Saturday, 9 July 2011

The Blues

Not a lot of blogging going on this week and to be honest not much of anything else this week. The weather has been glorious but I'm feeling pretty blue. Down, disparaged, discouraged and unable to look to the future at the moment.

The daily teen angst, arguments and everything else that parents go through isn't helping but what's worse is that I've been watching my kids packing their cases to leave on Monday. Instead of having a nice week together, there have been shouting matches, bickering, pettiness and nastiness, plus one or 2 threats of violence. It's all wearing me down and I'm constantly fighting back tears. Maybe I feel worse because I'm not letting the tears flow - I don't know?

And to top everthing off our fridge freezer broke down today and one of the dogs got stung by a wasp! Let's see if tomorrow is a better day. We are actually going out tomorrow afternoon as it's the yearly horse fair in a villge not far from us. Normally it's quite a big event and I do like to go see the horses too.

Speaking of horses, my daughter has ridden our 2 girls (on the lunge) a couple of times in the last week. All was going great until Maya spooked as daughter got on and deposited said daughter on the floor. Poor thing has hurt her wrist (nothing serious) and not been back on since. But at least it's given me a better idea of ghow they react when ridden and I've seen things from a different view (ie the ground) and noticed how they move etc.

Hubby is looking for work here in Bulgaria at the moment and has a few small jobs lined up. It would be nice to find more though. Luckily he has great references from past jobs and word is starting to spread that he's good, reliable and doesn't charge the earth. Unlike some, who are not even trained builders trying to make a living by doing skilled jobs they don't necessarily have the expertise to do.

I meant to post this yesterday but just didn't have the heart, today I really enjoyed getting out to the horse fair even though there were friesian horses there that I couldn't afford (my favourite breed). It was nice to do something different but the yearly horse fair is turning the same way as Appleby fair in the UK and there are far too many stalls selling clothes, melons, bedding etc and of course not forgetting the beer tents that seem to expand every year. One thing different this year was the cordon stopping people from driving up the narrow, cluttgered street near the fair and it was an improvement. The police were there and making their presence known too. 

But, like every other market that goes on where animals are sold (and not just here in Bulgaria), there are always the "Poor" looking animals. Most I have to say were in good condition and there were plenty of people ferrying water to their livestock. Still there were a few that looked emaciated, ill and generally awful and my heart goes out to them. I'd love to bring them all home and make whatever time they have left full of kindness, but I can't. It breaks my heart, but I did notice more people stopping to comment on the bad state of one horse in particular so at least they can see what a horse shouldn't look like.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Internet Madness

Firstly I'd like to say thank you for the recent comments mad on this blog. I have been trying for days to reply to them and have no idea why I can' eh?

Maybe it's just our almost useless internet connection or this old pc which really should be retired. Please bear with me while I try to sort this out and in the meantime I'll reply to comments here.

Pat & Nev, I'm so glad we got the hay in on time too, makes a huge difference to winter feed stocks and I'm really happy that it's done now. And who knows with all this rain and cooler weather we may even get a second cut of hay. Don't worry about the pectin as I have a load here that probably needs used up. Enjoy your marmalade

Alan Fenn, thank you for your nice comment - ordinary yet extraordinary makes total sense to me and I shall take that as a compliment. I've enjoyed browsing through your blog too and have added you to my blogroll too :)

Jak, please do come and visit us if you have the time - we'd love to meet you. Any day except the 11th July and 19th July would be good. Also if you need any help while you're in Bulgaria please let me know and I'll do my best to sort anything out - house hunting here can be rather frantic!

That's all for today folks. I'm off for another coffee