Tuesday, 25 May 2010
This wasn't as easy as he had hoped, not only because of the cost of petrol and the distance involved, but because as anticipated May has been very quiet as far as business is concerned. The disruption caused by the volcanic ash also created a knock-on effect in that hotel bookings were cancelled, so there have only been a handful of customers. So Mr A needed to be there as much as possible to catch any prospective customers and to go out and about searching for more.
Of course I worried about the dogs. I had visions of them being left alone for days on end, not knowing when their next meal would arrive, and being lonely without me.
I needn't have worried. My wonderful neighbours rallied round. Now considering that the Turks aren't very keen on dogs at the best of times, my lovely neighbours, knowing how much Beki and Poppy mean to me, have gone out of their way to look after them. One neighbour cooked up chicken livers and pasta, and chicken. She is scared of dogs, so another neighbour collected the food from her and came in twice a day to feed them. The man who lives in the house up the hill from us, came in several times a day to replenish the water bowls, and to play with the dogs for an hour or two. Yet another neighbour came in regularly to water the garden.
I have of course rewarded them all with English biscuits and chocolate but it was clear they expected nothing in return for what they did for me. And Beki and Poppy have been well fed and are a picture of health.
This morning I made my way down to the village to get the bus into Milas, and was greeted along the way by villagers welcoming me home, and asking if I had enjoyed my trip. Even the bus driver said it was nice to see me back home.
It was as you know extremely difficult for me to leave Billy and Stella on Sunday, and I had such a feeling of uncertainty about returning home. I suddenly felt that I didn't really belong anywhere and the black cloud was still hovering.
A large part of my heart is in England with my dear daughter and grandson, but I now know where I belong. I truly feel part of this village and it's wonderful inhabitants....and the black cloud has finally disappeared.