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Introduction To Becoming More Self Reliant - Read this First!
  The idea to become more self reliant in what I do and how I live probably stems from being brought up at a time when Felicity Kendal and 'The Good Life' were at their peak. More than that though as a young child I spent many a summer holiday staying with my grandparents......

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Crocodile Dundee IV - 14 Feb 2011
  My better half came over to see me over New Year, unfortunately we had a burst pipe back in the UK which resulted in the police breaking in to turn the water off thankfully the the insurance coughed up, so instead of employing UK plasterers at 400 pounds a day I have two willing builders from my village who are able to come and put everything right for 40 pounds a day!........

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Stray Dogs - Shoot them I say! - 8 Feb 2011
  I am no dog lover, in fact having been a paper boy as a child and even a short stint as postman as an adult, I can say with some conviction that dogs have the same feeling towards me. Bulgaria has stray dogs all over the place, they mainly congregate in the citys trawling through bins and apart from the mess don't really do much damadge. However out of town in the villages, although not on the scale of the towns, stray dogs are a nuisance........

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The Carp Restaurant - 4 Feb 2011
  Just recently I have visited the next village along (Stomansi), to try out the delicacy of fish and chips the fish being not the traditional Cod or Plaice but the the just as delicious carp. As a young boy I spent many weekend trying to catch these fish is the local pond but had no idea that they were such good eating.......

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Thermometer -15C
February is here! Last months page can be found here

Ruddy Freezing - 31 January 2011

My Neighbours Wedding Day - 24 January 2011

Bring Back the Communists All is Forgiven - 17 January 2011

Smoking Ban Bulgarian Style - 10 January 2011

New Years Eve Report and a Lidl madness- 05 January 2011

The Snow in my garden

A belated Happy New year to everyone. I have had guests over so have been a bit busy entertaining and not being quite so self reliant, although my homemade wine and spirits have had a large dent put into them. Will have to make more next year! Decembers page can be viewed here or from the menu on the left.

Snow Good - 19 December 2010

Spontaneous Combustion - 10 December 2010

Concrete Floor - 5 December 2010

A New Pub - 1 December 2010
December is here along with the colder weather, not much happening in the garden this month, the promise of lots of snow to come! Time to get out the skis, and enjoy the festivities to come. (only New Year here!) Novembers page can be accessed here or from the link on the left.

A view from the top

Kimets Cow - 30 Nov 2010

Chimney Sweep - 24 Nov 2010

Anyone But Tottenham - 20 Nov 2010

Korban Bayram - 16 Nov 2010

Magic Beans have Sprouted - 15 Nov 2010

'This is Bulgaria, it's normal' - 10 Nov 2010

I am a Woodworm - 5 Nov 2010

A Walk in The Woods - 3 Nov 2010

Parnips, Leeks and Unwanted Gifts - 01 November 2010

Tree Surgery

October has been and gone, the clocks have gone back, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the mornings are frosty. This is one of my favourite times of the year. You can visit last months page either through the menu on the left or directly here.

Ty Bach - 28 October 2010

A Helping Hand - 26 October 2010

Dig Chop Rake - 23 October 2010

Preparing for Winter - 20 October 2010

Feeding Your Bees - 20 October 2010

A Month of Celebration 19 October 2010

Where to Locate your Hives - 19 October 2010

Deep Bed Method? - 16 October 2010

Smolyan and Pamparovo - 15 Oct 2010

A Day out in Sofia - 10 Oct 2010

The Importance of a Good Roof - 7 Oct 2010

Chopping Wood - 3 Oct 2010

We have arrived in October and are all fit and healthy, this month includes a visit from the better half, a trip to Sofia and maybe the start of a new job. More on all that as and when though, last months stuff can be found below or use the link for September on the left. The weather here is absolutely great at the moment, I even managed a spin on my motorbike, before the winter weather sets in.

Septembers Page Here!

Chandalier Plan

My Bees Have Died! - 30 Sep 2010

Free Lunch - 26 Sep 2010

Chasing Cows - 20 Sep 2010

My new name is Dotchka - 17 Sep 2010

I am Stuffed 11 Sep 2010

Car Insurance and MOT - 7 Sept 2010

End of the Growing Season? - 6 Sept 2010

Early September - 2 September 2010

Rain Rain Hooray!! 1 Sept 2010

End of August - 31 Aug 2010

I want rain - 28 Aug 2010

The Mosque in Fotinovo - 27 Aug 2010

French Beans MarkII - 24 Aug 2010

Dimitrovgrad - 23 Aug 2010

Potatoes the results are in! - 21 Aug 2010

Ramadan & Cars -21 Aug 2010

My Computer is broken - 17 Aug 2010

Fish BG Style -10 Aug 2010

Digging for Victory - 10 Aug 2010

The Pub, to ski or not to ski? - 6 Aug 2010

The Greenhouse Grows - 5 Aug 2010

Our Politicians Are Worse than Yours! - 3 Aug 2010

Greenhouses & Funerals - 2 Aug 2010

We are now heading into August 2010, The theromstat has been turned up. Hot and sunny everyday. Scorchio! Last months articles can be seen here.

Pets in Paradise - 31 July 2010

Not Just Fruit & Veg - 29 July 2010

24 Hour Melons - 28 July 2010

Becarful When Buying Bread - 24 July 2010

Not Always a Good Crop - 24 July 2010

Taxis, Doctors and politics (a bit) - 23 July 2010

The Alexander Trilogy - 20 July 2010 (4 out of 5)

The Best & Worst Books I have Read - 20 July 2010

Central heating BG - 20 July 2010

A Goat A Sheep and Lots of Beer! - 19 July 2010

Stringing Onions - 15 July 2010

The 'Weekly' Shop

Tomatoes, Cucumber and Hail - 12 July 2010

Kolla e Djenna, drougata hora ne mojay! 6 July 2010

Welcome to July 2010

How to Make Lavender Essential Oil - 25 June 2010

My Day Trip with the Imam - 21 June 2010

Double Glazing The Truth! 18 June 2010

Basic Beekeeping 17 June 2010

Making Mead 16 June 2010

How Much should I grow - 13 June 2010

Way to Self Reliance Part 1 - 13 June 2010

How (not) to be an Expat Part 2 - 12 June 2010

Annies' World Part Three - 12 June 2010

How to Make Cherry Wine 10 Jun 2010

How to Make Cherry Brandy 9 Jun 2010

How Much does it Cost to Setup(part1) - 8 June 2010

Beat the Rise in Cigarette Duty Grow Your Own - 7 June 2010

How to get Cheap Firewood - 7 June 2010

Annies World Life in Bulgaria Part 2 - 7 June 2010

How (not) to Make Brandy - 6 June 2010

Annies World Life in Bulgaria Part 1 - 6 June 2010

A bit about Bulgaria - 6 June 2010

How to Make Bees Wax Polish - 5 June 2010

How Not To Be an Expat - 5 June 2010


Welcome to the 'Gud' Life, the home of self Reliant living on the internet. If you are interested in becoming more self reliant, or thinking of selling up and doing it for real you will find all you need to know right here. Written by someone who has done just that. Learn from my many mistakes

  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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