So, only the internal stairs and heating to sort out and we are ready for all winter can throw at us!
The new chickens are laying well, and we now have seven eggs for the incubator. They will be going in next week, and we hope we will get at least some hens out of them, un-related to Sevi.
We had a second day off from tomatoes today. I made the decision not to do any more bottling of sauce, we have plenty to keep us (and the village!) going till next year. Talking to interpreter Valli yesterday we all have the same problem. Because of the rain in June there have been bumper crops of produce, and she and her family and neighbours are also sick of the sight and taste of courgettes and tomatoes, and bottling the mountains they are picking. It's nice to be in the same boat as the Bulgarians.
I am desperate to get photos of some trees that are flowering at the moment, a very strange time of the year, but there was no way of stopping when we were near them today. Despite the heat (between high 30s and low 40s) the countryside still looks amazing, very green and flowery, but with a lot of very attractive seed pods.
So then we went on to some waterfalls at Hotnitsa which we had been told were worth a visit. As it was still quite early we thought there would not be many, if any, people there. It was certainly worth a visit, and we had the place to ourselves for half an hour to take photos. Of course, with water and woodland comes insects. Biting ones.I had sprayed my exposed parts and wore jeans, but Dave had shorts and 'didn't need' repellent. We were both bitten, but mine were mainly on hands and ankles, where Dave was more exposed. It was lovely though and Dave climbed up some ricketty steps to see the source of the water.
After buying up Lidl (I knew it was a bad idea to go there!) it was home for a luxury lunch of smoked salmon and cream cheese with freshly baked (bought) seeded bread and our own little oasis of bugs and stuff.
A swallowtail on the wall