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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 grandparents......

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Crocodile Dundee IV - 14 Feb 2011
            
  My better half came over to see me over New Year, unfortunately we had a burst pipe back in the UK which resulted in the police breaking in to turn the water off thankfully the the insurance coughed up, so instead of employing UK plasterers at 400 pounds a day I have two willing builders from my village who are able to come and put everything right for 40 pounds a day!........

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Stray Dogs - Shoot them I say! - 8 Feb 2011
            
  I am no dog lover, in fact having been a paper boy as a child and even a short stint as postman as an adult, I can say with some conviction that dogs have the same feeling towards me. Bulgaria has stray dogs all over the place, they mainly congregate in the citys trawling through bins and apart from the mess don't really do much damadge. However out of town in the villages, although not on the scale of the towns, stray dogs are a nuisance........

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The Carp Restaurant - 4 Feb 2011
            
  Just recently I have visited the next village along (Stomansi), to try out the delicacy of fish and chips the fish being not the traditional Cod or Plaice but the the just as delicious carp. As a young boy I spent many weekend trying to catch these fish is the local pond but had no idea that they were such good eating.......

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Thermometer -15C
February is here! Last months page can be found here



Ruddy Freezing - 31 January 2011
            

My Neighbours Wedding Day - 24 January 2011
            

Bring Back the Communists All is Forgiven - 17 January 2011
            

Smoking Ban Bulgarian Style - 10 January 2011
            

New Years Eve Report and a Lidl madness- 05 January 2011
            


The Snow in my garden



A belated Happy New year to everyone. I have had guests over so have been a bit busy entertaining and not being quite so self reliant, although my homemade wine and spirits have had a large dent put into them. Will have to make more next year! Decembers page can be viewed here or from the menu on the left.

Snow Good - 19 December 2010
            

Spontaneous Combustion - 10 December 2010
            

Concrete Floor - 5 December 2010
            

A New Pub - 1 December 2010
            
December is here along with the colder weather, not much happening in the garden this month, the promise of lots of snow to come! Time to get out the skis, and enjoy the festivities to come. (only New Year here!) Novembers page can be accessed here or from the link on the left.

A view from the top



Kimets Cow - 30 Nov 2010
            

Chimney Sweep - 24 Nov 2010
            

Anyone But Tottenham - 20 Nov 2010
            

Korban Bayram - 16 Nov 2010
            

Magic Beans have Sprouted - 15 Nov 2010
            

'This is Bulgaria, it's normal' - 10 Nov 2010
            

I am a Woodworm - 5 Nov 2010
            

A Walk in The Woods - 3 Nov 2010
            

Parnips, Leeks and Unwanted Gifts - 01 November 2010
            

Tree Surgery

October has been and gone, the clocks have gone back, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the mornings are frosty. This is one of my favourite times of the year. You can visit last months page either through the menu on the left or directly here.

Ty Bach - 28 October 2010
            

A Helping Hand - 26 October 2010
            

Dig Chop Rake - 23 October 2010
            

Preparing for Winter - 20 October 2010
            

Feeding Your Bees - 20 October 2010
            

A Month of Celebration 19 October 2010
            

Where to Locate your Hives - 19 October 2010
            

Deep Bed Method? - 16 October 2010
            

Smolyan and Pamparovo - 15 Oct 2010
            

A Day out in Sofia - 10 Oct 2010
            

The Importance of a Good Roof - 7 Oct 2010
            

Chopping Wood - 3 Oct 2010
            

We have arrived in October and are all fit and healthy, this month includes a visit from the better half, a trip to Sofia and maybe the start of a new job. More on all that as and when though, last months stuff can be found below or use the link for September on the left. The weather here is absolutely great at the moment, I even managed a spin on my motorbike, before the winter weather sets in.

Septembers Page Here!

Chandalier Plan

My Bees Have Died! - 30 Sep 2010
            

Free Lunch - 26 Sep 2010
            

Chasing Cows - 20 Sep 2010
            

My new name is Dotchka - 17 Sep 2010
            

I am Stuffed 11 Sep 2010
            

Car Insurance and MOT - 7 Sept 2010
            

End of the Growing Season? - 6 Sept 2010
            

Early September - 2 September 2010
            

Rain Rain Hooray!! 1 Sept 2010
            

End of August - 31 Aug 2010
            

I want rain - 28 Aug 2010
            

The Mosque in Fotinovo - 27 Aug 2010
            

French Beans MarkII - 24 Aug 2010
            

Dimitrovgrad - 23 Aug 2010
            

Potatoes the results are in! - 21 Aug 2010
            

Ramadan & Cars -21 Aug 2010
            

My Computer is broken - 17 Aug 2010
            

Fish BG Style -10 Aug 2010
            

Digging for Victory - 10 Aug 2010
            

The Pub, to ski or not to ski? - 6 Aug 2010
            

The Greenhouse Grows - 5 Aug 2010
            

Our Politicians Are Worse than Yours! - 3 Aug 2010
            

Greenhouses & Funerals - 2 Aug 2010
            

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
            


How to Make Bees Wax Polish - 5 June 2010
            


How Not To Be an Expat - 5 June 2010
            


 
  WELCOME TO THE GUD LIFE

Welcome to the 'Gud' Life, the home of self Reliant living on the internet. If you are interested in becoming more self reliant, or thinking of selling up and doing it for real you will find all you need to know right here. Written by someone who has done just that. Learn from my many mistakes
 

  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 
 

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