Share Your World: Week 10

Share Your World consists of weekly questions hosted by Cee on her photography blog.

Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.

Absent-minded (okay that’s probably two, but it sums me up perfectly).

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?

I’ve discovered most friends my age brag about what they have but that doesn’t make their lives satisfying so if I expand that to my age group (under 20′,s haha!) I’d guess at 15%, but in all honesty I really don’t have a clue!

If you were a tree, would you become a book or furniture? Please describe.

An inspirational book or a cold frame, either way I’d be extremely useful.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

Benedict Cumberbatch. Or Lennie James. Or Peter Kay. Or Monty Don. Or Nigel Slater. Or….

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for the free cream cakes given to us by a lady in the next village. I’m looking forward to some sunshine – please?!

My new greenhouse

Okay, not a new greenhouse but the best I can muster in the circumstances! The weather has turned really dreary in our neck of the woods, so in the absence of sunshine and warmth (and a greenhouse) I’ve decided to break with tradition and bring the seeds into the house to give them a head start.

Make-shift greenhouse

Most Bulgarians start their seeds off just after Christmas, every windowsill and any other available spaces in the room with the wood burner are crammed with pots. I’m not a huge fan of this, firstly because I have four dogs racing around the house and secondly because I’ve enough rubbish in the house without adding to it!

But needs must this year so I’m going to have put up with it. Bessie isn’t impressed either, she can’t get at the window to bark at the birds and rub her wet nose up and down it until she makes a yucky mess.

Even the coffee table hasn’t escaped.

Hopefully it will warm up very soon and I won’t need to fret each time Bessie swings her tail as she saunters by!

The good news is, it’s working – some of the tomatoes have already made an appearance. Hoorah!

Bring on the spring weather!

Share your world: Week 9

Share Your World consists of weekly questions hosted by Cee on her photography blog.

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

Reading nook, definitely.

Would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

We have a TV in the living room and the cosy room (a little portable). I use the cosy room to write so it’s rarely on. I really can’t write or read with a TV blaring in the background.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

Lemon. Our bedroom in the UK was lemon and when we finally get around to redecorating, our bedroom here will be lemon too. It’s a lovely fresh colour.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

One floor. Our current home is one floor but we have utilised the basement room by turning it into the kitchen.That will all change when we complete the extension – 14 steps are a lot of steps to keep running up and down when you’re carrying food and condiments!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful we didn’t get any more snow and I’m looking forward to the weather warming up next week so I can get some gardening done.

It’s that time again!

The crocus and snowdrops are our signal the garden is coming back to life.

So that must mean it’s time to get some seeds planted! Hubby and I had a good look through some seed sellers shops on ebay the other week and yesterday our purchases arrived.

How exciting! I’m like a kid with a new toy right now!

As well as these lovely purchases we also bought a few reliable seeds from the gardening shops in Svishtov, however we’re pretty adventurous and like to have a go at growing something new every year, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Naturally the success of new seeds is determined by lots of different factors such as lack of water, too much water, heat etc.  But we like to have a shot at it anyway.

Our experimental seeds this year are tomatillo, shallots, crystal lemon cucumber and cucamelon. We’ve even made room for an asparagus bed, and that’s a first for us too.

I really miss having a herb garden so we’ve purchased a selection of seeds in readiness for the garden we’re designing. I’m a bit of a dumbo though as I forget to buy basil, the most important one of all! I must make sure I put that on the list for the next shopping trip. Hubby will be horrified if I can’t make his favourite tomato and basil soup!

Share your world: Week 8

Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by Cee, on her photography blog.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

Flippin ‘eck! If I go with the 10,000 will I be classed as selfish? Can I take the 100,000 and skim a little off for myself? Not sure? Okay, I’ll go with the 10,000. When converted to our monetary unit it will be equivalent to just over 14,000 Bulgarian leva and that is more than enough to do up our home and get some treatment for my hubby. It means he can give up work and I don’t have to worry about him doing too much with his rare heart condition. My stressing will be less so we’ll both benefit. Any left over will be given to family. Perhaps it does appear selfish and I’d love to be able to hand money out to those in need but in my case, charity begins at home…

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

Incontinence pads, most likely.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

I don’t mind as long as it’s chocolate covered.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I spent ages looking for my umbrella in November and ended up leaving the house without it, now I keep it in my wardrobe to avoid confusion. The only problem is my wardrobe is a bit of a mess so although I know it’s in there, it’s often hidden from view!