OK...I'm still talking about the fence. I know it's boring, but I need to write about it because it reduces my stress levels somewhat. Mr Ayak informed me last night that the man would be here today to erect the fence. My friends were also due to arrive from Antalya late afternoon so I was rather hoping that the fence would be done by the time they arrived, thus enabling me to keep the dogs under control.
As I was unsure what time the man would arrive I decided to shut M & M (Milly and Monty) in the doghouse for what I hoped would be just a few hours, Beki on the balcony and Poppy in the house. Because Turks aren't keen on dogs, it was best for the fence man if I kept them out of his way. Then I waited...and waited...and M & M, being unhappy at being confined, decided to start howling.
Finally the man and his son arrived at around 3pm with his tractor and trailer loaded up with everything necessary to build the fence. Half an hour later my friends phoned to say that they had just turned off the main road that leads to the village so I set off down the hill to meet them.
As we were coming up the hill in my friends' car we passed the fence man coming back down the hill. He stopped briefly to say he would be back again tomorrow. What could he possibly have achieved in half an hour? Not very much as it happens. He's managed to dig four holes and left a heap of dry cement just in front of the entrance to the doghouse.
Naturally I couldn't keep M & M shut up any longer, so I let them out, and much as I attempted to control them, they immediately leapt into the pile of cement, scattering it everywhere. Not that it makes much difference...there's a storm overhead and the rain will wash it away. No doubt the rain will be too heavy for the work to be done tomorrow...or someone else in the fence man's family will be sick and need to go to the hospital...or the tractor will break down...or some other excuse. He may actually turn up though...but I won't hold my breath.
On a happier note, my friends are here for two weeks, and it's lovely to see them. They managed to get me an exceptionally good deal in Antalya on 30 kg of dog biscuits. This so helpful. It's difficult to find them in Milas, and when I do discover the odd 3kg bag it's always over-priced.
They also brought their toolbox and tomorrow I will have an electric shower installed...no more cold showers for me this winter!
But best of all, they brought themselves. They are two of my very best friends and an absolute joy to be with. The next two weeks will, I'm sure, go far too quickly.