Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Public Peaches Untouched In Yambol

Public Peaches Untouched In Yambol
It is the fruit season and peaches are in abundance in Yambol. You just have to look around in garden an you will see bright pink orange and yellow colours of the peaches in full ripeness. This picture was taken in a public area of Yambol and although many pass the ripe fruits are untouched by the public. They know they belong to someone who has cared for them and give total respect for that.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

A Classic Bicycle In Yambol

A Classic Bicycle In Yambol
I just love the bicycles of Yambol and found another one parked up today. A light blue form of transport that has rolled over millions of cobblestones since it was first mounted many years ago. Shame that these modern mountain bikes are taking over the big-wheeled versions here, I doubt whether they will last as long as these classic bicycles.

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Monday, 24 August 2009

Another Yambol Street Another Planted Tree

Another Yambol Street Another Planted Tree
Another Yambol street another tree planted, locals they certainly know about conservations. There are more trees being planted than being cut down here. This one has added protection with supports that surround the sapling. Let’s hope that it survives and provides more shade, more fuel for the winter wood-burners and probably food, depending on what variety it is.
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Sunday, 23 August 2009

A Brick Wall Built On A Yambol Street - Why?

A Brick Wall Built On A Yambol Street - Why?
As I walked along the Yambol side streets I came across a brick wall that had been built that sticks out from a house wall. It sees to have no purpose there at all. Perhaps the Bulgarian owners started something that couldn’t be finished or is to be finished. The wall looks like it has been there for some time and it remains a mystery. I don’t find seeing thing like this strange anymore, but I might have done a few years ago here.


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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Old Yambol Log Truck Newly Painted

Old Yambol Log Truck Newly Painted
This is a Yambol log truck that I found parked on a side street. It had been recently hand painted and looked like new although it may well be some 20 plus years old. It had been used for learner drivers looking at the blue ‘Y’ sign on the right hand side of the bumper. I just love the character of these trucks, which bump along when they are empty and roll along when topped up with the log winter fuel. The truck looks very happy with the bright new paintwork and smile.

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Friday, 21 August 2009

A Lada Boot Full Of Yambol Homegrown Vegetables

A Lada Boot Full Of Yambol Homegrown Vegetables
A Lada boot full of homegrown vegetables is not a common sight in Yambol. Most carry their daily produce by hand, as the growing areas are close if not next to their homes. This instance however, the vegetables needed to be transported from some factory grounds where they were grown to home some 3 kilometres away to be barbequed and stored in the freezer for winter food. Notice the gas system in the Lada, half the price of petrol costs.

(Can you guess who's Lada and produce it is?)
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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Galia And Her Niece Working In a Yambol Hardware Shop

Galia And Her Niece Working In a Yambol Hardware Shop
This is a picture o my Galia and her niece working in a hardware shop. They work form 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM when there and perhaps get four or five customers a day. Times are hard in the retail trade worldwide and Yambol is no exception. Smoking and sitting outside in the sun takes up most of the day activities – That is seen as work in Bulgaria.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

A Set Of Yambol Rustic Railings

A Set Of Yambol Rustic Railing
These Yambol rustic railings were found not too far from where I live. It just typifies many of the components of a Yambol house where things are used day in day out as they work very well, but the fashion and fa├žade doesn’t really matter at all. Everything is patched together ad hoc, but remains functional and that’s what is important. I just love this Bulgarian lack of pride in appearance, which after all is based mainly on materialism and one-upmanship.
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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Posters In Every Nook And Cranny In Yambol

Posters In Every Nook And Cranny In Yambol
Find a place and stick a poster on it is the name of the game in Yambol. It must have been a basketball player who stuck the top election poster about the traffic signs. No one does anything about fly posters, I see people going around in daylight in the public eye and no one bats an eyelid. They don’t’ last long though as you can see. They are soon covered up with more up to date posters and eventually fall off being weather beaten.
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Monday, 17 August 2009

A Message On A Yambol Apartment Block

A Message On A Yambol Apartment Block
I am not too sure what this sign is on the side of a Yambol apartment block heading south. It has a kind of 3D effect and is a bit different another sign that was a traffic warning sign. Much better than a plain rendered wall I think. Whatever it means it is quite dated by the look of it so it may not be an advertisement but another communist time message.

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Sunday, 16 August 2009

A Yambol Tree With Lovely Coloured Bark

A Yambol Tree With Lovely Coloured Bark
This lovely tree on a Yambol road bordering the Tundzha River just hit me with its colour on the bark. I spent ages just looking at this particular medley of colours and though how many other people actually would notice this? Not many locals, but then does anyone notice things like this on their doorstep?

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Saturday, 15 August 2009

A New Gas Metering System In Yambol City Centre

A New Gas Metering System In Yambol City Centre
I caught sight of this network of gas piping on a newly built shop front on a sidewalk just south of Yambol city centre. It does have the warning signs on, but I did reflect on whether this type of design would be used in the UK, especially the use of glass, which could be broken quite easily. Bad thoughts Martin forget the past and live the future!

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Friday, 14 August 2009

A Long Vertical Glass Framed Window In Yambol City Centre

A Long Vertical Glass Framed Window In Yambol City Centre
Yambol has its fair share of patterned windows and her is another one covering two floor of a town house. It just adds character to a space that would seem quite dead without it and of course create light within the internal staircase it looks into. A couple of broken panes fair enough, bit not enough to warrant repairs, the whole thing still works.
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Thursday, 13 August 2009

A Classic Yambol Town House Front Door

A Classic Yambol Town House Front Door
I found another interesting front door entrance to a Yambol town house. This one is in a porch so protected from the elements. I wonder how long those butterflies have been on those cute little windows? Notice the letterbox, you can only get a letter in it!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

One Of Yambol's Wedding Shops

One Of Yambol's Wedding Shops
There are a few wedding fashion shops in Yambol, but this one is just on the fringe of the city centre. Galia always stops as we walk past as I try and drag her past. Wedding bells? No, just wedding dresses - They are fashion and Galia is a Bulgarian women with a major interest.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

New Posters Appear On Yambol's Streets

New Posters Appear On Yambol's Streets
With the elections well and truly in the past now both in Yambol and Nationally with a new government in session, the old political faces of old posters are being superseded with new posters. It won’t be long before all old election campaigning face will be covered over, a bit more interesting that politicians staring at you all day and night.
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Monday, 10 August 2009

A Yambol Veterinary Clinic

A Yambol Veternary Clinic
A small veterinary clinic based just south of the centre of Yambol City. I used to live in a haunted apartment only 50 metres away from here and past it every day on the way to work. The graffiti is creeping in again of the sidewall, increasingly so. Such a shame American influence is hitting hard here on that front.

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Sunday, 9 August 2009

An Old Wooden Door To A Yambol Town House

An Old Wooden Door To A Yambol Town House
It is quite usual to find most gate and door into garden in Yambol City house are made from metal. This one isn’t and has weather pretty well considering the extremes of weather Bulgaria throws at it. Again the sign of a house of merit is display above along with the usual poster of a past away family member, in this case a Baba.


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Saturday, 8 August 2009

A Riverside view Of Yambol's Diana Hotel Sign

A Riverside view Of Yambol's Diana Hotel Sign
You may think this is a picture of the posh Yambol Diana Hotel, but all you can see is the sign of the hotel. Another massive building has recently being built in from of it and taking the view of the Tundzha River where I am standing from. The prices haven’t drop in the hotel because of this though.

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Friday, 7 August 2009

Yambol Walkway Dark With Tree Shade

Yambol Walkway Dark With Tree Shade
I just love going into the linden tree lined walkway in the centre of Yambol. It is like going into a dark tunnel of nature with the canopy of leaves that block out all the light. a favourite walk for many people in Yambol as well with the attraction of fashioj shops lined up on each side.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

An Ex-Yambol Shop - Now a Space!

An Ex-Yambol Shop - Now a Space!
I don't know where this shop went but is used to be one. Suddenly it disappeared with no trace and all the materials all went with it. It has been a space in the centre of Yambol City for quite a while and each time I see it I am quite amused.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

A Plumbing Warehouse On The Outskirts Of Yambol

A Plumbing Warehouse On The Outskirts Of Yambol

This is a relatively new plumbing warehouse that opened up about two years ago on the outskirts of Yambol. I often see British registration cars parked outside there as many make a beeline for this place for their plumbing resources with their renovations. It's a bit pricey, therea re cheaper places in Yambol, but for convenience it does the job. They also sell boilers from the factory Galia works in.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

A Yambol Urban Shepherd

A Yambol Urban Shepherd

Even in the City of Yambol pastoral thing go on such as farming and herding sheep and goat. This urban shepherd is at work all day with local livestock, which graze on the banks of the Tundzha River. Each morning and evening they are guided to and from their homes for free food on public land, usually during rush hour. (There never used to be a rush hour in Yambol, but now there is.



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Monday, 3 August 2009

Yambol's Wood Stocks Supplier

Yambol's Wood Stocks Supplier
On the outskirt of Yambol just across the Tundzha River southwards you will find olne of the wood stock suppliers where hundreds of Bulgarian buy their winter fuel for their wood-burners. It is cut and sold in 1 cubic metre loads with a delivery service to hand. It is more expensive than the local village wood bought through the local mayor, which is what I do to save on transportation and costs. Current prices here are around 50 leva per cubic metre it goes up every year much to the discontentment of Bulgarians. By the way, security dogs guard the area and it is dangerous to walk around there out of working hours.
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Sunday, 2 August 2009

A Yambol DIY Garden

A Yambol DIY Garden
Another example of Bulgarians just taking out paving stones to create a little gardens. This is a common sight in Yambol and can involved growing vegetables as well as flowers. Again, everyone respects the creativeness and no one complains.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Bulgarian Workers Rolling In Yambol's Yazaki

Bulgarian Workers Rolling In Yambol's YazakiAs I dropped Galia’s son off to work on this sunny day, he was joined by other workers who are employed at Yazaki on the outskirts of Yambol. They have 3500 employed there on a three-shift rota. So at any point there are well over 1000 workers making electronic components for Renault cars.

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