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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Getting clossr

Been doing more repairs to the van.
Replaced the front brake pads.
Noticed that the outer CV boot gaiter has split, so got one this morning from Chichester
Another job for next week
Boxing up all that is left of the house clearance items that we have acquired over the last few months.
Taking it to the charity shops as we haven't got enough to do another booty.
We've also picked up the last of the paint to take back with us
Pencilling in a few jobs to do when we get back.
Rendering the back wall in the kitchen, then a full costing of the Bulmaster over the walls in the kitchen and the front room, ready to allow the painting after.
Had a couple of enquiries for the lodge to let out.,but we have declined, as the lodge has been closed  since Oct 31st 2015.
It was drained down of all water, due to the cold temps during winter.
We have decided to stay between 6 and 8 weeks this trip, and to drive back to the UK hopefully before the snow hits.
Draining the old house down fully this year as rumours again of a harsh winter are flying about.
So we are both excited about being back in Stanevo, having a beer with Vlad in the local bars
The road trip, IS a proper road trip, taking approx ,3 days for us
It can be completed in less, but if you have no time restrictions you may as well enjoy the scenery!
Hoping to take a few more photos on the way back and add them to here.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Counting down the days!

Under a month to go until we start our drive back to Stanevo
New tyres on the van and a good spare
Oil and filter changed along with the AC cabin filter.
New cage bought for Eva.
Channel tunnel booked, Hotel in Germany for the first night, Airbnb in Hungary for the 2nd night and 15 day European breakdown cover all booked.
Breakdown cover booked via my agent in Bulgaria Hristo, who also insures our van.
Breakdown cover worked out at just £12 for the 15 days as we have an insurance  policy already with him.
Have bought a Karcher K2 pressure washer to take back.
I've been doing a few last minute tip runs for people here via the local Facebook pages for the area.
Off to the boot fair on the upcoming Saturday.
Also kick-started the Sweet Like Bulgaria page back up on Facebook.
As we will be driving back, we can take items back.
We are keeping away from the chocolate items due to unforeseen temperatures.
So it's time to start writing lists of things to take back and jobs to do over there
My back is starting to ache a bit, due to the temperature changes slowly creeping in, hopefully the climate change will help, it usually does
Speak soon !

Sunday, 21 August 2016

So, we are driving back to Stanevo at the end of September.
Staying for a few weeks.
A few jobs to do around the place...
Will be winterising the house, as there are reports of it being a bad winter this year?
Draining down the water.
PT the cat will be coming with us, and her passport.
Busy booking the Eurotunnel and a couple of places via Airbnb to stay on the journey back.
Rebooking the same place in Hungary as we did in November last year.
It was a really good place with a nice supper.
Eva was allowed in the house too!
Got one last boot fair to do, going to fire up the Sweet like Facebook page and get some more orders.
Well probably do a Saturday market, for customers to collect their stuff
We have done Vidin in the past
Maybe we'll have a go at Lom this year
Not sure if we'll be able to supply chocolate due to the high temperatures.
To save keeping loads of items we supply to order.
We do keep a few things extra but not too many!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

August 2016

We drove to the UK in November 2015 with Eva the cat in a crate in the van.

The 3 day trip went OK.
We stayed in an Airbnb place in Hungary and in Germany.
We are in Selsey in West Sussex with Sue's mum and dad.
Sue started work within a few days with a company she worked with before we left in 2012.
My search for a job took a bit longer!
I did work for a few months but it didnt really work out.
I went back to Stanevo with Steve Fester Weller in February for a few days.

Then back in April with Sue and again in June, which was a total surprise as she had arranged it for my 54th birthday without me knowing.
We should be driving back at the end of September for approximately 2 months and yes Eva will be coming with us !
I've fitted new tyres on the van, just oil, filter to do.
I replaced the pollen ( Cab ) filter last week, it was the original one and had 2006 stamped on it which was the build date for the van !
The front brakes are maybe getting a bit low, so maybe another thing to do.
I drive quite sensibly, after owning the Caddy for 6 or 7 years, I haven't replaced any brakes so far!
So, we'll be back soon
I am going to fire up the Sweet like Facebook page and get some more orders happening , although I'm not sure chocolate will be on the orders.
More to follow.....👍

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

April? nearly May?

Wow, I don't know where the time has gone.
We have started importing chocolate and some savoury items from the UK.
Although now the weather is getting warmer we have decided to stop the chocolate until its cooler.
So the weather has changed and its warmer again.
The garden has been turned over by Vlad and his trusty rotorvater.
Loads of jobs to get on with and I will try to keep the blog up to date...
Honest

Friday, 12 December 2014

December already and we have had snow!!

So it's December already, snow has been and today it's melting.

Last year we had snow on the night we drove down to Sofia airport, for our flight back to the UK for a few days.
It was weird having a Xmas day and dinner at the beginning of the month?
So, we have been busy as usual, putting the 1st layer of material on our home made sofa.
Using the newly acquired staple gun.
We took our time and it looks pretty good, with no staples showing anywhere.

The roofs on both houses are good now, with the lodge one needing a few small tweeks in the spring.
We have been watching quite a few films thanks to someone I can't mention for obvious reasons!
I have been puttying the windows up as it seemed they had been left for years, and the draughts coming through were unreal!
I chose real linseed oil putty because it looked better and was cheaper than using a silicone replacement.
The Bulgarian packs worked out at just 1 Lev a kilo pack, about 45p !!!

We were caught out last year with the weather as it just seemed to change overnight.
We have sealed up the house windows  with the polythene sheet as we did last year, but this year we used the new staple gun which was a lot easier.
Then pushed over the top of the sheet, used 50mm polystyrene insulation boards.
Some come out during the day, for a bit of light!
There were some left over from last year, so we sealed the unused half of the front door.
This has made a massive difference.
Every door has its own long draped curtain.
Broke a record in the front room the other night and  achieved 23 degrees Celsius.....
So there we have out latest instalment, food has been grown, frozen, jarred, bought & stored.

Logs have been felled & logged & stored, ready for the winter, which according to a few is promising to be a bad one ?
Sue has been busily putting up Christmas decorations all over the place.


Will try to keep blogging more frequent.
Thanks to all of our readers
Paul & Sue.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Guests at the Lodge!

6/10/2014
Big gap again in posts, sorry.
We are just saying goodbye to our Lodge guests for the last 3 nights, booked through
www.airbnb.com
A really good site that helps owners all the way.
Rent out from just a single room to a whole house !
We are off to Lom market this morning for extra food as we have Vic & his girlfriend Michelle staying with us from Sunday for a few days.
Vic stayed with us a few months back as he was visiting other villages looking for a house to buy, which he did a few weeks back.

Vic & I are taking on the long overdue repairs of the roofs on both houses.
I will also be replacing bricks & render to one of the chimney stacks up inside the attic of our house.
Si did the other one last year.
A few joists look suspect as do a few of the battons.
The old joists are felled down trees, so we will be replacing with the same.
The lodge needs a fair few replacing, but again Si & myself did that chimney stack last year.
Hopefully the weather will hold out!
We had glowing feeback from the last guests regarding the Lodge.
It seems that the hours we have spent cleaning a few days back finally paid off.
Right, Sue & I are just about to watch a film, so our next log should hopefully have pictures of the roofs also !



Nighty night..