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As the heat of summer begins to recede work has started on a project to turn an existing balcony into an indoor winter garden space. I will be using a traditional natural building method in Bulgaria of infilling a wooden framework with old recycled mud and straw bricks ( known as karpitch ). These will then be covered with a mud/clay plaster. I have been collecting old wooden doors and windows to use on this project and am currently cleaning them up to be ready for repainting.
Other late summer tasks include harvesting, preserving, and preparing winter wood.
My name is Carol and I am originally from Scotland. In 2006 I came to Cherven for a short holiday and left 6 days later having put a deposit down to buy the old abandoned property on the outskirts of the village. Cherven is situated in the Rusenski Lom Natural Park and is 35 kilometers south west of Ruse. Within 2 years I had given up my old life of working 9-5 and reinvented myself as a "quasi peasant" . I grow a lot of vegetables ( organically ), keep chickens and rabbits, have a dog and cats.
I enjoy having working guests come to stay and to share this beautiful spot with magnificent views.
There is always plenty to do including for example, clearing land, weeding, planting, harvesting, making compost bins, basic building, including working with mud and straw ( cob building ).
There are always lots of ongoing projects which are often weather dependent and whether you have the skills or not to help take them forward.
There are guest bedrooms in the upstairs part of my house, which is now a 100 years old and was built with mud and straw bricks. There is also plenty of land for camping. I have 2 tipis which will be erected once the poles are prepared. Good wholesome food is provided and there is excellent wifi access.
I am particularly interested in people who enjoy land work and gardening and/or who have basic building trade skills but have generally found that everyone has something to contribute.
I am flexible in terms of tasks and time input and we can agree what would work for both of us.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Opportunity to experience life in a rural Bulgarian village. Develop skills in food growing, sustainable living, building with natural materials.
Gardening/ land help, basic building, DIY and renovation
Rooms with comfortable beds and there is plenty of land for camping if you are travelling with a tent and prefer to sleep in it
Cherven is situated in the Russenski Lom Natural Park and is well known in Bulgaria for its medieval ruins, caves and rock churches. There are lovely walks in and around the village. There is a post office, a library and a general store with a bar in the centre of the village and also a cafe/bar by the river at the foot of the medieval attraction. The nearest ATM accessible by public transport is in Ruse: our nearest city ( 35 kms to the north east ). There are two buses a day to and from Ruse which has a very large and beautiful central square area which is known as "Little Vienna", because of its layout and architecture. A great place to hang out on days off people watching from the numerous pavement cafes. It is also possible to take a trip to Bucharest from Ruse on the Bosphor Express ( a slow train which runs daily between Bucharest and Istanbul ). Bucharest is 60kms from Ruse and there are also direct buses from the airport or the centre to Ruse which can be booked online.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I have a very good internet connection
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
5 hours a day / 5 days a week
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