Category: Village life

Pair of horses

Todorov Den in Sadina

Our friend Ivan invited us to go with him to the Todorov Den horse-racing celebrations in the nearby village of Sadina today, so we have spent a pleasant morning with him and two other friends, watching the racing. It’s no Aintree 🙂 Groups of four riders raced each other across a grassy field, with a final race to determine first…

View across the garden

The summer house

After helping the Velikov family move their belongings to Popovo, we have now got the keys to our new second house. The house is intended as a base for family, friends and volunteers to stay in, if they want. It’s a small property; one main bedroom, kitchen, living room, a second bedroom in an adjoining building, and an outside toilet.…

Back to the village hall

St Tryphon’s Day

So it’s ten o’clock in the morning and we’re in the village square with a bonfire going, the musicians are starting up and we’re handed our first cup of wine of the day. Welcome to St Tryphon’s Day! St Tryphon is the patron saint of wine growers, and this day is celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox church, but this festival…

Owners old and new

Room for expansion

With somewhat mixed feelings, Julie and I have bought a second house in the village. Mixed, because while we’re delighted that we’ve been able to buy a lovely little bungalow for friends, family and volunteers to stay in, and they’re very happy that finally they can do things like get an eye operation for grandfather, move to the nearby town…

Koledari on Christmas Day

Christmas in Bulgaria, 2014

We weren’t quite sure what to expect from a Christmas in Bulgaria. We’d researched about the traditions observed here and got a lot of different information, but still couldn’t find out what happened locally. Most of our Bulgarian neighbours went to stay with their families in Popovo, so our neighbourhood felt quite deserted on Christmas Eve, with nobody about. In…