I go into Milas a couple of times a week to get food shopping, when I'm on my own. I have to make more than one journey as it's impossible to carry too much up the steep hill once I get off the dolmuş. I do have a shopping trolley and in normal circumstances this would be the ideal solution. However, my one attempt at using it along these steep and uneven lanes, caused one wheel to drop off...so I don't bother with it now.
To avoid spending too much time browsing around the shops and being tempted to spend more money than I can afford, I set myself a time limit. I usually catch the dolmuş at 10.00 am, which takes 15 to 20 minutes into Milas, then I make sure I get the return bus at 11.15am. An hour is usually sufficient.
Yesterday I rummaged through my wardrobe to sort out cooler clothes as summer seems to be here now, and came to the conclusion that my body-shape keeps changing. Maybe some of you of a certain age...like me...will have noticed how one's top half becomes more rounded and one's hips seem to become narrower? So my tops are fine because they are mostly loose anyway, but some of my trousers and skirts don't seem to fit properly anymore. We are lucky to have loads of tailors and dressmakers here in Turkey and I've mentioned before how inexpensive it is to have clothes altered. So I decided that I will take one item at a time to be altered to fit, so I won't need to buy anything new.
This morning I took my favourite cut-off linen trousers to the terze (tailor) I usually use, and thought I may have to leave them and collect another day. She said to come back in an hour, but I mentioned that I had a bus to catch at 11.15 and I would return on Friday. No problem she said...come back in 20 minutes.
I went off to do my shopping at my regular supermarket, and to my pleasant surprise there were offers on almost all the items on my list. When I returned to the terze 20 minutes later, my trousers were not only taken in both sides, but beautifully pressed as well. She did a wonderful job and it cost me just 5 lira (about 2 pounds). Much cheaper than having to buy new ones.
When I returned home, I picked some of the leaves from my grapevine. Most people here pick them later when they are bigger, but I prefer them at this stage. Even though they are smaller they are much more tender. I made up some stuffing mix, which I've used before here and stuffed the leaves, along with some bell peppers and large tomatoes. I also bought some green beans at the market on Monday and cooked up some green beans in olive oil. I found a small red cabbage in the market and made up a big bowl of coleslaw with the cabbage, chopped onions, peppers, grated carrot and mayonnaise.
These recipes cost almost nothing. I probably have enough to last me for a week and as they are dishes which I love, I won't get fed up with eating the same thing every day.
Mr Ayak phoned today and suggested I catch the bus tomorrow over to the hotel where his business is situated. He thinks it's about time I had a look at the place and even though customers are not due until the end of this week, he seems a lot more cheerful and optimistic.
I'm looking forward to seeing it and I'll let you know all about it when I return.