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Elsa Peters
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Wednesday 30th December

So last night I went to bed at eleven feeling very relaxed until I put the light out and snuggled down and it was then that the cells started working overtime.  I'd had a lovely day and something had jolted the brain into action.  I'd removed one of the quilts so maybe it was a weight issue, but it was so mild last night that I even put my leg out of bed to act as a thermostat. I was awake at eight fifteen which again was abnormal for me and it was twelve degrees this outside this morning on my stick of centigrate and twenty degrees in.  There were clouds in the sky and a hint of sun but that was about it, not so much global warming, I think the axis has tilted.  UK with snow and me with positively glorious weather for the time of year.

I warmed up the remains of the can of baked beans and had them on toast for breakfast.  I sat in the stairwell and by this time the sun had managed to escape the clouds and it was going to be a good one.  There was quite a stiff breeze, a few leaves blowing about but nothing to write home about.  I had a bit of a lazy morning but at twelve I went out to get rid of the household rubbish and the remains of the packaging from the new tiles that I'd bought.  As I said it was breezy so I nursed the fire to make sure that nothing shot off to the hillside and only moved back to the top of the garden when all was safely down to embers with a lid covering the opening.  I managed to put the bulbs that had been removed back into the tree stump on the terrace and put more compost on top of them and then set about emptying the large concrete flower container that I'd bought in Greece this year.  It was much too heavy for me to move with the plants in it but I had visions of the frost getting into it and breaking it hence the cause of my activity.  The main plants were two sun daisies that seemed to be surviving well so I got a large flower pot, repotted the sun daisies and the petunias are on the hillside, the compost is on top of the fuscia as extra protection and the pot is now inside the little house.  Another job done and dusted and I remembered to water the plants in the little house, some of them were a little dry.

I was on to a call from the UK when I heard my cow-bell rattling and thought it might be the wind but no, it was two of my neighbours.  Zelinger is a real sweetie, I'd delivered her Christmas bag yesterday and today she has to reciprocate and I wish that she wouldn't but she does.  She came with my young neighbour that lives near to her and they demanded coffee so their needs were met and I fed them Bailey's biscuits, only one each from the goody bad from my daughter.  I didn't tell them that they were laced with alcohol but they liked them.  They left around four, another phone call to the UK, chicken and potatoes in the oven and I've just lit the fire before the temperature starts to drop.  Nothing on the agenda so far for tomorrow, I've still got this feeling that I should go into Kardjali and buy some more of the tiles just in case and if the weather is good, I'll have an early start.  Some good spells coming from the kitchen so I really should be making moves in that direction and throw another log on the fire.  LN....It's good when the neighbours feel they can visit.....LN



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Thursday 31st December

So another good night's sleep and it was just before eight before I got started on my day.  Coffee and took up my position at the table in the stairwell and viewed the day.  There were some really big fronts coming in from Turkey and Greece and the day gradually disintegrated into rain and winds but I'd finished what I wanted to achieve before the deluge started.

Si I cleared the kitchen from last night, washed up the baking tins, threw the greasy water onto the flower beds which really confused the cats.  Toast for breakfast, nothing fancy this morning and decided that shower and hair wash was the order of the day and it was a visit to Kardjali to get the tiles and a few items of shopping.  It's a bit of an Indian winter...the temperature was up to eleven degrees which is unheard of for this time of year so I settled for a body warmer instead of a top coat today.  I got the Nipper out on to the road, closed up the gates and set off for Djebel.  It set off as if it had got kangaroo fuel in it and going through the forest it didn't exactly stall but was very reluctant.  I made it to the main road and then decided to swap over to petrol and drove to the garage without any hitches.  I explained the problem and it was decided that there potentially wasn't any gas in the tank and I couldn't remember the last time I'd filled it but I'd had no warning bleeps to change over to petrol.  I went to Kardjali, bought the tiles and a very helpful female assistant gave me a hand to get them into the Nipper.  Too many people heading for Kaufland so I went to Lidl instead and then to the fuel station to top up the gas.  I changed over to gas and made it back to Djebel without any problems, parked up outside the car shop and had fifteen minutes with the owner's wife but when I came to drive back home the Nipper started to play up.  Instead of home I went to the garage, told them that I'd only put in nineteen leva of gas where normally the car would take twenty five leva's worth.  Unfortunately what the car needs is a gas service so I'm told and a man is coming down from Plovdiv either Saturday or Monday and I'm booked in.  They have another car in the garage with problems.

Home on petrol, shopping away, fire lit despite the fact that it was eleven degrees outside, cheese and garlic baked biscuits for a snack and what a mistake that was.   No supper required, I think that's going to stay with me until morning.

So, the end of another year and what a year it's been.  No exciting cruises, only one trip to Greece and nothing in the offing so far for next.  I've missed my Christmas visit to the UK, missed seeing family and friends and catching up.....but I'm not the only one.  Some families are in a much worse position than I am.  I would like to wish a Happy New Year to family and friends and may 2021 bring us all a better time.  LN.....Let's try to turn it around.....LN



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