So much for catching up with chores yesterday. The power went off at around 9.30am and didn't return until 12 hours later.
The water went off at the same time but returned early afternoon. What was very strange though was that I managed to get my internet connection about an hour before the electricity came back on. I don't know how that could have happened...perhaps there was just a little power coming through at the time. Who knows?
Mr Ayak returned home and discovered that the power had returned to the rest of the village and it seemed that it hadn't reached our house for some strange reason. I didn't mind too much. I was happy sitting in the dark because at least I was connected to the internet. But...typical man...he comes in...switches off all the trip switches and then back on again..thinking this might do something. It did...it lost me my internet connection and we still didn't have electricity. He phoned the electricity company and eventually power was restored.
The in-laws left yesterday lunchtime. They have to make a detour on their journey to visit the elderly grandfather who has been in hospital. I am amazed at these grandparents, who are in their 90s and are still hanging on to life. I spoke to grandfather on the phone when we made the usual phone calls during Şeker Bayram. He and grandmother get quite emotional when they have phone calls and usually end up in tears...bless their hearts. We haven't seen them for such a long time, and we really must try to make the journey soon.
Mr A earned some money yesterday acting as a taxi service for one of the guests at the hotel, who had to make a round trip to Torba to collect his son. Mr A had to leave home at 6.30am yesterday to do this. He then did the same trip early evening. Other than that he only had two customers at the hamam yesterday. There's nothing so far booked for today or tomorrow, and just one customer on Sunday, so I think we will be closing then. It's really not worth spending money on fuel to get there now.
The temperature is dropping at night now and I can feel winter just around the corner. I love this time of the year. The days are still very warm and it's lovely being able to sit outside without suffocating in the heat.
I can't believe it's the 1st October today. This year has flown by. I am desperately missing Billy and my daughter and we are hoping to scrape enough money together for an air ticket so that I can go over to see them within the next couple of months...another case of wait and see.
I'm posting this early because more power cuts are due today...and I need to switch on the washing machine and get out the vacuum cleaner before we set off for the hotel. I should make a start on the rapidly growing pile of ironing too, but it'll just have to wait!