Monday, 15 November 2010
Update (Mr Ayak's adventures)
Mr Ayak hasn't wasted time. He managed to sell almost all of the mesir macunu stock...slowly but surely. It just about covered petrol and basics, but not enough to pay the bills or buy more stock. A couple of weeks ago he managed to find some building work. He was promised 50 lira a day, plus 20 lira petrol money. The first and second days he waited around on site, along with other men, and the boss didn't show. On the third day he worked from 7.30am until 8.00pm. He was paid 30 lira...not 50. It's a fair distance from here and it costs 25 lira each day for the round trip. What use is 5 lira (about 2 pounds)? What's the point?
He has been all over the area looking for work, and during the past week decided to search the internet for jobs instead of wasting petrol. He found a company who manufacture tracking devices for cars. I don't know all the details, but they are likely to be used by taxi drivers or haulage companies and such like. He travelled to Denizli where the company is located and a supply of these devices will be delivered here on Wednesday. As I understand it, he takes orders...the money is paid into the company bank account and then Mr A will receive commission on the sales. It's only 15% so he will have to sell a lot to make a living.
In the meantime he has the company's website on his laptop with a demo video, and he set off yesterday with his laptop to see if he could generate some interest. He has managed to get 5 provisional orders. If they go ahead the money will be paid and the goods delivered on Friday, then hopefully the commission will be paid into our bank account. I say "hopefully" because I am sceptical. This is Turkey and I never believe anything until it happens.
In his spare time, Mr A has managed to completely secure the garden with chicken wire, to prevent Little Miss Houdini (Poppy) from getting out and other dogs from getting in. He has also given the doghouse in the old house a makeover. A couple of floorboards have been replaced and the front boarded up with some sturdy perspex boards which we found in the old house. This makes it water and windproof but lets the light through. The door has been removed so that Poppy and Beki can go in and out when it's raining. And he has fixed corrugated metal to the ceiling so there are no leaks. They have carpet on the floor so it's very cosy. So we no longer have to shut Poppy in the house when we are out. Both dogs have the run of the garden and a nice place to shelter.
All the windows have now been resealed with silicone so no more leaks! This has been tested by the storm we had early this morning, and it's great that I don't have to put down towels to mop up the rainwater. Lots of other niggly little repair jobs in the house have also been done.
I now feel quite happy that I can set off to England on Saturday, knowing that the house is secure and the dogs are safe.
I had originally booked my flights to stay just one week in England, but managed to change the return flight so that I can now stay two weeks. I am so looking forward to seeing Stella and Billy.
Only 5 more sleeps...can't wait!!