I was keeping an eye on how many posts I had done since starting the blog, but with Venus leaving us I forgot. So here we are on the 101st. Ah well.
The cockerel who went to a new home (named Bluey it seems) has settled with his new ladies. He needed to be shown where to go to bed the first night but that is sorted now. The second boy was collected next day and he was left to get to know his ladies and was next seen on next door's barn roof! He was caught OK and we have not heard any bad things since so hopefully he is also settled. The trio are supposed to be going at the end of the week which leaves tha black one still here.
Unfortunately Black Boy ended up the wrong side of the fence yesterday and was set upon by Sevi. He has a habit of sitting on the gate which was swaying as the catch was not on, and as he flew off he lost direction. There was a commotion and Sevi had him caught in the fence and was telling him off, though he was more vocal than physical and no harm was done. But Black boy thinks he's a bit 'ard and is inclined to swagger, so to see him a quivering wreck was a bit sad. After I rescued him he went into his shed and sat on the highest perch with his back to the world, sulking. I think he felt ashamed at acting such a wuss. By the time I got the camera he had come round and was trying to get rid of the blue bracelet we have put on him. Today he is back to swaggering....
The art shop was close to the parking and Dave managed to get what he wanted very reasonably so happy boy. The paints are well respected Italian ones and a very good price, recommended for murals as it has vinyl content, which is interesting.....
Off we went to see what time the restaurant opens. As we were looking at the menu outside we were ushered in by a waiter who had started working there the week we were house hunting a year ago. Although it was only 11.30am and he was the only staff there, nothing was too much trouble and water and coffee was quickly brought out. The glasses here are a pleasure to drink from, good quality, thin and sparkling clean. The restaurant is considered one of the best fine dinng restaurants in VT with a very good reputation, but when we visited last year we thought it a lovely, friendly restaurant and quite cheap! I have no wish to go to a five star gourmet restaurant anywhere, this does me just nicely.
Coffe first, we were parched!
We started with a plate of five Bulgarian salads with garlic bread. The salads were cucumber and yogurt, mashed sirene cheese, aubergine puree with tomato, cold mashed potato and sirene and peppers with yogurt. It maybe doesn't sound exciting written down, but it is very well put together and very tasty....and we had had it before. The garlic flatbread was yum! We were stuffed but couldn't waste any.
Then Dave had Bulgarian lamb with mushroom rice (thankfully, hot!) and salad, and I had my favourite, baked trout with saute potato and onion. The trout was dusted with lightly spiced crumbs and toasted almonds, beautiful. The trout is much nicer than any I have had before, and pale, not pink.
The service is amazing, very attentive but discrete, polished cutlery arrived as needed and handled with cotton gloves, lemon wipes provided, no waiting, no pushiness. The waiter, who didn't have a word of English last time we saw him, was happy to use what he had learned as we were to use what little Bulgarian we had. Altogether very enjoyable. And all for just over £18! Bargain.
We went to a bakery we know and bought a loaf. It cost about 40p, and the idea was to find out what a loaf of bakery bread cost, as a few people have asked if I would make them some of my flavoured bread and they would pay for it. But there is no way I can compete with those prices, it would cost three times that for ingredients. We will enjoy some bought bread for a change tonight though.
Then we called in to get a couple of half litre hand made casserole pots. They were the princely sum of £3.40 the pair. We have been extravagant today! But we have lots of anniversaries and Valentine's day to celebrate so have done it all at once.
On the way home we called in at the river just for a walk. Dave was desperate to go in for a dip, but as I was so anxious that the shock of snow melt water might not do him much good he reluctantly agreed to wait till it's warmed up a bit. Someone had had a fire and a feast of cockles, but we are a long way from the sea.
It seems young Jordan, the neighbours' grandson has just had a bithday, so when we came back we were brought some of the celebration bread, so we should have enough for a couple of days now...and I can be out enjoying the sun! For now, I will light the fire and relax.
I would like to thank everyone who regularly reads these ramblings, and the new readers who have recently started and sent lovely comments. Thank you all for encouraging me to carry on and I am sure we will soon be busy enough to have something more exciting to write about.