A chronicle of Sharon and Eric's new life in Bulgaria.
by sharon and eric 02 Oct 2012, 11:54
Here is my latest report on our lives here in Bulgaria and I will start by saying we are very happy to be here and still loving life the Bulgarian way. We are coming to the end of a very long hot summer and what a summer it has been. The temperatures have smashed all previous records and it has been sizzling hot. It is a different kind of heat to Turkey, we don’t get the benefit of sea breezes and it has been stifling and quite hard to bare. The weather is still beautiful and we are getting temps of 33 degrees but a little rain is expected Thursday so I will look forward to that.

Next year we have decided to get one of those above ground pools and a pergola so that we can enjoy being outdoors more and are just starting to landscape the garden in preparation for next spring.

There is a open air pool in Elhovo and a lovely hotel with pool near Srem but both get mobbed so we were delighted to find a little forest hideaway that is so beautiful and tranquil and as yet not known by many. You can go for the day for 3 lev or stay in one of the rooms for 20 lev per night. It has a pool and fishing lake, tackle is provided and fishing is free unless you want to purchase your catch and throw it on the bbq. You take all your own food and can use the outside kitchen area and Barbie to cook it all, it’s just a lovely place to be on a boiling hot summers day.

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My Sister Gail and her American Husband George came to visit us in June and instantly fell in love with place, so much so that they returned 12 weeks later and are seriously considering buying. It reminds George of West Virginia with all the wide open spaces and the amount of land that comes with each house; he is well and truly smitten.

During this latest holiday we took them to the coast for 3 days and visited the ancient city of Nessebar which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is a pleasant 90 minute drive from us.
It really is a beautiful place steeped in history but more importantly has hundreds of shops. The prices are a lot dearer than here in the south east but that’s to be expected with a resort. Our Gaily and I shopped till we dropped and got beautiful Bulgarian leather bags and shoes amongst other things. On the way home we called into Sarafovo, a resort next to the airport that is very popular with Bulgarians and has lots of holiday homes and beautiful beaches.


Nessebar
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View from hotel overlooking Sunny Beach and St Vlas

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Sarafavo

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Our Molly is still going strong and doing very well for an old girl, she’s 14 in March and still has a spring in her step. Shakira is still with us and also Dancho Dog who was our neighbour’s dog, but since he moved to another house in the village Dancho has stayed with us, we can’t get rid of him now and he has took up permanent residence. He will have his best ever winter as he will be indoors and not out on the street, he’s a very lucky boy.
Our little Ginger cat Tigger went missing on the 13th September and has not been seen since, we hope and pray he returns but a cat was seen squashed on the Popovo Road and we fear it’s him as the road is only at the bottom of the fields below our house. As usual though, as one pet goes another one appears but this time it’s a cow that we have named Ermintrude, she a naughty teenager and has ate all our grapes, tomatoes and peppers so we need to keep an eye on that one. She belongs to our friend Goshu but has decided she likes Aunty Shaz and Uncle Ek better than the herd, so has left home.

Ermintrude
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There is plenty of room for her though, the garden is enormous and she can graze away till her heart’s content.
Here is a small part of it and a picture of our views.

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Karakachans Puppy’s in training

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Sheep

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We are still loving this village, it’s very small, only 78 of us but it has been brought back to life by the re opening of the Bar/Cafe that used to be Anna and Alan’s. It is now run by Ellen and Nik who have spent a fortune on the place; it has had a total refurb and is doing extremely well. We have a Slimming Club every Thursday evening and I have had a steady loss of 22 pounds. Its great fun and a nice way to meet ex pats. We also have quiz nights, Friday bingo and occasional darts and the locals love it. They throw darts like javelins and a big cheer goes up if one of them even hit’s the dart board. They are getting better though and seem to be embracing our way of life. We also have a little car boot on a Sunday that should hopefully start picking up now that the weather is cooling. I will have to get my baking head back on, it will soon be time for those pies and winter puds that people like me to bake.
Eric is still making his stuff as and when people want it and has done a roaring trade this summer on wooden sun loungers.
Here’s some of his handy work.

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And these pics are of our house visitors, the girls were singing and dancing and collecting for the orphanage and the guys were dressed up for the Koukerovden Festival where young men in disguise visit all houses for health and prosperity and the hosts give them generous presents. Well that’s what’s suppose to happen but having no idea of this custom at the time, I just screamed and ran in the house, they frightened me to death as there were about 30 of them. I will know better for the next time though and will have a couple of bottles of Rakia handy.
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I have recently had a stay in a private hospital in Yambol, because back in May I dropped a saw on my foot and it made a tiny little cut in my ankle but that never healed and went into a big hole. I went to the hospital to have it checked out and they booked me in right away. I was terrified as I’d never been in hospital before but I needn’t have been, they were brilliant. Within 20 minutes of arriving I had an ecg, cannular fitted, and blood tests. This was followed by a visit from a heart specialist because they were concerned about water retention but he said everything was as it should be. At 4pm I went down to theatre and was given a local and then the hole was scraped out and all the infected skin was cut away, I was given massive doses of anti-biotic intravenously and kept in for 2 nights. Because it was classed as a medical emergency it was all paid for by my EHIC except for 11 lev that was to cover my 2 night’s bed and board. The place was spotlessly clean and the staff very kind, I was well impressed.

Well I am going to wrap up this report as it’s getting a little long but I will leave you with a cheery photo of one of my favourite sites when driving along the road in late June

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Also I am doing a separate thread to show those that want to see them the pictures of the spiders that I took, I didn’t want to freak out any Arachnophobias and spoil this thread.

Love to you all.

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Ciao Ciao

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by Keith 02 Oct 2012, 12:27
Absolutely brilliant and riveting read as always Sharon. So pleased that you are continuing to enjoy life in Bulgaria. The photos are lovely and when I saw those houses around the pool I thought for a minute it was in Austria. Definately a tyrolean influence there.

By the way, whatever happed to Anna and Alan? It doesn't seem 5 minutes ago that we were at their wedding at the Apollon Temple. Have they moved on to pastures new?

Keith
by sharon and eric 02 Oct 2012, 12:48
Alan and Anna are doing great Keith. Al is still here renovating their house in Popovo and Anna has a live in job in the Uk just while reno's are getting done. She couldn't live with all the muck and spiders. She has spent several weeks over here this year and Alan is going to Anna for Christmas. We see alot of Alan and ofcourse Anna when she's here. There village is just 10 minutes from us. I will give them your regards.

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by Keith 02 Oct 2012, 13:55
Thanks Sharon :D

Keith
by oldfogy 02 Oct 2012, 14:10
Thanks for the excellent pictures and comments, certainly goes to show just what we are missing out on here in the UK with all the scenery etc.
by Duke 02 Oct 2012, 14:17
Thank you Sharon so lovely to hear see & Know you two Lovers are still Living the GOOD Life xxxx Take care of each other & never stop chasing those Rainbows!!
Duke xxxx

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by PJRichards 02 Oct 2012, 14:19
What a lovely update Sharon and what a beautiful place you live in. I have been to Nessebar, which I thought was very quaint and Sandy Beach is where we stayed.

Love the sunflower field. The photo looks like it should be on chocolate boxes.

Glad to see Eric is still busy with his woodworking.
by sootypaws 02 Oct 2012, 16:50
Lovely report and photos ( except the Spiders) love reading your way of life in Bulgaria. Both take care. Ann
by p70jax 02 Oct 2012, 16:53
Thanks Sharon that was a lovely, informative read :)

Jax

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by Thelma 02 Oct 2012, 17:01
A brilliant read Sharon as always. So pleased Molly is still with you but sorry to hear about the cat. We wish you both the very best of health and happiness x

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