It's been a lovely day today. The weather hasn't been so hot for the past few days which makes it more comfortable to do housework,and spend sometime sitting outside.
We have one fairly small plum tree and this is the first year it has borne fruit. I noticed yesterday that some of the plums were dropping off the tree...much to the amusement of Beki and Poppy who decided to play with them. Having got bored with rolling them about they started to eat them. I'm not too bothered about them eating a couple but I don't think it's wise for them to eat too many so I decided to pick them today. They are still quite hard and there were a fair number that had been attacked by maggots (Mr A refers to them as worms). So after sorting out the good ones I decided to make some jam. I've also made about a litre of puree which is lovely with natural yogurt or icecream and it freezes well.
Mr Ayak borrowed a car and came home for a few hours today...with more bags of shopping (as if I needed more!). But he had no-one to impress but me so he bought basic, practical stuff like washing powder, eggs, vegetables etc.
He was going to do some more work in the garden because he's worried that I can't cope with it, but I insisted that he just relax. So we had lunch together and chatted about the business and how it's doing. It's going pretty well, and he has been able to pay a lot of the bills for the business. He also settled the balance due on some work that was done in the house last year. It always amazes me how often Turkish businesses will do work for you, accept half the money and then are happy to wait for six months for the rest! He paid this month's rent on the personnel accommodation, and bought an inexpensive printer to use with his laptop. This will save on printing costs of leaflets etc.
Money is going out as fast as it comes in...but at least it is coming in. Our personal debts will just have to wait a little longer...but we can at least see a light at the end of the tunnel at last! Inshallah!
And finally, having had a usb cable attached to my laptop, like an umbilical cord, for the past two weeks, my brother-in-law contacted me this afternoon to sort out my wireless connection. He has been so busy with work and has also had exams so didn't have time until now. When he phoned today he was on the bus to Istanbul to see his girlfriend. He had his laptop with him and as they have internet on the buses he was able to take control of my laptop and after half an hour or so of what appeared to be an extremely complicated procedure (to me anyway!) I was finally connected and could cut the umbilical cord....freedom at last!
It's now 8.30pm. I've just finished watering the garden and I'm about to settle down to watch some more football.
All in all...a very satisfying day.