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Elsa Peters
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Saturday 15th February

Happy Birthday maternal grandmother...they seem to be coming thick and fast in this month.

Five start so it's getting better so in the next couple of days I should be back to a seven start if my luck holds.  So what have I done today?  Two loads of washing and processed outside.  Once the mist had dried off it has been a lovely day.  The wind was coming from the north so it's been OK but not true spring weather.  I didn't spend a lot of time outside...peg washing out...back to my book...bring washing in and put it to air...sum total.  I did manage to make some more curtain hooks thought to support the hall curtain.  They make them out of plastic here and it goes round the ring and into the curtain but the weight of my hall curtain breaks the little beauties so with a length of wire and my pliers....I made seven this morning, replaced the existing and put more rings on the pole...jobsaguddun....and it looks good and swishes on the pole better than it did,

Got stuck into my book again this afternoon until the mood overtook me to provide myself with sustenance and that came in the form of fish fingers and since I had run out of potatoes I found some potato wedges that did equally as well in the deep fat fryer so with peas...I had supper finished off with a dollop of mayo and tomato sauce.  Lovely day...I think I might have put the cat amongst the pigeons on a friends FB page with my thoughts about God....I'll wait for the fallout.

LN....no photos....very mottled sky tonight with a thin strata of red as the sun went down...student tomorrow and note to self...must buy some wing nuts to keep the new wheels on my old log carrier...LN.
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Sunday 16th February

Six thirty start and over to my student's and pow...she was jumping around looking for a lighter and I hadn't a clue what she wanted it for.  In she brought a little cake with two candles...on it and she wanted to light them for me and they read....18...she didn't want to put the real number on so I reversed them and made it 81 and said that I would keep them safe.  What a lovely sentiment and then I had some perfume that is for use in the summer...so it has to go away.  We didn't have much of a lesson but it is good that we have conversational English and she translates it into Turkish and Bulgarian for the rest of the family so she is doing the exercises as we speak or rather as she speaks.  The parents were working in the garden and it was time to get in the garlic and the onions in and it was a super day to be out there.  It was my intention to get back home and dig over my little plot but one of the neighbours came round to meet the 'Anglechanka' and kept us talking until three thirty.  Stopped off at my favourite restaurant since I'd heard that my restaurant lady was in hospital and she had been but she was out and already working to keep the boat afloat so to speak.  Stayed there until about five...home, fire going, washing started, wine out, no need for supper since I was well fed at lunchtime, sunset tonight was stunning so had to skip out and take a few shots.

So it's been a good day....wall to wall sunshine all day....bit of a nip in the wind but you can't have everything in February....LN....down to the fire and the last of my Jim Butcher...LN



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Happy Birthday Mummy, I hope you have had a lovely day.   Big birthday kisses, Princess xxx
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Monday 17th February

Thank you my Princess...I've just got back from celebrating it with my seven year old birthday buddy and her family.....it's been a good day apart from the lack of post.  Thank you for your big birthday kisses...and as we always say...no tongues...

One of those silly nights when you're still reading at two thirty in the morning.  You've had your head down once and there just isn't an ounce of sleep to be had so you might as well have the light on and do something constructive until the mood hits again.  When it did though I was out until six thirty this morning and opened up the curtains to a similar morning to yesterday with mist hanging in the valley and a rising sun.  I was out to the car and pumping up Beauty's flat tyre in the hope that my garage buddy was coming down to get her started but no go this morning.  I know that Mondays are particularly busy in the garage so maybe tomorrow.  Lots of Birthday greetings on FB and thank you everyone that posted.  It's nice to know that I have so many old friends still....not old in years but in  the number of years that I have known them....good friendships always last.  

So some of my cards are still stuck in the system along with my present from Princess but I'll be off to the post office in the morning...it was closed when I went today.  If there is nothing there I shall wait until they find me something or at least threaten to..   Got stuck into a few conversations of FB today and eventually got out of the house at three thirty and my Avatar was heading my way when she saw the Beast out of the drive.  She was out of bread so I was to deliver later which I did...much later and Tommy was thinking I had some goodies for him...wrong.  But what did I get up to?  Called into see my original student's mum and delivered a 'write on rub off' numbers book for the little one that I found in Haskovo.  She was absolutely intrigued that you could write on the white board pages with a pen, rub it off with your finger and not a trace to be had of the ink.  I'm getting her one for herself next week...   Over to the shop and picked up the bread and some chicken wings that were intended for tonight but have made their way to the fridge.  On to my seven year old birthday buddy and I handed her over her card with some money in it which went down rather well, I received my present from them in form of a summer jumper and we sat down to cake but we had to light the candles and sing Happy Birthday about five times.  She'd had her birthday party at school which I think is a brilliant idea since everyone is invited...nobody get's left out.  The cake goes to school, the parents are invited in to take the video and how sensible is that.

So home at seven after a slice of the cake, delivered the bread and got the Beast into the drive but unfortunately the outside PIR has given up the ghost and so I made my way to the door and on the way tripped over a bucket and couldn't get the fly screen open because of the said obstacle.  Eventually managed to get the key in the lock, put on the porch light, pick up the item hidden under the bucket and then out to the car to unload the shopping.  Read the card and it said 'I wish you a long, happy and adventurous life in Dushinkovo' and since I'd almost tripped over the bucket...it might not have come to pass.  It was a present from Gouldjan and thank you so much.

Fire going, I'm full of cake, my present is some more perfume and some body cream and what a lucky girl I am....A little beer on the go tonight and I'm thanking those upstairs for another year and so on to the next.  LN....I'm blessed with family, friends and neighbours that care....what could be nicer...LN
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Glad you only kicked 'a' bucket, and not kicked your bucket so to speak!  

Happy Birthday you Anglechenka! x
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*does NOT make any jokes about kicking the bucket* xx
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Wednesday 19th February

Boys, boys....I'm hoping that there are a few more years left in the old bird before I kick the proverbial bucket.  Let's leave it in the lap of the gods.  She lives than is more than could be said for the website hosting company but at least the issues must have been resolved.

So an update from yesterday...Beautiful sunrise but as you can see from the pickies not sure if there was very low cold cloud blocking the rising of the said being but it seemed to be almost like a moon coming up.  When I took the shot there didn't seem to the the intensity that the sun has...very strange.  As it came up though it warmed its little self up and we had a late spring day and some of the locals had spring sweaters on and didn't look so layered or cabbage looking as we call it here.  Phone call from the garage and my medic was on the way to give the kiss of life in the form of some battery leads to Beauty but this time I was doing the surgery under supervision.  Now it's very simple to say, plus to plus and minus to minus and to anyone who's done it regularly it isn't an issue.  Most of my company cars have gone on the first turn of the key or the AA or RAC or anyone else that knew their onions did the job for me and I've always been reticent of messing with live wires having seen one result of an accident that left me a little green.  Under supervision, all be it that the instructions were in Bulgarian...I did it and will now be able to do it confidently as required...it's as simple as that.  Drove on down to the garage to get the puncture fixed and was amazed at that process.  They introduce a rubber plug through the hole remaining after the offending article, and in my case it was a piece of wire, had been removed and blow it up again.  Another job done so while I was down there I asked them to clean it outside believing that the inside rubbish is my responsibility and for all the morning's work...ten lev.  Up to the shop and quoted that there was ten to be added to our contra-account and on the day of reckoning I'm still in credit by twenty lev...result.  

Took a trip to Kardjali to top up the battery and went to the new Kaufland supermarket that has opened and it was one trip too many as far as I was concerned.  It's such a higgledy-piggledy store and admittedly it was my first time but they crammed so much into it and the aisles seemed to be all over the place so there wasn't much flow to it.  I'm one of those shoppers though that know what I want and I don't deviate much from the list without it's a 'purchase' of considerable wealth and something I can't live without.  And nothing screamed....BUY ME...   I popped into Lidl and the store was empty...everybody in Kaufland and phoned Gouldjan on the way back to say that I would be coming back through Djebel and did she want a lift home.  She took advantage of the situation and I found her outside one of our supermarkets with three bags of goodies that she wouldn't have managed on the bus and I told her jokingly the taxi fare was ten lev.  We stopped off at the post office in Rogoche on the way back and my parcel had arrived from my darling Princess and some other cards were waiting for me and in the car I started carefully scrabbling at the outer layer of brown paper carefully embellished with flowers and creeping vines...that's my daughter for you.  Into the gift bag in the middle and there are numerous presents individually wrapped and out of the bran tub came a tube of hand cream and a bar of chocolate.  The rest remain intact....one present a day for the next few days....I love surprises.

Chicken wings and diced potatoes cooked in the oven for supper, chased the company responsible for the web hosting but to no avail but it's all up this morning so someone must have done something.   Jim Butcher is no more...the last of his books that I have to hand are devoured and I might even have to start looking to buy some of his more recent outpourings.  Bantered on FB until about two this morning, slept until six thirty this morning, coffee and checked up and hey bingo....hence the update.  Not sure what today holds....I might be over to the Librarians, she has a few car problems so might need a shopping day....Cold night, white over but if it turns into a lovely day, I can stand the cold night and I've plenty of wood left so bring it on.  I will say 'Good Morning' not 'Goodnight'...the day is ahead of me...



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Still the 19th February

No sun until much later today...the mist hung and hung in there until eventually the wind blew most of it away.  Cold morning though and the intention of working in the garden fell foul of itself....the mind was willing but the flesh shrivelled at the thought to slogging away on the wrong end of a garden fork so I decided to take apart my bed with the intention of reassembling it.  When I put it together last year or so ago, I'd used timber and one was badly warped so today I inspected the said framework, the mattress is against the wall, everything is measured up and the sheets are washed and dried ready for the next time that I have a bed.  It shouldn't take long to do but I've got to make sure that the timber is dry so that the same thing doesn't happen again so on Friday, the plane comes out with the best timbers selected for the little house.

Started a new book this afternoon, spent a fair time on FB and was surprised to see the sheep heading over the hill.  They haven't done much meandering since there are so many little ones and it was fun to watch them this afternoon....it's their bleats that get me every time.  I'm sure some actually manage 'mama' and they come in all colours....

Chicken is cooking for supper with some Hassleback potatoes and it should be ready in about five minutes so not going to linger long...Off to see the Librarian tomorrow...she does have car problems and her neighbour needs a new shaver so we are on a mission to supply.  LN...I can smell the chicken from here....I have to attend to my supper...LN



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Hi Elsa, Happy Birthday again, post on Fb. Your server was down, but as usual great pics and card on way / It will be late , so sorry about that......lol Glad to hear all ok. Lots of luv from me mum and us here in OZ...xxxx
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Thursday 20th February

Thanks Linda...I'll warn the post office that there might be another one on the way....I think that there wouldn't be much to do without me in Djebel.  Not many people send and receive letters.

So, shampooed, showered and ready to leave this morning at just before nine and over to the Librarians for nine thirty.  I caught her out.  The outside gate was still padlocked and she was in around the house clothes so we didn't leave until just before ten and the objective was to buy the shaver for her neighbour.  She'd been given a budget of twenty lev and so we headed to the market in Kirkovo,  Prior to that though she had the dogs to feed.  If you remember she rescued five puppies and the mother from starving in the freezing snow giving up her barn for the little beauties but now they've found their way under her balcony by the back door and the mother comes in to feed them several times a day.  Apart from that she goes about her business in the village.  They've fitted in quite well with the other two dogs that are there but the intention is to get the females into the vets in Zlatograd for the operation along with the mother if at all possible and get the boy snipped.  It's not too expensive to get it done here and it would save five females falling prey to the local boyos.

Over to the market and bought the said purchase, we popped into a shop that I used to use in Kirkovo when I was staying that way and chatted to the owner, picked up some spicy sausage and bread rolls and we decided that home was best and that we didn't need to make use of the restaurant facilities in town.  We got back to hers by about twelve thirty and lunch was the sausages fried off with onions on a giant roll and topped off with a fried egg.  Huge and hugely enjoyable and washed down with a glass of water.  We sat out in the sun watching the dogs playing until they had worn themselves out and when the sun went in there was a chill in the air so we went inside and watched the television for a while.  

Five thirty and I was homeward bound, lit the fire as soon as I arrived and surprise to say the house is still holding the heat of the sun from today.  I did notice that the main door shield put up to keep the snow off the back door area was away from the underside of the upstairs balcony so I'm guessing that we had some serious winds today.  I was going to get a tool from the workshop to hammer it back into place but found a log outside and it did the trick.  I've come back with a few goodies from the Librarians namely book and from the market so it's unpack time to see what I've brought back.

Cold chicken for supper tonight although I must admit that lunch is still filling the gap.  Might get something later...LN.....my new read is New York: the novel and I'm about twenty percent into it.....so far it seems like a good read....I'll keep you posted...LN



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