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I’m just back from a rather wonderful holiday in Bulgaria. It was far too hot to knit and anyway there seemed so much to do and enjoy, not least the gloriously hot sunny days with blue skies above – HEAVEN!

My friend Angela and I flew to Plovdiv and we discovered a beautiful and inspiring old town with a web of cobbled streets and beautifully preserved/restored old houses. One is a pharmacy from the early 1800s where sumptuous pink, blue and turquoise glass bottles still stand on the shelves and instruments for making pills are next to large pestle and mortars.

In another house we found beautiful old Bulgarian knitwear  – this needs to be archived for future reference!

I am lucky enough to have a house north of the Balkan mountains and this year’s addition is an old style Bulgarian bread oven, a ‘фурна’ (furna) or печка (petchka) – to create a ‘summer kitchen’ –  made by my gifted restorer/ builder and artist friend Drago. Here is its first firing… (and unintended smoking of cherry tree)…..by the third try we produced some amazingly good wood-fired pizzas!

On the way we found fields of sunflowers, some of which fulfilled my dream of holding a huge bunch of them and filling up vases all around the house!

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I was welcomed back home to our home in Dorset with a vase full of late summer roses by my soul-mate Peter  –  I feel so blessed and filled with inspirations for months to come!

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