...for goodness sake, why was I complaining earlier today about a new vacuum cleaner and loads of food!
The vacuum cleaner was presented to me with a flourish. OK I'm still being a little cynical..because I just know it was given to impress. But I AM grateful, because it's a lovely little piece of machinery...lightweight and efficient...so not so much strain on my back.
Mr Ayak, Derya and her husband (sorry...I keep forgetting his name) struggled in with so many bags of food shopping, that I lost count. The kitchen floor was covered in shopping bags and it took me ages to unpack and try to force everything into the fridge, freezer and cupboards. There were two enormous chickens, lamb chops, spare ribs, six large steaks, minced beef, chicken portions in a barbecue sauce, and 10 packs of chicken livers for the dogs. Not to mention, 6 cartons of fruit juice, 2 x 200mg packs of coffee, 8 cartons of milk, half a dozen bottles of coca-cola and fanta, and enough vegetables and salad stuff to feed the entire village....oh and loads of other things as well.
As I suspected, Mr Ayak was out to impress.....Well I was certainly impressed! It was a bit like Christmas to be honest. He made a point of saying that he hoped this would last me a couple of weeks...more like a couple of months at least! I've probably mentioned before just how expensive meat is here. I was shocked at the prices on the packets. The cost of the meat alone would have bought enough basic food to last me for months.
BUT....I'm going to enjoy all this wonderful food and try not to think about what sort of effect this shopping spree will have on Mr Ayak's finances. After all...the gesture clearly made him happy.
Fortunately, we had a barbeque, so we used up half of the barbeque chicken and spare ribs, and even though I made an enormous bowl of salad, there's still about 5 kilos of tomatoes left, together with 3 lettuces, peppers and spring onions.
I've managed to freeze most of the meat, but I will probably share the vegetables and salad with my neighbours, because it won't last for too long.
The strange thing is that I have been longing for some really nice food for weeks, and now my fridge and freezer are absolutely crammed...I don't actually feel hungry....It must be the shock!