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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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My Bees Have Died! - 30 Sep 2010
 It has come to the end of a busy month for me, I have not posted on here as often as I would have liked and I am afraid that to end the month on a sad note. My busy bees who have been working their socks off all summer making me wax and honey have gone to the big hive in the sky............

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Free Lunch - 26 Sep 2010
 There is no such thing as a free lunch or so the saying goes, well I have disproved the rule. There is in fact such a thing as a free lunch if like me you are lucky enough to live near Hussain the 'Hodja' (Imam)............

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Chasing Cows - 20 Sep 2010
 It is not just me that lives a self reliant lifestyle in my village. In fact compared with some of my neighbours I really am only playing at it. Or at least they find it very amusing when my attempts at food production go awry...........

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My new name is Dotchka - 17 Sep 2010
 I have recently being doing documents. Now this in Bulgaria can be quite a convaluted process. But unless you have documents you cannot get anything done. At least officially..........

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I am Stuffed 11 Sep 2010
 The holiday season comes to an end, this year I was lucky enough to be invited to the Bairam festival at my neighbour Ilyas house. He had mot of his family coming over, there were about 30 people in all.........

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Car Insurance and MOT - 7 Sept 2010
 It is the time of the year when the car needs to be re-insured and tested, the previous two years I have had help with this, but my Bulgarian is good enough now to get pretty much anything done. It does not really sound as if I am being self reliant if I am having help with everyday things either.

So today I took my trusty and rusty 10 year old ford escort to be (MOT) tested.........

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End of the Growing Season? - 6 Sept 2010
 Here in Samodiva, the main employer is SocoTab, who export aromatic tobacco from Southern Bulgaria, Northern Greece, and North East Turkey to major cigarette producers around the globe. The type of tobacco that is grown is usually used as a small percentage in each cigarette (5 - 10%) and adds the aroma........

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Early September - 2 September 2010
 Although we are still deep in summer, most of the crops here have finished. My greenhouse after the little bit of rain we had has sprouted a very late watermelon, it is probably to late to ripen but I can't bring myself to kill it just in case!........

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Rain Rain Hooray!! 1 Sept 2010
 Saved at last, just as the month ended a storm erupted in my village and poured buckets of lovely rain all over my garden. Also the tempreature has dropped to a lovely 25 C.......

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Chandalier Plan

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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