Friday, 27 March 2015

It's so hard to say goodbye ...

A few days ago our poorly cat Çingene passed away during the night. We miss her so much. As I had explained in previous posts she suffered from a viral infection - picked up during her life on the streets and also chronic kidney disease. She came here for terminal care (prognosis a few weeks - months at best) almost three years ago, so she did well and we feel blessed to have been able to show her a loving life in the country after her years of struggling to survive on the urban streets.

After a couple of weeks of being quite poorly, she seemed to be a lot better. We enjoyed a few really hot sunny days and she was able to go out again to visit her old haunts. On the third day of her going out to enjoy the sunshine she did not seem so well again, so I brought her back in the house and settled her in her bed with her hot water bottle. The following day, she refused to eat and her condition deteriorated throughout the day. By evening she was almost unconscious and she slipped away peacefully during the night.

It was as if she had rallied to revisit her favourite places before she said goodbye. She is buried in the garden of her haven alongside her friends Peggy, Horace and Tyson. 

She will be fondly remembered for:

Her appreciation of home comforts




Her love of the dogs




 Her fussy eating



 Her demanding behaviour



 and those beautiful eyes



 RIP Çingene we will see you again at Rainbow Bridge one day.





Thursday, 5 March 2015

Spring is springing!

After an appalling few weeks weather wise, this week there are definite signs that spring is sprung. The last couple of days have been really sunny and although we will have storms and rain for a few weeks yet, looking at the long term forecast for March these are broken up by several sunny days. Now I can start to come out of hibernation and look forward to another of our beautiful summers. You will often see that I moan and complain about the cold weather, but you will NEVER see me moan about the heat!

The plum and peach tree are well in bud and the roses are starting to get new shoots. In the veggie garden the first lettuce are on the way as are the peas and broad beans. Last year we got 20 kg of fruit from both the plum and the peach tree, and enough peas and beans to last us for the whole year. Will this year be the first year we have fruit on our apricot tree? Now five years since planting, last year we had one apricot so we live in hope.

Plum tree in bud

Broad beans coming on well

It's so good to be able to get outside again, although also a little daunting with all the jobs that need to be done. Yesterday we ate our lunch outside for the first time this year and it was just wonderful to be doing that again.

David is able to crack on with the building. The wall by the drive is fully built with blocks now, just needs a bit more facing stone, and he is well into the block work for the shed.

The toilet and sink are back insitu in the bathroom where we had the leaking pipes, and we are waiting for the concrete floor to finish drying out, so that the wooden floor can be replaced above it. We really need the room up and running by mid April, so this weather should help our cause considerably.

Donkey man (we've never known his name), has brought his donkey up from the village to graze, as he does each year. We came to an arrangement with him last year that we would provide water for the donkey, and a couple of times a day he brings it to the house for a drink. We have bought a huge bowl which we have put outside our gate for her, and yesterday she was tethered to our wall, so I was able to go out and give her a good brush too, which she seemed to really like.

Donkey happy to be back outdoors

Last year it was March 21st when we saw our first tortoise out of hibernation. One very small tortoise adopted us when we first started coming here five years ago, and each year it has returned to the garden a little bigger than the year before. So hopefully we will see him/her again soon.

We have our first firm dates for family coming over to stay, and although that isn't until September we are really looking forward to that.  We didn't have many visitors last year because everyone had made the effort to come over the year before to our wedding. So this year we are hoping that some of our friends will be coming over too. We love showing off our beautiful corner of the world to guests.

Soon they should be announcing the dates of the Yesiluzumlu mushroom festival, and we love a wander into the village for that. Usually it takes place towards the end of April, but in typical Turkish fashion, the dates are only announced a short while before the event.

So at the moment all is good here at 'Fogies Place' Happy, happy days!