This is FIL's retirement hobby. He has transported good quality trees from all over the country and planted them here. Apples, pears, apricots, peaches, lemons, pomegranates, almonds, olives, and a few grapevines. And most important of all...walnuts. Within the next few years he intends to grow mostly walnuts. He recognises the fact that he is getting older and won't always be so active. Although he is officially retired, he is still working to support his family, including his younger son, aged 27, who is still studying, and his very elderly parents (in their 90s). Walnuts are easy to manage, and once picked will keep for a long time, so there will be no rush to get them to market.
He is realistic, and doesn't think he will be able to move here for about 10 years. So he has to make do with the long trips down from Ankara whenever he can. This on the other hand suits MIL, because she is reluctant to make the move. She doesn't want to leave her family and friends and is happier to come here for short visits. I hope she has a change of heart, because I can see the joy on FIL's face when he talks about his land. He refers to his trees as his other family. He has planted them and nurtured them and they are now producing the fruits of his labour.
So they have both worked non-stop on the land since they arrived..there's much to do. Although one never knows how long Turkish families intend to stay (and it's rude to ask) I guess they have a good few days of work left to do.
I don't mind how long they stay. I am enjoying their company...we have so much catching up to do.
It was very humid yesterday..quite unpleasant, but fortunately it rained in the evening and the air has cleared. We three sat outside in the rain, and enjoyed the feel and the smell of it, and laughed at the dogs getting muddy...until the mosquitoes started biting and we made a hasty retreat to the house.
I'm feeling very content and relieved that this visit turned out to be such a pleasure....indeed it's been another satisfying day.