After helping the Velikov family move their belongings to Popovo, we have now got the keys to our new second house. The house is intended as a base for family, friends and volunteers to stay in, if they want.
It’s a small property; one main bedroom, kitchen, living room, a second bedroom in an adjoining building, and an outside toilet. It’s got mains cold water, electricity and a large garden (800m² – small by Bulgarian standards!). It has two wood-fired heaters (pechkas) and a fridge, and a basic washing-machine (not front-loading, more like an old twin-tub).
We hope to keep it as traditional as possible; we will put a small gas cooker in the kitchen, rearrange some of the furniture to give a better layout for guests, and eventually install a solar shower, if people really want that sort of thing!
Otherwise the house is warm, cosy and dry, and will suit anyone wanting to have a simple house to stay in.
The garden has a nice little flower garden, strawberry beds and grape vines, the rest is ready for us to plant. We intend using it mainly for growing food for livestock; corn for the chickens and root vegetables for the pigs. It also comes well stocked with a number of fruit trees.