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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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Ty Bach - 28 October 2010
  Translation from welsh: small house
This is a subject not normally discussed, however, in light of the recent news reports on squat toilets being introduced in Rochdale shopping centre and subsequent discussions with colleagues, I think it is time..............

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A Helping Hand - 26 October 2010
  Bulgarian village life, along with good neighbours is a good way to live. There can never be two days that are the same. Coming up to the end of October, and there is little to be done in the garden, except to dig for next year. This can not be done in a day and I typically set two hours aside each day to do a bit of digging. Yesterday after my mornings work in the garden, I was just settling down with a book when Ilyas came knocking on the door..............

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Dig Chop Rake - 23 October 2010
 The rain has helpd of for a couple of days som I have been busy digging, chopping logs and raking where I have dug. I have created 3 deep beds for trial next year. Just haven't decided what I shall test out compared to noraml beds. The obvious choice would be root vegatables of some sort as these will surely do better in a very well dug out bed.............

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Preparing for Winter - 20 October 2010
 As the days shorten and the weather starts to turn, quite a lot of time is spent preparing for the short but very sharp Bulgarian winter. Last year we managed day time temps of about -15C for a about a week and for those that don't know how cold that is. It put off several brass monkeys from coming to visit me!.............

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Feeding Your Bees - 20 October 2010
 At certain times of the year you may have to feed your bees, either when they have run out of honey and there is no nectar to collect, or to supplement their stores in autumn after you have robbed their honey.............

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A Month of Celebration 19 October 2010
 I am still quite new to my life in Samodiva, and although I have been here for over 2 years and the holidays happen every year. As each celebration passes I am getting more involved. I suppose intergration into a foreign culture is not something that is done over night, but is a slow gradual process.............

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Where to Locate your Hives - 19 October 2010
 This can be almost anywhere, ideally you want them on a south facing slope, and protected from the wind. I keep mine close to a hedge, this helps keep the worst of the elements away from the hive.

Things to keep in mind when siting a bee hive:.........

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Deep Bed Method? - 16 October 2010
 I have had a few days away from the garden, and am now back into it if only the planning stage. My not to be out down next door neighbour, has delivered me some mushrooms (5 Kg) which he picked for free after my diabolical attempt at using spore kits from the UK. He took great pleasure in giving my the carrier bag full, and telling me that it took him 15 minutes to gather them.........

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Smolyan and Pamparovo - 15 Oct 2010
  As my better half is here (yes you Annie) we thought we would tour the local area, as when she has finished tidying up my mess she really does deserve a break. The Rhodopees are not far away and the Ski resort in Pamparovo is in beautiful countryside and is a lot nicer than when all the 'Ya - Ya's' turn up and talk skiing with Pimms.......

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A Day out in Sofia - 10 Oct 2010
  Sorry for not updating as frequently as normal only I have been quite busy and have Annie over visiting as well. On Monday (10 Oct) I had to go to Sofia for the day to get my Degree Certificate (Maths & Physics from Swansea) legalized so that I can be employed to teach computers at the foreign language school here in Kardjali.......

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The Importance of a Good Roof - 7 Oct 2010
  When we first came to Bulgaria to buy a house one of the main things that we were looking for was a house with a good roof. We knew what the weather would be like in mid winter, and if the house didn't have a good roof ie leaked that would be detrimental to the rest of the building if it went unfixed until we had time to come out.......

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Chopping Wood - 3 Oct 2010
  The weather has hinted at the cold to come, and my cental heating system consists of a 'petchka' (wood burning stove) and pretty much nothing else. The good point being, that as well as wood being relatively inexpensive I also have 15 or mature trees that can be given a haircut for additional fuel.......

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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, 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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