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Elsa Peters
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Friday 9th May

Slow start to the day.  I woke up at about six thirty but didn't get my act together until I realised that I needed to pick up the men.  I was over to the restaurant early and Bekir came out whistling carrying his bag of clothes for his 'course' later in the day.  I worked out that at some point I would need to get cement so decided that it was better to get into Djebel before we came here and Bekir very kindly went off to get breakfast of Banichkas and a white cheese brioche that I much prefer with yogurt drinks for all of us.  I came out of my student's father's shop and saw Bekir and Sally disappearing towards the market so I followed and ended up buying twelve tomato plants, six cucumbers plants and four peppers.  They were still sitting in the plastic bag at lunch time so Beklir suggested that I put them in but no sooner the word than the blow....he dug over my vegetable patch and in went the plants and dressed with some white stuff that he got from the hardware shop that he said would deliver tomatoes and cucumbers by the next morning....me thinks there is a slight exaggeration therein.

So they continued on the terrace steps and at this point in time I can't say that in grand designs they do anything for me.  They are completed, the jury is out and the final decision will be when the cladding comes off.  Bekir went off to his course, his mates picked him up leaving Sally for an hour or so with nothing to do so we set to and dug some of the stones in under the new wall at the front encapsulating the garden where I've planted out the shrubs.  Between us we managed it and he is such an easy person to work with.  He understands stone, splitting it and placing it so easily.  I've just got to lower the level of the drive a little and all will be revealed tomorrow.

Dropped him home about six and headed to Ms Kingdom's house complete with a house-warming gift of a bottle of beer.  I had coffee, she had beer and have just got home.  I've lit the fire and yes I know it's late but it does make a difference especially if you have got cold in someone else's house.  Wine on the go, food to be sourced and all's good in my little world.  I'll do a rain-check on the terrace tomorrow.....my brain is already working on the 'fix' but I might come round to it eventually.  LN....my glass is only half full.....never half empty...so I'm down to the kitchen...LN
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Saturday 10th May

Very chilled day and not only me....I'm talking about the weather again.  Maybe I'm expecting too much but I bet my next visitor is pleased that I moved him from May to June and so now we keep out fingers crossed.

Managed to get out in the garden for a while and finished off the yard.  Raked it and spread some ballast over it and it's looking very presentable and even swept the shelf that Harold my bronzed hare sits on but still hasn't been visited by my real live one that comes down every morning for his or her breakfast.  Just too quick for the camera though.  If I make any movement on the stairs to get the blasted thing he's off to pastures new so to speak.  Got a load of washing out, the wind was brisk for a while and got it in and on to the airer before it started raining and then I succumbed.  I had no intention of lighting the fire but when I came to sit and read for a while I gave in and got it going.  Cooked a Weiner Schnitzel for lunch but have been suffering all afternoon...it's lying a little heavy.

Settled down at about two thirty with a Sudoku and yes you've guessed it...there was a moment when I could see the numbers and then the eyelids headed southwards and off I went but was awakened just after three by the schoolmaster who'd popped round to drop off some rooting gel which is one up from the stuff that I used in England.  We walked the garden once I'd managed to get him a tea, we surveyed the wall and both reckon that once the wood comes off it should work.  We sat out in the sun for a while while the thunder thundered ever so gently in the distance and that like everything today came to nothing.  A little sun, a little rain, a little cold wind and a little thunder.  He left around five clutching some zinnia seeds with the intention of going back to plant a tree or at least dig out a big enough hole to take a reasonably sized tree.  Good luck with that...my tree stump is still waiting Bekir's chain saw so maybe Monday if the weather is kind and they can work.

No supper for me...still stuffed from lunch.  In for a chilled evening with Mr Lawford, Arthur and Merlin and an early night.  LN...and I promise photos tomorrow or the newly created Harold domain... LN
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Sunday 11th May

Well the weather was so good this morning that I cancelled my student and decided that the garden was the place to be and so it was.  I dug, planted out my shrubs, turned over behind the bench and generally sorted the corners.  I'd got several plants that were still as they came from the market garden and needed love and attention and today they got it.  Several more cuttings taken now that I've had a delivery of rooting gel...let's make use of it.  The veg garden is now planted up with broad beans, carrots and red cabbage and if any one asks how much....one day I might tell them....about ten heads.

Breakfast was a huge mound of bacon having managed to get to half packs opened.  Fried bread and egg and that almost did me until seven thirty and then it was into the freezer again and fish fingers and potato wedges raised their little heads and have just been demolished with the statutory mayo and tomato sauce.  Little visit from my first tortoise this morning ...little soul hugged the hedgeline and disappeared into the field.

As for the afternoon...it was too hot outside and I'm not complaining but sensible so in I came and settled on the sofa in the lounge with the Kindle but that lasted for about ten minutes and off I went.  Is it an age thing?   I don't know..but I felt so much better for it and I do start at six. I also found my embroidery that I brought out from the UK and found it was quite restful and soothing....could make a change from getting stuck into a book.

Placido is singing his little heart out tonight ....I'm about to get a red on the go....It's amazing how a change in the weather lifts the spirit...LN.....I'm switching off and relaxing for the evening...LN



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Monday 12th May

Early morning start after last night's chilled evening...five thirty and I was back with Mr Lawford and I've got about twenty five minutes of the book left according to my Kindle countdown.  Didn't manage to finish it, off to get the men and I had Ms Kingdom to pick up for a morning's shopping in Djebel.  Beautiful morning though but it's been a day of variances.  The wind was a little chilly, thunder has been heard to rattle round this evening and now it looks like rain over Momchilgrad and it might even be heading this way.

Stopped for a coffee at home and then we headed into town and first job was to show her the internet shop and to pick up her receipt for her six months of internet.  The two men that did mine came out the day after she arrived after I'd prepped them, she'd paid them since normally you get three days to pay but she has no car at present, and the receipt was ready and waiting for her.  They're really a good bunch.  Quick trip to the market, I bought some more coffee for the lads and a new dibber for my plants in since I can't find my old one.  I got another couple of plants, an oleander and a bottle brush both of which are not frost harder and will need to come in for the winter.  Off to the supermarket where we both filled up with essentials, like beer, and on the way home my phone went and the Librarian informed me that she was sitting on my terrace awaiting my return.  We sat around in the sun and had a coffee and at about two she was heading home and I realised that she could give Ms Kingdom a lift to save her waiting around for me to take the men home.  Result....I had the intention of getting down to finish my book but that never happened...the terrace was finished, I started digging out ready to get some plants in and realised that there was a whole load of damp cement under the top soil.  That was my job and I chose to accept it.  My tree root is out, the men have started clearing for the new wall and terrace at the back of the workshop and then we won't start again until October.  Pictures of the wall will be included tomorrow...it was too late when I got back.

More guests arrived while I was sitting having afternoon coffee with the men, they are now fed and watered or red wined and beered and I'm about to get back to my book, eventually, for that last twenty five minutes before I move on to the fifth in the Pendragon series...LN....my glass is in need of a top up and I'm down to play 'hostess' with the 'mostest'....LN



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Tuesday 13th May

So today would have been my forty second wedding anniversary if it had lasted the course.....still in touch with my ex though and we both raise a glass to the occasion.  Why shouldn't we, we have two fabulous kiddiwinkles together....

Five thirty start and Arthur has died and we're now in search of the Holy Grail and thank you Mr Lawford for a fabulous series.  My guests were sleeping the sleep of the just as I set off for my men this morning and they disappeared at about ten and I went to the dentist for eleven.  So there wasn't a lot happening and I waited for the super luxury chair.  My original dentist bade me a good morning and off he went leaving me in the hands of his new apprentice.  Into the chair I got and two hours later after asking me if there was a root canal in the tooth which I was unable to answer, so an x-ray was taken and there wasn't, if there was cement in there, again which I was unable to answer since it was done about thirty years ago and so he proceeded to drill a big hole leaving little of the tooth behind.  There was a lot of pushing and pulling, looping stuff round the cavity filling it and baking it with the hand held and then grinding and removing all of the stuff he'd put in because I was unable to bite because it was so high.  Eventually he said that he had done very bad work that day and that the head of the practice, who is my normal dentist would replace the filling with good work on Friday free of charge.  I said that I thought that excessive and that I would let him look at it and make a decision otherwise he could go ahead and start on another one.  Now everything must be done by the other one...

Sat with my student's mum and chewed over the fat for an hour or so and back home and the men have worked really hard on the terrace behind the workshop and again it was too late to take photos by the end of the day so tomorrow is a day of photos....promise.  Bekir also informed me that he would not be able to work for the rest of the week since his daughter is getting married on Saturday and he has things to do in the house and lots of guests.  It suits me fine...I have things to do too and a week without the men means that I can get on with what I want to do which is mainly gardening and sorting out the building debris which with the best will in the world accumulates.  

Had a huge bonfire tonight and play was stopped with my guests cooking a mackerel supper with boiled potatoes and salad stuff....wine to wash it down and I've just cleared away and washed up.  There's going to be a late start tomorrow...no men and no guests rushing anywhere...LN
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Hi Elsa, SNAP mine too, would have been 36yrs for me if it lasted....lol. But did u realise you had put Monday the 12th and Monday 13th....lol   Made me laugh, you obviously want to celebrate 2 days in a row.....hehehehehhe.  Love from all...xxxxx
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Wednesday 14th May

Thanks Linda for putting me straight and I've made the changes.  I think it's because I have guests here and my head isn't quite where it should be...and love to you all....

What a panic this morning...no men so it was a slow start but at nine twenty five Hacebar was at my door pushing her telephone in my hand and asking me to call a taxi.  Her son who was catching the ten o'clock bus to Istanbul had forgotten his man-bag with his passport and all his documents and I suddenly realised that if we called a taxi it wouldn't make it in time.  So into the car we trundled holding the bag and set off for a speedy trip to Kardjali getting there with eight minutes to the departure time.  So I stood in the bus station looking for someone looking for me and there was nobody looking in the least bit perturbed so I headed for the ticket office and explained my problem to a young lady who promptly took me to the correct office for the bus company.  She opened the bag and took out the passport and went on to the four buses bound for Turkey and tried to see if the man was on the bus but wasn't.  I got the impression that she thought I'd found the bag and was trying to return it.  As the minutes ticked away, a taxi came screaming into the bus station and we spotted each other ....Hacebar's son is the one that brings me ginger biscuits from Sweden so the office person gives him his passport but he is now worried where is the bag......she explained that it was in the office so off they went and I saw bus beginning to pull away from the bay and put up my hand to stop it and was helped by the first lady and so they both returned from the office, him clutching his bag and her demanding to see his ticket before she's let him on and off he went thanking me greatly for the effort involved and he'd now get his flight to Sweden which is where he works.  

So back home...Hacebar is almost in tears that we made it and he was safely on the bus.  Her donation to charity was refused and I've told her that he has to bring more ginger biscuits with him next time he comes over.  Over to the school masters at lunchtime with my guest meeting up with his guest.  They all know each other from the internet but had not met face to face so it was strange sort of gathering.  Lunch at one of the local restaurants, back home for about four thirty and I went gardening while the others got their heads down for a couple of hours, went out with my camera and who should I spot than one of the local lads driving his father's tractor.  Little star he is and gave me a big wave.  Gouldjan arrived and gave me a little present that she'd brought back from Varna and while we sat on the terrace, my dentist and friend arrived and informed me that my original dentist that was going to do the repair job had a course so couldn't keep the appointment so another has been made for next week.  What brilliant service. ;

Beautiful moon tonight but we did have a heck of a shower earlier but it saved me watering the garden and the plants that I potted up this afternoon.  I've had a good day and should sleep well tonight.  LN....down to chat for a while and then to bed...LN



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Thursday 15th May

Seven ten start and slept really well.  Makes such a difference and showered, shampooed and out to the bonfire not that it makes much sense, to take it all apart to get rid of a bag containing the rest of the fish bones from the other night.  It had to be burnt otherwise the cats would have had a field day but there was a bit of a wind blowing despite the fact that the sun was shining, hence the taking it apart.  Off at nine thirty this morning over to the school master while my guest had an away day visiting local archaeological sites and ethnographic towns.

Over to the electrical wholesalers, all the stuff purchased for the school masters renovations and I managed to save them some cash by using my supplier.  The lovely lady in there was apologising that her English was not up to standard since she is now having to learn Greek to service the number of new customers from the other side now that the new road is open.  We had a funny moment when I started to translate from the English to Bulgarian for the English visitors and she complemented me on my translation capabilities even though they were the wrong way round and we both laughed at it.  I think they appreciate that I was bringing in other people to use their store.  

Back to the school for lunch and then into Kardjali again to collect the rest of the items that were forgotten from the list.  Finished at the local Kaufland and bought potting compost and several new plants for the garden for under the new terrace wall.  Home now....my guest are back from their travels.  Fire lit, supper cooking and the beer and wine are on the go.  It's been a very restful day....LN
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Friday 16th May

Up with the lark this morning and out in the garden by six thirty.  I was determined to clear the bed to the side of the frog garden of bindweed and when I started digging I found that there were lots of marigold seedlings.  I rescued what I could and all replanted but this time in a more orderly fashion and those I didn't have room for are destined for the front wall.  The new conifer for the new terrace wall still needs to be planted out but I've worked out the design now for the area between the new terraces but it looks like tomorrow is fully loaded with activity.  

My guests left at around ten thirty after we'd breakfasted and I set to with washing the bedding so that I could make it up for the Librarian for tonight.  The sun did show its face for the first few hours today but then the wind got up and the clouds came over again.  I managed to get rid of the tree debris that Sally and Bekir had provided me with on Monday but there was a tremendous gale that lasted for about three minutes and then everything went calm again.  It was almost like the one that took out the trees from my garden a few months ago.  Got the lawnmower out and shoved it around over the long grass and managed to get through a little more but it does need the strimmer over it.  Trouble is that it is still so wet underneath and it makes it impossible to do.

Over to the Librarians this afternoon to collect her as she's stopping the night and we're off to Kardjali at the crack of sunrise so that she can get the six o'clock bus to Sofia and then onwards to London.  She's really looking forward to seeing her family....The remains of last night's curry has managed to feed two of us and the washing up can wait.  Emaula has been round and invited me to the prayer ceremony for his grandmother tomorrow but unfortunately I am off to Bekir's daughters wedding at twelve so can't manage both...What a popular girl I am.

The alarms have been set for four thirty and hopefully into the car for around five.  So early to bed for both of us with Kindles....LN....I think I'll be off as soon as my head touches the pillow tonight...LN



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