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
He's not drunk he's just joking - Crash! - 27 March 2011 The clocks have gone forward it is officially spring. I have celebrated my birthday (36), and have started this years food campaign.
The village is slowly emptying. Those who normally work abroad for the summer months are departing again, and this year increasingly, those that are no longer
growing tobacco are following them. Soon there will only be me left!<...........
Pear Grafting & Man Flu - 21 March 2011 One of my next door neighbours is a master of all trades and at 67 years old is more sprightly than I am most days. He can often be seen
on his roof making repairs or sweeping the chimney. So when I made an attempt to graft some pear cuttings on to some wild root stock
he decided that the silly 'Ingleez' shouldn't do this unsupervised (probably a good idea)...........
How to Stop Cows - 16 March 2011 If you are a reader of this blog then you will now that I have problems with cows getting into my garden. The Kimets cow in particular.
So this year I have taken drastic action and turned my house and garden into Colditz...........
Green House, Parsnips and Onions - 13 March 2011 The weather is definately on the up, today it is 15C so I have started to do a bit of gardening. Last year we had some strange weather in June/July, lots of
fog to be exact. This caused my tomatoes and cucumbers to shrivel and die. So this year I have decided to protect myself from unseasonal weather by
investing in a greenhouse...........
BBB - Bulgarian Builders in Britain (Photo Diary) - 08 March 2011 My new camera cable has arrived so I have posted a picture diary on the forum you can find it following the links above and below..........
Global Warming - My Arse! - 07 March 2011 After my two weeks back in Swansea (rain everyday) I was looking forward to returning to BG, with March on its way and unusually warm couple
of weeks at the begininng of Feb. I thought spring was well and truely on its way..........
Back from Blighty 02 March 2011 We have all safely returned from our 'excursion' to south Wales. We managed to make the house in Swansea liveable, and my two Bulgarian neighbours
have been immersed in Swansea suburban culture, and now call everyone 'byt'. I am having problems with my camera cable (think it is broken) so the pictures will have to wait
until my new cable arrives from ebay.........
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!........
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........
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.......
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
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.
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
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!
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