We don't have a clue how woodburners work, only that they need a chimney. Most rooms here have a chimney, which has a round hole plugged with a cast cap, presumably for a flue, and lower down what seems to be access for cleaning. Our's are all painted over as the house has no heating due to it having been doneup to be a holiday home. We are wanting a small burner upstairs to keep the worst of the cold at bay, and one downstairs with oven. There is a chimney in the small living room/ktchen for the stove, and any excess heat can be directed into the new extension and up into our bedroom. We are struggling to decide how to do things upstairs. There is a large landing so although the freezer is there at the moment there is no prblem with space for a small stove. But as in most Bulgarian houses it means directing the flue across the room as the chimney is on the outside wall. No doubt someone will put me right, but I assume these flues act as radiators, using waste heat effectively. But they are not very pretty.
Anyway, to find out if the chimneys are open Dave had to open the lower door in the chimneys in the spare rooms. He got a bit of a shock though, as this is what faced him!
I made my first batch of lemon curd yesterday, a tasty way of using surplus eggs. I had made a sharp lemon and yoghurt cake and the lemon curd was to enhance the flavour. And very delicious it was too. I even managed to scoop a little cream from the milk to have with our first slices. Well, the cake was low fat!
We had a visitor in the garden last night. Bella was being a pain and 'huffing' at the neighbours, who were out tending their preserving fire after we went to bed. She settled after a while but at 12 ish suddenly barked and jumped on the bed to look out of the window, waking us and Bonnie. We (both) told them to settle down, which they reluctantly did. We often hear animal sounds in the garden, screeching, squealing or squabbling, and the dogs usually ignore it now. But if there is a dog in the garden they both react. But at around 1am we were woken with the sound of a small dog yapping, very close to the house. Dave shone a torch and there was a dog in the garden. He went down as it seemed to be stuck in the chicken pen, to find it was entangled in the electric (off) mesh, held fast by it's collar. Of course it panicked and made things worse, and Dave spent ages quietening it down so he could free it. It must have been struggling for a while as the whole side of the fence had been pulled up. A lot of the dogs around here are un-socialised and spend their lives on chains, and the heavy leather collar and D-ring on this dog suggested it was used to being tied up, so it is a worry that he might have got bitten. I handed him some scissors and he reluctantly cut the mesh to free the dog, who by now was quite happy with Dave and decided he didn't want to leave! There are several ways he could have got in, but we had never seen him before so we had no idea which way to send him. Eventually we heard him yapping a little way off, so we knew he had found his way out. Dave saw him in one of the gardens behind us this morning, and there was a lady out there too so we are assuming he lives there. Some hole blocking is needed today though, something we were planning on doing in winter when the foliage had died down. We are both zombied today. Could have done without it.
We seem to have got the mouse problem sorted for now. The gap under the door where a piece had been sawn off to accommodate the wonky floor tiles has` been plugged. A new piece of timber screwed over the threshold and a draught excluder on the door....gap filled and no sign of mice since.
We have had a quote through for the extension. It was more than we hoped it would be, but still a lot cheaper than it would be in the UK. Work will start at the end of September. Unfortunately it means we will not be able to afford a kitchen, so Dave will have to hone his skills so he can make me an island so I can get some work surface. Then, though he doesn't know it, a full size sink can be fitted and the splash back tiled and gaps filled, cupboard doors sanded and painted and....and........ lots to do over the winter.