Spring comes early here & usually with a bang, but February will give you a taster sometimes, like this year. Its almost mid Feb & we have been having 24c temps in the day! It has been a lovely relief & we have actually been out with no coats on as its too hot :):), drinking & eating outside the restaurants & everyone has been happy.
The Martenitsi, or Martenitsa, are being sold on the streets & I am now looking forward to Baba Marta, Baba means grandmother & Marta is March, so its Grandmother March. March 1st is Baba Marta, it is a traditional folk law here to usher out the old & usher in the new but we have to make Baba Marta happy so we have a good year. We wear little decorations of red & white cotton threaded together sometimes with beads & tassles then when we see the first Stork or the first blossom we take them off & tie them to our fruit trees for a good harvest.
First we have February 14th. No not valentines day but the traditional day for pruning the grape vines! We will be out there helping others & then back here pruning ours for a good healthy crop to make lots of lovely Grape cake, Red Vino & Rakia :). Lots of food will be prepared & eaten along with Rakia & red wine from the previous crop will be partaken. I am so looking forward to it, lets hope the weather holds out with lots of warm sunshine it will be a good day!
|These Grapes still have 4 months growing to do!!! We also have big red Grapes too|
|Time to fill the pool so it can warm & tidy & clean pool area :)|
|Time to get out the cushions & enjoy the sun in the sheltered area temps have been over 40c in April!|
|Minishka was pushed under our garage doors full of mange & flea's|
|Can't wait for my cherries I compot them to have all year|
|First bulbs of significance, I wait a long time to see these :)|
|Must have coffee trips with friends to soak up the warmth of the sun|
|The first thing I like to do when the weather changes is have a day in Veliko Tarnovo & lunch at my fave cafe|
people watching & lazing in the sun over perfect coffee!
|Well it is SPRING ;D|