OK I can't put this off any longer otherwise I'll never get back to giving you monthly updates. The last post from us was Paul in England for 10 days (mid August) lots and little has happened since then and as I'm still excessively emotional apologies, in advance if this posting is more disjointed than normal.
The helpxer who arrived just before Paul left for England gave me peace of mind regarding bee stings, or other accidents, by his mere presence but despite telling me I shouldn't be doing so much whilst injured never thought of offering to feed the animals, or us. He was very aware of social injustices and unnecessary consumerism but hadn't yet made the jump to adjusting his own requirements preferring to comment on others failings. To be fair I think when younger we are, nearly, all selfish idealists gaining insights on personal change and compromises as we age, and learn living in this world isn't as simple as we'd like it to be.
When Paul returned we were able to repay, in a small way, some of the
help we received immediately after the fire. Although we had always
said we wanted to do all the work ourselves we had to accept that
sometimes you need others to take some of the pressure off you. One of
the couples sons has been training to become a plasterer and although
he hadn't done a full wall, let alone a full room before we employed him
to work on our home. Dayle lived with us during the week, and was a
pleasure to have around, I have eventually stopped referring to him as a
As we now had electric decided it was time to pop into the Vivacom
shop and let them know our 'phone line wasn't working an we may have
burnt their box. Anyway engineer comes out, none of the boxes on the
back wall were anything to do with Vivacom
and we just had a problem with our base unit. One new base unit later
we can talk with our family, back in the UK. That seriously made me
feel better, I don't need to see them often but keeping in touch is
important to me, although if they managed to join the 21st century and
used Skype that would be so much better. Talking of Skype, when we'd originally had internet
put in they had taken the cable to the pole in front of the house and
just thrown a load of cable over the roof to feed in through the living
room window. Luckily although the fire had burnt (obviously) the
centre part of the cable there was sufficient at either end for Paul to
splice said cables together and get us internet access back. Wow at this rate, electric, hot water, phone, internet we may become civilised once again, then again this is us ...
Just as Dayle was finishing the plastering another friend, a carpenter,
informed us that he had juggled his work load to come over and help us
put the extension roof on. This was great news as David was
enthusiastic about our ideas to reuse some of the old timbers in the
roof, something the builders who did the main house roof had refused to
do. The old timbers weren't to be used as part of the main
structure, although they would add strength their main purpose was to
tie the post fire property back in with it's past. Oh yes and look
beautiful. Dayle was asked if he'd like to stay on for another
week, for 2 reasons mainly we hoped it would lead to him getting more
work (it did) and secondly I had to be honest about my limitations and
accept I wouldn't be able to work on this project. Hell I was still
having problems walking more than a few metres. As you'll no doubt be able to tell from the excess of photographs I am so happy with the roof.
I'm also very proud of Paul and the mezzanine he put in, with a LITTLE bit of help from myself.
At the end of September we visited a chiropractor, in Veliko Turnovo,
that a friend had recommended.. There is no appointment system just
queue and wait (4 hours) but on the upside if you decide to visit the
builders merchants after a couple of hours people keep your place in the
queue for you. The chiropractor relocated my hip and a spinal disc
or 2 but then told me no work for a couple of weeks and to take
painkillers/anti-inflammatories. I did rest, as much as possible,
for 2 weeks and even now I listen to my body much more, although I'm
still inflicting pain to myself - the work won't do itself and Paul is
still doing more than his fair share.
We had a couple of days
snow towards the end of October, which although earlier was nice as it
showed us where our winter preparations were lacking, apart from the
obvious not having 3 months of supplies in the cellar. This winter
is going to be a challenge as we are living in the (unfinished) main
house for the first time and we still have much work to do to finish off
the property. Although in all fairness to ourselves, I think the
fact that the extension has NO heating in it means we will do minimal,
if any, work on that until March concentrating instead on getting a
couple of rooms in the main house decorated. If we don't feel like
work we may just hibernate and start afresh in spring, although I do
have a couple of pieces of Bulgarian, furniture I want to refurbish and
we've put a petchka in the temporary workshop (main house spare room).
Before the really cold weather arrives we need to relocate the internal staircase that Paul, the genius, built. Luckily we didn't fix it into final position because using it, unfixed it's THAT good, has uncovered a siting flaw. This is nothing major and fits in with our ethos of living with ideas before making them fixed in stone, or wood in this case. The final positioning of the staircase does effect the kitchen design though, so we need to sort it so I can have a 'proper' kitchen again. Field kitchens, or corner of living/sleeping area kitchens, are all well and good but I miss creating proper meals and treats.
I mentioned earlier that Dayle helping with the extension roof led to more work for him it also led to work for Paul, helping on a building refurbishment. Unfortunately this meant he was away Monday morning until Friday night for a couple of weeks, Miss Independent I Can Do That had been taught it was ok to ask and accept help only for her 'teacher' to abandon her. Boohoo. It was a sad time but also I realised how much I had learnt about my own limitations, we had some MORE windows that needed stripping down and sanding and much as I love playing with power tools the size of these windows made them hard work so I did little and often. My favourite Bulgarian expression at this time is leko po leko (literally it means "slightly slightly" but tends to be used as English speakers would say "little by little")
Reading back over this post it has a definite negative feel about it. I apologise for that but will admit to having lost my mojo recently, as my strength returns it'll return and hopefully lots of little projects will be completed over the hibernation months. In between looking after the animals