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Ruddy Freezing - 31 January 2011
  The end of January today and the weather is definately middle of winter typr. The snow this year has been thin on the ground, we had three or four days with 50 cm of snow, the tempreature however has been completely normal for this time of year.

Now that is cold!

I have not succumbed to heating the whole house as is the norm in the UK with central heating systems. I do however have a hot room, with a woodburner going most of the time. The rest of the house is unheated and the tempreature even inside is well below 0C somedays and probably every night.

The thermometer in the picture above is located outside in my porch which is on the north side of the house so is especially chilly, no need for a deep freezer here during winter.

January is the month of documents in Bulgaria, new road tax, tax declarations and such like. They really do like nothing better than documents, especially with stamps and signatures even to get the simplest of things done. When we bought our house foreign nationals were not allowed to purchase property in Bulgaria but they could own a business. So the process of buying a house entailed opening a business in your name and getting the business to purchase the property.

Obviously businesses are required to submit annual tax returns, the first year I did this was a very convaluted process I have however found a short cut!

Instead of joining the 300 metre queue at the regional tax office to submit the return it is quite possible to send it by post! My first year here I was told that they had to be submitted in person. Even a nil return.

So today I have been copying the details from last years nil return and putting them on this years document which will be handed to my postman this week sometime.

Next month I am off for a short visit to the UK, as our house there need some replastering doing, UK plasterers quoted us 1600 pounds so we decided it would be cheaper and more fun to take two of our builder neighbours in Bulgaria back to the UK and let them have the work instead. They only wanted paying 40 euros a day! It should also be quite fun as Mustafa who is 56 has never been on a plane in his life, and Easyjet is going to get the priviledge of introducing him to flight! (Think he might need a quick mastika before take off)


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