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Elsa Peters
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Tuesday 1st July

What a day....cool start but that man or Iman in the mosque has to turn down the volume and I'm thinking I'll have to have a word.  I also don't understand why it's blasting forth from he valley below and not from the mosque in my village or from the next.  I think he's doing it from his bed and not from the confines of the mosque...save him the walk...

Over to get my car sorted today and the telephone number for the VAR or (lime and water mix man) so that it can be delivered to the schoolmaster....I drove to the yard, the dogs were barking and nobody was home so I went to his shop where his daughter works and go Bekir to phone him so that it takes the pressure off me.  There were mumblings about the road wasn't good enough but that's not for me to worry about...let the men fight it out.  So leaving the garage and over to the supermarket to get a chicken and some potatoes and looked down and the garage had left a torch on my passenger seat so turned round and delivered it to my student's mum's shop so that it could be returned...I've also had a request for more English lessons but I'll save it until September or October...I don't want the hassle before then.  Picked up the few items from the supermarket and home for about one thirty and suddenly had the urge for corned beef and pickle sandwiches so opened the can and it was bliss.  Part of Lidl English week and with a bit of luck they won't sell out and it will get a 'reduced for quick sale' dropped on it so it could be an even better deal.

Rested this afternoon and the eyelids went south and was out for a couple of hours apart from the banging and coughing which disturbed me somewhat...so much for guest.  I came to at about five...got the chicken in for supper and went out to help with the fence that was now required since the trim had turned into a major destruction and so the barbed wire that I bought yesterday was now being applied.  Helped out where I could with words of wisdom having lived here for several years and understanding local 'practice' but some of it fell on deaf ears.....but eventually it was complete and lord help the cow that tries it tomorrow......   Watched the lads bringing home the sheep today and the little five year old was shepherding three kangol puppies and being a man about it.  He also tried to emulate the eleven year old by forcing his walking stick between his arms and looking the part...I just love 'em....maybe it's what youngsters should be doing not playing computer games and posting on Facebook....

Tools away, supper over, a little beer on the go.  Tomorrow might be a day of rest...I fancy finding a pool, a sun bed and a lunch in the shade with a beer...LN....let's hope the weather is good enough to chase it...LN
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Photos because I can publish them on the first of the month....



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Quoted from Elsa Peters
Tuesday 1st July

suddenly had the urge for corned beef and pickle sandwiches




I succumbed as well, as you say, bliss.

Have you tried the blackcurrant cordial? Rather tasty.
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Wednesday 2nd July

Thanks for the tip Trevor....I'll be on to it tomorrow....and thank you Lidl.
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Wednesday 2nd July continued

Not so much a continuation as an update.  Breakfast was a big fat bacon sandwich with brown sauce but unfortunately I'd had the fresh loaf of bread by the washing powder as I came home from the supermarket and despite the fact that no one else could smell it...I could so the rest of the loaf went out for the dogs.  Tomorrow I'll listen out for the mobile van and be there with my boots blacked.  Fresh bread....   Stripped the chicken off the bones this morning and put it with the juices and into the fridge until supper time....nothing like being prepared.

Out weeded my veg patch today until the heat was just too much to bear so came in at about one and played Angry Birds until my eyes lids were heading southwards and worked out that I had to do something before the rest of the day turned to oblivion.  Had the rest of the corned beef for a late lunch and then onto the sofa with my book that I'm not sure that I'm truly involved in but with thirty percent to go I'll finish it and at that point I'll probably abandon the series...It's not enthralling me.

Heard the stork clattering and it looks like he/she or it has taken to sitting on the electricity post to have a rest before it's onward flight.  I managed to get one shot of it but it was off to the hillside before I could get out on to the balcony for a better shot.  Prepared chicken in stock and sauce for supper with pasta and it went down well.  Decided to sit out on the terrace to take in the evening sun and Gouldjan came round with yet more yogurt and home made cheese but she was rushing off to prepare supper for the family...Poor Cinderella...she will be on the morning bus at six thirty in the morning...she has a long day.

Ten my time and almost ready for bed...apparently it's a new speaker in the next village and that's why it's so loud ....I suggested that after Ramadam we could go back to normal...we'll let's hope so....it was good before.  Just finished the washing up and my kitchen is tidy for tomorrow...those that know me appreciate that this is a must....LN...I have a little drinking to do and some Turkish delight to finish.....LN



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Wow the sky looks amazing. Sounds like you have had a busy few days. Love the pictures, such a beautiful place to live.  


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Thursday 3rd July

Early start but my guest was out before me since I'd promised a fun day.  Eventually we got out at ten or thereabouts since I couldn't find my insurance document for Beauty but on second investigation it was where it should have been...in the car so that I could get her an MOT.  The other task today was to get my British Health Insurance transferred over here so I can choose a doctor and have everything on standby so that when the body finally collapses I have everything to hand, or foot or whatever gives.  

I've done it.  I went to the Polyclinic and knocked on the window where I thought things can happen and they did.  The lady took my documents, took a photocopy of my passport and my Bulgarian residency certificate and everything in the garden is rosy.  The only thing missing is the fact that I forgot my phone and they can't tell me when the registration is complete.  Tomorrow I phone them and leave my phone number....

My next challenge was to get my MOT and the certificate was being issued before they had even looked at the car....Thirty five leva paid over for another year and I'm all set to go.  The owner is great...I normally have quite a conversation with him but because I went with my guest...a man...he made himself scarce.  The Beast will go in when I have no visitors.

Lunch on Kardjali lake and we had carp and salad with cheesy chips and it was delicious.  The next venue was the school that I was originally intending to buy so that my guest could see what had been done to it by the ones that had actually purchased it.  Not what I intended...I wanted a spiritual sanctuary...they've got a teeny boppers dream venue.....Givot...


Back to Djebel via Mitchevsko and we stopped off at the thermal pools that have been regenerated.  There were supposed to be no more frogs in the water but I saw them lingering there and the plop, plop as they hit the water....not for me.  

Bread and a few final provisions from Djebel...I set to watering the garden but don't know why I bothered....we've just had a thunderstorm and the rain and wind from hell zoom in.  Beautiful skies though....tova et Bulgaria.....LN....I'm chilling, it's been good day with one satisfied guest...LN



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Friday 4th July

So happy Independence Day to my buddies over the pond...hope you had an enjoyable time.

Early start again and woke up with the light on so obviously went to sleep reading....and yes....day was breaking so carefully put my Kindle on to the side table and caught the sunrise.  It's such a lovely time of the day...peaceful, birds chattering and frogs calling but that didn't last for long when my mate opened up to full volume and did his stuff.  Bless him!!

Tried to video the sunrise but just at the crucial time I had the urge to sneeze and realised that it wouldn't go down too well so abandoned that and took the photo instead.  Down for breakfast but having a guest makes the morning slower and sitting at the kitchen table I saw three storks flying low over the valley so jumped up to get a better shot with the big camera but by the time that I'd got upstairs they were sitting in the trees in the next village.  The wind had got up somewhat and they seemed to be heading into it and having a pretty hard time of it.  So standing on my balcony I heard the gate latch go and Kingdom and his lovely Mrs Kingdom arrived for coffee.  Now this morning I'm totally unprepared with the breakfast things unwashed which for me is unheard of a ten thirty in the morning...but there were enough cups so we sat out despite the cool wind.  Now for us it is cold...the temperature was probably about eighteen but for Kingdom having arrived from the forty degree temperatures of Cyprus it was bliss.  I showed him the one inch long Spike the cactus that he left me which is now about one foot high and throwing out another shoot and the other one that he grew from seed.....apparently they are staying with me...no place in Cyprus for them or for their homestead down country.  

There was a little problem with the registration of Windows 7 on my PC and eventually it was resolved...I think the key was being added in the wrong place so panic over.  Because it was cold I stayed inside and did some Sudoku, played Angry Birds and generally lazed and eventually I succumbed to lighting the fire.  This weather is depressing but the fire made it more bearable.  I got a super huge cherry tree log and that's ticked away beautifully all day and is still burning now.  Supper was tenderloin of pork with sweet and sour topping with potatoes and red cabbage and before anyone asks...about two spoonfuls each....and that's a little joke for those in the know.  Kitchen washed up and tidy and not sure what tomorrow will bring.  I'd like to find that elusive pool and get the rest of the legs the same colour as up to the knees....it's all a little slow this year.  Beer calls....LN....I'm off downstairs for a top up... and let's hope it warms up for tomorrow.....LN



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Saturday 5th July

Well I missed the sunrise...it was going on seven when I woke this morning.  I opened the door on to the terrace and went out for a look at the world and decided to move the washing from the bathroom to the terrace to finish off drying.  Down to start a bonfire and it was only when I lit it that I realised the smoke was heading right where I'd put out the washing...ah well...you win some and you lose some.

Breakfast of poached eggs and the rest of the cheapie ham from Kaufland and it set me up for the day.  Out into the garden and tackled the tomb garden putting out a new tomb and no it has nothing to do with long stay guests before anyone contacts the police.  It was the remains of the terracing and with the new wall, the level has had to be dropped so I was out with the spade, fork and anything else I could lay my hands on to get the job done and done it is.  The weeds are all gone, the levels are sorted, the window frame is in position and the petunias are planted up in one side and I've put poppy seeds, actually called 'Hypnotique' in the other so I don't know whether I'm going to have a fantastic display or I have to chew on them for the complete effect....

Just come in from the garden now....I've also tackled the front of the house garden and managed to move two of the concrete posts but the third has a mind of its own...Maybe tomorrow it will succumb to brute force and ignorance.  Supper is fish fingers and chips so it's not exactly 'gastronimique' tonight but it's all I can manage...I'm knacked.  Beautiful day, achieved a lot and gently tired.  Shower after I've signed off for tonight and to bed with a good book if I can find one on my Kindle.....LN....I'm about to serve up and then crash...LN



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