We had a trip to the waterfalls at Hotnitsa on Sunday. It was an eye opener for me, we usually go mid week and first thing in the morning and don't usually see anyone. This time there were people camping and a refreshment van parked right by the water. There were streams of people arriving to spend the day. The other three went for a walk on the eco trail while I sat and watched someone shooting a gun while others moved around him taking no notice. It was probably a pellet gun or similar but even so, I was glad when they packed up and left.
|View from the top|
|A smaller fall above the main one|
|A nice Bulgarian lady took a photo|
|Dave picked me some flowers, they were properly dried by the time we got home|
We then went on to Veliko Tarnovo and had lunch at our favourite restaurant and a short wander round the cobbled streets before heading for the river where the lads had a swim. The water was shallow but very fast, but they seemed to enjoy themselves, though us girls were not happy with the stink of cows and the hundreds of flies trying to hitch a ride in the car!
|We sat in the stunning courtyard for lunch|
|But I ate my meal before remembering to photograph it|
|The placemats explain the history of the restaurant and museum|
|Tsaravets....they might get there next time|
|Two in the river|
|Make that three|
|Smaller, but cleaner. And lovely in this hot weather|
|Determined to sit outside, a mosquito net over the table|
Next day they went off again to do some more sight seeing , a monastery and back into VT where they kindly bought me some pressies. I didn't go this time, my old legs were complaining and I had hundreds (it seemed) of cucumbers to pickle, especially as they were such a big hit with the rellies. It was very hot. The lads came home stinking after having a mud fight in the river!
|So pretty, a bowl, lidded pot and lidded jug, lucky me.|
While having breakfast the next morning we were summoned over to the neighbours for pizza, but luckily no rakia as the taxi was picking up at ten. Venka had her best top on in their honour and it was great that they had time to experience the warmth of these lovely people, who then sat in the lane waiting for them to leave....after giving them a large bag of tomatoes to take with them! And more hugs and kisses. Sad to see them go, but they will be back.
|Pizza and Venka's special frothy coffee|
|Hugs all round|
So it is back to normal now, making stuff for the car boot at the weekend. We delivered a tiger painting commission yesterday, it's always nice when they go, I worry that they will get damaged.
I have done some more tomato bottling though my outside gas ring has collapsed so I had to boil the jars indoors...and the weather is scorching! I am hopeful that there will be plenty though a lot have rotted on the plants due to disease brought on by the weather. I will be spraying like my neighbours next year now that I have found out what they use and that it is organic. Their tomatoes both sides are well over six feet with good trusses all the way. If I can grow them like that I will only need half a dozen!
|Cherry toms, plum toms and pears in vanilla syrup|
Elsewhere in the garden The leeks and cabbage are in and trying to cope with soaring temperatures. We have had the first of the summer purple sprouting broccoli, not as nice as the winter varieties but a change from beans and courgettes. We also accidentally had our first ever corn cob. Unfortunately I pulled on a weedy plant thinking to throw it to the geese and there was an immature little cob on it. I can't believe how fast they grow, and it looks as if we will have enough for us and a few for the chickens. The cucumbers are going mad, as it seems other's are too, our neighbours behind have given us 12 in a week. I have picked as many from our few plants. And the courgettes keep going!
The apricots are about done now. I made some puree from the windfalls and used some in a fool and some in yoghurt, very nice. Also made some curd which is good, more mellow than the lemon. The rest is in the freezer. With the next lot of windfalls Dave has started another batch of wine. Now the black plums are ripening so will have to think what to do with them.
The bees are going from strength to strength and Dave is on the lookout for a second hand hive and a honey spinner. There is lots of honey being made but we don't know yet if we will be able to harvest any this year. He has made some more frames ready in case he needs them. He has been stung twice now, both times when he was trying to tidy the weeds around the hive and they objected.
|Man at work|
|One frame showing honey, nectar and brood cells|
|Big juicy cricket|
|Rhinocerous beetle, a whopper|
|A locust cadged a lift in the car|