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Elsa Peters living a new life in Bulgaria  /  My Diary by Elsa Peters  /  OCTOBER 2018
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 1, 2018, 4:06pm
Monday 1st October

It's been a cold wet day all day...and I believe someone has stolen my mountains and it's time they brought them back.  I woke up at seven and it was as dark as you like or don't like and I remembered that Bekir was supposed to phone me to confirm that he was working today but the phone confirmed that he hadn't so I made the call at seven twenty and I think I woke him up.  We mumbled at or to each other and agreed that I'd pick him up tomorrow at the usual time.  And so it was back to bed with Soda Crush until I was ready to start my day for the second time.

No bread van today so no bread without I headed out to Djebel and it was too cold and damp to worry about it.  Washed and dressed and ready to face the day and I had nothing more to do than to play around on the computer, try and find more relatives and it got quite frustrating.  They seemed to have very few names and so many children...very prolific in those days and at least it kept me awake today.

Supper is in the oven.  Pork in spicy tomato sauce and pasta should finish it off superbly.  I lit the fire about half an hour ago and it's warming up nicely and I've just had a phone call from Bekir confirming that he's stair finishing tomorrow so one of my other plans has gone on hold but I'd rather be here while he's doing the stairs...advice may be needed.

And so down to the kitchen...supper needs finishing off...I'm hungry.  LN...I've work to do tomorrow...LN
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Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 2, 2018, 8:13pm; Reply: 2
Tuesday 2nd October

So now I'm on the tablet.....my computer is out of bounds and yet again.....the top section is gone and repairs are in progress.  It should be done by tomorrow all being well and Sally has been busy with the whitening for the walls and the lounge is waiting for me to put it back together again but until the dust has come to an end....it can wait.

Out in good time this morning and down to the wood yard for one four metre plank and I was charged little money for it.  Bekir sliced it in half and it went into the Nipper sweet as and it was at that point that we realised that the man who trims and planes it wasn't there so Sally was phoned and I thought he could get on with the planing and then I came up with the other job for him.  Success on the end of a brush.

Lounge more or less back together again, I"m sleeping downstairs and negotiating the obstacle course to the kitchen and bathroom.  I took Gouljan and her hubby out for supper tonight and a good time was had by all.  Both men are working tomorrow and I'll fill in the gaps and Sally will be guided wherever the inclination takes me.  No pickies....having enough problems with this keyboard and I refuse to climb that ladder....LN....Patience is a virtue.....LN
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 3, 2018, 6:09pm; Reply: 3
Wednesday 3rd October

Today has been packed full of surprises and frustrations.  I didn't sleep well last night...I couldn't get comfortable and my head was buzzing with the events of the day.  Both there with their little rubber shoes blacked, and it was straight back home, Sally got to work on sanding down the handrails and then decided that since he had the wall whitening stuff ready mixed that it would be a shame not to use it so the hallway was striped of it's adornments, tables and books removed to various points in the establishment.  I sat in the garden with Marmite on toast and viewed the world from my perspective leaving the men to it.  They knew what they had to do.  I eventually got round to sweeping up and clearing leaves and just before lunch we headed in to Djebel for yet more wood.for the hand and top rails.  

Eventually we got the template for the stairs sorted, it all looked less persisted that in did before and it was full steam ahead.  I'd noticed that there were lots of walnuts that had fallen from the tree at the bottom of the garden so collected up a bucket and now they're skinned and drying in the little house.  I also filled up the second bucket and that's a job for tomorrow.  It was very pleasant sitting out in the sun cleaning up the walnuts and then thee was a request for more wood so at five tonight I headed in to Djebel yet again, was invited to share a plate of home grown tomatoes with the shop owner which I did and then it was home James and don't spare the horses....we were on a mission to get the stairs finished...and they are.

I dropped the men back a little later than usual and on the way back stopped off at Ms. D of S's and the car was there but no one at home.  Fortunately I'd been spotted in the village and they were up at the local bar...it was her birthday.  I got a hut from the little one and she was very busy working the bar and getting lots of attention and eventually she sat down for a few minutes and I had a bit of a cuddle but not for long...she is perpetual motion.  

Drove home to the upside down house...and I'll tackle it tomorrow.....I'm too tired tonight.  We got there with the stairs...a slow old process but they look good and sturdy.  No supper required...just too tired...shan't be long before I hit the sack.  LN...Just a few pickies of the day....LN
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 3, 2018, 6:14pm; Reply: 4
And a few more
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 4, 2018, 4:34pm; Reply: 5
Thursday 4th October

Rotten night with cramp in the lower leg forcing me to hop about a bit.  I did manage to get back off again and awoke at seven and what a relief...nowhere to go this morning...no men...no shopping...no nothing except by self suggestion and putting the thoughts into action.  And now I'm completely knacked.  Lounge only needs the ornaments washing and replacing...and putting away those that need to be 'reviewed', the winter lounge is more or less done, the conservatory is cleared out and then I strayed to the yard.  The sawdust is now at the bottom of the garden and the weeds have been dug out, the old wooden step  'before the conservatory' has been dragged into the garage and the flowerpots tidied.

I ran out of steam at about ten thirty and settled for toast and strawberry jam and I ate it sitting out on the terrace in the sun.  The woodpecker flew to the lonely pine in my garden and had a really good time of it.  I noticed that there are lots of flying ants around so he should have done well.  In fact the starlings were having a field day on the hillside ...stocking up for winter.

The water heater is on for a bath tonight to soak out the aches and pains...lifting some of my wooden furniture to put it back where it came from has taken its toll.  I can't decide on what's for supper tonight...I might even settle for beans on toast...comfort food.  House finishing tomorrow.  I've got the lounge curtains to permanently turn up...the pins have to come out.  The old winter ones need to be replaced but maybe not this year.....a decision has to be made.

Had a lovely light bulb moment today.  At Christmas I bought a necklace for my grand-daughter from my favourite jewellers in Lewes.  I found the receipt about two months ago and for the life of me I couldn't remember what I'd bought.  Today I happened to be browsing through my box of goodies and I found a pair of earrings, the penny dropped and they are as beautiful as I thought they were at the time.  

And now I'm beginning to get hungry...I can hear the beans calling.   LN...Kitchen calls...LN
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 5, 2018, 6:25pm; Reply: 6
Friday 5th October

Six thirty start, that bath didn't happen last night despite the fact that the water was up to temperature but I fell asleep in front of the computer, woke up and went straight to bed.  I was shattered last night .  This morning was all go from the first cup of coffee.  It was a beautiful morning with the mist hanging in the valley and it's remained beautiful all day.  

The ornaments are all back in place, the curtain is up in the corridor and they're essential heading in to winter, the lounge curtains are washed and dried but not shortened and not hung bur the heavy curtain rail is in place,  Breakfast was the remains of the beans I opened last night with heavily buttered toast and I headed up with a cup of coffee to the computer and ended up on the bed playing Soda Crush and yes, you've guessed it I settled for a power nap and woke up just before midday.  Strange dream on waking up, I was helping a blind lady across the road and suddenly she started telling me things like a medium would and just as we started to go through a door she suddenly stopped and I wanted her to go on but she didn't.  It seemed so real...I woke up in a confused state.  Time for a coffee!!

I began sorted out the books to go by the telephone and the Librarian arrived quite out of the blue.  Apparently she's having trouble with her phones so decided that a home visit.  We had coffee and she told me what she'd got up to in the UK and I was pleased to know that everything was OK with the house.  I had tried to phone her to check but as I said ...nothing ringing out.

I suggested we went up to the soup kitchen for lunch...it's good and cheap and ti didn't disappoint today.  I did a little shopping in Djebel, I bought a bunch of leeks for two leva and there were enough for both of us...five each so I shall be making leek and potato soup tomorrow at some point and off she went.  I was out with the mole tablets and attacking the mole hills and ever hopeful for success ....but all they do is pop up in other places.  Washing in and put away, I wasn't really bothered about supper so to date haven't bothered and headed upstairs to watch the Eggheads that's now been rescheduled and messes up the end of one program and the beginning of the next on ITV.  Why don't they leave things as they are??

A visit tonight from Haciber advising me that there is a Mevlit tomorrow at the little mosque on the square and I've been invited.  Apparently the couple are from Turkey so I won't know them but the rest of the gathering comfortable with me being there and I love the peace that it brings, sitting quietly for an hour or so.  So tomorrow I'm determined to get the lounge curtains done....I might even turn them up by hand...that should keep me quiet for an hour or so.  LN...Bath time ....LN
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 6, 2018, 3:38pm; Reply: 7
Saturday 6th October

It's been a funny old day.  I washed and brushed up for the mosque this morning and had a load of washing in and out on the line before ten.  I set off for the venue and met Haciber on the way and we walked down together.  A lot of the women were sitting on stools outside the mosque and the hodja was singing his little heart out and I think he had another three helping him out.  There seemed some confusion about the juice that was being provided for the gathering.  It wasn't the normal but I saw them adding water and sugar and eventually they handed it round in the mosque and to the women sitting outside.  At about eleven I headed in to sit on the floor but there were lots of women that I didn't know, some of the looks appeared to be disapproving but the rest of the village accept me so I had no worries.  I know some of the words by now but never say them or mouth them...I use the space for my own meditations in a safe environment.  

It ended at approximately twelve and the meat and rice was served but unfortunately I ended up with lots of rice but very little meat.  I sat to a lady whose relatives used to live in the village and the house is now a pile of stone and not about to be renovated.  She's a teacher in Ismir in Turkey and has children living in Bursa so their lives are there.  Remsie was there and reminded me that tomorrow we have our local village 'prasnic' or celebration of the village so I'll probably head down there about eleven and see who's about.  I got the washing in around four but it was already going damp despite the sun so I draped it over the banister and it's now away.  Chicken wings in the oven and should be ready any time now so I'll be wrapping this up any minute now.  I've just watched the Chase team taking part in Tipping Point and Mark has just won twenty thousand for charity...interesting watching them on the other side of the questions.....and it was interspersed with watching the woodpecker line itself on the lonely pine and then headed down to the ground for easy pickings.

Supper is ready.  LN....I'm hungry....LN

Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 7, 2018, 5:45pm; Reply: 8
Sunday 7th October

Nothing to see here...move along please... ;)  It's been a very lazy day, I didn't visit the village fete and I shall probably be asked why tomorrow but I didn't feel up to it.   There was nothing wrong, physically I felt fine, mentally I was on a down day and pleased myself what I did and what I got up to and believe me...it was very little.

I woke up at seven thirty after a great night's sleep, made my coffee, intended going out on the terrace to drink it but it was cloudy and cold so I sat on the chair in the stairwell.  A second cup was in order and I moved upstairs to the computer and logged on.  I checked emails and Facebook overnights and there was nothing I really wanted to comment on or add to so I switched over to Freecell and played a few games...it gets the brain moving.  I made breakfast of poached eggs on toast followed by toast and marmalade and felt thoroughly stuffed so went back to the computer and started to play around with finding my family.  It was at this point that I decided that my slovenly lifestyle shouldn't include not washing and brushing my hair so I headed for the bathroom but I didn't get further than that.  I'm still in my PJ's but they are the velour ones so are perfectly acceptable should anyone arrive at my door.

After scrambling my brain with the family pursuits I switched off and moved downstairs and went back to reading Game of Thrones book one and it's amazing how much detail you tend to overlook when you start a new series.  I'm also relating it to having see the videos and they are fantastic interpretation and stick very closely to the book.  Eyes southwards for an hour or so and I put film on on the little computer and switched it off again pretty speedily.  I forgot it was Sunday and very little to see so it was back to the book.

I'm heading in to Kardjali tomorrow via the garage to get my tyres changed over to winters as per the law of the land.  I'm taking my phone back to M=Tel, the power cable has open wires near the power in end so I want a new one.  I'll have to clean it up before it goes back...there's a fair amount of builders' dust on it.  I'll be doing trips to Kaufland and Lidl for basics and undoubtedly will be visiting my cheapy shop...just out of habit and you never know Norman....as the old TV add used to state.

No supper required...I had a fit of the munchies and demolished a pack of mini pretzels.  Beautiful day but you can only take so many pickies of the garden.  LN....Will do better tomorrow....LN
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 8, 2018, 6:10pm; Reply: 9
Monday 8th October

Again a brilliant night's sleep....long may it reign...and hopefully not on my parade.  I'm hoping that the weather stays this good when Princess and her oppo arrive next week.  Breakfast of toast and strawberry jam and there was a general tidy round and I decided to go down and visit Gouljan's mum who's recovering from an operation.  They were having an early lunch when I arrived and true to form I was invited to join them and declined gracefully...my jam was still lodged as it wended its way through the system.  She's looking a little better, Gouljan is looking more shattered each time I see her...Cinderella is having a bit of a rough time and doesn't know when she'll be able to head back to Germany since her beau drove home last week.  She's coming round tomorrow...she needs internet connection and a scanner and since I have both...she'll be my guest.

I carried on to Kardjali and into the hardware shop and bought a pot of teak stain.  I would like to put a stain on the staircase but I've got to be sure that it's not going to stand out like a sore thumb...I'll give it a try tomorrow on a spare piece of wood.  I carried on to M-Tel and managed to exchange the house phone but setting it up is a little difficult...it comes without instructions.  Cheapy shop and bought one more sweater suitable for autumn...on to Kaufland and finally Lidl and remembered to buy the fish fingers that Gouljan's mum asked me to get.  I stopped to top up on gas and put twenty five leva's worth in it..that should do me for a week or so.  Back to Djebel and stopped off at my student's mum's shop for a catch-up.  I've deserted her quite a bit later.  Home for six thirty and we had a spate of electricity on and off and so far so good...but I'm not going to take long to finish this one.

Only got one pickie today so I'll add it to tomorrow's offering.  Forgive me...it's  the threat of the electricity going down....so I'm posting now...  LN...Quit while you're ahead....LN
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 9, 2018, 6:33pm; Reply: 10
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

Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 10, 2018, 6:07pm; Reply: 11
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
Posted by: linda g, October 11, 2018, 3:16am; Reply: 12
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
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 11, 2018, 5:23pm; Reply: 13
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
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 12, 2018, 5:02pm; Reply: 14
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
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 13, 2018, 5:49pm; Reply: 15
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
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 14, 2018, 7:33pm; Reply: 16
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
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 14, 2018, 7:44pm; Reply: 17
And there are more
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 15, 2018, 7:56pm; Reply: 18
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
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 16, 2018, 6:59pm; Reply: 19
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
Posted by: Elsa Peters, October 17, 2018, 4:26pm; Reply: 20
Wednesday 17th October

Lovely sleep of the just and it was seven ten when I first saw the light of day.  The sun was up, the temperature was rising and it looked like we were in for a good one.  The mist was hanging round the mountains and I tried to point out my little house in the mountains to my SIL but it was no use so we might be up for a trip in the Beast tomorrow so that they can see it.

Toast for breakfast and we were ready to roll at ten fifteen and we were on out way to Greece.  We managed the border very comfortably and the only thing in front of us was a white van.  After about four minutes the guard came out of his little hut and indicated to the driver of the van to do the same and asked him to open up the door of the van which was secured with a metal bar.  He opened up and inside were rolls of material which my current passengers commented that he could have all sorts hidden in the rolls and flat packed in the fabric.  The driver and the guard then made their was to the side of the van and obviously the guard had the same impression as my lot and he turned him round and headed him back to Bulgaria.  We stepped up, passports over on to the next cubicle and passports were returned...we were in Greece for the day.

I seem to stick to the same route...I was only there on Sunday but Princess and co have never been before so it was a pleasure to take them.  We walked the beach, Princess had a paddle in the sea, CJ took his t-shirt off but it soon went back on and we headed to the restaurant for coffees.  After a  ten euro bill we moved on to the fishing village so that I could show Princess the spider webs on the roadside and she has a thing about flamingos and was amazed to see them on the salt flats.  We had a walk along the quay and headed into a fish restaurant not realising that it was solely fish but found enough to fill us up.  Grilled prawns and squid for the girls, cheesy veg and halumi for the boys and we also went for a Greek salad that came with a real chunk of cheese and four dishes of chips.  Unfortunately they'd been sprinkled with oregano so didn't go down a bomb with the entourage but the rest of the food was really good and we all came away stuffed.  Back in the Nipper and over the border to Bulgaria getting questioned as to how many people were in the car despite the fact that he had four passports, he asked where I was going and who the passengers were and where they lived and I said that they were family over for a holiday and all this in Bulgarian.  Any way it must have been understood, he raised the barrier and off we toddled.

On the way back we stopped off at Ms D of S so they could meet up and were surprised when the newbies from F arrived after we'd been there for a while.  On our way after about half an hour....Nobody wants any supper...it will probably be a cheese board much later on.  LN.....Lovely day with lots of giggles......LN.  
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