Our Last Visitors !

Once again I’ve been reduced to tears as I’ve had to wave goodbye to our last visitors of the year, my brother Mark and his friend Michael. Goodbyes are always hard for me and it makes it harder knowing it will be another 6 months till we get to see some of our family again but on a brighter note it’s been wonderful to have them here. It’s funny how we never really spent much time together back in the UK as everyone was always so busy, work, home life, etc, but since we’ve moved to Bulgaria most of the our family have flown over to spend time with us, real quality time. It’s been great to be able to relax, have the time to talk, have dinner together and laugh together, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it.
My brother, not only came to see me but also to see the house he bought in our village for a holiday home for his family. So the few days he was here was filled with driving from one building merchant to another, discussing 1001 ways to renovate the house, land, etc and exploring the surrounding roads, or should I say tracks! My brother likes to drive around exploring and that usually means ‘ oh I wonder what’s up here, let’s check it out ‘ , the next thing you know we are heading up a dirt track to god knows where! I must admit though, it’s a great way to find places you never knew existed, like a newly built restaurant in a village the middle of nowhere, or a large builders merchant hidden behind several derelict warehouse, ( how random! ). These past few days has been a bit of a whirlwind and we are suffering from sleep deprivation but I’m not complaining, I savoured every minute of it as I knew it would be a while before we get to do it all again and I really can’t wait !
Thank you Mark and Michael for a memorable few days 🙂 xxxx

So Quiet !

Well another week over and more goodbyes. Andy’s parents, Chris and Ian, have now gone and once again the house is quiet, too quiet. It’s been a lovely but busy week and thanks to Chris and Ian’s help, we have managed to get a few more jobs done, ready for winter. To be honest I think we have worn them out !
Chris and Ian arrived on Saturday afternoon. Andy had taken my sister and daughter to the airport, then brought his parents back while I stayed at home to to get everything ready for our guests. I’d hate to run a guest house, it’s bloody hard work rushing around washing bedding, cleaning and trying to make everything presentable before the next guests arrive! I decided to make lasagne and a rich chocolate pudding for their evening meal. There’s nothing like a hot, home made meal after a long days traveling. To be truthful I was a little stressed as I’d never had the in-laws stay, let alone cook for them!
They arrived late afternoon, so after settling in, I dished out the meal. The lasagne was nice but a little dry, I burnt the garlic bread and the chocolate pudding, which I have made several times in the past, wasn’t light and fluffy like it should be, it was more like a chocolate brownie ! Sod’s law that when you try to impress the in-laws, it always goes to pot ! Never the less, they still enjoyed it.
During the week, Chris and Ian helped us with, chainsawing, chopping and stacking our wood, (6 hours of back breaking work), mending the roof tiles around our chimney, installing one of our fires and helping Andy start the build of the brick surround for our outside sink.
It wasn’t all just work, work, work, we did go out a few times. We took them to Vidin shopping, had a walk and a meal by the River Danube, took them to Rabisha lake and took them to the beautiful Belogradchik Rocks. I must admit I did walk their legs off at the Rocks . I like to explore when I go there and that usually consists of walking for miles through the woodland. Not sure where I’m going most of the time and we usually end up having to climb up hills and over rocks, slip and slide down a few slopes but it’s all fun ! What was supposed to be a gentle walk ended up being a bit of a hike but they enjoyed it, ( I think! ).
The week passed quite quickly and before we knew it they were gone . It’s been a good and productive week thanks to Chris and Ian. They are now off to Germany for a holiday ( I think they need it after spending a week with us ! ) Now we are back to an empty and quiet house but not for long, on Saturday my brother Mark and his friend Michael are coming for 4 days and I know those days will be full of rushing around and not a lot of sleep! I can’t wait 🙂

Family

Today is a sad day for me as I had to wave goodbye to my daughter Jade and sister Donna. We had spent 2 wonderful weeks with them but now they have flown back to the UK and our house feels so empty. I know I’m going to see them again next year but it doesn’t stop me from feeling that a part of me went with them. But I have been left with hundreds of photos and beautiful memories.
Our 2 weeks together was spent visiting Magura Caves, Belogradchik Rocks,Vidin and Montana. All our sight seeing was thoroughly enjoyable and full of laughter. We took a walk round our village and the surrounding countryside, although it was more like a hike by the time my daughter took us high up into the hills, but it was worth all the puffing and panting because the views from the top were amazing. We were lucky to have one week of beautiful warm weather but the second week turned extremely cold and wet. We spent some of those days indoors but it didn’t spoil our time together. We spent our time talking, crying with laughter and watching a few chick flicks! Poor Andy!! The icing on the cake was it was my 50th birthday and I got to spend it with them, the best present ever. These past 2 weeks have flown by far to fast, I just wanted it to go on forever but it’s now back to reality, for the moment anyway because Andy is on his way back from Sofia and he’s bringing back his parents as they are visiting for a week. Time for me to wipe my tears and get on with the cleaning before my next guests arrive !
P.s. I love and miss you Jade and Donna xxxxx

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