The Chase

Observing my dog and her insatiable urge to chase has revealed she doesn’t actually want to catch anything. When the chase is over, it stops being fun.

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…

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…

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…

Responsible Forestry

The lack of human interference in these mountains is a charming quality. Wild animals make tracks us humans can use to explore the undisturbed scenery. The flora and fauna is rich in this biodiverse area, with many wild flowers, butterflies, birds, mushrooms, reptiles and animals. Before the car age, these mountains were inhabited by lots…

Breeding like rabbits

It was after reading John Seymour’s, ‘The new complete book of Self Sufficiency’, that the idea of farming rabbits was born. I had enjoyed the taste of wild rabbit meat and disagreed with the way shop bought rabbits live in the same, or worse, conditions as battery hens. With a large garden full of organic…

Lyubino Luck …or happy accidents

Since we moved to Bulgaria there have been a lot of trials but none have been bad enough to count as tribulations. We researched ‘in depth’ before we embarked on our self-sufficient lifestyle, using books, internet, family and friends’ experiences and advice, even taking education courses but there’s nothing like learning hands on. When we…

Mountain Rescue

One day I was out walking with Jakal, our guardian dog, clearing one of the many walk routes around Melanya from fallen trees and overgrowth and also marking the way as there are many tracks that cross the path. I’d heard a storm approaching but thought I had time so carried on but the rain began….

You can teach an old dog new tricks

Spring has finally started in the mountains and as well the usual signs of new life, like the bluebells, daffodils and crocus’ emerging, trees budding, butterflies and bees getting active and birds calling for mates, our dog, Jakal disappeared for 2 days. We could hear him barking higher up in the village and we called…

Interesting Wildlife at Melanya Mountain Retreat

Our relatively short time in the Rhodope Mountains has been wonderful, discovering nature that is different to our experiences in England yet very familiar. The countryside is very similar to the UK with the four distinct seasons and the same species of trees including Oak, Walnut and Silver Birch. From our very first visit 6…