Terry and I have not long come back from the UK but not for the best reasons. His Mum Denise was admitted to hospital for suspected Bronchitus and died 2 weeks later of aggressive cancer of the lungs, liver and adrenal glands. It happened so quickly no one had any time to process what was… Read More The saddest news, coppicing and ladies that lunch
It is an entirely unremarkable day outside. I could be back in the UK; grey skies, wind and an impending threat of precipitation. However I haven’t had to fire up the petchka. As is occasionally my wont I’m sat in the snug trawling Facebook for amusing stories and wallowing in procrastination. What better time to… Read More A stork has been seen, lambs have been born but Spring has not sprung and remembering JS
A Happy New year to everyone, may it bring you everything you need for a happy life. As I wake up in 2019 I feel that this year is going to be a good one on all fronts. Looking out the window of the snug I can see the billy goats head butting each other… Read More 2018, dispatching Maud and general learning curves
Sharing is caring and I have been remiss. Life on the Danubian Plains has far exceeded our expectations and 29 months on we have settled into life in Bulgaria to the extent that it feels like we have always been here. The wobble we both experienced in year one, in hindsight was probably driven by… Read More Living the dream and forgetting to write about it!
Insomnia is so undervalued, when you don’t have to get up for “work”. At 3am I awoke feeling chilly. A quick look at the orange glow of the LED told me it was 3 am and only 18 degrees! You reader might be thinking, cold? But when the temperatures are so deliciously hot during… Read More A sheepish hello from the Plains
James and I, like 2 spies, managed to organise, arrange and carry out a quick surprise visit to Blighty. British Airways had 2 tickets for 6 nights in the UK for a little over £260 with baggage allowance. I bought them then arranged with James the pick up and accommodation arrangements. He was splendid, booking… Read More Blighty, Christmas and thoughts 18 months on
I am going to add a preface to this post. A very guilty one. It was written sometime back when. Even I have lost the thread. So in order to post something I’m going to again commit the sin of an imageless entry. I’m loathe to present my wonderful kitchen half cooked and about every other… Read More The race to winter, building updates and navigating the health system
After 3 miserable days the sun has come out to play and I question why I spent the morning putting the majority of our summer stuff away. The garden is bathed in that crystal light so often found in Bulgaria. The garden is beginning to look care worn. Well at least the hibiscus and good… Read More While I wait for my mobile and camera to charge ….
Paige, the 5th child of our combined 6 arrived on the 6th of October. She was due to spend a month with us but as happened she stayed 10 days. This was her 2nd visit to us in Bulgaria and the quietude of the village and Terry’s manic work schedule left her struggling with boredom.… Read More Paige, being a tourist and preps for winter
I haven’t written much on the countryside of Bulgaria recently. The colour pallette of this wonderful countries hedgerows is moving from the blue of cornflowers and white and yellow of Chamomile to the deep crimson of Red Hot Pokers. The heat this year cut short the sunflower season and before their beautiful yellow heads could… Read More Autumn is upon us