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Saturday, 20 April 2013

A New Chapter... maybe...



Spring has finally sprung after a long and dreary winter.  The oldest resident of our village, a 100 year old lady, says she has never seen such a wet winter in her lifetime!  But last weekend the temperatures finally soared and flowers appear everywhere, the bees are buzzing and butterflies flutter by etc.

It's the time for a change for us too.  Tomorrow we'll be off onto new shores.  After struggling for years with the logistical problem of making the regular 10km journey to our land with virtually no money, battling landslides on our steep territory and earthquakes and various other disasters, we have decided to test the waters somewhere else.  A good friend of mine has offered us the use of his land in Bulgaria.  So the plan is to spend most of this summer there to design and start to implementing a permaculture design for this plot and at the same time test the country to see if we get on with another language / culture etc.  Prices for land are very cheap there and we are thinking that with our 'advanced' years we can make our life easier by having the place where we grow our food on our doorstep.  We also have various ideas of how we will try and make a living there, details of which I will reveal as they come.

As some of you may remember I visited Bulgaria last year, so I have already made some contacts, including within the permaculture community there.  The soil is incredibly fertile and the nature is amongst the least spoiled in Europe.

"So what is happening to your project in Liguria?" I hear you ask.  Well, for the time being we are keeping both our house and land and we have got a couple of guys keen to get their hands dirty looking after the place in the meantime.  One of them is no lesser personage then 'Il Presidente' of the Dead Rooster Society The participants of my permaculture design course called themselves the Society of the Dead Roosters for reasons too complicated to explain, and Maiemi was unanimously voted for president.  Unfortunately, he is also a little shy, so I haven't got a photo of him just now.

Maiemi will be assisted by another friend of ours Alex, who can be seen here doing his Tarzan impression

They are both keen to continue in the same vein as we have started the project, plus experimenting with their own ideas.  Here is a final farewell shot of our land as it looks now


So next time you hear from me should be from Bulgaria, but I will of course keep an eye out for this project too.  Now I've got to go and pack, so if you'll excuse me...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wishing you both the best of good fortune in Bulgaria. I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures there.

Virginia
in Iowa

Heiko said...

Thanks Virginia, keep in touch.

Stefaneener said...

I've been wondering if you would pull up stakes and try somewhere else. Well, bon voyage, and I hope it works exceptionally well for you.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Heiko and wishing you both all the best, I've enjoyed knowing you virtually via the Italy blogs and fb.

wildcraft diva said...

Well, they do say a change is as good as a rest!!!
Tanti Auguri XXX

wildcraft diva said...

Well they do say a change is as good as a rest!!!
Tanti Auguri xx

And a pinch of love said...

Good luck with your new project. Hope the elements are on your side this time.

1st Man said...

I don't often comment, but I read regularly and I wanted to pop in and say bon voyage and I wish you well. It should be exciting to see your new adventures in Bulgaria.

MikeH said...

Well, my friend, I think that you are making the right decision. As you know, it's all about working with Nature and listening to what she tells you and shows you. She has been telling you something about your land at Liguria. She will be pleased that you heard her and you will be rewarded.

Best of luck to you. I look forward to hearing about your new direction.

Regards,
Mike

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

GOOD LUCK Heiko! I'm sure you'll use your Permaculture prowess to transform your new plot in Bulgaria. I look forward to hearing how you do as well learning about the new wild plants you'll no doubt encounter. Don't you dare forget to blog :)

Anonymous said...

How exciting! I wish you the very best on your new adventure and can't wait to read about it!
Kristina