Author: Joe

Smoking room

Winter has finally arrived

The weather has been unusually mild for the time of year. In fact we’ve had the hottest October on record and along with the high temperatures came no rain. That has all changed and all though it is still mild for the time of year we now have some rain. We have taken advantage of the nice weather and got…

Craft beers in Bulgaria

Coming to Bulgaria can be a bit of a disappointment if you enjoy drinking real ales in the UK. The commonly available lagers are thin, insipid and mostly give me a headache. You can imagine my delight then when I discovered that Bulgaria has a thriving craft beer movement, mostly comprising microbreweries. I discovered this when a film crew came…

Stara Planina ridge

A mini break in Trojan

Almost two years and one month to the day since Julie and I started work on this house, we have finally decided that we need a holiday 😮 A last minute trawl around booking.com, and confirmation from a friend that she can come and house-sit, and we’re off to visit Chiflik, a small village in the hills above Trojan. So…

Improving the soil with manures

The transformation of waste is perhaps the oldest pre-occupation of man. man being the chosen alloy, he must be reconnected—via shit, at all cost Patti Smith, “25th Floor” from the album “Easter”, 1978 And so it is here on our smallholding. A huge amount of our time seems to be being spent collecting, storing, turning and finally distributing manure and…

Waiting for the big pond to fill up

A very different May/June

After a lovely start to this year, May and June have had awful weather. Mostly dry, but with huge thunderstorms. It’s been so wet that most of our soft fruit crops have been lost to moulds, and those that have survived are pretty tasteless. So this year we have barely any greengages, strawberries, or cherries. On the plus side,mulberries have…