We now have a better house

It’s been 3 years since we bought our house and started our new life in Bulgaria, it’s very easy to look at all the work there is still to do and we don’t often look at what we have all ready accomplished. So to celebrate our 3 year anniversary we have decided to take some new photos of the parts of the house we have worked on, and compare them with how the house looked when we bought it.

The Bathroom

This was our first project that kept us busy through to March 2015, our current bathroom is made up from 3 smaller rooms that were the laundry / sink room. the shower and a preserves room.


Our next  project was the kitchen, this proved to be a major undertaking and kept us occupied from March 2015 to March 2016.



And a couple of views of the outside.

Outside construction

2016 was the year we decided to connect the bathroom to the rest of the house by building a walkway between the two, this is still a work in progress and probably won’t be completed this year because our 2017 project has taken priority.

The project for 2017 has been building a workshop so all the tools and wood can be removed from the house and hopefully I can keep the house a bit cleaner and tidier. We decided to build the workshop inside one of our barns.


As well as the building projects we have also raised 4 pigs ( now in the freezer ) 15 ducks ( 9 in the freezer ) got chickens for eggs, 3 bee hives, 2 dogs and 3 cats and are managing to grow all our own fruit and vegetables.

  8 comments for “We now have a better house

  1. Anonymous
    August 6, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    You appear to have very spacious accommodation…..well done for all your hard work. What’s the geology like underfoot?

    • Julie
      August 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      A lot more spacious than we had in Carlisle :-). Not really looked into the geology of the area, all I can say is we have red and grey clay on top of Cretaceous lime stone which isn’t very fossiliferous, only managed to find a couple of small ammonites and evidence of crinoids

  2. Robyn Richardson
    August 6, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Congratulations on all the progress you’ve made! It’s hard to believe it’s already been 3 years.

  3. Sandra harris
    August 6, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    What you gave both achieved is outstanding and the great thing is you have made great friends in Bulgaria too . Learning a language and culture . So impressed . Have told your story to many people . What a way to enhance your life and skills with confidence , have a go attitude and quick adaptation . Well done both of you x Sandra

  4. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Well done you both three years eh
    Loads of happiness for the future x

  5. Mark shaw
    August 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    We have been following your blog since the start and hope to make our life in Bulgaria soon hopefully early 2019.
    You have done so much and we are so jealous of your lifestyle.
    We wiil have been to Bulgaria 3 times in a year our 3rd trip is just less than 3 weeks away.
    We drove through your lovely village on our first trip Nov last year and we hope to move to the area we like Gorsko ablanovo which is not far from you and we will hopefully be buying somewhere near there just got to wait to get my hands on my pension first !!!
    We love your blog keep blogging it’s very useful and informative for us.
    Take care Mark n Jules

    • Joe
      August 29, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks for following us! We hope you enjoy it here as much as we do, and wish you all the very best for your move!

  6. Mum/Jenny & Alan
    September 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    You have achieved great things & shown imagination, perseverance & flair in your projects. We are both full of admiration for what you have achieved. We hope to visit next Spring.

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