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Friday, 16 August 2013

Markets and nestboxes

I have to say that the market at Polski Trambesh is more than living up to it's reputation. It is getting better all the time. I haven't been for a couple of weeks and the difference is amazing. For one thing we had difficulty parking! We travelled round and round for over half an hour trying to find somewhere within walking distance, both at the town end and the veg end. Serves us right for setting off after 9am. There were a lot more horse and carts around too.We are usually there a lot earlier. But it was worth the hassle. We are in a season of plenty at the moment, and the array of fruit and vegetables ia astounding, the colours very vibrant, but far too busy to be able to take photos unfortunately. Of course, there is little we need, but more bottles just in case, and more onions, garlic and potatoes. There is a lot of honey coming in too, but carrying everything was a bit restricting. We couldn't resist the smell of ripe peaches as we left, and were not disappointed when we tasted them. It seems to have been a good year for peaches, as it was for apricots, there are masses about, and something which an English person can find quite painful....they are falling off the trees as you pass and squishing underfoot. The cost of these orbs of sweet and flavourfull fruits? Less per kilo than taters! And they're cheap at 35p a kilo. And I don't have to worry about the odd bruised one now we have so many chooks to eat them. We also bought a couple of roses, at less than two quid each. The roses we have in the garden don't look particularly vigorous, but the have no disease and flower constantly, whether you dead head or not. Lovely, though these blooms on the new ones have gone over now


The chickens are really getting into the laying now, and we are getting them all different shades of brown (and white from the Shumens) Yesterday we even got an extra large brown one, which must have been a little uncomfortable for a young chook, bless her. We now have the delightful problem of what to do with half a dozen eggs per day. Good job most are small. Dave is making a very substantial nest box unit for them, so we can dispense with the apple boxes. We can't get plywood here so Dave buys six inch planks from the wood yard, and everything he builds is very substantial. And very re-usable should anything become redundant. Dave is being very good and keeping off-cuts and previously used timber, something alien to his nature but definitely part of our life in Bulgaria.

I have to say, that is a lovely job, and I hope the ladies will appreciate it....after their initial "sqwark..there is an alien structure where our lovely cardboard boxes were!"..and will use it rather than taking the safe option and laying on the floor.

The problem of the flea beetles has seemingly been solved by Jordan's spraying. I am worried that something that potent may not be good for other creatures in the garden though. I am not mentioning the ants!

Dave is progressing with the windows. While up the ladder painting one in the roof space, which has a gaping hole at the top, he found the missing part of the window inside. It had been crudely 'mended' by nailing a piece of baton across the front arch and sticking some plastic in lieu of glass on the back. So he has tidied it up and painted it, stapling another piece of plastic on the back and it looks so much better.

Jordan's wall seems to be a building wall rather than something to protect them from our two madly vicious looking girls. So we are expecting a new shed to appear, which will add to their, and our, privacy. Something we all value.

We are having a problem with little meeces. When the floor was put down and tiled it was uneven, so the solution of door not opening was to chop a piece out of the bottom of the door! (Not us, I hasten to add) So when the door is shut there is a nice mouse sized gap. They/it is only tiny, but incontinent and smelly and not hygienic. We hate using poison, and the terrier cross Bella is no use, she wants to play or run away, however the mood takes her. We have tried using the rat traps we bought with us, but the mouse/s are so small they can feast on bait without setting it off. So we have been trying to find the old fashioned spring traps, both in the town and here in the village, but all they have are the awful sticky glue traps, not exactly the instant solution we are after. So the mouse/s live, until we can find a solution, and all care taken to make sure it is not the self-service hotel they would wish for. Another job For Dave's improving DIY skills, finding a solution to the door problem.
And finally for now......

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  1. I eagerly await your solution to the mouse/s problem, it's always a pleasure to read your blog and enjoy albiet second hand "the good life" x

    1. Thanks Brenda. I'm thinking it might have to be an on-line browse to find a more humane way of dealing with the mouse problem. I'd go for a cat, but they mess in your veggies!