Every Man, Woman & Dog Needs TLC part 2

Whilst on the road to recovery, my newly acquired hound was very weak. During 5 days of hospitalisation, the gastrointestinal disease, Parvovirus, ravaged her insides and the only nourishment was a drip feed.  Constant vomiting and diarrhoea had taken their toll and she was in a pathetic state. My appearance at the vets gave her…

Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

The current news about COVID-19 is almost impossible to ignore, so I thought about time I wrote a blog about something completely different…

2019 Yearly Roundup

Firstly, I would like to apologise for not writing any blogs for a while and secondly, for my very belated yearly roundup…

Sun lovers – Our private terrace is now open all summer!

The summer months in the Rhodopes are a dream. Crisp fresh mornings, wild flowers, bird song and clean air that adds pleasure with every breath. As the sun rises into a deep blue sky, temperatures soar and the pace slows. During the hot summer months from June to September, it’s not uncommon to have almost…

Spring at Melanya Mountain Retreat

In Bulgaria, the 21st of March is recognised as the first day of spring and all the Martinitsa bracelets exchanged on 1st March, are taken off and tied to the tree you want to bear lots of fruit. I’ve fixed mine to plum trees because it was a poor harvest last year. Though it probably will…

Water Governs Life

When I moved country to start a new life, I threw myself into being as self sufficient as possible. I had read health reports on the benefits of home grown organic food and tasted the difference with my home grown garden vegetables, so I happily embraced this self sufficient life, in a country with more…

2018 Yearly Roundup

Its time for my annual recap again but so much happened in 2018 that I can’t fit it all in! I’ll try and keep events brief and recount in more detail in future blogs. Sadly the year started with my donkey departing this world. He was an old man but a real gentleman and I…

Time to Detox

After the winter festivities and overindulgence, kick start your January detox with these scrumptious sugar-free snack bars. They are easy and quick to make and the ingredients can be variated to match those in your cupboard. They are so tasty and packed full of goodness, it’s hard to believe you are being good to your body….

Spanak Tseluvki or Spinach Kisses

Having an abundance of organic vegetables can be a creative challenge. In winter, when everything in my garden is dead, dormant or covered in snow, the hardy Spinach does amazingly well in the cold climate. These bags of greens require occasional imagination to keep them desirable. The leaves are packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin A…

Detoxing the mind, body and soul

Throughout my life I have been on restrictive diets for various health and welfare reasons, to eliminate physical problems and to care for the world around me. My first hand knowledge of dairy free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free eating has meant we can offer all these specialist diets to our guests. The…

Redressing the Balance part 2

I wrote a blog, in October 2016, about the devastation caused by heavy snow falling overnight, in March 2015. This meant a huge number of pine trees toppling, as the sandy mountain soil depth is too shallow for their root system, not providing enough support for tall trees and the extra weight of snow on…