Category: Diary

Day-to-day diary entries

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, 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…

Active August

With great relief the weather has started to cool off a bit in August and we have finally had some rain, which was perfect timing for our next couple of volunteers to arrive. First to arrive was James who helped get the bathroom and freezer room windows sanded, the extension roof tiled and among other things started to plane the…

I’m feeling hot, hot, hot!

It’s been a while since we did one of our normal update posts the reason being we haven’t been doing much. We do have some excuses for our lack of progress, ok first excuse I unexpectedly ended up going back to the UK for just over two weeks so wasn’t here to keep an eye on things 🙂 While I…

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…

Ducklings – here’s peeping at you!

We got our first ducklings today. Fifteen of them, just ten days old, and very excited about all the new things they’ve encountered today!

We’ve got them living in a large cage until the chickens get used to them, then they will have a cosy house to live in. We also want them to get a bit bigger, so the cat isn’t as tempted to try a tasty duckling snack!

Julie and our helper Michael have been busy digging a pond for them to live in, which we hope to have finished by next week. In the meantime, they are getting to play in water under our supervision. Here’s one getting dried off after his swim!

Drying the ducklings
Drying the ducklings

They are eating and drinking well, getting through 2 1/2 litres or water this afternoon, but I guess they have been pretty stressed.

Cob plastering finished

May update

April was quite a good month weather wise and by the end of it we were in shorts and tee-shirts  but May up to now  has been quite wet. The extension is coming on, we are doing it in two stages. Most of the building work has been completed on stage one, unfortunately our friend couldn’t put the tiles on…

Gathering bees in May

It has long been an ambition of ours to eventually keep bees, but we hadn’t quite anticipated that it would be this year! We’ve spent winter swotting up on bee keeping with two books we got from a friend; Collins Beekeeper’s Bible and The Complete & Easy Guide to Beekeeping. The Collins one has been great, with loads of information,…