Sunday, 31 October 2010

Block 55 In Yambol

Block 55 in Yambol is slighly more imposing than the previous blocks highlighted. Still the same grey facade but a model of economy in heating in the coming winter. This kind of social housing works very well in Bulgaria as in the main, people talk to each other.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Symmetrical Styled Garage In Yambol

The equlilibrium of the two shapes in the stone work took to my eye as this symmetrical form is in place surrounding this garage in Yambol. Notice the rug out to dry above and the vines invading on the left wall, all typical sights you will see walking in the streets of Yambol.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Block 33 In Yambol

This is block number 33 in Yambol and looks like it needs a little TLC. The number painted on looked very much like a DIY job and made without a template which is in contrast to many other sprayed on numbers. No doubt the homes inside are looked after well though.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

A Speeding Comet Decorated Lada In Yambol

This parked up white Lada took my eye as I walked by today. A speeding comet was the art on the side of the passenger side door. Not too sure whether the Lada can travel at comet speed. It seems a young driver owns this car which is a common first car for many youngsters here.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

One Of Many Stray Dogs In Yambol

Everywhere you look in Yambol you see stray dogs roaming and littering the streets. Packs of stray dogs are a big danger to the public with attacks regularly being reported, many more aren't. These dogs are now meant to be all tagged but that doesn't solve the problem. Well ar least they keep the cat populaton down.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

A Fine Vine Outside A Yambol Apartment Block

There will certainly be grapes to eat and wine or rakia to drink in the community with this fine vine growing outside this Yambol apartment block. A common sight to see all over Yambol, where there is space crops will grow. It also provided a good shelter from the hot summer sun.

Monday, 25 October 2010

A Simple Community Bench For Rest And Socialising In Yambol

Every time I see these simple benches in Yambol outside apartment blocks it really brings home the sense of community spirit which seems to have been lost in many other European countries. The simple bence has its role to play in the centre of this community.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Community Hay Being Made In Yambol

Common land is in abundance in Yambol and this is put into production with the cutting of grass for hay. There are of course many livestock here in Yambol, even in the city centre. Hay is the mainstay of food for livestock and comes free with a little elbow grease.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Block 29 In Yambol

This is block 29 in Yambol. Metal shutters are becoming more and more popular in Yambol homes as they are functional and practical. The only problem is that they look sterile. Oh well, looks aren't everything.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Nice Colours Facing A Yambol Home

I had to stop and take in the colours that are displayed on this Yambol home. The bland gray of the building just exemplifies the deep colours that are shown from mad made and natural features.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Block 44 In Yambol

Back onto the series of apartment blocks in Yambol it is block number 44 this time around. t is here because a former resident of 20 years ago requested the insert into this blog. Dimitar misses his Father's smile and the faithful Lada whilst he used to live there, which he says were the best years of his life! Notice the red carpets hanging out in the glassed balcony, they'll be dry in no time with this sun.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A Simple Homemade Car Port In Yambol

All you need to make a car port is an exsisting wall, a bit of corregated iron and an piece of material to make up a wall. This is exactly what this is made up of and a car would fit snuggly in there overnight. Planning permission? lol - Don't you just love it?

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Puddle Basketball In Yambol

Perhaps you haven't heard of the new sport now in Yambol. Puddle basketball, where the player play for a basket with a big puddle as the obsticle. Today the teams are having a rest obviously. This new game hasn't seemed to have caught on in other areas somehow.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Man Made Ugliness Against Nature's Beauty In Yambol

A stark contrast seen here where the man made lean to structure casts and ugly shadow contrasted with the nature growing alongside of bright fluorescent flowers. The beauty of nature will always win in the long run.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Block 57 In Yambol

It is the turn of Block 57 in Yambol. Typical of most apartment blocks where there is a bench to sit out on for residents and passers by. These benches are always used throughout the year inbetween the chores of the day.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Block 63 In Yambol

Block 63 now has its turn. Nothing too spectacular with this one, a small block that is tidy enough and comfortable inside. They used to be affordable but prices have risen beyond the means of most  Bulgarians over the last 10 years due to demand from foreigners like me.
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Friday, 15 October 2010

Block 59 In Yambol

This is block 59 in Yambol, two neighbours having a polite chat whilst I took focus and snapped. A very calm area and pleasant atmosphere around here.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Block 65 In Yambol

This is Block 65 in Yambol, a small apartment block with lovely vines growing around the perimeter.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Block 58 In Yambol

Here is Block 58 in Yambol and I know somoeone who lives there. this is quite a nice quiet area of Yambol, and very community based.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Block 64 In Yambol

This is block 64 om Yamnol and the first in a series of pictures of block apartments in the City. Many are built in the same style but never exactly the same as you will see.

Monday, 11 October 2010

A Strange Front Door In Yambol

The reason I find this front door strange whilst passing it is the small holes that have been made on the panes in the upper half. Why? Ventilation first springs to mind but I'm sure there is another reason. Maybe I'll never know. The electric bill has been stuck on the door handle by the way.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A Rock Wall In Yambol

This rock wall does the business and appeals due to it quite rustic appearance. Mingled into the adjoining brickwork, it is obvious that the cheaper option was taken with the repairs. Like I said it does the business although to some not quite fashionable or gives an aesthetic finish.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Zoo Shop In Yambol


If you want a hamster, cat, dog, parrot or snake, the Zoo Shop is the place to go to buy one. It is a colourful place with bold pictures of cuddly pets on the storefront. Quite tempting to buy a pet with this front to turn heads, but as we all know pets aren't just for Christmas. This shop is in direct competition with Yambol's Zoo Market on the other side of town.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Another Hole On A Yambol Walkway

In all the years I have lived and worked here I don't recall one intance where a Bulgarian has fallen down a hole in the street. There is a very simple reasn for this, everyone here knows there are holes around therefore walk with caution in their step, especially at night. Why the need to cover them if care is taken?

Thursday, 7 October 2010

A Working Newspaper Stand Plus Customer In Yambol

Many of these newspaper stands are rusted up and unused. This one is rusted up and open for business and has a customer attending right now. I can't imagine these being around for too many years as modern commerce takes over and newspapers and magazines are sold in bigger stores and supermarkets. Fingers crossed though.
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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

More New Playground Equipment In Yambol

It is becoming quite common asight to see new playground equipment for children to play around on in Yambol. This is another area where this has happened just next to the city centre. Children are the only thing missing as they are all at school today.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The Old Yambol Police Car Again

This old Yambol police car has been seen before and a year later still going strong. The Lada conversion obviously gets serviced often this time parked in the Diana complex north of the centre. The rust doesn 't seem to have got much worse since the last time I saw it.

Monday, 4 October 2010

A Tiger In A Yambol Tree - Grrr!

It is not often you come across a tiger in Yambol. This one was found sitting in a tree. It seems to have lost its owner, presumably a child. Let's hope it finds a home soon although I don't think there is any danger to the public.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

A Rust Stained White Gate In Yambol

Yet another unique gate in Yambol, this time a distinctive white rust stained feature. Why hasn't it been given a new coat? Simple, this is Bulgaria and if you know anything about this country then you will know the answer to that. If you don't then you should look at a few more posts on this blog.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

More Reminders Of The Dead In Yambol

Everyone knows someone who is pictured on the posters that are scattered around Yambol. There is a constant reminder of the dead and this is a place where there are more than in most places. It is also a place where we pause quite often to take a closer look at the older generation that are no longer with us. What must some of them think of Yambol today with the pace of change?

Friday, 1 October 2010

The Yambol Post Office - A Good Meeting Place

There are many Bulgaria that just wait around this area and for good reason. The Yambol Post Office is probably the favourite meeting place being conveniently central to everyting in the City.

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