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Well apart from the afore mentioned sadness, there is still a lot to be celebrated here in Bulgaria, not least the start of Spring. Yes it starts at least one month before the UK and when it starts it starts.
I will show you the room when it is finished!
Outside again and we have been continuing with the tidying and preparation of my growing beds. Because we now have all GJ's tools and garden equipment we worked in earnest. GJ decided that he needed to get his work space in order before we carried on with things and so we bought two free standing shelving units to go into the straw bale house. Sounded easy, these slot together units but not if they are made in Bulgaria!
When we finally did get everything together and the straw bale house a bit more organised we were ready to roll.
I decided that the first few things that needed planting were Beans (various), Peas (various), Onions, Potatoes, Garlic and Sunflowers. These have mostly been direct sown but I have started some off in pots first so I can see what fairs best at this time of year. I built trellises for the climbing beans and peas with bits of wood from the stocks collected so far.
The sunflowers have been planted at the bottom of the growing tunnel because from there to the back wall of our neighbour's house will be where we will keep the chickens when we are ready for them and I thought 1) they would make a curtain and shade things planted down there a little and 2) I'm sure the chickens would love a peck at a sunflower head now and again.
Whilst we have been working in the garden we are constantly accompanied by a flight of sparrows. They chirp so loud, its like being in an Avery.
We also come across some unusual guests......
As I watch the forecast in Windermere as well as here, I cannot help but feel sorry for their weather and hope that some of ours gets sent over to them. Maybe then they too can enjoy lunches in the garden!
But not wishing to gloat and on a serious note, the 1st of March is a very significant date in the Bulgarian calendar. It is the festival of Baba Marta meaning Grandma Spring and with this all your friends and family are given red and white armbands or lapel pins. Your are to wear these until either you see your first stork or the first blossom of a fruit tree when these, the Martenitsa's are hung on that tree. Here are my gifts:
I hope that anybody reading enjoys the above even though there has been so much sorrow. Sara's very Bulgarian funeral was very touching and she is buried in a cemetery in her newly native village. This brings great comfort to Dave who is determined to keep things going as Sara would have liked.
Til the next time...
H,, GJ and Bracken xx