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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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Kimets Cow - 30 Nov 2010
  The end of November comes and with it the start of the colder weather. The wood burner has been in use almost nightly. The logs are all chopped. The coal has been stocked up. Southern Bulgaria has an excellent climate. I have lived near the equator in Africa where after 10 in the morning it is too hot to move. I have spent time travelling around Thailand, where the humidity is suffocating, and of course the UK where the types of different rain need a 5 volume book to catalogue them all. Here though there are proper seasons, cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and a bit wet in between..................

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Chimney Sweep - 24 Nov 2010
  Part of trying to live self reliantly is having a go at things you would normally leave to experts, or in the case of sweeping the chimney someone who knows what they are doing. Not me though! Sweeping a chimney how hard can it be?.................

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Anyone But Tottenham - 20 Nov 2010
  One of the good points about not owning a television is that it makes a great excuse to visit my local pub to watch a game of football. I am a Tottenham fan, I shall not apologise. Today was the north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium. Tottenham have not won away at Arsenal since 1993..................

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Korban Bayram - 16 Nov 2010
  Today is 'Korban Bayram'. The muslim festival of sacrifice. I am no expert so if I get the details wrong I apologise in advance! The village of Samodiva in southern Bulgaria has come to a standstill today as the festivities begin. I was invited and attended the sacrifice of one cow, two goats and a sheep. Ilyas my neighbour was kind enough to give me a leg of goat to take home with me as well.................

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Magic Beans have Sprouted - 15 Nov 2010
  One of the good things about living in another country is the chance to learn new things, as well as pass on your knowledge in the hope that your neighbours can learn something about you and your culture................

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'This is Bulgaria, it's normal' - 10 Nov 2010
  I have been accused of having rosy tinted glasses on when I eulogize about my life in Bulgaria. So I thought for balance I should point out some of the things that have infuriated me (albeit only mildly) in the last two years. Without exception (maybe pot holes) obsessive documentation is the all time winner...............

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I am a Woodworm - 5 Nov 2010
  With this being a quite time in the self reliant garden. I am doing other tasks that normally get put off. One of those has been to make book shelves for all the books that I have aquired...............

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A Walk in The Woods - 3 Nov 2010
  Today I have had some time off from the self reliant garden. I have taken a stroll through the forest that surrounds my village. The weather has been very knid and although a little nippy in the morning the sun has been out and there has not been a breath of wind..............

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Parnips, Leeks and Unwanted Gifts - 01 November 2010
  The first frosts of the year are happening, which means that the parsnips can be pulled as and when there are also fresh leeks in the garden, and winter cabbages recovering from 'cow' attacks still growing. It is also the time of digging over the rest of the garden before the really cold weather sets in, in January. My cat 'Dave' has also decided it was time for an early christmas present.......

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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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