Monday, 13 August 2012


It's been so hectic lately that we have not been able to find time to add to our blog. So here goes with a catch up on our lives in Turkey.

Most important is that David has finally returned after several weeks in the UK. He has now disposed of all the furniture and other belongings that we still had in England so now all bridges are burnt, and we are more determined than ever to make our new life in Turkey work for us.

He arrived just in time for my birthday which was wonderful, he managed to take my breath away by asking me to marry him on the morning of my birthday. After several years of living together this was rather shocking! So now we are planning a wedding in Turkey next May, and have to start finding out how to do that. Any advise welcome!

Çingene thinks she is a dog

The new animals have now settled well and seem extremely happy here. Çingene has now been on her own with the dogs so long we think she thinks she is a dog. She is the Matriarch of the family, and in spite of her diminutive stature thinks nothing of slapping the dogs faces if she thinks they need pulling back in line! Horrace has finally decided he is fed up with living upstairs and has now rejoined the family without incident. Inca however, is still cutting her nose to spite her face and refusing to mix with the others yet. But we can tell shes getting fed up now and we don't think it will be long before she too joins the rest of the gang. When I think of the early days with the two new ones it goes to show how people should persevere when taking on another animal and not give up at the first problem, because it does take time for them to settle. Particularly rescued animals as they unfortunately, inevitably 'bring baggage' with them from their previous lives, where who knows what they suffered.

"I love you Tyson"

Two good mates having a snooze together

The garden has done well for our first year, our greatest achievements being the melons and aubergines which we could never grow in England. But we have learnt a lot about how different gardening is here and we have made a lot of mistakes along the way, by trying to garden the English way!

While David was away I started to go to the Quiz night at The Uzumlu Winehouse. A great evening where all are welcome and it is for a good cause to raise money for Animal Aid.

I also had a wonderful day at Nif visiting the donkeys which were transferred to a wonderful home there, having been found in a sorry state in Fethiye, but I will write more on that another time. I would like to thank the Animal Aid team who took me under their wing and took me to these two events. They are are a truly wonderful bunch of people who made me feel so welcome whilst I was in Turkey on my own, and I can't thank them enough for that.

Now life has settled back down again we look forward to days out exploring and look forward to writing about where we go, what we do and who we meet.


  1. Some lovely pictures of the animals. I enjoy your blog because it is short, to the point and not opinionated!! Keep writing as and when you have time, thanks

  2. Thank you. It is really nice to have some feedback from a reader. We hope as time passes more readers will contribute to our blog.

  3. First time had chance to read this Jacqui and David but absolutely brill you know me such an animal lover ! so glad everything going so well you both deserve it so much still miss you loads but you give me hope for the future xxxx

  4. Glad you enjoyed reading the blog Sandra. Thank you for your kind comments.

  5. Just come across your web site,it's really interesting. We hope to do the same as yourselves in a few years, just have to make do with a couple of visits every year until then. Interesting that you are managing to stay in Uzumlu without a car, we had looked at property there but thought we would need a car and as you say a car is expensive to buy and run in Turkey. Looking forward to following your blog.

    1. Thank you. It's nice to hear that you enjoyed reading our blog. We wish you all the best with your planned to move to Turkey. We know how frustrating it is to be limited to just a couple of annual visits, as that's a stage we had to endure! As for living in Uzumlu without a car. Yes it can be difficult at times but to make matters worse we are actually a 25 minute walk outside the village. If we had known the village better we may have moved nearer to the dolmus route. But the dolmuses are regular and come back to the village as late as midnight. We wouldn't swap the convenience of Fethiye or Calis for our little bit of paradise. We feel we have the best of both worlds we are only a 20 minute ride away. We often share shopping trips with a friend who does have a car. With all our animals we are in the right place for us. If we can help you in any way, please contact us. Good luck!

  6. Thank you for the offer, I think reading your blog will help to keep me going until we can also live in paradise. We can only manage one trip this year, not until September I'm afraid, so I shall read your blogs in the meantime and dream! Thanks again. Carol

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