We would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year and hoping for a healthy and prosperous 2014. And I hope you will all stay with us as we continue into winter with not much to report.
Well, into the new year and it seems I am turning sociable. I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed the village do.When we arrived we greeted like good friends and shown the tables by the
woodburner which had been reserved for the English contingent. We paid
6lev each for our do, but how they managed to cover their costs is
beyond me. There were bottles of pop on the tables and a huge bread roll
to go with a meal. We bought our own alcohol though there was a bar,
and the wine our neighbour gave us for Christmas was just the thing (even I had some).
There was also a band. I have to say the village hall has seen better days, but the atmosphere was great.
There was another speech wishing the village a happy and healthy new
year, then the dancing started again. I don't know where they get their
energy! Dave was a little the worse for wear by this time and decided he
would like a go at the dancing (not his forte!) He is tall so has long
legs which refused to be controlled. But one of the men generously sent
his daughter to try to sort him (and another Brit) out which she tried
to do while he watched anxiously. The rest of the dancers split off to
give them space, and all did their dance in a line. I managed to get a
video to show Dave this morning and he was touched at how they had tried
to help. The video is hilarious!
This is the link to the video, it's worth watching till the end where the Bulgarian chap takes a photo. Love to know why!
the end the band played a couple of British songs at which time I had
to leave to shut the chickens in. But it was a lovely experience, the
villagers are generous in every way, with their patience, their drink
(hic...)and their welcome of the newbies (us)
Dave unfortunately burned his hand while putting wood on the fire...not a good idea when the worse for drink, and it has turned quite nasty.
In the garden we have had a new bird. It was a lesser spotted woodpecker, which was sharing a tree with a greater spotted woodpecker. That makes three with the Syrian, and we would love to see a green.....
The veg still in the garden is looking very sorry for itself and we are realising why the villagers do not have winter veg. We have had a spell of prolonged sharp frosts, but the days have been really sunny and mild so defrosting the surface and the cabbage etc. The only things still looking OK are a few lettuce and some chard under the protection of a wall. The sprouting broccoli still has sprouts, the cabbage is rotting and the kale is....deadish.