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!

Big gap again in posts, sorry.
We are just saying goodbye to our Lodge guests for the last 3 nights, booked through
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..

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Making a sofa & a storms a brewing !


I know, I know it's been ages since I wrote but we have both been so busy.
It's the day before my 52nd birthday.
What an eventful day.
I carried on building the sofa for our front room.
We bought a second hand pine frame with a really good bed base (springs etc) and then built a bespoke frame to carry it in.

We had bought two packs of coach bolts from the UK, so I incorporated them into the frame design and they work really well.

Into the 3rd day now, but just needs the fancy stuff doing now.
A job for Sue.....

Can't say I have ever built a sofa before, but it is built quite substantially .

I fancied a spot of fishing down the Danube, as it seemed a nice day and very hot. I commented to Sue that the sky looked a little bit grey.
So I drove the Caddy down the dry dusty track to get to the Danube.

I got down there, set up my two rods and sat in the lovely sunshine, tapping off the occasional mosquito.
It has been really hot today.
I looked to my left and saw the storm was approaching down the Danube from the direction of Lom. Within seconds, there was thunder and lightning...torrential rain that then turned into hailstones. Romania, which is over the other side of the river had totally disappeared.
I can honestly say that I have never experienced a place change so quickly !
I huddled up behind a small brick building that is on the river bank.
Then the centre of the storm passed and it was very strong... I decided it was time to get back to the house and see if we had any damage.
The track back to Stanevo was like a river, as so much rain had dropped in such a small time.
There were branches that had fallen from trees all over the place and the roads were all steaming.
Sue was still in the lodge cleaning ready for the in-laws visit tomorrow.
She said to come into the lodge as there was something that she wanted to show me.
During the storm, the large tree above the chicken house had lost a large branch, and it had dropped away and was now propped up against the roof.

We think it was the wind that had broken it.
That will be a little job tomorrow, some free wood for the wood burner in the winter.
The garden seems to have remained intact, good job that we tied the tomatoes up the other day.
Just the beans to stake out, saying that , I picked our first crop yesterday and we had them as part of our supper last night.
They are amazing if you stir fry them in garlic infused olive oil...
I'm thinking of washing the van and also Steve's Focus, as the sun isn't out and now seems a good time to wash them...
I am going to try and update as  much as possible now as we know that we have a few fans who like to know what we are up to.
Car and van washed !
Cheers Fuzz and Sue.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

1st snow of 2014

Well it may be exactly 1 month late, but we have snow.
The log burner in the front room & the invaluable range in the kitchen are both alight & working well.
We bought the log burner with us from the UK & had doubts about its output , as Vlad had said that it was too small..
Pretty sure the sales blurb stated 6 kw.
It warms itself up great & then pumps it out into the room & the rest of the house. but
We intended to make secondary windows inside the originals, as the ones that had been used were missing, probably reused somewhere.
Instead we lined the windows internally with thick PVC polythene sheet, held in place with acrylic sealant & nails !
We have bought 2" thick insulation panels & cut them to size, so when the sun goes in we pop them into the frames.
The bedroom ones are in place permanently, with acrylic sealer between.
Logs are everywhere to avoid having to get them in through the snow.
We have more food in the house than the local shop has on the shelves.
Just off to make 4 x loaves of bread....
Tractor was about earlier clearing the roads, although I don't think well be going anywhere for a few days.