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self sufficientish expats in Bulgaria?

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self sufficientish expats in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:23 pm

Hi I have just joined the forum and looking to make contact with any self sufficientish expats intending to or already living in Bulgaria. I have sold my house in uk and will be looking for property Jan 2006. kind regards Lynda


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:46 am

goodluck freebird we have an apartment in BG but we do not live there.

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Re: self sufficientish expats in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:58 pm

Hi freebird

I live in a village called Rasovo in the northwest corner of Bulgaria near to Lom and Montana. The whole area is self sufficient here, everything is recycled, even the stalks from corn on the cobs are used in animal feeds, the corn is fed to livestock as well and the husks are used as kindling. Jam jars are kept and reused for making pickles jams etc and even old useless wood is reused n the log burners.
You can be as self sufficient as you like, most of the houses around here have large gardens 1000 sq m upwards so plenty of room to keep chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys and grow whatever you like. Or as you get established there is a good supply of foodstuffs to be bought locally as well.

I am learning as I go along and am going to try cheese making next year plus a lot more pickling than I have done so far. I have been blanching and freezing veg when available as they tend to be in local shops as they are in season, although you can get whatever you want in the towns if you want something special.

I have also started a property company and we now have 3 of us, me and 2 partners, so if we can be of any help drop me a line and I will give you all the contact details.

Good luck with all your searches etc,



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Re: self sufficientish expats in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:30 pm

Hi Diana, thanks for your interesting reply. I must admit that bulgaria is very attractive because of property prices, however are the winters particularly harsh? I live in East Yorks expected low today is -2 degrees and I am freezing my .....off! : ) Do you have any photos of that particular area? Previous enquiries into Bulgaria left me thinking that the landscape looked a bit .... dare I say "boring" not as pretty as other European countries, but I am open to correction on this. Properties looked a bit ulititarian, lacking charm and character. but dont want to get all critical and would love to be proved wrong. Tell me more about your particular area, any photos? feel free to email me anytime kind regards Lynda (lyndadolan@hotmail.com)

Ps I was all set to move to rural Portugal, but 2 weeks ago the property I had watched for over a year via the internet was sold. I was pipped at the post! So before I get "attached" to something else, thought I would go exploring all other options., bulgaria been one.


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Post Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:00 pm

We live in the mountains near Pamporovo and you will go a long way to have the views and scenery that is around, fabulous.We are learning to live off the land also, and it is amazing the things you can do. My neighbours are teaching me how to things like,cook Bulgarian food that is so tasty but yet costs pennies to make. Growing veg, etc.
There are lots of properties here and if you contact me again with an e mail address etc, I will send you whatever I can find.
Yes it is cold in the winter, but I am looking out on a great pine forrest, coverered in snow, have just seen the best autum ever, and in the summer get a great tan.!
Anything you need help with let me know.


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Re: self sufficientish expats in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:58 pm

thanks Diane, my email address is lyndadolan @ hotmail.com, send me anything you think is applicable. I spent approx 6 hours yesterday researching lots of areas around Bulgaria and seems I could be too spoilt for choice, opportunites abound everywhere. Would be good to here of any places to stay clear of so I can try to be a bit more focused than I am right now. look forward to corresponding and thanks for your interest, kind regards Lynda

ps if anyone else has info to share please send to above email address, thanks.


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