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Preparing for Winter - 20 Oct 2010
 As the days shorten and the weather starts to turn, quite a lot of time is spent preparing for the short but very sharp Bulgarian winter. Last year we managed day time temps of about -15C for a about a week and for those that don't know how cold that is. It put off several brass monkeys from coming to visit me!

Annie my other (and better half) has booked her flights to come over for christmas. This has conicided with ski season and school holidays in Bulgaria so Easyjet has taken advantage of this and has more than doubled the price of their flights. One advantage of Annie not being here for the whole winter, and it is just a small one. Is that my motorbike gets to occupy its own room for winter insetad of being cold and lonely outside on its own!

So today I am clearing a space, and will be making moves to move it indoors until about April next year. Last year I was still using it right up until the end of November, but this year has seen some unseasonal weather. In fact it has rained for the last three days here which is quite unheard of.

The rain has brought about a glut of mushrooms, but as when it rains here it really rains. Has shown that my garden really does need some drainage trenches dug. That on top of my double digging for my deep bed experiment next year should keep me busy until the frosts come.

I have planted a few rows of broadbeans, not so much as I like them but more so to tease my neighbours. Ilyas caught me sowing seeds, and asked what I was planting. When I told him I was planting beans he laughed and rolled his eyes at me, and told me that winter is not a good time to be planting beans (with a look that said 'you stupid English!'). To which I responded that these were special beans that came from England and could be planted before winter and so be harvested early next year. Not to be out done he took a few seeds away from him to plant in his garden. I have no doubt that his crop will yield much heavier than mine. We shall see!


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