Author: Joe

Finally we have rain and running water.

We have finally had some rain so now have running water all day which is making life so much easier and our surviving plants are doing well. With building the summer kitchen the old flower beds were in the wrong places so new ones had to be built. The rain has allowed me to  dismantle the old flower beds and…

Demolition time

The new year didn’t start to well, one of our freezers decided to pack in. It was here when we bought the house so we don’t know how old it was but we’ve had 5 years out of it. Fortunately for us last year we jarred all of out fruit and vegetables and instead of freezing a lot of our…

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…