Thursday, 1 November 2012

A SUMMER OF SUNSHINE, A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY AND NOW BACK TO WORK

With the best of intentions but none of the will power, we have been easily diverted from both writing on our blog and improving the garden to thoroughly enjoy our first Turkish summer. We have preferred instead to bask in the sunshine and see some of the sights, and thoroughly enjoyable it has been too.

But now the clocks have gone back, rain is starting and storms are brewing so we are both back to work as it were. Since David returned to Turkey at the beginning of August we have had a wonderful time, we have had family and friends to stay, made many new friends and been to places we had never been to before.

I think it is fair to say that when we announced some time ago that it was our intention to move to Turkey full time, this was met with a certain amount of concern and even horror by some of our family and friends. That we could even consider upping sticks and moving to a Muslim country which previously we had only been to on holiday was beyond their comprehension. So it was particularly pleasing when David's cousin and his partner came to stay, that they enjoyed themselves so much. Neither of them had been to Turkey before, nor I might add, probably ever would have. But they really loved Turkey - they loved the beauty of the place, the food, the people, everything in fact and were both very sorry to leave. Both said it was their best holiday ever and that they understood now why we had chosen Turkey for our new life.

We have now passed the 6 month anniversary of our arrival here and so far neither of us have any regrets whatsoever. Of course one downside of moving abroad is missing friends and family and I recently had a very stressful time when my daughter went into hospital to give birth to my first grandchild. Four days later after a very difficult time Rosie Ellen entered the world weighing in at 8lb 10oz and nobody could be more proud than me! I am making a brief visit to the UK later this month just to meet her for the first time and I am so looking forward to that.
ROSIE ELLEN NEWLY BORN WHAT A PROUD GRANNIE AM I?
We have continued to grow our vegetables and we have a learnt a lot about vegetable growing in Turkey this year - mostly by doing it all the wrong way. So we can't wait to have another go next year, now we are a bit more experienced. This year we did not enjoy a beautiful lawn either because one of the first things Kizi did when she arrived was to eat the irrigation system, along with the sofa and our beautiful wooden seat on the terrace. At the moment David's project is laying paths around the vegetable plots and we are even building a water feature to sit and contemplate beside in a shady nook in the garden. I guess at the end of the day (if we live long enough) it will be lovely that we have planned, built and designed our own garden, but I must admit I am very envious when I see friends properties bought with already established, mature gardens. Ours just looks like a building site at the moment!

THIS LITTLE CHAP FREQUENTLY JOINED US IN THE GARDEN DURING THE SUMMER
I make no apologies that we are so interested in the animal welfare here, and we do all we can to help. As mentioned in previous blogs we took on a rescued German Shepherd - Kizi and a very sick cat - Çingene. A few weeks ago we were going out one night and found three kittens which had been abandoned near our house. As we live right out of the village and only have one neighbour, where they came from will remain a complete mystery. They had obviously been dumped either purposefully near our house, or on the mountain beside us and had found their own way down. They were hungry, and crying pitifully, so of course we took them in! Thankfully we had kept the flight crates our animals had flown from England in, so in they went. I took them to the vet where they were wormed, had their claws clipped and given a clean bill of health.

TOM THE ONLY MALE WHO WENT TO A HOME WITH HIS BEST FRIEND PEGGY
 
ONE OF THE TABBY FEMALE KITTENS FOUND ABANDONED BUT NOW REHOMED

THE OTHER TABBY FEMALE KITTEN REHOMED WITH HER SISTER TO A LOVELY HOME
Two weeks later I was one of five volunteers who went to the vets to learn about animals being stung, bitten or poisoned to enable us to administer what could be life saving injections if local animals suffered any of these. Unfortunately there is no local vet in Uzumlu, meaning that any sick animal needs to be taken to Calis or Fethiye. In the case of snake bites, insect stings and poisoning the distance is often too far and an immediate injection can buy the animal time to get there for further treatment. I took the kittens with me for their first injections and guess who were the guinea pigs for people to give their first injection to. I felt very guilty, particularly as they each had to have two injections in order for everyone to have a turn, but at the end of the day they probably would have died if we hadn't adopted them anyway.

I returned from the vets not with three kittens but with four! 'Peggy' was a kitten which Animal Aid Fethiye had taken to the vets with a broken leg. She had been there for a month and as she was the same age and size as our three it seemed very churlish not to take her too. As it happened the two tabbies we had were very close, so the third now had a partner as well. It was lovely therefore, that when the kittens found new homes they went in twos and were able to stay together, forever.

NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY - FOUND ABANDONED IN OVACIK IN A SOAKING WET BOX
 

Today we have adopted a puppy she is absolutely endearing so lets hope we can find her a loving, forever home too.

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