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  • An introduction to Gostilitsa and all it has to offer
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Unfortunately I've been having an increasing number of problems with storage on this site, so I've decide to continue the diary section elsewhere. Click here for the link to the new site.  The old diary entries will remain here for anyone wishing to delve into the murky past

Wednesday 29th August, 2012
Category: 2012/08
Tags: nature bee eater cat neighbour

How lovely to be cool enough at night that you can lay under a duvet again.  Woke up this morning to a perfect breeze blowing in at the window and the clearest blue skies outside.  I love the colour of the trees against the sky - intense green and blue - I could look at it for hours.  The other thing I love in the early morning is the soft calling of the bee-eaters as they fly up from the valley towards Slavaykovo and over my house towards the top of the village.  I don't know if they go down that way to roost for the night or if they just follow the path of insects, but it's a daily routine and they are such beautiful birds.

This morning I discovered the little white cat had been very cheeky and quietly snuck into my room whilst I slept.  She was curled up in a tight little ball under the bed, with just one half open eye peeping at me over her tail as if to say 'Just ten more minutes, please?'  I am such a soft touch!  Might be an idea to invest in a little flea powder and worming tablets though if she's going to have regular sleep overs.

I met another local today, a woman called Sika (I think).  Actually we met a few years ago when I had put mum's old shoes outside to give away.  On my sign I had spelt shoes Обуфки instead of Обувки and it caught her eye.  She's a teacher at the local school and lives in the house on the corner not far from the end of my street.

Tuesday 28th August, 2012
Category: 2012/08
Tags: car buying a car Fiesta

Very excited!  Went to look at a car today accompanied by Tony who knows everything about cars and Rado who was on hand to help with the language.  It's a 2005 Ford Fiesta and seems to check out well.  Rado is going to get back in touch with the salesman about a couple of points (the lever to tip the front passenger seat forward and a possible slow puncture in one tyre) and if they get sorted we can start the purchasing process.  It will be odd having my own car instead of just a hire car, and something tells me I will be going MUCH more carefully on the rougher roads from now on.

Sunday 26th August, 2012
Category: 2012/08
Tags: heatwave temperature thermometre

And that's in the shade!  Cooling methods:

1.  Stuff ice pack up your shirt.

2.  Soak a large towel in cold water and lay underneath it.

3.  Eat tons of ice-cream.

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