Bulgarian clerk vs Sherlock Holmes

If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan you’ve probably heard of (or own) the book “The Sherlock Holmes Puzzle Collection: 150 enigmas for you to solve, inspired by the world’s greatest detective”. Well, guess what? It turns out there’s a very similar (but still very different) Bulgarian book by author Nikolai Penchev. It’s called “Старобългарски загадки” (“Bulgar mysteries”) and it’s actually part of a book series by the same name. You can check out the rest of the series here: Старобългарски загадки series.

The book follows the adventures of the royal clerk Clement, whom the readers may already know from the eponymous “Bulgar mysteries” series, as he unravels some very complex cases. Unlike the other books from the series this one feels more like a game as it challenges the reader to solve the mysteries alongside the protagonist. It is by no means a textbook – some of the “facts” are not historically true and are simply a fruit of fiction. Nevertheless, the book is a great way to spark young readers’ interest towards the chronicles of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. A huge contribution to this has the beautiful artwork of illustrator Boyan Yanev and the perfect polygraph execution. The book is hardcover and has 248 pages.


Виолета Цветкова, AFISH.BG

The third part of the new mystery novel deserves a special attention as it is dedicated to the rescuing of the magnificent ceramic icon of St. Theodore Stratilat. Drawn by the talented illustrator Boyan Yanev, it resembles perfectly one of the most valuable artifacts in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia. Of course the story of the abduction of the icon is fiction. In the novel the icon is stored in a monastery – a former fortress surrounded by a three-meter ditch in the center of a wiry fence maze. In order to get to St. Theodore Stratilat one must pass through a divided by squares hall where every misstep can trigger some kind of hidden mechanism.


Виолета Цветкова, AFISH.BG

The puzzle-like novel contains over 100 riddles – riddles, brain teasers, puzzles and mazes whose logical reasoning and answers can be found at the end of the book. The characters embark on a search for a missing gospel, a lost treasure, an abducted icon and  a murder investigation in a sacred temple. The adventure requires wisdom, insight, resourcefulness and vigilance so as not to destroy their own lives. The solving of the mysteries is key to the development of the plot, so if you cannot solve them alone you can always look at the answers at the back. All of the sketches, maps and drawings help the reader to vividly imagine the world of the novel. Some of the mysteries may sound quite abstract but their purpose is to teach you to ponder beyond stereotypes and beyond the literal condition of the presented tasks.

As the story of St. Theodore Stratilat’s icon is so enticing and exciting here are some facts and conundrums about the original ceramic icon – exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum that inspired the kidnapping story in the third part of “Bulgar mysteries”:

  • It was created in the workshop of the Patleina monastery “St. Panteleimon” and 11 centuries later it is still considered  one of the highest achievements of Preslav ceramic production, a cultural value of national and global importance.
  • The icon is composed of tiles (with 12×12 cm measurements) made of purified clay with multicolored glaze decoration.
  • It was discovered in 1909 by Yordan Gospodinov during archaeological studies two kilometers southeast from the inner town of Veliki Preslav.
  • The icon was badly damaged when it was found – there were many fragments in “bulk” state. Its founder was the first to assemble the saint’s image from about 20 tiles back in 1911. Still, there are some elements that remain a mystery – much like the characters from the book, the real life scientists are trying to find the right place of all the pieces. The very last addition of fragments was done digitally in 2008 when archaeologist Georgi Maistorski published the name of the saint with Greek letters – by the time it was already positive that the image is of St. Theodore, but there are two saints with very similar characteristics: St. Theodore Tyron and St. Theodore Stratilat, both honored as warriors and martyrs, and (in addition) the second one – as a healer. So far, most researchers tend to agree that the icon of Patleina displays the image of St. Theodore Stratilat whose cult originated in the IX century.
  • There is no evidence that the real icon was ever an object of abduction like its  counterpart in Nikolay Penchev’s book. The real icon, however, has been repeatedly endangered because of the unprofessional restoration done back in 1912 and then again in the 70s, as well as the numerous exhibition trips outside of the country.
  • On the recommendation of experts who evaluated the state of the icon as critical, it was decided, in 2013, that it must be restored and reinforced by all rules of modern science. The process was completed successfully at the end of 2015.
  • It is worth noting the original decision of prof. Ivana Eneva who helped the production of ceramic tiles with the same dimensions as the original ones using a technology very similar to the medieval one. Mounted on an aluminum base they repeated the modular rhythm of the original and integrated the preserved fragments. With the returning of the icon in the exposition of the National Archaeological Museum a special glass with UV protection was mounted to the supporting base.

For any Bulgarians who might stumble upon this blog post here’s a short video material about the book from the Bulgarian National Television’s (BNT) archive: VIDEO.

Also, here’s some music to get you in the mood:



Weird long-legged-hopping rabbit gif but I felt that it somehow doesn’t entirely ruin the aesthetic of this blog post…

P.P.S. Long time no see. This was not a very easterly easter post, don’t mind me, I love you, bye.


Now lets entirely ruin the aesthetic of this non-easter blog post and treat ourselves with THE SHERHOP. *Bunnydict Carrotpatch* I mean…

– Snowanna of 221B

Stratton Violin🎻

Hi Ho, guys! I have a pretty cool post for you today. ^_^ So, what’s the big deal? Well, if you are a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast you probably melt every time you hear the sound of a violin. *I know I do*



So the other day I was watching the news when something truly meant for this blog came up on the screen. I think I have mentioned in a previous post that I’m from Bulgaria. So guess what?! Turns out one of the most famous violin makers who creates the most awesome, badass violins you have ever seen lives here, in Bulgaria! How cool is that?! *-*

Guy’s name is Jeff Stratton and he lives and makes his magic in Varna – the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. His violins are unique and inimitable – with skulls, strange figures and amazing decorations.

May I just say:


“While I was making a violin one time I accidentally broke it, I made a hole in it. But rather than just fix it, I continued to make it even more bizarre and strange. I showed it to a guy and he said “Oh my God” and bought it”, said Stratton. *insert ‘shut up & take my money’ meme here*

Since then, his violins cause unprecedented interest among musicians around the world – from Japan to America and from Europe to Australia.

Jeff was born in Ohio but now lives in Varna and is married to a Bulgarian. He was strongly connected with music from infancy: “In my youth I was very good with the violin. But if you want to play professionally you have to give it all you got, you need to just go for it. It’s a lot of hard work, that’s for sure.”, he says and adds that the process of making the violins brings him much more joy.

For his violins Jeff mainly uses linden and maple. According to him, the quality of the Bulgarian lime is the best in the world.🇧🇬 He points out that he never has a plan when he starts making a new violin – he just goes for it and probably that’s why his works are absolutely unique and inimitable.

I want to show you the whole range Stratton Violin offers just because they are all so freaking beautiful!

First we have the THE SEMI – CUSTOM BODY:


These bodies are hand carved and detailed…not a one is exactly the same.



This is the production model of the line of violins. It is also available with custom finishes.




A Classic Violin Body with an edge. Hand carved and distressed for the old wood look.



They speak for themselves… they are out of this world. Each violin is a one of a kind master piece. Hand painted, signed, and numbered.

And last but by no means least THE ROBERT KANTOR BODY:


Swarovski Elements

And a glimpse of the working process:

Sherlock, do you like that?


Tenor GIF Keyboard

*thought so*😏

You can check out Stratton Violin’s official website here: Stratton Violin and you can also find lots of cool stuff on Stratton Violin YouTube Channel.

What do you think? Is there anyone who can actually play the violin? Or do you play any musical instrument at all? Let me know in the comments below! Also, which one of the violins would you like to possess? (It’s perfectly fine if you want them all, I feel you…and I don’t even play…if I had one I would probably just stare at it in awe till I die…😂) Lets fangirl/fanboy or just *fan* in the comments together!

So long! Take care!


Ahahahaha!!! I cannot!😂 Who made this?!😂 Sherlock meets The Road to El Dorado – too epic!😂

– Snowanna of 221B


Important day today, Universe! According to Christopher Morley (pioneer American Sherlockian), today – the 6th of January is Holmes’s birthday!🎈 So what’s really the deal with this date? Is it legit? 


Firstly, lets talk about the year Holmes was born – 1854. In the story “His Last Bow” that is set in August, 1914 Holmes is described as it follows:

“He was a tall, gaunt man of sixty, with clear-cut features and a small goatee beard which gave him a general resemblance to the caricatures of Uncle Sam.”

So, obviously, if in 1914 Sherlock Holmes was sixty years old the simple mathematical logic leads us to the conclusion that he must have been born 60 years earlier in 1854 – so that’s that. Yay!

For the date itself things don’t seem that clear and certain but the theories are super fun and cool so lets take a brief look at them, shall we?

Christopher Morley (5 May 1890 – 28 March 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He was also one of the founders of the Baker Street Irregulars which is one of the largest and oldest Sherlock Holmes societies in the world that organizes gatherings (the first held in 1934). These meetings are by all means a guaranteed good time for the true Holmes fanatic – featuring special breakfasts, a full-dress banquet, cocktail parties, an endowed lecture and a theatrical performance, all in the course of several days. The Baker Street Irregulars got their name from a ragtag group of street urchins that Mr. Holmes occasionally hires in the books and some of the most distinguished members of the society include Isaac Asimov, Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Until the early 1990s, the organization was open to men only and in response to that injustice women formed the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes. 

Anyway, the true question is why Christopher Morley chose the date January 6. Here’s what he wrote in a US magazine called Saturday Review of Literature published on January 6, 1933:

I have not looked up the date, but if, as an astrologer has suggested, Sherlock Holmes was most likely born in January, some observance is due.

Therefore, if the matter has never been settled, I nominate January 6th (the date of this issue of the Saturday Review) as his birthday…”

So apparently an astrologer suggested that Holmes gives the impression of one true Capricorn. *shout out to all the Capricorns out there* It is believed that people, born under the sign of the Capricorn are ambitious, calm and composed in all situations, don’t count too much on emotions and prefer cold logic. Here’s a list of the best versus the worst Capricorn traits and characteristics:

Best: sensible, serious, practical, realistic, intense, loyal, responsible, down to earth, cautious, patient, self disciplined, dependable, ambitious, self motivated, forceful, determined, self-sufficient.

Worst: stubborn, uncreative / unimaginative, materialistic, self indulging, possessive (jealous), tendency to procrastinate, inhibited, conceited, distrusting, demanding, inconsiderate, controlling, bossy, introvert, pessimistic (tend to dwell on the past).

Capricorn people tend to like: planning things in advance, stability, security, routines,organization.

Capricorn people tend to dislike: unnecessary risks, chaos or unpredictability.




You tell me – do you see Holmes in some of the aforenamed traits? There are definitely some that are spot on. Does that tell us something?


Another more logical explanation Christopher Morley offered, regarding the birth date of Sherlock Holmes, states that  Sherlock Holmes quotes only one literary work twice: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – so January 6th is in fact the twelfth night after Christmas and from there it follows that this could be his birthday date (according to Christians). This however does not seem very plausible but it was the accepted explanation till 1957.


In 1957 another member of the Baker Street Irregulars – Nathan Bengis – suggested another theory in support of the date  January 6th – he wrote in an article in the Baker Street Journal that in the beginning of the novel ” The Valley of Fear”  Holmes appears a bit moody and out of sorts which inclined Bengis to think that Holmes’ weird state was the result of a post-birthday hangover on that day and that day is mentioned as January 7th so the 221B duo must have partied hard the night before.😂


Here’s an excerpt from that part of the novel:

“I am inclined to think—” said I (Watson).

“I should do so,” Sherlock Holmes remarked impatiently.

“Really, Holmes,” said I severely, “you are a little trying at times.”

And here’s what Bengis wrote:

“Surely it is clear that there had been some small jollification the night before in celebration of the Master’s (Sherlock Holmes’) birthday, and that his lack of appetite was the result of a hangover?”


Later on, in 1962, William Baring-Gould, the famous writer of the book – “Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street”  repeated the Twelfth Night and hangover explanations which made it all even more solid in the mind of the public.

That’s it really…sorry if you’re disappointed but at least we have an actual date on which we can celebrate Sherlock’s birthday in our mind palaces (and not only) and lets not delude ourselves – we need an honorary Sherlock birthday party. In fact when it comes to celebrations on this date things get pretty serious – the grandest celebration of Sherlock Holmes’ birthday has been happening almost every year in New York since 1934 and is called the BSI weekend (BSI as in the Baker Street Irregulars). You can check out their official site here: BSIweekend.

Londoners, of course, have been celebrating Sherlock’s birthday in style, too since 1952 – the celebratory dinner is held on Saturday night + they also do a Sunday morning get-together where Sherlockians interact a bit more informally. The dinner is very ceremonial – there’s the Toney Howlett award that’s given to a *cool* Sherlockian, there’s a star guest speaker and there’s a sumptuous meal at The House of Commons (the lower house of the UK Parliament) – yes, you read that right. Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat (the creators of BBC Sherlock), Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz and many others have given lectures during the SHSL weekend. Here’s the official site: sherlock-holmes.org.uk

Of course the US and the UK are not the only places that celebrate Holmes’s birthday – there are more than 250 active Sherlock Holmes societies throughout the whole world that hold celebrations in all kinds of ways.

You can find a lot of interesting things on www.sherlockholmes-fan.com which has been the main source for this blog post.

So, to conclude this let me just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Smarty Pants, we love you!!! ^_^


P.S. Also, my best friend in the whole wide world, my sister from another mister, my one true pirate-soulmate-matey – Joanna (my Jawn😂💕shares the same birth date as Sherlock Holmes so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, matey, I LOVE YOU SO SO MUCH!!! And remember:


My Watson by AshinGale-Effect/DeviantArt

Резултат с изображение за mycroft time for cake gif

– Snowanna of 221B

🎶 This is bloody awesome🎶

⬇️This⬇️ HAS to be put on this blog because it’s BLOODY AWESOME!!!🎵


Hey, John, can we go crime solving?

What, what, what, what… [many times]
Bada, badada, badada, bada…[x9]
I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is bloody awesome

Nah, walk up to the scene like, “What up? I got a big coat!”
I’m so pumped about murders, I’m Sherlock
Dirt on the ring, she must have been naughty
Lestrade be like

“Damn! That’s a cold dead body!”

Rollin’ with a suitcase too, solved it like a piece of cake
Dressed in all pink, the killer made a big mistake
Draped in a white sheet, John sittin’ next to me
Probably should’a washed this…

“You wearing any pants?”



But s****, I didn’t wanna get dressed!
Typin’ it, bloggin’ it, Watson givin’ me some compliments
Examinin’ those sneakers someone else’s been walkin’ in
Body in the mortuary, I’m whipping’ and floggin’ it
The name is Sherlock Homes Address 221B Baker Street
I am gonna take the fall, I am gonna take the fall,
No for real – stay where you are –
Goodbye John…


Lazy silk robe and no house slippers
9 millimeter hand gun that I found diggin’
He had a pair of glasses, I stole his pair of glasses
I stole some eyeliner, then I drew a mustache
Hello, hello, my ace man, my Mello
John ain’t happy ‘bout my resurrection, hell no
I could take some Pro Wings, search them good, Bingo
Moriarty be like

“Aw, he solved the Velcros…”

I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up This is bloody awesome

Whatcha know about rockin’ some curls on your noggin?
What you knowin’ about wearin’ a deerstalker?
I’m digging, I’m digging,
I’m searching for pink luggage
One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up
There’s the woman who’s seductive
she’s naked and defrocked
Stole her phone, the code was SHERLOCKED

I’m at the flat, you can find me at (Baker Street)
Any, any client, I’m accepting at (Baker Street)

Your hubby, your aunty, your grandpa, your bunny
I took The Bloody Guardsman Case, second-hand, solved it in my Mind Palace
The Hollow Client that was solved in my Mind Palace
Serial Killers, Oh its Christmas in my Mind Palace
They be like

“Oh, my brother’s a psychopath.”

I’m like, “Yo – a high functioning sociopath.”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple deduction
The Van Buren Supernova – that painting is a fake, b****


I call that getting swindled and tricked


I call that the science of deduction
That club was hella dough
But searching for a clue while intoxicated in this room is a hella don’t
Think hard, let’s play a game – a game of murder
Tryin to wake me from my drugs and you hella won’t
Man you hella won’t

“Sherlock…cluin’ for looks…yeah!”

I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is bloody awesome

You know the game is on
I look incredible
I’m in this big ass coat
From that Flat 221B
You know the game is on

“Damn right!”

I look incredible

“Ah, come on man!”

I’m in this big ass coat

“Big ass coat!”

From that flat 221B

“Let’s go!”

I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is bloody awesome

“Miss me?”

Lyrics written by Hilly and Hannah Hindi
Arranged and Composed by John Hoge
Violinist – Seda Baykara

Here’s the Gag Reel:

Also, Sherlock’s Video Diary:

And a Behind The Scenes look:

+ The Hillywood® Clothing | Sherlock Parody Collection:

Honestly, this is so so good *in my humble opinion* that I’m not even going to comment on it – just watch it and possibly die from geek satisfaction.😂

Subscribe to the The Hillywood Show Channel here (they are truly amazing at what they do): SUBSCRIBE

Hope you’re all having a good day/evening/life/whatever. Peace out. 😘

– Snowanna of 221B

221B New Year’s resolution

Ahhh…that day of the year again on which we make promises we almost never keep…lets make it simple, shall we? Lets just promise ourselves that we will try to be less stupid in the new year and that we won’t lower the IQ of the street we live on. Yep…that should do it. Happy New Year everybody! Stay sherlocked!

Ииии отново този ден от годината, в който си даваме обещания, които знаем, че няма да спазим…нека го направим по лесния начин, става ли? Нека си обещаем, че ще се опитаме да бъдем по-малко глупави през новата година, и че няма да понижаваме IQ-то на улицата, на която живеем. Дам…това е. Щастлива Нова Година на всички!


221B New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

New Year’s Eve Outfit ideas that won’t make you look as if you have mistaken the time of the year… (unfortunately Halloween is only once a year). Enjoy!

Идеи за новогодишната нощ, с които да не изглеждате така сякаш сте объркали празника…(за съжаление Хелоуин е само веднъж в годината).




221B savour

Sherlock Holmes inspired candles. What scents do you imagine when you think of Sherlock Holmes?

Свещи с ухания, вдъхновени от любимия детектив.


http://kath-reads.com/ Ухание: сладък тютюн, дърво, кожа.


http://kath-reads.com/ Ухание: сладък тютюн, дърво, кожа.


*Etsy* Ухание: нотки на тютюн, черешово дърво и прохладен дъжд.


*Etsy* Ухание: “221В Baker Street” е интелигентен, секси, и изискан мъжки аромат, който съчетава задимени, дървесни, кедрови нотки с велур, подсилен с нотки на цитрус и мента.


*Etsy* Ухание: нотки на коняк, тютюн и едва загатната ванилия.


*Etsy* Ухание: Карамелизиран тютюн, пачули, сандалово дърво.


*Etsy* Ухание: незапален тютюн, книги, уиски.


*Etsy* Ухание: съблазнителен аромат на книги с кожени подвързии и пращящ огън в камината.


*Etsy* Ухание: кожа, тютюн, ориенталски опиум, кедър, черешово дърво, пачули, кехлибар, карамфил, розмарин, орхидея, жасмин, библиотечни книги.


*Etsy* Ухание: сочни нотки на вишна.