Thursday, 3 February 2011
Winter and Mr A's adventures
Since my last update on 21st January we have had very little food. In fact on Tuesday I was down to 2 eggs in the fridge and enough milk for 2 cups of coffee, which left me praying that Mr A would come home that evening with food.
You may recall from my last update that the car was exchanged for a motorbike, and Mr A was travelling around the villages selling mesır macunu. A few days later, he realised that doing this on the motorbike was just not working. So the motorbike has now been exchanged for another car. OK he still has to pay money for the car, but he doesn't have to do this for a couple of months.
This travel and sell business is all about supply and demand and Mr A feels that if he constantly changes products, he can continue to supply villages with things that they want or need. The latest car is a hatchback, with plenty of space, and the latest product is fresh fish.
He has negotiated a good price with the supplier and drives to Güvercinlik every two days to get the fish which has just been caught, and then packed in ice in polystyrene boxes. This fish will actually keep for 4 or 5 days, but he is clearing the stock within 2 days because he wants it to be as fresh as possible. He did try to negotiate with the Belediye (council) for a permanent pitch in Milas, but they are charging much more than we can afford at the moment, so he is travelling the villages. Although he has been given a free pitch in the industrial estate in Milas on Saturdays.
The Turks are big fish eaters, but people in the villages can't always travel to get it, so Mr A has no problem clearing his stock quickly. He has to earn enough to re-stock, pay for petrol, and keep us going. It's been less than a week since he started and so far it looks promising.
And the good news is that, after I had eaten the last 2 eggs on Tuesday, he arrived home in the evening with bags of shopping. Enough food to last us for a couple of weeks. He also checked my postbox in Milas and there was a parcel for me from a friend in England containing 6 big bars of Cadbury's chocolate....so it was a bit like Christmas!
The downside is that he comes home every evening smelling very fishy and it's not pleasant. And I certainly have no intention of going anywhere in the car anytime soon! He did leave a car window open very slightly the night before last, and when he set off yesterday morning, discovered a cat in the car who had managed to squeeze in, was just pushing the lid off one of the boxes and had the tail of a fish in it's mouth. Caught in the nick of time. So fortunately only one fish was touched...and Mr A gave it to the cat...lucky cat!
I assumed that Mr A wouldn't be able to continue selling fish when the weather gets warmer, but apparently there are refrigerated units that can fit into the back of a car, so if this business is profitable enough, he will look into this further.
And so, Mr's adventures continue...watch this space.