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.

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…

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…

Autumn in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains

The end of summer came to the Eastern Rhodope Mountains last weekend, in sync with England but without the English grey drizzle that follows the change in temperature.