rush hour in Kipilovo

September 25, 2008


September jobs

September 25, 2008

Bulgarians (well, those in the countryside) are always madly busy doing things that I can’t keep up with. They’re pickling peppers and bags of vegetables for the winter, the walnuts are being picked from the trees and wood is being sawed into neat sizes for the wood-burning stoves, grapes are being gathered to make rakiya and wine. It is very funny to watch as it is almost a collective action. I feel I should be doing the same. Stefan is now buying peppers from the market so he can pickle them – I ask if we have enough jars? enough lids?

What a slacker

July 17, 2008

This was the only living thing I met on the way

This was the only living thing I met on the way

I didn’t keep up with the blog. What a sin. I can blame the fact I didn’t have internet access. So here is the relaunch.

Here is a picture from my walk this morning.


September 19, 2007

I have just returned from a visit to Austria to a village called Aigen near Linz. I was helping my dear friend and former boss, Nicholas Treadwell, celebrate his 70th birthday and also launch his pink prison which will house his vast art superhumanism art collection.

Austria was beautiful, warm and friendly. I made instant friends with a wonderful woman called Shuna who was also drafted in by Nick. We worked well together and I will miss her laughter. The village have made Nicholas so welcome. I didn’t post anything on the blog as couldn’t work out how to put pictures up using Nick’s old computer. I will put some up when I get back to my laptop. I also feel that Facebook seems to be taking over as a way of communicating. I spent the day in Sofia which was hotter and sunnier than Austria and I enjoyed it there for the first time. I met up with Vagabond’s publisher – please comment on the article I wrote if you haven’t already!

Bulgaria in Exeter, Devon

August 20, 2007


Here is the lovely Meg at her first market selling beautiful pottery, textiles and food from Bulgaria. She will be back again at the Slow Food Market in Exeter on Saturday, 16th September.

Freedom to Fly

August 18, 2007

The UK’s Heathrow Airport  could be forced to a standstill tomorrow afternoon by climate change campaigners.

I think we need to stop these people telling us what to do and I urge you to join the The Manifesto Club’s new campaign: Celebrate the Freedom of Flight: Send in your accounts of the benefits of flight – a trip that changed your life, a visit to long-unseen friends or family overseas, your plans for a summer in the sun; or your thoughts on the freedom and ease that flight does, and could, bring. Email these to


August 9, 2007


Thought it was time to introduce you to Aziz. He is a chalga star and was recently on Bulgaria’s Big Brother. He is fascinating and has amazing ‘pop videos’. This magazine cover is on the newstands.

Chalga (Чалга) is a form of Bulgarian music drawing from Balkan folk traditions and incorporating a blend of Arabic, Greek, Turkish and Roma (Gypsy) influences, as well as motifs from Balkan traditional music, flamenco and klezmer music. It is known for repeating musical themes and dance rhythms. Many chalga hits were Greek or Turkish hits, covered by Bulgarian singers, often in more complex musical arrangements.