Friday, 19 June 2015

Feeling blessed

After an incredibly hot few days here in Uzumlu, today we have thunderstorms and rain. So at last an opportunity to sit down and have a catch up on the blog. Summer is definitely here and even though we have bad weather today it is still lovely and warm and the rain is interspersed with sunny spells. A couple of days ago the temperature on our front terrace in the shade was 34C, and was 38.5C in our back garden in the shade, where it is more sheltered from the wind. We put the thermometer in the full sun and it promptly went off the scale which goes up to 53C, Phew! That's when I am glad of the pool for a quick dip to cool down. The temperature in our pool at the moment is 24C so it is warm enough to get in now without shuddering with shock as you descend the steps. Lovely! I just need to buy an inflatable chair so I can float around like lady muck with a drink in hand as I take a break from the jobs.

We have been so busy for the last few weeks, that May just passed us by in a blur and now here we are more than half way through June as well. I don't know where the time goes, but our lives here just fly on by.

We spent the first half of May spring cleaning the house. We washed down every nook and cranny, cleared out every cupboard and drawer, washed every curtain and when we had finished we were exhausted. It was jolly hard work, but very satisfying when done. We finished this herculean task just in time to spend some time with friends over on holiday from England.

It was great that friends were able to visit us on our wedding anniversary and we basically spent a whole day eating and drinking. The day began with the most fantastic Turk Khavalti (Turkish breakfast) at our local Cadianda restaurant in the village.

Fantastic khavalti at the Cadianda .....

..... more than we could manage to eat

It was delicious although it did beat us - we couldn't manage to eat it all, and after we all decided that a walk around the village was in order to work off some of the excess. Luckily for me the village charity - Animal Care Uzumlu who recently formed are doing a fantastic job in raising money and providing care for local animals in need - were holding a table top sale. Well, we all know how I love a rummage through the second hand sales and yes I did manage to buy a few bits and pieces!

Rummaging in the heat is thirsty work, so then it was off to Eddy's place for a drink and a sit down for a rest, before a look around the market. Then we all came back to the house and enjoyed an afternoon of chatting in the garden before changing and going out for dinner in the evening. It was a lovely, lovely day.

Pit stop at Eddy's Place

The biggest down side to moving here is missing family and friends, so it was really nice that we were able to meet some more friends for the day in Hisaronu where they were over on holiday, the following week. It was three years since we had seem them and it was just wonderful to catch up and hear all their news.They are returning to Turkey in August and we are looking forward to them coming to stay for a few days then.

Another friend holidaying in Ovacik came over and spent the afternoon with us and joy of joy brought us some packets of seeds, so they have been spread around the garden for hopefully lots of lovely colourful summer flowers in a few weeks time.

Talking of the garden, the main strawberry crop is now in. We have so far picked 9 kg some of which have been made into the first of this year's jam. The peaches are almost ripe and will be the next fruit in. I said on a previous post that we were hopeful for our first apricots this year. Sadly we actually only have three! But that is a start. We can only hope for more next year. Last year we had eleven pomegranates for the first time from our tree. This year the tree is laden with fruit.

A lot of fruit on our Pomegranate tree this year

 Three years ago we planted one grapefruit and one Clementine tree. One of them has seventeen fruit on for the first time. The only problem is that I can't remember which way round we planted them, so we have to wait and see what they turn into.

It's something - but what is it?

At last all of the major building work is completed in the garden. There is still plenty of finishing off to do, but we have reached the point where the really hard graft is done and everything we do will tidy up and the garden should now start to look more and more like a garden and no longer like a building site. I can't tell you how good that makes us feel.

Now that we will no longer be spending money each month on building materials, we have decided that we are going to buy a car. It will only be an old Turkish banger, but having it will open up endless opportunities for us to be able to get out and about a bit more. Although the dolmus service and the bus services are excellent here in Turkey we find it is still difficult for us to go out far because of not being able to leave the dogs for too long. Even going to Oludeniz by dolmus means a three hour round trip travelling without allowing for waiting time, which means we don't bother because it's not worth it for the small amount of time we have left to be there. Having a car would halve this which makes it a lot more viable.

So at the moment we are feeling truly blessed. Our garden is almost finished, another wonderful Turkish summer is here and we will soon have the time and means to get out and about a lot more to enjoy more of this beautiful country. How lucky are we?

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