The Wizard of Wicked Mountain

Since our first visit to Bulgaria in 2006, there have been so many occasions where help and assistance is freely offered, often by complete strangers who refuse any recompense for their time given. The generosity of the people and strong community spirit helped us move here from UK in 2011 and since then, we have nothing but…

2014 yearly roundup

Another year on in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria, and I’m still learning something new everyday, becoming more and more adaptable and expanding my DIY skills. Here’s a roundup of a few of the things that have occurred this year… 2014 has been another year where water has been a huge issue but this time…

Curly Kale

I’m learning new things everyday living here in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains and one thing I feel I have to share with everyone is a new vegetable I’ve been eating, though it’s not Bulgarian! When I began keeping chickens. My Dad was very insistent I grow Kale to feed them. He grew up in East…

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…

2013 year roundup

We’re well into our 3rd year living full time, high the Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria and still loving it! The guesthouse is going very well with lots of happy customers and notably, lots have commented on how likable our dog Jakal is. He accompanies everyone on their walks and is no bother, disappearing up steep slopes,…

Banitsa

Having lived in Bulgaria full time for 2 years now, I have learned lots of new recipes and wanted to share this one. Banitsa is a traditional Bulgarian dish made with filo pastry, feta cheese and seasonal organic vegetables. It’s usually served as breakfast but we like it with salad on warm evenings or home…

Animal Instincts

On the road to self-sufficiency we have acquired a few animals, each species being entertaining in different ways and each bringing a different dimension to our life in a rural mountain retreat. I’ve learned so much this year, starting with my bee colony which, though not seeming interactive at first, play their part in pollinating…

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…

Mountain Life – More than just a Holiday… It’s Goodbye Britain

It’s been seven months since we packed up the Land Rover and left the UK for the mountains for the very last time. Not simply an adventurous vacation, this European road trip was goodbye England and hello Bulgaria for the foreseeable future. Instead of the usual rush to get to our retreat, we spent time…