We now have a kitchen

Well not a complete finished kitchen but Joe has built the casing for the sink and washing machine so we now have a sink, complete with running water and a drain. At the moment we only have cold water but that is only a detail; the fact that for nearly 9 months we’ve had to carry all our water to and from the outside tap makes having running water and drainage a major break-through. We have moved everything back into the kitchen from the hallway and the temporary work surfaces will be replaced with units over the coming months when Joe gets the time to build them. We’re playing around with the layout and storage, before designing the final units so Joe can build what we need.

The whole house has turned into a wood-yard, with big bits of some red and white wood for the kitchen worktops, which may be cedar but we’re not sure, thick pine for the stairs and thinner pieces for window trim, stacked up everywhere. Joe has planed all the stairs wood to size and is currently building them to connect the kitchen to the living room. It looks like a giant jigsaw puzzle! These have taken a lot of planning as they need to go through a thick wall and have corners, all while keeping a constant step height. He’s got through a lot of graph paper doing this!

While Joe is busy in the workshop / hallway I’ve been busy in the garden harvesting the last of the walnuts, squashes and green tomatoes, we have now got our onions and garlic in which were the first things we planted in the beds last year and so the cycle begins again. Hopefully this time around we’ll be better planned and organised, having learned from our mistakes of the last year.

The weather has turned a bit chilly lately, although we’ve got off lightly compared to last year when we’d had our first snowfall by now. Even so, it’s been a great excuse to fire up the new cooking pechka and get back to baking some cakes which I’ve really missed doing through the summer months when it was just too hot. I’ve been using up what is left of last years dried fruit and walnuts to make way for the fresh ones, and turning the last of the green tomatoes, figs and marrows into cakes, chutneys, and pickles.

Jenny and Alan came for a second visit, nice to know we didn’t put them off on their first visit 🙂 This was a great excuse to visit Veliko Tarnovo, a near by city that we have been meaning to go to since we moved here but never quite got round to it. We were lucky to have a beautiful warm clear day for spending time looking round Tsaravets fortress and the old part of the city.

We also had the option of registering to vote in the elections which was the first time any immigrants have had the right to vote in the village, so off we went to village hall to register and the last couple of weeks we have sent Google translate into melt down trying to translate all the parties agendas. At the local scale we had 4 candidates for village major. One of the candidates called round along with a translator to translate Bulgarian into Russian and another that translated Russian into English, it was rather a long conversation but we got there in the end.

  4 comments for “We now have a kitchen

  1. carol in penrith
    November 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    this looks absolutely magical … what a transformation. You have worked so hard and yet as you make clear, it’s not over yet. What boundless energy you seem to have, all this building work, looking after the animals and harvesting and processing ….
    We’ve been to Leicester for the weekend and experienced surprisingly mild weather, which possibly contributed to wide spread fog … on our return the temperature in the greenhouse registered 80 degrees, picked some tomatoes there and a handful of autumn fruiting raspberries outside. Not self sufficient in any way, in fact in some respects might cost us more to grow things but at least it’s organic, it’s a joy to eat our own produce and we know exactly what goes into the soil…… plenty of muck from Joe Ridley’s farm. We’ve had halloween ….. lots of children in weird and wonderful costumes coming round hoping to collect their own body weight in chocolates and haribos … quite an American influenced commercialised event…… is Halloween acknowledged in any way there? Very best wishes from Penrith, Carol and lain

    • Joe
      November 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Carol, no Halloween here, and not much sign of Christmas yet either! I agree with you, the joy of eating your own-grown food it its own reward, regardless of whether its; cheaper or not. Glad you’re both well, the weather sounds good in the UK a bit chilly here and winter will soon enough be here! Stay well and warm, Joe and Julie

  2. Robyn Richardson
    November 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I’m sure it is pure joy having running water inside your home. I’m always amazed at everything you two accomplish!

  3. November 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I am, as ever, in awe of your determination, willingness to learn by the trial and error method of gardening, your abundance of crops and what you do with them and of course Joe’s handiwork and the progress of the house. What strides you have made in your new home. Incredible! Well done just doesn’t seem sufficient.

Comments on what we write are always welcome, we love to know what people think, but we'd love to know who you are as well! It makes replying easier!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.