The perfect Bloody Mary

In early May, an email arrived asking if we had any horseradish.  ‘A few plants’.  ‘Wonderful, book us in.  We’re on a quest to find the ingredients for the perfect Bloody Mary!’.

So it was that in June we had a crazy week with Matt and Ruben tracking down some horseradish in the village. 

Our neighbours, Anna, Simeonka and Colio and our shepherd Yomeer were all stars of the show.  Colio even had a makeshift cocktail bar pop up in his garden.  He took it all in his stride after a few shots of complimentary vodka! 

And then off Matt, Ruben and their crew went to source tomatoes in Italy and spices in Morroco!

Delighted to receive the videos:

Click here for Palamartsa. 

Click here for Italy, Morocco and Palamartsa!

A highlight for us was seeing Anna and Yomeer’s faces watching the final films in our living room on the laptop!

From the kitchen

Wild Thyme Farmstay

Delicious food all season from the garden – from our first fruit of the season (cherries) to pumpkins!  We’ve also included a photo of what we receive from our neighbours every start of November.

In this beautiful tradition, they spend all day lovingly preparing gifts of food to pass to all the neighbours, in memory of their ancestors.  There’s always a little candle included which we burn and remember ours too!


I’m in the garden

So much life and beauty in the garden.

Local herbs

Herbal Medicine Course Bulgaria

This summer we had a wonderful visit from herbalist, Francis Wright.  She was amazed by the proliferation of herbs and wild flowers here in Spring and taught us lots about their various healing properties.  We also learned to make tinctures and are building up a little store of herbal medicines to use for ourselves and friends.

Wild Flowers Bulgaria

Francis has promised to come back and join us in June 2015 to teach a course in identification and use of local herbs.  We will be working with local women to share knowledge and experience.   If you are interested in joining Francis for the course, please email us (