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

At first glance, the view from my back garden in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains is breath-taking. The majestic peaks in the distance and the tree covered valley folds in-between. At second glance it’s still amazing, but the large patches of brown are not the autumn colours of deciduous trees. Instead they are clumps of dead…

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…

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…