Tuesday, 29 December 2009
And another year almost over
2009 has been an eventful year for me. It saw the arrival of my first grandchild in April, a dear little boy called Billy. He has brought such joy to my life, but also sadness because I'm unable to see him as often as I would like. My daughter and son-in-law were so looking forward to Billy's first Christmas, Unfortunately the poor little chap was taken ill before Christmas and they ended up at the hospital the day before Christmas Eve where he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. So they have had sleepless nights as they struggled to help him with an inhaler in a steam-filled room. It didn't help that my daughter's oven packed up before Christmas and won't be fixed until the New Year, not to mention her washing machine which also decided to break down. They muddled through with the help of family and friends...but most importantly, Billy is on the mend..slowly but surely...and that's all that really matters.
When I arrived back in Turkey after my stay in England for Billy's birth, it was to a new home, which I had only seen in photographs. Mr Ayak had moved all our belongings from Selçuk to an isolated village near Milas, to a house given to us by my father-in-law. I was apprehensive to say the least, but as soon as I arrived I was pleasantly surprised. It's everything I could have wished for. After 11 years in apartments, we now have a garden and a view which is breathtaking.
We have three additions to our dog family. Poor, stray, malnourished and badly treated dogs called Poppy, Milly and Monty. All three of them, at first timid and withdrawn, now happy, confident, well fed and loved.
Mr Ayak, having been out of work for almost a year, finally secured a job in July which, although within driving distance of home, was so poorly paid that it would have cost more than he earned to commute, so he had no choice but to stay in personnel accommodation.
He returned home in October, the day before my planned two-week trip to England. The day after I returned from England, he set off to Istanbul to work for the winter and is not due home again until March. We live in hope that next summer things will be better, and that he will be able to work closer to home.
My two week trip to England was wonderful...spending every day with my daughter and grandson was so enjoyable but the time passed far too quickly. I'm looking forward to my next trip in April to celebrate Billy's first birthday.
A year of ups and downs and mixed emotions, but I'd say a pretty good one all considering.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.