Spring seems to have disappeared. We were woken up very early this morning with the sound of gale force winds again. We've been busy moving things to prevent them being blown away, and tying down anything that can't be moved.
We have realised now that the uPvc extension can't possibly remain as a permanent fixture, and will have to be replaced with a solid wall as soon as we can afford to do it. Neither of us have ever lived on a hill before, where we are so exposed to the elements, and it's really quite frightening at times.
We have also woken up to the news of another earthquake, this one in the south-east of Turkey, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale. The latest report is that 38 people have been killed, and I've no doubt this figure will rise.
The Governor of the area said the victims were from the small villages of Okcular, Yukari Kanatli and Kayali, where the quake knocked down houses and minarets
CNN-Turk television said rescue teams dispatched to the area were working to save six people trapped under rubble. At least four of the victims were children.
The earthquake in Elazig province occurred at 4:32 a.m. (02.32 GMT) It was followed by an aftershock measuring 4.1.
The quake was felt in neighboring provinces of Tunceli, Bingol and Diyarbakir where residents fled to the streets in panic and spent the night outdoors.
I'll never forget the horror of the 1999 earthquake in and around Istanbul, when 18,000 people lost their lives. Earthquakes are just an accepted part of life here. People don't even talk about them until they happen. They are philosphical about them...and about life and death in general. Everything happens because it is the will of Allah..that's how they see it.
I don't pray because I'm not religious...but my heart goes out to the people of those small villages in south-east Turkey today... villages probably much like this one...they must be devastated.