Tuesday, 25 September 2012

As September Draws to a Close

Another very busy month has almost escaped us. More volunteers, more work done and I'm still riding the horses too. So pretty happy all round. Well, apart from waiting the last 3 weeks for a new internet service via Vivacom........Fingers crossed tomorrow is actually the day they WILL turn up, unlike the last 3 appointments they've broken. If all goes well, we will be joining the 21st century and have broadband in less than 24 hours time.

For most in the UK, broadband is the norm these days I'd expect. But we have waited over 5 years. So when I heard from a lovely friend that someone she knew in the village had broadband installed, we both went into town to enquire. "Yes" said the sales assistant, who speaks very good English, and the following week my friend did indeed have broadband installed. Alas they didn't realise how many people here would want the same so after the initial rush apparently the system couldn't cope with demand and has had to be modified by the engineers.

In other news, my garden has been wonderful this year. My plan for using less water, more mulch seems to have worked well and the straw bale plants have flourished. We've had a bumper crop of tomatoes and many other things and I'm still picking vegetables daily. Really makes a difference to our food bills, especially when, at times, we've had 8 or 9 people here to eat daily. There are more straw bales in place for next year and I'm hopeful we can continue to make improvements.

The ponies are looking well and continue to improve in their ridden work. I've been hacking out a lot with a friend and it makes such a difference to have someone to chat to while riding. I feel fitter too, which is a good thing as I do tend to be on the lazy side. But with the weather finally cooling off it's so much easier to go riding. It's already getting dark earlier and every day we notice more leaves falling from the trees and the temperatures drop slightly. I've already emptied the pool as it hadn't been used for 2 weeks, it just needs put away somewhere rodent-proof for the winter.

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15 comments:

  1. . . not long now and you'll be drying your socks out in front of the fire! Enjoyed reading this.

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    1. Very true Alan, and to be honest I'm looking forward to winter :)

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  2. earlier this year, i started to read your blogs and i became addicted to the posts you wrote since 2009. Now i am in bulgaria. As of now, i am in Varna and i shall soon be in veliko tarnovo next week for a few days. Would love to meet you and your husband. I have been looking for a house in bulgaria, but depending on real estate agents has not been a good approach. i realize i need to have my own car and get acquainted to several british ex pats.

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    1. dlougha thanks for the comment. It would be nice to meet up, when are you in the area?

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  4. So happy to receive your reply. I shall probably travel from varna to vt on monday or tuesday. I do not know yet. I had been looking for house in plovdiv, yambol regions, also varna and Montana region. like Montana actually. I do not know much about VT except from your blogs. was hoping to buy something before i went back to Ireland in about 3 weeks. At least it would start a process and project for me to get my foot in Bulgaria. I was here in may for a couple of weeks. Been in this region and surrounding countries since June. Haven't met any ex pats since coming here. This is why it would be very nice to meet you and your husband. Your experiences would be an enhancing treasure. I have also come to realize how important it is to have Anglo contacts. .... dlougha@gmail.com

    David

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    1. I've sent an e-mail to you David,if you don't see it check your spamfolder

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  5. Nice blog!

    Señor H, Sweden
    www.metrobloggen.se/60

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  6. Cool blog! Me, I'm a Bulgarian expatriate who's been living in Canada ever since I've been a kid. I've been back several times and although I get a tremendeous emotional charge from being with ralatives and from the haunting beauty of the countryside, I wouldn't be able to cope with daily life. My hat off to you folks.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Avi. Please continue to read

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  7. Hello again I commented yesterday to your post April 20th 2010. I have really enjoyed reading your blog from start to finish. First time I have read a blog from start to finish and the first blog I have commented on. I hope that your life in Bulgaria is continuing to reward you. Also that your children in are doing well in the UK.
    Do you plan to develop your Blog more? I noticed that your posting have dropped to just a few in 2012. Normally I do not even start to read blogs where there has been very little recent activity, but yours drew me in and I was not disappointed. Some of your writings about the animals reminded me of good life books that I have read over the years.
    All the best
    Noddy
    Cornwall, UK

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  8. Hi Noddy and thanks for both of your comments. I'm glad you have enjoyed reading this blog and I know it's far too long since I last updated so I shall do that now :)

    Hope you are staying warm and well in Cornwall.

    Suzy

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