Zheravna emerged between the 12th and 14th century and grew to become a cultural and handicraft centre in the 18th century.As the local population came to wealth, the architectural appearance of the village was shaped by one – or two-storey wooden houses surrounded by stone walls and cobblestone alleys.
Once this place was an old tracian village called Potuka.There are several versions for the origin of the name of the village.One is that it comes from the bird crane (in Bulgarian ‘zherav’).Another one is that it comes from ‘zherna’,’zherka’-words with old Slavic root meaning ‘watermill’.There are many mills in the area.
There were crafts,livestock and trade developers here.The village prospered in the 17th century because it was on the main road to the old capital Tarnovo.
Zheravna is an easy location to travel to ,situated 32km from Petolachkata Junction on the road from Sofia to Burgas.
Each year Zheravna is visited by about 20 000 tourists.The village is a heritage site .Today there are nearly 200 houses registered as monuments of culture.People come to Zheravna to travel back in time,inhale fresh mountain air, sleep in a traditional house and enjoy local cuzine-most of the guest houses spoil their guests with home made, traditional dishes-made in a clay oven with home pruduced vegetables, meat and fruits very often hand picked in the local forest.There is a traditional festival of national constumes held every Summer-it lasts up to 3 days and people wear traditional old folklore costumes, masks or uniforms,dance traditional dances called ‘horo’ and ‘rachenitca’, and sleep under the stars near an open fire.
One of the most impressive and beautiful sight seeings is The Saint Nicholas Church which was built in 1834.Today the church is adorned with a rich collection of icons,stone sculptures and church plates.The icons are dated from the second half of the 18th and the early 19th centure.Other interesting sight seeings are the Chorbadzhi Rusi’s house and the native house of the famous Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov born in 1880, the art gallery occupying the old class school as well as the museum house of the educator Sava Filaretov.
The rooms of the houses have carved ceilings and exquisite decoration on the doors,windows and iconostaces(a wall of icons and religious paintings).Today, the old school is turned into a gallery, and a lot fountains and old mills are preserved.There were schools of carving in the town.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual trip to one of my favorite places and if you have any questions or need more information about visiting,please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zheravna is a little Bulgarian village tucked in the heart of Stara Planina mountain-with around 300 houses and over 500 people population, an architectural reserve, it holds a very special place in my heart.I will take you on a short journey (in few parts)through some of its cobbled streets on a hot Summer day.I hope you enjoy it :0)
Entering the village is always somehow emotional-one can instinctively feel that there is a lot to be found in this small piece of paradise on earth.
If you are coming to visit I strongly recommend Summer time when the grass smells fresh, the mountain is welcoming and green and all nature sings happy songs:0)
The village is an architectural reserve-nothing has changed since few hundred years ago-you walk on same cobbled streets under the roofs of oak timbered houses …as if time has stopped
I absolutely admire the way all buildings are incorporated in the surrounding natural environment-as if they are part of it.The attention to detail, craftsmanship and passion with which every stone is placed on its own place creates such a pleasant feeling.
The smile on my face says it all :0))) ..to be continued
Finally, I have the time to sit down and enjoy sharing with you some information about the lovely Surbiton Golf Club that is also a beautiful wedding venue in the heart of our beloved green Surrey .
My story starts on a rainy May Morning when I headed to the golf club to meet the lovely Emily – a wedding organiser there and everything seem to have been against my travel on that day.I was not driving and htough I love travelling by bus and train this time I regret it.The bus was 40 minutes late, then the train fromGatwick Airpiort was also running 10 minutes late.When I reached Clapham Junction where I had to break a journey in order to connect to a train from London to Guildford, all trains in this direction have been cancelled until further notice due to an unfortunate passenger/ train accident in the area.It was rainy and windy and my back was killing me ….not my idea of a good day.
So, I took a decision to go back home and rearrange another day for our meeting.A week later ,again on Tuesday I was following the same journey and I managed to reach my destination on time with the sun above my head, my camera and a big smile :0))).Meeting Emily was a absolute pleasure – she gave me a tour of the whole property, we had a friendly chat and over the wedding industry trends and a bit of laughter.I look forward to meeting her again and become part of creating some beautiful, unforgetable photo memories for Surbiton Golf Club’s Brides and Grooms.
Surbiton Golf Club is one of Surrey’s most beautiful and well-presented Golf Courses with a heritage stretching back to 1895 and nestled between the picturesque villages of Claygate & Hinchley Wood, close to the A3. Surbiton Golf Club continues to evolve and adapt to the needs of golfers at all levels and take pride in the Club’s friendly atmosphere, welcoming clubhouse and stunning 18-hole parkland golf course.
With panoramic views overlooking the golf course and a dedicated hospitality team, the team also pride themselves on throwing an event like no other as teh ensure that, whatever the occasion, the utmost attention and professionalism will be paid to make it ‘an event to remember’.
It really is the ideal place to grow within the golfing community, feel valued within a team and ultimately enjoy being part of a club that values you.
Surbiton Golf Club is the perfect weekday and winter wedding venue, including civil ceremonies. If you are looking for a romantic setting for receptions for up to 100 people then you should look no further. Theis lovely golf course provides the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.
Just 16 miles from Central London, and close to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Surbiton mainline station, Surbiton golf club is an incredibly accessible venue with ample onsite parking for all your guests.
The venue offers a variety of menus that can be tailored to your needs, starting at £45 per head. They have an excellent wine list to choose from and can order special wines as required. And if you want ‘bubbles’ on arrival or to accompany the speeches and toasts they can satisfy every budget.
The chef, bar and events team will deliver a wedding reception to remember that is built around your dreams for your special day. Their wedding packages will be tailored to meet your requirements by our experienced wedding co-ordinator. From your initial enquiry to the day itself, their team will provide a superb level of service to ensure you have the perfect wedding at a lovely, picturesque venue. Let them know all your needs from flowers to table settings, music and dancing and they will create the perfect wedding experience.
Because Surbiton Golf Club is a very active Members Golf Club, they limit the number of dates when weddings are possible. This is to ensure that their weddings to not detract from the golf and the golf does not detract from your special day.
If you would like to plan the perfect wedding reception with our help, why not call them now and arrange a time to come and see what they can offer.
You can either call on 0208 398 3101 or email Emily at email@example.com
I hope you have found this post interesting and more important useful.
fortunate to come into contact with Yvonne in 2018, and would like to share
with more people more about her and the fantastic service she offers.
weddings! She absolutely adores
listening to couples and finding out what kind of ceremony they are looking
for, and then helping them to create their special ceremony, which is uniquely
crafted by herself, just for them. She
can write and conduct Ceremonies for any major milestone in life, and her focus
is on Weddings, Vow Renewals and Baby Naming Ceremonies. As a Wedding Celebrant who trained with the
Fellowship of Professional Celebrants in 2011, she has had the pleasure of creating
over 150 ceremonies. She also offer
something a little more unusual in that she is bilingual and works in both
English and German, giving an added dimension to couples and families, who want
to ensure everyone is included in their ceremony.
wedding professional, Yvonne was kind enough to share with me the trends she
has noticed in the weddings:‘I have noticed over the past three or four years
in particular that couples are planning for a smaller more intimate wedding as
against a much bigger event. The smaller
events, say around 25 to 75 guests, often help them to feel more involved, in
control and also feel they can really get every detail perfect for their
wedding. A large wedding can be
stressful and tiring – even if there are several great professionals on
board. Couples can feel quite
overwhelmed with large numbers of guests and how to manage such a large
event. Expectations rise significantly
around a Wedding, not least with the couple themselves who want every part of
their day to be perfect, which in turn becomes a huge responsibility. Smaller more intimate weddings and ceremonies
allow couples to really attend to their guests and relax and enjoy what is
hopefully one of the most important and happiest days of their lives.’
offers very personal service to her couples and supports them through tough the
process of creating their wedding ceremony. She always asks couples to get in
touch with her before making any decision about booking, and as long as she has
their date available, this works through either face to face or skype calls
initially. Once the decision is made,
then she asks for a small booking fee, which is deducted from the overall
price, and then closes the date off exclusively for them.
then send the couple some forms which help me to understand their ceremony
process, and their relationship. Further
skype and emails and phone calls will of course take place. The ceremony is usually approved around a
month before the day itself, so that you are all relaxed and just happily
anticipating the special day!
the couple with assistance and advice – and this may include other professional
vendors, music choices, choices of wedding readings from the large collection
she have created over the years, and also one to one assistance with the
writing of personal vows. Most couples
want to create something very personal and are fine, but if they need my help
she can assist with examples and support.
She can also
help them to include culture or symbolism or even religion within the ceremony
– it really is a completely blank page for them to draw and dream upon! Some rituals are now getting to be quite well
known – such as a Hand Fasting, where the couple have their hands tied with
ribbons during the
ceremony. This is an ancient Celtic
tradition which coined the phrase “Tying the Knot” and “ Bonds of Matrimony” as
the ties were symbolic and rings were only really for the wealthy who could
afford silver or gold rings as a symbol of their union.
By now you
may be asking what makes Yvonne unique in the service she can offer a couple
planning their ceremony-she spends all the time that the couple needs and wants
in terms of being there for them from the beginning of our relationship until
the day – sometimes 3 or 4 months, sometimes up to 3 years! She has the ability
to create ceremony in two languages, and a host of experience, advice and
suggestions in terms of creating a totally personalised ceremony that is
authentic and represents the couple and their values and lifestyle.Yvonne is
happy to incorporate religion, faith, ritual, culture and support all couples
who want a ceremony that speaks truly of their commitment. She also has contact with great professionals
In the end of
this blog I would like to share some final,lovely words from Yvonne, especially
for all lovely couples who are on their journey of planning their wedding and
Celebrancy work quite late in life, and just love being able to offer couples
their unique love story, created with sincerity and authenticity as well as
with love and humour. Ceremonies can be
held almost anywhere, at any time of day or evening, and any day of the week. There are no restrictions, and I love that
couples are more and more inclined to use favourite places or spaces where they
can put their own stamp on the day, whether that’s indoors or outdoors, in
gardens, by lakes, in woodland or forest, on boats or in manor houses. We have
a mantra in my Fellowship, – “Your Day, Your Voice, Your Choice” and this is I
think what I love most about my work, that it offers choice and gives them the
day they have always dreamed of.
story is unique, and it is an honour to be trusted with every couple’s story.’
Yvonne has a
full calendar for 2019 and is now taking bookings for 2020 and 2021. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone
+447800543426 or through her website where more information, videos, photos and
testimonials can be found, www.celebrantinlondon.co.uk
also in Social Media
NB Yvonne’s Ceremonies are celebratory and
ceremonial and totally personal and unique, and are not legally binding. For couples seeking to register a marriage,
they should obtain their Marriage Licence through their chosen Registry Office. This is often done at a Standard Service
which all Registry offices must offer, and costs approximately £60.
Earlier in February I have visited the gorgeous Gorse Hill for a meeting with Celeste – the Senior Wedding Organiser.I am more than happy to tell you the story of this amazing Manor House and to share some photos I have captured during my visit and the hospitable tour Celeste has given me.
Gorse Hill is a quintessentially English Edwardian Manor House situated in the stunning Surrey country-side. Set in 17 acres of grounds, with plenty of character and charm, it’s a beautiful venue for any occasion, but particularly comes alive on a Wedding Day.
The mansion house was refurbished in 2017 to a very high standard and now has a new lease of life. Our neutral, but warm colour scheme works with any style and accentuates the Edwardian features of the building.
The owner was Mr Ingram – a successfull underwriter in Lloyds, but he was not destined to enjoy this beautiful, new mansion.In 1912 when Titanic sank,it took a large par tof Mr Ingram’s fortune with her.
During the Second World War a 500 pound bomb, destined for the main railway line, fell in the grounds.
Shortly after the war in 1947, the house became the home of the Southern Railway Training College.
In 1959 the British Transport Commission took over the mansion and its functions were enlarged to embrace all sections of nationalized transport.
At the moment the property if part of he Active Hospitality group.
Gorse Hill is licenced for civil ceremonies up to 90 guest.You will be married in front of paned bay windows overlooking the manicured gardens, followed by a drinks reception on the terrace or in the bar.
Your guests will then move into the elegant restaurant where your Wedding Breakfast and the speeches will take place.
After tea and coffee, it’s time to cut your cake and have your first dance, after which you can let your hair down and dance the night away in the characteristic boardroom which happens to make for the perfect dancefloor.
Please meet the lovely Celeste, who will be taking care of you and your Wedding, so that everyhing runs smoothly and you are left only to enjoy your day .You can contact her as many times as you need to go through the wedding organisation.The venue offers 2 Simple Full Day Wedding packages :1.Simply Sensational and 2.Simply Spectacular.In case none of those are suitable for you, they can create a Bespocke Wedding Package between 3 and 6 hours.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and if you would like to choose me for your Wedding Photographer at Gorse Hill , please don’t hesitate to contact me on email@example.com or visit the About and Info and Prices pages for more information about the Wedding Photography Packages I offer from covering your Ceremony only, trough Half Day to Full Day Weddings.