I am a retired car mechanic from Iceland. My wife and I bought an old house in Bulgaria last summer to retire in the sun. My wife is originally from Scotland and has not fully retired yet so she is jumping back and forth from Bulgaria to Iceland. Our 2 grown sons currently live in Iceland.
Both my wife and I speak fluent English and Icelandic, her Icelandic needs improving :) I have a lot of experience with house renovation but my bad health is slowing the process.
The house needs total renovation. I've been working on it in between illnesses. I had to retire early due to ill health. So far we have put in new windows and new floors and and new electricity and are currently working on the walls. There is still so much to be done. Sometimes we are able to get some locals to help but many times I am working alone. I would like the house to be finished this year and so would be very grateful to have someone to help out.
There is also a big garden, so if you are interested in doing gardening work that is possible but for now we are trying to focus on the inside of the house. Mind you, we just bought 2 raspberry plants yesterday :)
We have a cat but he is an outdoor guy.
Help in the house
You can improve your English, and even learn Icelandic :) We live near Plovdiv which is the European city of culture this year and we expect to attend many of the cultural events there. Both Plovdiv and Hisaria (Our town of Kaloyanovo is between them, 30 min apart) have vast Roman remains and Hisaria has a lot of hot natural spring water, so we try to go to one of the spa's there every week. You are welcome to come with us to that.
My wife Pauline is an oil painter and one of the rooms upstairs will eventually be her art studio. You are welcome to try your hand at painting and if she is here she will be more than happy to teach you. She will go back to Iceland at the end of May and then come back to Bulgaria at the end of September.
Assisting with building renovation work i.e. laying floor tiles, painting walls, cement cutting, brick laying, fitting shower, toilet, kitchen units etc. All these skills can be taught to you.
Small room on ground floor of the house. It contains a bed 120cm wide. We use a bed the same size, so it is possible to have 2 people in it. So we are open to having a single person or a couple. When one of the bigger rooms is ready then you are invited to move into that.
We will provide all meals and we currently have 3 vehicles but we intend to sell the big van, that we took here with our furniture. So it will be possible to borrow one of the vehicles if you wish to travel around Bulgaria on your days off.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week