that I woke up the guest and it was fighting for space in the kitchen for the morning brew.  So we left at six this morning and we were at the airport for just before nine....I'm sure that journey gets less the more times that you do it but it's a beautiful run through Assenograd and over the mountain pass.  Met up with the Librarian at the airport since her visitors were leaving this morning, boarded on time and said farewells to my visitor since he was on the Manchester flight and hour after mine.  

One thirty arrival in Gatwick and I'd booked seat 7c with easyJet but fortunately no one had booked 7a or 7b so I had the whole row to myself and stretched out.  Unfortunately I hadn't got a big enough jumper to put over the armrest to make it comfortable but I dog dozed, dropped the kindle on the floor a few times...but managed to stay awake for most of it.  Arrived promptly in Gatwick, over to the south terminal and to the railo station and onto the two ish and down home.  Got picked up in Brighton, got stuck into sorting out the debris and got boxes together for Princess to take what she wants from or to throw.  Another whole day of sorting tomorrow and I shall be fine.

Thanks Chris...I hope I have time to relax and enjoy.  This trip is rather emotional and cathartic....but needs to be done. When I come back with my student on the 7th August...all will be resolved...hopefully.  Goods and chattels that need to move on should be gone,,,,,and the rest to chriay shops....that onlyoperate wem the sun is shining...LN

So supper was chicken with roasties, I managed to find a bottle of cider in Lidls that was looking very lonely on the shelf........and now the bottle is looking a little worse for wear.

LN...I've lost a couple of hours today in the flight timetables so I'm early to bed and I should be up at four this morning with a determination to do everything....LN....I hope you all have a reasonable sleep...
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Wednesday 24th July

I was wrong...it was four thirty when I woke up and got into action trying not to wake anyone else up.  Now the last time I was over I tried hard to find my duffle coat and I searched everywhere.....and this morning I found a box of my stuff that had been stored and on the box written....blue duffle coat and others.  Now it's not in my handwriting so it wasn't me.....and the other person is just not owning up to it at the present time so I need to get the assistance of a handwriting specialist....   

So back to work with a J-cloth and bowl...a woman's work is never done...   Catch you later....
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Thursday 25th July

What a night...I was hopping around at various times with cramp of all things in both legs.  Three times out of bed and worse than I have ever had it before.  Six thirty wake up and there is just a little more to do on the upstairs before I'm off with my daughter buying the final gastronomic delights for the camping expedition.  Now I've not done this for a long time so I'm wondering if I have to pack the salt cellar for the slugs and snails that have a habbit of finding refuge on the outside of the tent overnight.  Not my favourite species of wild life.  Asked my daughter what to pack....we're apparently walking to Bodium Castle on one outing but I failed to ask how far it was from the campsite....must remember to drop that in round the cans of baked beans this morning.

So have one good bag for the local charity shop out of yesterdays clear up...one huge bag for the tip and the paper recycling is nearly full.  It was strange for me here....my normal is to stick it in a bag and go to my burning pit on the hillside and just get rid of it...England my England.....no....Bulgaria my Bulgaria has a better ring to it....

Now to start the day....
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Thursday continued

Out with my daughter shopping and we were both wearing the same coloured tops which was a surprise for both of us.  It was like rolling back the clock as we pulled into Asda carpark but I was shocked at how rude and self centred a lot of the people seemed to be.  I have been out of it for a while but the fervour with which some rammed the trolleys round the aisles had to be seen to be believed.  We left with our camping supplies and went over to Newhaven to Halfords to complete the list and then back to her home to see my grandson who has shot up in the last six months and is now a head taller than I am.  I had to stand on tiptoes to cuddle him and I'm not sure who was cuddling who....   

So tomorrow morning we have set nine thirty as the deadline but the umbrellas have been packed already.  Saturday is supposed to be the worst day weather wise with extreme warnings so I've charged up both camera batteries...there might be some good shots to be had.  Home now and bed calls.  I've had a nap in front of the tv already and at nine thirty my time I don't think I can stay awake any longer.  I'm not used to watching a square or rectangular thing in the corner.....I don't have tv at home and now I know why.  Off to bed with the kindle....just a quieter way of living...LN
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Friday 26th July

Packed for camping and taking my camera and laptop in the hope that I can get something reported over the next few days....if not bear with me.....updates will be as and when.  May be the weather will be kind but if not we'll just have to hit the supplies instead of going out for them....enjoy your weekends...mine is starting in about five minutes...
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