Introduction To Becoming More Self Reliant - Read this First!
The idea to become more self reliant in what I do and how I live probably stems from being brought up
at a time when Felicity Kendal and 'The Good Life' were at their peak. More than that though as a young child I spent many a summer holiday staying with my
End of August - 31 Aug 2010 The BBC's promise of rain has yet to materialise, and I have been without
water for two days. I should point out that this is not a rare occurence in Bulgaria, and normally I would not even mention it. However
this month I have been without water for 10 days in total and since it hasn't rained my crops are not coping well................
I want rain - 28 Aug 2010 It has not rained at all this month, which is quite typical for southern Bulgaria, although for a whinging 'pom' the novelty of 35C 'hot and sunny' everyday is starting to wane. I am not the only thing that has had enough of the sun. My garden (apart from the parts that get watered daily) is starting to resemble a desert scrubland, and the slightest spark would set it of in an inferno.
My two cats Dave & Alan think it is great, they lie around snoozing all day, which in the afternoons is pretty much all I am capable of...............
The Mosque in Fotinovo - 27 Aug 2010 As it is Friday and the middle of Ramadan, I thought it would be
interesting to attend the local mosque in Fotinovo with my good friend Hussain, who just so happens to be the Hodja (Imam). I
suppose this is like visiting church as a non believer but being brought as a guest of the vicar..............
French Beans MarkII - 24 Aug 2010 My crop of French bewans this year has left quite a lot to be desired, I think I have probaly only
managed to harvest about twice of what I actually planted. This sort of ratio does not really make any sense especially the work that goes into planting, weeding
and growing the things. I have been aound the village to see if it is just my crop that has failed to work, and unfortunately........
Dimitrovgrad - 23 Aug 2010 I shall never again complain about Annie dithering when she goes shopping.
Yesterday I experienced my own personal hell and I had actually volunteered for it.............
Potatoes the results are in! - 21 Aug 2010 I have concluded my thesis on potato growing and am ready to release the results.
After struggling getting last years crop of potatoes out of the ground, and knowing that I had probably left a good few in there as well,
I decided this year to grow some in containers (well stacks of old tyres)........
Ramadan & Cars -21 Aug 2010 My village is currently celebrating the month of Ramadan, which is also a treat for the not so devout,
as the Huassain the 'Hodja' (Imam) belts out everynight to call to an end the period of fasting. I don't understand a
word he is saying, but his voice makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. This is all done with out the use of a microphone
and I think in his day could have given any one of the 'three tenors' a run for there money............
My Computer is broken - 17 Aug 2010 My computer is dying a slow and misreable death, please bear with me!...........
Fish BG Style -10 Aug 2010 My first real encounter with my neighbours didn't really occur until I had been here a month,
yes I had said hello and been invited for coffee at all their houses, but that was about the extent of it. Then one afternoon in early Sept 2008 I decided to take a stroll around the village.
I bumped into a few people I knew and asked for directions to the nearest cafe. At the time I didn't think there was one in the villgae. How wrong could I be. Not only was there a shop,
cafe and pub (all the same place) but they were just...........
Digging for Victory - 10 Aug 2010 First of all, Potatoes, I have grown tons of the damn things. Excellent I shall not be
buying any this year. I will have plenty to eat all through the winter as well as having loads of new potatoes now for salads, or just boiled with butter. The
problem though with potatoes is not planting them or digging the ground is the spring before they are planted. It is getting the blighters........
The Pub, to ski or not to ski? - 6 Aug 2010 Is there a better place in the world than your local pub? I have yet to find one
wherever I have lived, be it in Swansea, Tanzania, and now Bulgaria. There is nothing better than after you have done what you have to do
for the day than sitting back with a few beers, putting the world to right...........
The Greenhouse Grows - 5 Aug 2010 Part of the joy of trying to live a more self reliant lifestyle, means you get to try and
attempt at building what you would otherwise buy. My greenhouse is starting to take shape although very slowly, as it is 35C and moving any faster than a snail
in that kind of heat is dangerous..........
Our Politicians Are Worse than Yours! - 3 Aug 2010 I try not to get involved with politics, especially when in the pub.
All guide books advise against it, and sometimes opinions can be quite extreme. And let's face it apart from lining their own pockets
what are politicians actually good for..........
Greenhouses & Funerals - 2 Aug 2010 I have eventually started my greenhouse for next year, so that I am not at the mercy of the weather
quite as much. Unfortunately I have attended a funeral also. It really was quite a sad occasion. My friend Sulyemans wife passed away with a brain clot. It was all quite unexpected
but I suppose sometimes that can be seen as a blessing. I have seen my grandmother waste away for years with Alzheimers, and more recently my Auntie suffered years of
Chemotheraphy in a battle against cancer that was eventually lost. Sorry to be all down, funerals are a time that make you reflect on what is important in your life
because you just don't know what tomorrow brings.........
We are now heading into August 2010, The theromstat has been turned up. Hot and sunny everyday. Scorchio!
Last months articles can be seen here.
Pets in Paradise - 31 July 2010
Not Just Fruit & Veg - 29 July 2010
24 Hour Melons - 28 July 2010
Becarful When Buying Bread - 24 July 2010
Not Always a Good Crop - 24 July 2010
Taxis, Doctors and politics (a bit) - 23 July 2010
The Alexander Trilogy - 20 July 2010 (4 out of 5)
The Best & Worst Books I have Read - 20 July 2010
Central heating BG - 20 July 2010
A Goat A Sheep and Lots of Beer! - 19 July 2010
Stringing Onions - 15 July 2010
The 'Weekly' Shop
Tomatoes, Cucumber and Hail - 12 July 2010
Kolla e Djenna, drougata hora ne mojay! 6 July 2010
Welcome to July 2010
How to Make Lavender Essential Oil - 25 June 2010
My Day Trip with the Imam - 21 June 2010
Double Glazing The Truth! 18 June 2010
Basic Beekeeping 17 June 2010
Making Mead 16 June 2010
How Much should I grow - 13 June 2010
Way to Self Reliance Part 1 - 13 June 2010
How (not) to be an Expat Part 2 - 12 June 2010
Annies' World Part Three - 12 June 2010
How to Make Cherry Wine 10 Jun 2010
How to Make Cherry Brandy 9 Jun 2010
How Much does it Cost to Setup(part1) - 8 June 2010
Beat the Rise in Cigarette Duty Grow Your Own - 7 June 2010
How to get Cheap Firewood - 7 June 2010
Annies World Life in Bulgaria Part 2 - 7 June 2010
How (not) to Make Brandy - 6 June 2010
Annies World Life in Bulgaria Part 1 - 6 June 2010
A bit about Bulgaria - 6 June 2010