It seems that extreme weather conditions are being experienced everywhere, and Turkey is no exception.
Whilst Mr Ayak has been in Ankara this week, we have had the strongest gale force winds that I have ever experienced. It was particularly frightening on Wednesday night. The gales started during the afternoon, and shortly after, the power lines went down...and stayed down till yesterday morning. It was impossible to sleep...or even relax..as I sat in candlelight watching through the window as a heavy table and three stacked chairs were lifted and blown over the railings of my balcony. At some point I needed to take Beki and Poppy out into the garden to go to the toilet. Beki was in and out like a flash...clearly terrified. Because Poppy is so tiny I had to put her harness and lead on, for fear she would be blown away. At the same time I had to hold on to the fence, because I could feel myself being lifted off the ground.
As I have previously mentioned, when we moved here last year, we enclosed the large open balcony with uPvc panels and windows to make another room. The wind was blowing so ferociously that these started to bend and I was certain they would just break. Fortunately they didn't, but it's now clear where there are gaps and where windows haven't been fitted tightly, because to say there were draughts is an understatement.
Yesterday, the wind gradually died down...but then came torrential rain. At the same time power was restored, but the water supply was cut. This didn't flow again till late last evening.
The damp patch in what was our bedroom, but is now the spare room, has spread around the entire room and the smell is awful. In our bedroom there was also water running down the wall which appeared to be coming from the electric socket which I use to plug in my electric blanket and laptop. So I have had to run a long extension lead from another socket until this can be checked. Water has managed to get in to one corner of the sitting-room and soaked the carpet. Outside, the windows, balcony, everything..is covered with splashes of red mud.
This morning is the calm after the storm. There are still lots of grey clouds lurking, but no wind or rain, so I have been able open all the doors and windows at last!
Mr Ayak was due back yesterday, but he stayed on the bus and went straight to Bodrum to talk to someone about work for the summer, so he will be back some time today. He's going to be delighted when he sees how much clearing up there is to do!
Oh and he did pay his father the tax money after all. I kind of guessed he would...anything to shut the man up!
And joy of joys...Mr A tells me father-in-law is coming to stay with us next week!