Sunday, 16 January 2011

Waiting for Winter

Well here we are in the middle of January and I'm still waiting for winter.

Whilst those of you in the UK and other parts of Europe and the World have been suffering with snow and freezing temperatures, we have had a lot of sunshine in this little corner of Turkey.

Oh we've had rain...torrential rain and a few storms.  But throughout it has still been relatively warm.  The rain lasts for several days, then it stops, the sun comes out, and there I am sitting out on the balcony again in a t-shirt.  There have been a couple of occasions when the temperature drops and I think winter has arrived, but within hours it's warm again.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we had installed a soba (wood-burning stove) in the spare bedroom to make us a cosy winter room.  Admittedly the house is's much warmer outside...but it has only been cold enough for the soba to be lit twice.  And then we ended up opening the window because it was too hot.

This morning I killed two mosquitoes in the bedroom.   Mosquitoes in January?  Who would have believed it?  And Beki has normally grown her winter coat by now but she's still shedding hair.  As for my winter coat...I was very grateful for it on my recent trip to England,but it's now back in the wardrobe, along with the rest of my winter clothes that are not getting worn this year.

And you've probably realised by now that I have resorted to doing what we British always do when we have nothing interesting to say...we talk about the weather!


  1. Hi, I've just found your blog via Natalie @ Turkish Travel blog. Always on the lookout for other bloggers in Turkey. :)

    Nothing wrong with a bit of weather talk. It seems to be a national pastime in Turkey, too. :)

  2. Hi Julia and a warm welcome to my blog...there are some more "interesting" posts here somewhere...honestly!

  3. Hi Ayak - from a surprisingly mild but windy Hampshire coast in the UK. We even have more blue sky than grey this morning. Very unusual for this time of year though.

    Just stumbled across your blog here and much enjoy your tales. Trully sorry to hear about Mr A's efforts becoming unrewarded in the sales scam. Makes you want to hunt them down and castrate them in public.

    I sincerely hope you manage to survive the winter season without too much pain. Times are certainly tough and look sset to remain so for some while to come. Just don't let anyone or any thing steal your positive approach to life. It comes across strongly in your posts.

    I have never travelled to Turkey, although I have a great fascination in your country's considerable history and cultures. Recently posted a recipe for 'Turkish Lamb & Lemon Soup' on my little blogette, thats been a big fave in our tribe for many years.

    I thought of you in respect of the following link to another Turkey based blogger that I've been following the last few months. The lady is English but now lives in the north Aegean coastal town of Ayvalik. I don't know her personally but I have learnt much about Asia Minor, the origins of yoghurt and camel wrestling! from her Blog. Essential knowledge in the 21st century of course. Just thought you might want to take a look at her scribings sometime.

    Keep up the great blog Ayak and may you and Mr A benefit from some strokes of good fortune in the very near future. Have a happy sunday. Back again soon. Phil.

  4. Morning Ayak. We had a bit of winter over Christmas and now we have a lovely sunny spell. We too are sitting in the sun shedding layers of clothes.
    We have 'winter can't have finished, there must be more to come' conversations!

  5. Hi Phil and a warm welcome to my blog, and for your good wishes. I'm glad you enjoy my ramblings and look forward to seeing you here again.

    Thanks for the link..I'll take a look xx

  6. Rosie: It's an unexpected plesure to have warm weather at this time of year isn't it? Glad to hear you're having some good days too.

  7. You've received a Stylish Blogger Award - come 'n' get it!!

  8. 'Cross the Pond: What me? Stylish? (giggle). Thankyou so much. I'm going to add it to my awards at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to pass it on as soon as I can xxx

  9. Weather discussions here too....all of 19 degrees C and people wrapped up like eskimos!
    Supposedly all down to it being an el nina year...
    We are in tee shirts and shorts taking refuge in the shade!

  10. Fly: The Turks start wearing their coats as soon as October arrives...regardless of the weather!

  11. The weather is such a major factor in what plans I make for the day. Our weather has been uncommonly cold for this part of the USA. Normally we get a cold day HERE AND THERE..then sprees of warmth. Not so this winter. 7 days of cold, reliefed by sunshine for a few days, then another cold front comes through.I've almost worn every sweather in my meager winter closet. I prefer this over the heat of the summer. Not complaining.

  12. Charlotte Ann: The weather everywhere in the world appears to be changing...and pretty drastically too. It's very strange.

  13. I'm jealous! We had snow again yesterday, but it was the light, fluffy, pretty kind [g]

  14. Its quite mild here too. Can't exactly sit outside in a tee shirt though. Its too hot with the central heating on & too cold with it off. Rabbits moulting everywhere!
    We cannot rule out a sudden change for the worse though. Strange things happening all over the world.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  15. Deniz: Snow is lovely to look at but I'm glad we don't get it in this area!

    Maggie: Oh the moulting drives me mad!
    The weather used to be so predictable here...not anymore.

  16. Weather all rainy here grr hate it Ayak xx

  17. Sorry to hear that Bomb...wish I could send you some sunshine xx


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