Many years later, now married to Dave, I made tentative steps to do a little bit on his computer. This was mainly because we had become involved with a labrador rescue and I wanted to join in on the forum. And that is how I started to learn a bit....once I had learned to control a mouse...my goodness it was a very skittish mouse!! Eventually I was brave enough to join other forums and spent time looking for information on google and the like.But I am still very limited in my knowledge and easily confused, and the terminoogy that even beginners are supposed to know is beyond me.
The point of all this explanation is that, although I have been doing this blog for nearly two years, I still have no idea how it works, same with other sites such as facebook. So today I asked Dave to help me to sort out the information on here. He was the one who started the blog, but didn't really get going so I took over. As his profile was never updated this must have caused confusion, as it did me when I read it the other day (it seems I had a wife!),
So any readers out there who may be confused, I apologise and we are working at sorting things out. While doing this I realised that the setting for who could comment was set to those registered as followers, (not many) something which I know has caused problems in the past as I got messages from people on forums instead of here. I would especially like to apologise to Trillium in Canada, who asked me to check my settings ages ago but I kept forgetting to ask Dave to show me how! It is now set to public (or something) which means anyone can comment I think. If I get any undesirables I may change it, we will see.
Meanwhile thank you to all those who have persevered and posted comments, they are much appreciated. And anyone still reading this particular entry, well done for getting this far.
Meanwhile there is not a lot to report from our small corner of Bulgaria. We are in waiting for spring, we are unable to do much outside as the ground is still sodden and we are due some more bad weather, too wet to weed and too cold to plant. Dave is sorting out any jobs he can which don't cost anything, like moving the compost heap (again!) and re-jigging the fences. The cold frame is ready to go too, after the next bout of weather. By then the lettuces and onions and any other bits sown indoors will be able to go out. I am being careful not to sow any more tender stuff than we can accommodate on the window ledges and small table in the porchy bit. Some things, like peppers and celery, are tender but need a long growing season so will be accommodated on the table with a foil backing to try to keep them straight. Any that don't work will be replaced when the weather picks up.
|Hopefully the snails will stay away and the plants will get more attention with it being close to the house|
Our beautiful old lab Bonnie has been having problems, and after trying to get a vet out, who had been highly recommended, we gave up waiting and took her to a local vet. He seems confident that she has some kind of herpes virus which has caused a couple of worrying lesions which wouldn't heal. She had a jab with another to come in two weeks and they are already drying up.I have to admit it is hard to have confidence in a new vet when we used to live across the road from our's in the UK and had used them for many years. The mobile vet who was going to come could at least speak English. With the best will in the world sketchy Bulgarian is a worry when trying to explain.
|It was a miserable day|
Our terrible teenager is continuing to test our patience. but Bella is actually letting him know when he is too rough, and generally he is keeping his claws to himself. He will still leap on one of us occasionally but it is getting less. Bonnie has accepted that he is here to stay and though she gets fed up of him hanging off her tail (a lab tail, always wagging with good humour, soooo tempting to a half grown cat) she does actually sniff him and accept him cuddling up to her.
He is practicing his climbing skills in the apricot tree, determined to catch a sparrow, or better still the woodpecker. I haven't seen his friend in the garden recently, but he spends hours outside at night, despite me anxiously opening the door periodically to see if he will come in. I can't help worrying, he's still quite small and the pine martens take no notice of the electric fencing.
We watched a programme about pets this morning....accompanied by Splash who was determined to get to the squeaking puppies inside the computer....and found out that the scratching that they do is actually more to get rid of the old claws so that a nice strong and sharp claw can come through. I never knew that, but it explains a lot. Daft programme, but useful.
|I know they're in there!|
|I'll just sit and wait|
|Chew chew chew....|
|...shake chew chew....|
|I am NOT happy!|
|Totally ignored clean bath water!|
Finally, regular readers will remember our friend having her horses stolen back in summer. We went to our local market every week to check that they weren't there, but eventually searches had to stop, a hearbreaking decision but inevitable. The poor couple have had so much bad luck with their animals this year losing other family friends too, that they have decided to sell up and return to the UK, once the farm is sold. She has now gone home and hopefully will heal with her family around her, while her husband stays to try to sell the property. We will miss them but wish them the best of luck and hope her family around her will help to heal her sore heart.