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…

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…

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…