Saturday, 30 March 2013

Hats off to Animal Aid for another excellent fundraising event - their Easter Eggstravaganza

It is of course Easter weekend and even here in Turkey it means that there are a lot of events going on - too many in fact to be able to attend them all. But as animal lovers, one that we were definitely not going to miss was the Animal Aid Easter Eggstravaganza held today in Calis.

So this morning we set off down to Calis to support their fund-raising event. I have mentioned the Animal Aid Fethiye Group several times in previous posts, and I make no apologies for mentioning them yet again.

Animal Aid's Easter Eggstravaganza held today in Calis was well supported.....

.... and the stands were selling some lovely items ......

These guys work tirelessly for the street and abandoned animals here, and when they are not out dealing with the sometimes heart-rending situations that crop up time and time again, they are personally looking after sick and injured animals and running backwards and forwards to the vets and the animal shelter. So hats off to them that they also have to find additional time to organise and hold fund-raising events to allow them to continue to do this vital work.

.... yummy food - chutneys, jams ...........

... and some heavenly baking donated by their supporters

Animal Aid regularly hold sales of donated items to raise money, but this weekend they organised a much bigger event with additional stands, painted egg and Easter Bonnet competitions and even Indian Head Massage. The event covered an entire side street in Calis and was really well supported.

Some of the Easter bonnet entries .......

... and the painted eggs

 Animal Aid's events are renowned for being great fun so it was no surprise to meet the Easter Bunny and the Easter Chicken in the midst of it all. Well done you guys, we applaud you all!

We met the Easter Bunny ...........

... and the Easter Chicken!

If you are a visitor to Calis this summer, please support any events that Animal aid are holding - they are always great fun. But if your visit doesn't coincide with any of their events they will accept any items that you do not want to take back in your suitcases (to make room for all the new purchases you have made) or even just a small donation is most welcome.

We have been holidaying in Turkey for many years and believe me the difference these people have made, both in alleviating suffering, reducing the number of street animals and educating people is phenomenal and we will support them and further their cause all that we can.

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Or in the case of an emergency their number is 0535 064 1417

Friday, 22 March 2013

Come on summer - we're waiting for you

I can't wait for summer to arrive. I keep thinking it's here, then goodness me another cold, wet, day. I don't do cold very well it's one of the reasons I moved abroad to leave that horrible weather behind.

There are definite signs that summer is on the way. We are starting to get some really lovely sunny days and a few times I have been able to go out with no coat on, and one day in the garden recently I was hot with a sleeveless top on.

The village goats are back outdoors with their kids, and the sheep have lambs frolicking by their sides. The supermarkets are stocking up for visitors, shops are re-opening that sell outdoor furniture and restaurants are changing to their 'summer prices'. It's all happening apart from the weather.

This year's kids are out with their mums browsing

I know I'm being unreasonable, in fact we have had a very mild winter this year compared to some - last year in particular - but I want it to start now. I'm fed up with being cold, I'm fed up with having plants on my window sills waiting to go in the garden, I'm fed up with looking at a green swimming pool, I'm fed up with the cats wanting to spend all their time indoors loafing around. Life is so different with just a little bit of sunshine.

Come on sunshine we all miss you, we want you to put your hat on and come out to play

Monday, 11 March 2013

The second of our animal's stories - meet Inca aka 'Hissing Sid'

Following on from the story of Horrace and how he came to be in Turkey, the second cat we brought with us from the UK is Inca our little black female cat.

Inca aka 'Hissing Sid'

David has had Inca for 14 years since the morning he was walking his dogs and one of them went off into the undergrowth by the side of the road. He went to see what they had found and saw what he thought was the tiny body of a kitten about two weeks old laying dead in the hedgerow. He put the body in his pocket with the intention of burying it when he returned home and continued on his walk. However, some minutes later he felt movement from his pocket and realised this tiny little scrap was actually still alive.

Later at home he managed to warm the little body up and feed it some milk through a pipette and gradually over the next few days her condition improved and she survived.

Inca presumably because of her poor start in life has never been a large cat, later in life she lost half her tail when it was bitten by a dog, and more recently had to have all of her teeth removed, but what Inca lacks in stature and body parts she makes up for in sheer bloody mindedness!

One of her favourite pastimes in the UK was to run from neighbour's cats who visited the garden. On seeing them she would sprint up the garden launching herself through the cat flap full pelt, then would sit up against the glazed door and spit and hiss at them from the safety of the house, with support beside her in the form of our Labrador.

Inca doesn't like people. Inca doesn't like other cats, Inca doesn't like certain cat foods and would starve to death before she would give in and eat them, actually Inca doesn't like lots of things and is probably the most anti-social cat known to mankind. Inca is the epitome of cutting ones nose to spite ones face, so the move to Turkey was always going to be difficult for her.

On the morning of our move to Turkey with all our jobs completed and the car loaded ready to leave the last thing was to load up the animals. Horrace went in his basket and into the car, Tyson (our dog) got into the car, then guess what no Inca! Somehow she had managed to get out of the house and escape. We whistled, we called, we rattled cat food tins and feed bowls all to no avail. We walked the garden from one end to the other - not a sign of her.

The day of finally moving to another country is an emotionally charged affair, so you can imagine I'm sure that this situation soon led to accusatory 'speeches' about who had let her out, statements vehemently denied of course by both parties involved, and opinion's becoming louder and more expletive as the minutes ticked by and total panic kicked in.

With ourselves and the animals booked on a flight that clearly was not going to wait for us, this was a dilemma of gigantic proportions. In the end we locked the house up and David took the keys to drop off with our ex landlord whilst I continued to walk round and round the garden and up and down the road calling Inca, trying not to let my voice reach the hysterical pitch that I felt inside.

Half an hour later David returned and still no sign of Inca at all. We are now nearly an hour later then the planned departure time. Time apart had calmed our tempers though and we stood and talked more rationally about what we were going to do. The reality was there was no choice - we had to go. However, we agreed that Inca being Inca, she rarely left the garden so we decided as a last ditch attempt we would quickly walk every inch of the garden looking for her.

We looked in the bushes, in the sheds, under tiny things that she wouldn't have fitted under in total desperation. Then suddenly I heard a shout followed by a loud MEEOOOOOOOOOOOW and then a big splash. David then appeared from the bottom of the garden soaking wet and bleeding with Inca held in a vice like grip in his arms. He had looked in the compost bin and seen a pair of eyes looking at him, as he went to grab her she shot out of the compost bin and across the garden. Knowing this was his one and only chance he threw himself through the air to grab her (which he did) but the momentum made him trip through a thorny bush and they both landed in the fish pond!

So we finally left for the airport with a very unhappy Inca in her basket, David soaked and his legs and arms bleeding from his confrontation with the bush and the pond.

On arrival at our new home in Turkey Inca ate and drank and then went up the chimney where she spent the next two days, although food we had left disappeared during the night. On the third day she came down, shot out of the door and went up the mountain next to the house for another two days. On the fifth night she arrived home again and joined the family as though nothing had happened.

Inca being cross because her photo is being taken

Normal behaviour then continued until our first two Turkish rescued animals joined the family in June of last year. You may have read about her reaction to that in our previous blog post  'Hissing Sid'. Life has now settled for her and she is happily enjoying her life in Turkey in spite of having new friends. That is until people come to stay of course which will upset her again. I think she actually enjoys being difficult. Inca doesn't 'do change'!!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Cadianda Supermarket in Uzumlu a fantastic bonus for us expats

When we first bought our property in Uzumlu, my daughter and I were the first to come over for a visit, so together we took our first walk down to the village to have a look around. We visited every shop in the village to see what each of them did and didn't sell as the case may be. The most memorable shop we visited however, was the Cadianda Supermarket.

Owner Seyhun Ergun
We were met at the door by the incredibly gregarious owner Seyhun Ergun. He invited us in as though we were long lost best friends, and proudly showed us everything he sold in his shop. His English was almost non existent and our Turkish was absolutely non existent, but somehow we managed to establish that as well as selling various food and sundry items he was the local butcher. He insisted that we have a 'free' bottle of fizzy drink each, and we were encouraged to taste every flavour of Turkish delight that he sold. Well that was three years ago and time has moved on, Seyhun's English has improved and our Turkish although still pitiful does now exist in some small way. But what has also improved beyond recognition is his shop. He is an extremely hard working man who has listened to his customer and for those of you who think living in Uzumlu means saying goodbye to all life's English home comforts you could not be more wrong.

His recently revamped shop now sells a huge range of foods that are not readily available in the supermarkets here in Turkey. HP sauce, Heinz tomato ketchup, Colman's mustard, baked beans, custard powder, sausages, bacon, cereals, the list goes on and on.
All at reasonable prices which compare favourably with the Pork Shop in Fethiye which was previously the only outlet for such goodies. If you are needing something he doesn't stock he will do his utmost to get it for you.  

Of course he also sells items you would expect to see in any Turkish supermarket including a range of cleaning items. 

Being the local butcher he supplies fresh meat, which he will cut to your requirements.

The shop has a good selection of dairy products, pickles, and store cupboard items all sensibly displayed in an immaculately clean environment.

 Fresh bread and vegetables are also available, a range of frozen items and a more recent addition is dog and cat food. 

He has well stocked shelves of spirits and wines and cigarettes too if you are a smoker.
The local freebie newspaper is in a stand for the taking, and he will supply and deliver gas bottles and large water bottles. In fact he will also deliver your groceries for you if required. 

So if you find yourself staying in Uzumlu, Seyhun would be delighted to see you pop in for your shopping. I can assure you that you will find pretty well everything you require and you will definitely be given a warm welcome and service with a smile.