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

In October 2016, I wrote a blog on the devastation resulting from the heavy snowfall that fell in one night in March 2015. This caused a huge number of pine trees to topple, as the root system is not splayed out like an oak tree and so cannot support extra weight on top. Which then…

Gluten-free doesn’t mean missing out

A popular diet in healthy living is gluten free. It is becoming widely known that our bodies find it hard to process certain foods and the glue that holds them together is often the culprit. Gluten is a protein that helps our favourite breads and pastries stay in their risen state when baked, but it is…

2017 yearly roundup

A dramatic 2017 was the year of a very long hot summer after a dry winter, with very little rain for over 4 months and I was very aware of the forest fires that raged in Portugal and caused a lot of suffering. So when our mayor phoned me to tell me there was a…

Mountain Rescue Part 2

You never really think something is going to happen until it does and we have had lots of surprises in our remote village in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains. Living here we had become accustomed to the extreme environment and thought we had learnt from the last time someone got lost in these mountains but somehow…

If only they could talk

and listen and understand… I’m talking about my farm animals of course. They all have their own languages to talk to each other but I wish they could speak mine. It would make life so much easier.  Like telling me when they’re ill and what the problem is… Chickens are the most vocal of my…

Super Soup

A very basic dish that I find one of the most rewarding because its so easy-to-make and packed full of healthy nutrition without the preservatives added in processing. Also a great way to use up surplus organic vegetables, wild mushrooms and the remains of roast meat. Soup can be enjoyed fresh throughout the year but also easily freezes…

Variety is the Spice of Life

In Bulgaria the four seasons are very different.  There is a vast difference between the hot and dry Mediterranean summers and the snow covered -20°C winters. Whilst we relished the chance to experience ‘proper’ seasons in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, we had become used to the all-year-round availability of fruit and vegetables in UK supermarkets. Large…