After the floods a week or so ago the ground here had started drying out really well and I was getting quite optimistic about the chances of getting some veg in the ground early......but now it's raining and has been on and off for a couple of days so the ground is waterlogged again.
We're back to mud everywhere and washing hanging all over the house drying, oh well summer can't be that far away now. Now that it's warmed up a bit we're using less firewood and not lighting the wood burner through the day, which also means we need to cut wood less often. An essential for surviving the winters here is a good chainsaw ans the knowledge of how to use it safely.
There are no health and safety guidelines in place here and I imagine there are quite a few accidents due to carelessness. Living here sometimes reminds of years ago and the old fashioned way of life. Horses and carts are still used daily as transport in the villages, people keep animals close to their homes and rear them for food plus grow most of the vegetables they eat. Everything is then jarred/canned for winter consumption and the home brewed wines and rakia helps them stay warm during the colder months!
I'm hoping to use some of the rakia we've been given to make liquer this year and have been browsing the net for recipes.