Saturday 7 August 2010

Fishy Food Makes Me Ill On Holiday

Mackerel, caught close to the western edge of ...
It was the first time we had taken a week off for a holiday in 5 years as we travelled to the Black Sea Coast for a bit of beach time. the first night we decided to go out to eat, a very rare occasion with limited funds on our purse. On reflection we should have just relied on the homemade food we brought from home, Why?

Well I order mackerel and although it tasted okay, that night I was as sick as a parrot with all sort of stomach problems and throwing up! This lasted for 48 hours and cut our holiday time enjoyment by two days. This is the first time I have had food poisoning in Bulgaria over the five years there and it came at the time I least wanted it to happen!
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Sunday 20 June 2010

Ran, Rain, Go Away!

Rain rain go away, come back another day! That is wishing really. For one week I have planed to weed the crops and for one week every day just as I make my way to the field the heavens open! Tomorrow is another day but I bet the same thing happens!

Sunday 16 May 2010

Hand Luggage and Contents Stolen

I accidentally dropped my car keys in the road the other day when parking in the town centre and placing my hand luggage in the boot. I walked away oblivious to that only to return shortly and find that I had not keys. The bad luck continues. My spare key of the car was in the hand luggage so I had no keys or spare for the car!

After breaking into the the car ripping out the back seat to get access to the boot it was found that there was no hand luggage there and I still couldn't move the car without a key. It was the case that someone had seen me drop the keys, picked them up after I had walked away, opened the boot and stole my hand luggage.

My hand luggage had my new digital camera, mobile phone, my normal prescription glasses, all my tablets and first aid kit, mobile phone and charger, wallet with all my money (100 Euros) personal documents such as lichna carte (BG  ID) driving licence, insurance MOT etc. Also a manicure kit, a packet of sunflower seeds, a condom and not least the actual bag which good quality bicycle luggage bag that I use on the bicycle rack as well as a hand luggage bag.

I was gutted. I had to take time off work (more money lost!) and get a specialist to take the ignition apart in the car and get a new set of keys cut costing 50 BG lev. I will not have counted the whole cost unit until all the documents have been replaces and of course the cost all the items that come to over 700 BG leva! This is nearly two months worth of pay for me here! Someone is laughing behind my back as well of course.

Monday 5 April 2010

A 12 Kilometre Walk For Nothing

My thoughts turned to doing a bit of exercise today and at the same time not just waste the energy but make use of it. The plan was to walk 6 kilometres to a petrol station to buy a 10 kg bag of charcoal instead of using the car. This would save money on fuel and get me a bit of exercise of course. A round trip of 12 km half involving a bit of weightlifting. The walk was brisk and I arrived at the petrol station after about an hour. On asking for the charcoal I was told that they had sold out this morning due to the fine weather we are having today! So it was a 6 km walk back empty-handed. 
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Sunday 28 March 2010

Plans To Work On The Land Cancelled Due To Rain

Harvested summer radishes
Today the plan was to dig over the land at the factory farm and plant out beans and radish. The keys were taken to unlock the factory gates that would be deserted this Sunday and all the seeds and tools bought and stored respectively. I was a restful Saturday in preparation for the work to be made on that so called Sunday day of rest. Sunday morning arrive after the clocks had been put an hour forwards the night before, no need for an alarm my keenness to to get starting with the preparation of the land woke me up early. Low and behold as I raised the blinds and looked out it was raining! As the morning went on the rain got heavier and by 11:00 I had given up the idea of working on the land today. No rain for a fortnight and it rains on the day I want it not too!
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Monday 15 March 2010

A Bowl Of Sunflower Seed Shells Dropped

Sunflower seeds, hulled and dehulled. Focus st...
After an evening of watching a good film in bed with sunflower seeds being cracked and eaten throughout it was time to retire and sleep as we were so, so tired. One last job was to take the glass bowl of sunflower shells out to the kitchen and empty in the bin. Oh I wished that had been done the following morning! As I walked past the bed my hand knocked on the bed headboard and the glass bowl slipped out of my hand hitting the lino. The glass shattered and the sunflower shells scattered all over the floor. It was out with the hand vacuum cleaner but that wasn't any good as the batteries were too low. Then out with the electric vacuum only to fin there was no suction as the bag was full. Finally it was a hand brush and pan that cleared the mess, and the morning we had to be sure to wear slippers before emptying the vacuum bag and going over the area again for glass splinters that were still lurking.
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Thursday 4 March 2010

Cut Finger, Surgery, No Work And No Money

A thoracic surgeon performs a mitral valve rep...
Ouch, I was moving old metal bits at work and my gloves had a small hole in one of the finger pockets. I sharp peice of metal decided to make a beeline to that particular place and cut through my finger. I had to go to hospital for surgery and stitches and now have no work for at least a week. That means no money and I can't work on the land planting trees and lettuce which I had planned this weekend. Also I was put on antibiotics so I can't drown my sorrows in rakia for a week either! To add more bad luck it is the finger on my left hand I am left handed in everything I do!
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Sunday 14 February 2010

Digital Camera Lost

I don't believe the bad luck today. I went around taking my photographs with my digital camera for my blog Yambol Daily Pictures and went to the church as it is is a day for forgiveness today in Bulgaria. As I went tot he shop for an ice-cream after the church business (yes it was that warm here today), I found that my camera was not in my pocket any more. After returning the church there was no sign of the digital camera, even after asking many people there. I have no camera again after the saga of getting one after me original one broke.

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Burnt Boots

It was bitterly cold at work and my boots were damp from shifting snow the previous day. Even with three pairs of socks on my feet were freezing cold by lunchtime due to the dampness that had penetrated to my feet. It was off with the boots and feet up next to eh electric barred fire that we had, normally used to turn out bread into toast. Whilst my feet and socks were warming up my boots were put on top of the metal grates surround of the fire. I then fell asleep as my socks steamed away on my feet only to wake up form the sound of hissing. This was caused my the rubber soles of my boots melting and the drips of rubber igniting with fire onto the electric bar elements. I quickly removed them and dipped them in a bucket of water. Not only were my boots ruined but I had to wear someone else's trainer after lunch and put up with the smell of burning rubber all afternoon. My boot were put into the wood-burner as fuel to keep warm in another room as they were no good for anything else now.

Saturday 6 February 2010

Snow Stops Plumbing Work

We have had no water for two weeks now as the weekend came along I decided to do something about it. Digging up the outside pipes I found that they needed replacing so off to the shop I went for pipes and connections, all set to replace the whole system. Just after 5 hours of digging using a hired pneumatic drill it started snowing. No chance of finishing the job as the blizzard set in. Another day of no water and Sunday the work starts again. Fat chance of any break as the weekend is fully filled with plumbing work.

Saturday 30 January 2010

No Water For Five Days

Day five and still no water! The underground pipes froze up Monday night and haven't had a chance to defrost throughout all this time. Today the temperature rose slightly during the day but not enough to give us our water back. Every day I have had to fill buckets up with water from work and bring them back in a taxi! I hope tomorrow brings the flow back but knowing my luck it will carry on for a few days yet. I will have to wear my dirty clothes to work on Monday and probably get given my card (see previous post!)

Thursday 28 January 2010

Flu and Redundancy

Back to work and survived the first few days of sub-zero temperatures and the car not working due to being frozen up. Thought I was past the worse then I caught the flu and had to work through it and still am. This isn't the end, there is a rumour I will be made redundant on Monday due to lack of business with the recession in the metalwork industry. Bad luck never seems to end.

Friday 22 January 2010

Back To Work With -22 C Forecast

Well my back is feeling much better now and I will be back to work on Monday, but then the weather forecast told us that the coldest day of the year is the day I go back to work. The last thing I need is a cold environment to work in with ice underfoot after just coming out of rehabilitation from a warm home. But somehow I will get through the day which apparently starts with -22 C! Who knows I might be lucky for once and come out the other end unscathed!

Tuesday 19 January 2010

Bad Luck - Back With Vengence (pun)

More bad luck as I lie here in bed waiting for my back heal up so not only can I start jogging again but go back to work to earn some money! Just as everything was going so well this happens with a fortune to pay for medication and doctor's bills it just isn't fair.Added to which it is snowing heavily so my prescribed little walks every three hours can't happen. More bad luck!

Friday 15 January 2010

Jogging put off for Two Weekends In A Row

It was planned that I start up jogging last weekend to get some aerobic excise after Christmas and the New Year. Everything was set for my first jog on Saturday, trainers and sweatshirt ready. For the first time for at least two year I came down with the flu! So it was put off for the following Saturday. It is Friday evening now what happened? I twisted my back at work so it is confined to bed for the weekend hopefully to get back to work fit on Monday. Not only have my jogging plan been scuppered but two weekends in a row! Bad luck with health can't happen the following weekend to make three in a row can it?

Thursday 7 January 2010

Back To Work A Day Early

Back To Work A Day Early
After having a great Christmas and New Year with two good four day breaks in between from work it was with a heavy heart that I had to return to the grind again. Alarm set, early to sleep and no rakia this particular evening it was all set for the next day. 6:30 and the alarm sounded, breakfast, bathroom and off in the Lada which started first time in sub zero temperatures, no bad luck in sight right now. The factory gates where locked as usual as I waited for the security guard to open up, but after 20 minutes or so I was a bit puzzled why he hadn't' turned up. half and hour and I called him on my mobile, no answer. I rang my boss, who seemed a bit annoyed that I rang this early in the morning. I realised why, we weren't due to start work until the following day! Doh!


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