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Elsa Peters
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Tuesday 9th October

It was a beautiful morning and it's stayed that way all day, the pickie posted is from yesterday....There was no mist in the valley today,   The wind did get up around two this afternoon and sent a few things to places new and there was a cold edge to it but the inside of the house maintained thirty degrees plus.  Cosy....

I made it down to the bread van and came back with an uncut and it remains uncut.  I bought 'cooking' bacon yesterday from Lidl and I thought that all bacon was cooking bacon and when I opened up the packet I was pleasantly surprised.  I think they had been very generous with the 'just on the cusp' stuff and there were lots of 'good' rashers.   Three into the pan and halfway through cooking Princess phoned so it sat on the back burner for about twenty minutes and they I went back to the kitchen, back onto the heat with it and it was slapped into a third of a French stick and slathered with brown sauce.  Unfortunately I took it to the computer, did most of the usual admin and then got stuck into finding more relatives and I did.  Another family with eight plus children so I now have sixty names in the chart.  I seem to recall that I was always told that we were a small family but I've discovered it wasn't the case...we just had nothing to do with them.  

At two I decided that I'd done enough and went to have a bonfire and when I walked back towards the house I noticed Gouljan sitting on the terrace.  She'd tried the house, thought I was having forty winks and decided to sit it out and wait for me to wake.  She'd come to use the internet...her post from Germany was being photographed by her other half and sent via a text message...she connected her phone and the rest is history.  She wended her way back to home clutching the fish fingers that I'd got for her yesterday from Lidl and it's the same again tomorrow.

I'd put supper in the oven while she was here and it was ready by the time she left so I was serving up by six thirty but I did manage to light the fire first to maintain the house temperature.  Sweet and sour topping on pork chops and served with roast potato, onion, beetroot and leek....very healthy except that it was cooked in oil and served with mayo...so maybe not so healthy.  A little light television before bedtime...it's been a very pleasant day and tomorrow I must get my tyres done before the police deliver and fine in a road side check.  LN....Must stay legal....LN

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Wednesday 10th October

Five thirty start and I settled in to play Soda Crush and I managed to complete the one that had been bugging me for two days.  I don't think that I did anything different but I refused to buy extra lives and it sort of gave up on me.  Having completed it I had three fairly easy ones to follow and now I'm back into the zone of 'bugger' and I kept hoping that it would give me the orange screen advising me that I had so many minutes to my next life and then I could get on with my day.  No such luck...at seven I was still playing so I shut down the tablet.  It was for later...

Down for coffee and then back upstairs and I decided to sort out the wardrobe section of my wardrobe to give hanging space to Princess and Co when they arrive.  It then stretched on to folding space and that work is complete but I have a tower of clothes that I have to put somewhere.  They do not belong on my bed.  The next challenge was to see if I could managed to get my king-sized duvet into my washing machine and with a little effort I did.  I then stood watching it for ten minutes expecting it to force it to stop but it didn't.  Out on tot he line with it while there was a breeze blowing and the sun was shining and then to get on with getting 'The Nipper' sorted for winter with tyres, antifreeze, brakes checked and all this was done for twenty leva....bargain.  I sat out in the sun and waited for my turn....lovely morning.  I stopped off at the car shop and had twenty or so minutes with my student's mum and she was over the moon that the son is returning from Sofia for the weekend.  He's just moved up to university.

Home and retrieved my duvet from the grass...that breeze was a little stronger than I gave it credit for.  It did managed to stay there with the help of about forty thousand pegs and now it's airing on the banister with the fire going to give it an extra boost,  I made a bacon sandwich since I'd foregone breakfast which went down well and Gouldjan phoned to say that she wouldn't be coming today but we agreed that tomorrow is another day and my internet interloper will be signing in after lunch.  

Eyes went southwards this afternoon while I was reading Game of Thrones book one and no supper for me...my bacon is resting well and will be topped up with peanuts later on.  Nothing on the agenda except for Gouljan but we work round each other so no effort.  The curtains were measured this morning but they're not turned up yet....,maybe tomorrow.  I few pickies...I was trying to catch a motor biker minus an exhaust pipe that insisted on revving up and down our quiet stretch of road....his days are numbered.  LN...Lovely sunset...LN

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linda g
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Hi Elsa, Have had to catch up on your blogs, but as usual great pics, and love the one of mist, and the wild life. All ok here. Mum is hanging in, so hope she reaches the big 90. You seem to have a busy life out there, so glad all is well with you. Take care and look after yourself. Much love to you from us here. Linda & all OZ.xxx
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Thursday 11th October

Thanks Linda...fingers crossed that Rachel makes it beyond the 90....but it's a target.  Lots of love to all of you in OZ....and I'm thinking another visit might be on the cards....I would love that....

Silly night.  I had a bag of peanuts last night and they sat very heavily.  It started off well...I slept until three but from then on, I just couldn't settle again.  At five I was putting the first load of washing in and was hanging it out at seven.  I risked the washing machine one more time with a very large bed cover my machine lives to fight another day and despite the fact that it was a dull old day, the wind picked up at around one and by three I was bringing it in to aire.  I'd had visions that it would be in the same state as when it went out.  

I managed the curtains...they are up and I even made some tiebacks.  I had a brainstorm and polished the low lying tables that were made out of the original window shutters using brown shoe polish...and now I have some very shiny low tables.  Gouljan arrived at four to catch up on my internet connection and at five I had two more visitors for coffee and chats.  There is an offer on the table for Saturday or Sunday...they have markets in Greece so a visit to one of them is on...I want a few more plants to get in before winter sets in and just to have a mooch.  

At seven I was on my own again...and had an original supper.  I opened a tin of local beans and something which didn't look too appetising so I opened a tin of beans, chopped up some bacon and put it in the frying pan.  I chopped up bread and made croutons, put those in the frying pan with the bacon, another slice of bread into a deep bowl and everything was put on top of it.  It went down well and it should see me through until tomorrow morning and hoping that I don't have another three a.m start.  

So tomorrow I'm meeting Gouljan at ten thirty and we're heading into Momchilgrad so that she can deliver photos on a memory stick to the photographer from their wedding and they will make it into an album.  We've got a stop at the cobblers...I want some leather stitching on to the sheepskin uppers remaining from a pair of slippers.  The applied rubber sole had deteriorated and I'd pulled them apart last week so let's see what he can do with them.  LN...Kitchen tidying  in progress...LN
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Friday 12th October

Six thirty start so much better...no midnight wanderings.  I played Soda Crush...found the bears, ate all the chocolates and popped the bottles...what more could a girl want of a morning.  Down for coffee, I cleaned out the fridge and lobbed things I didn't want due to expiry of 'sell by's' and things that I should have just eaten.  I know by now...it it goes in the fridge because I've cooked too much, it never gets eaten the next day so why do I put it in there in the first place.  I think I'm going to put a note on the fridge....do you really mean to?  Washed and dressed and ready for the day by eight thirty and settled for another cup of coffee and no breakfast.  I put the washing away, moved the soft toys from my bedroom side table, into a plastic tub and relegated to the top of the wardrobe until my next weeks guests leave.  When Princess comes over I always move out of my room and down to the winter bedroom...

Make up on and preparing to leave at ten fifteen to meet Gouldjan but decided to phone my home phone provider...the blasted thing hadn't worked since it was replaced.  I'd phoned them yesterday and was assured that someone would get back to me...and no one did...so another phone call and they provided me with a number to try and it appears to have worked.  I tried it when I got back from my day out.  Picked up Gouldjan, we headed to Momchilgrad and delivered the memory stick to the photographer so that he could print them off as part of the wedding package which was really expensive.  We headed up the high street and I settled for a banichka for breakfast and then to find a new fitted sheet for my bed.  The shop we tried didn't have any so we headed on foot to the factory and within one hour they'd made me one to order....brilliant service.  As we walked back we caught the scent of a cake shop so had to stop for cake and coffee.  Six eclairs in walnut chocolate sauce for me and coffee...tiramisu for Gouldjan....and the price...four leva for both...I almost fell over...just so cheap.  The eclairs were so good I bought a pack for my student's mum since my student is back from Sofia this weekend and I carried four of mine home...they were so rich and they're for later.

Back to Djebel to deliver said eclairs, over to the money changers for some euro, down for juice and bread from the supermarket and delivered Gouldjan to the drop off point.  I did take a couple of eclairs over for Haciber but she must have been on a visit so I brought them back and they are no more.  Fire lit, more wood in and settled in for the night.  Nothing on the agenda for tomorrow except final tidy...I'm off on Sunday to Greece to the market I've not tried yet...hence the euro and Monday is delivery day for easyJet.  LN....I'm getting excited....  LN

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Saturday 13th October

What a mare of a morning.  Bed was stripped down and everything in the kitchen by the washing machine.  I'd loaded up the whites...the machine started...the water filled, the powder went down and it swirled around ...and then it stopped.  I left it for a while thinking that the electricity had gone off, checked it and the rest of the house had power.  I started it again and it responded for a while...and stopped...so I placed a shallow dish under the bottom deciding to clean out the outlet and I'm two leva twenty better off but don't report me for money laundering.  It was an accident your honour.  Of course the shallow dish did nothing to catch the torrent of water so I flooded the kitchen, dashed out for the mop and bucket and set to work but firstly I emptied the machine into a bowl and rinsed them in the outside sink and hung them out sopping.  I was still with a machine that wasn't working so I decided to see if the  inlet hose was blocked but thought I change the plug over to the next socket...and it worked.  Not sure what caused it but it's played the white man all day...everything OK, everything dried, bed remade and washing put away.

And that sums up my day...I'm on target but the fire was lit at around four.  That has been a cold wind today....it was really cutting.  Off to Greece tomorrow to inspect a market I've never visited before, bath tonight to ease out today's workout.  LN...Must remember passport.....LN
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Sunday 14th October

What a beautiful day...such a lovely relaxing day with friends.  Showered, hair washed and in the car by just after seven thirty and cows on the road made me late by two minutes but I was totally forgiven.  One the road by eight ten and no one else at the border...quick show of the passports and straight through and heading for a market I'd never been to before.  We were there before some of the traders but I spotted a leg which seemed to be hiding something else in a plastic bag...intriguing.  We stopped for a coffee to kill a little time and then headed to the start of the market and did the first circuit.  Not much on the first pass but I did manage to catch the second leg but this time hiding behind a stall...yet more intriguing.

Lots of fruit and vegetables, very cheap clothes but not quite so cheap as my favourite shops in Kardjali so I didn't but anything.  I washed the unloading of a fishing boat and fish were bought straight off the boat.  A second one came in and it had very pointy fish and octopus and the fisherman theatrically held it up for me.  I asked permission and the lady with her spice haul and eggs thanked me for taking her photo.  I did go back to the fruit and veg and loaded up with grapes, pomegranates, clemantines and apples....and my pin is at the ready for a pomegranate and half of the grapes have gone.  

Market over we headed through some of the sandy lanes along the coast and found some more really deserted beaches that are worth noting for next season and along the salt flats we caught site of bushes covered with cobwebs and lots of midges flying around...food for the spiders.  Lots of wading birds on the salt flats so we made another stop and watched the flamingos and pelicans....so beautiful and the heather at this time of year was such a vivid red.  

Back to Bulgaria and this time at the border every car was pulled over and boots opened.  We weren't waiting for long....and headed back to a restaurant and topped up.  It was much cheaper to eat in Bulgaria than Greece.  Hope for just after six and fire lit, more grapes eaten and a few clemantines over the road for Haciber.  And now I have a final check list of things to do before my Princess arrives tomorrow and the excitement is mounting.  A quick shopping trip in the morning.  LN....I've had a special day.....LN

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And there are more

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Monday 15th October

Very organised this morning....rest of the house finished, shopping by eleven thirty and home with lots of goodies by one.  I settled down to a spot of gardening, sweeping the leaves up to make the garden presentable, watched a little TV Catch-up, chicken and roasted vegetables in the oven and Princess and her hubbie arrived and another surprise...they brought my grandson with them.....

Grandson promptly wrapped himself in the duvet and took to the guest bedroom and looked rather like a sausage roll.  The three of us that remained compus mentis enjoyed supper and we've sat up until now chatting...  So fair so good and my daughter has made a point of going thought my wardrobe...I better check out the suitcase before it gets loaded into the car prior to departure.  LN...Short and sweet...a very relaxed evening...LN
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Tuesday 16th October

Seven strt and the rest of the house was sleepy value....not a peep was to be heard.  I made myself comfy on the sofa and waited for things to start to happen.  Princess was the first to emerge and CJ eventually morphed from the duvey where he had slept all night.  He'd not managed to get himself properly into bed.  So we chatted for a while and eventually everybody was assembled in the kitchen and bacon and eggs was order of the day.  One slice of toast for me to finish, quick wash up job and then we were into the day propper.

All into the Nipper and we headed for Djebel and acquaintances were re-established with my student's mum at the shop and Yusti has messaged me to send CJ up so that he can show him the nightlife of Sofia.  Not much time to do it on this trip...maybe next.

Leva shop goodies, cheapy clothes shop and then over to a very nice restaurant for lunch.  Well stuffed with meat,s cheesy chips, beer for the non-drivers and then back to the car park.  Kaufland for a loo stop, Djebel for the few things that Kardjali didn't have except under a different trade name.  Hope for six and the boys promptly settled to for target practice with the air rifles and we all gravitated to the bench under the terrace when the light left.  I'd popped in to light the fire and it was going really well, the wind was northerly and it was soon in for a warm.  No supper to day but I believe it might be a cheese feast anytime now, CJ has settled down on one of the sofas in the lounge...and he's off again.  

Greece tomorrow if the weather holds...it's been beautiful today but that wind was quite cutting at times.  LN...Fingers crossed it's fine....LN

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