A different view

Wild Thyme Organic Farm, Palamartsa, Popovo, BulgariaThis summer we've ventured beyond the farm a little to explore a bit of the Bulgarian coast and here’s what we found.

We’ve had our first visits to 2 little resorts, Sozopol and Pomorie, on the Black Sea coast not far from Bourgas, which are favourites of Bulgarians and other Eastern Europeans. Neither is fancy but both feel really relaxed. We liked Pomorie best as it’s less busy and there’s a lovely promenade along the beach where people gather to swim and walk while watching the sun set. Our best find was Pomorie outdoor cinema which has lots of faded charm, a view over the Black sea and a projector man straight out of Cinema Paradiso.  

At home, Ellie has been for another visit to her man. Four of us escorted her up the street to Rumie’s house where she got reacquainted with the beardy boar.  She spent the night but business done was happy to trot home again coaxed with a bucket of apples and a fag.  So fingers crossed and we wait for the blue line! 

The weather is cooler so we’ve been busy in the garden catching up.  A good patch of the garden is now cleared where we had beans, potatoes, onions, garlic and sunflowers.  The auburgines, peppers and tomatoes are coming to the end of their seasons and the melons, courgettes and squashes are ticking along.  Still no Japanese pumpkins, Hiroshi and Satsuki, but we haven’t given up!  

In August, we had our first workshop with Joanne Mcmillan (www.joannemcmillan.co.uk). We didn’t know quite what to expect when Joanne suggested a workshop on Family Constellations but it was very powerful and as you can see we were a pretty happy bunch by the end of it.  

We also had a fun day with Nkiru, the daughter of Trudie and Uche who have a holiday house in the village.  She came to teach me to spin and although she didn’t have much success on that front, Baba Hristana came and showed us how to hand spin and was amazed at Nkiru’s skill with the wheel.

Hope you all have enjoyed your summers. Would be lovely to hear from you. x


Our little village still doesn't quite know what hit it. Last Monday, ten French film makers turned up in a battered Renault van. But, film makers with a difference. They make sudden films that might last for 5 minutes or just 12 seconds and they do it all within five days. During the time they were here they made ten films. They looked around, took in their surroundings and started to get busy- writing scripts, making contacts, finding locations, investigating village life, staying up all night.

The peace of our little farm was rocked but we loved every minute. Claire and I helped to make introductions, translate subtitles, take them to see the goats and the babas. We even tried to get hold of two old cars for a road race, Tarantino style. Scripts were written, torn up, recycled, everyone helping each other. One morning the garden was the setting for a TV discussion panel, the next it was full of people dancing. 

The first thing they did was to hold a screening of their films from Romania and we managed to attract an audience of fifty or sixty people. Then there were three days of filming and getting to know everyone. By Saturday the films were ready, just in time for screening at 4pm in the village centre. One of the films called 'Smile is free’ is on facebook. There were surreal dramas, a documentary about rakia making that used a waterproof camera inside the copper vessel and a comedy about waiting at the bus top. Two of them took a quick trip to the Black Sea and the mountains to make a film about an Irish girl with a violin. Then there was a big concert and party till 4am. By Sunday lunchtime they had all gone. 

I have to say it is rare to meet a group of people who work with such a co-operative spirit and with so much love and energy. Pinpin, Clemence, Camille, Paul, Sasha, Sunus, Karim, Etienne, Adelaide, Thibault, Melodie and Sebastien, merci we miss you all.


Wild Thyme Organic Farm and Eco-holiday, Palamartsa, Bulgaria‘The days when you could walk a sow down the road to a boar are more or less over’.  That is a quote from the ‘Backyard Pig and Sheep Book’ which was written in 1977.  Admittedly they are talking about the U.K. but that practice has certainly not died out in our corner of southeastern Europe.   Read more…


Cherry Ripe

It is lovely to find yourself doing the same things as a year ago.  The cherries are ripe and we are starting to pick and process them just like we did in 2011.  Last year I think they were ready slightly earlier and there was David, Bree and Gav here to help with the pitting.  After a spell of hot weather we are currently having a lot of rain but the garden is happy.  Read more…

Salami and Snow

Drying salami

The snow is starting to melt.  The salami is hanging in the window.  We have spent the last two months in the kitchen by the stove reading books, looking after the animals and getting ready for the spring and summer in the garden.  The tomato seedlings in the window are already looking good.   Read the rest of this entry…..