The in-laws are due this month, and as usual Mr A is busy tidying up the garden. I'm afraid it tends to be neglected most of the time. Neither of us really enjoy gardening...we do try to muster up enthusiasm, and I follow Heiko's and Mr H's blogs for inspiration..oh I wish I could be like them! I could blame it on the fact that my arthritis makes it quite difficult for me to do an awful lot of gardening, but if I'm honest I just don't have green fingers.
My Dad was a brilliant gardener. Years ago when he was still alive and I lived in England, he used to look after my garden as well as his own. He just loved it, and I loved having him around. He did try to encourage me to take an interest, but it never really worked. He would have taken great pleasure in getting his hands on our garden here.
It's a good thing that we have these visits by the inlaws though, because Mr A is always anxious not to disappoint his father, who as you know criticises everything we do. So the garden is now looking good. Mr A has spent two whole days digging and clearing weeds. He still has half of the garden to do but it's getting there. He is also about to move the chicken wire from the perimeter and place it so that the dogs won't have access to the areas where we have fruit trees. They do enjoy digging holes and they always seem to do this more when FIL is here..it's almost like they are deliberately trying to annoy him! They will still have plenty of room to run and dig from now on, but they won't be anywhere near the trees.
We also have to repaint the spare bedroom because the walls have been affected by damp. Fortunately the last few days of good weather have helped to dry it out. There are also parts of the kitchen and sitting room which need re-painting. I was going to undertake this task. If we were using ordinary paint it wouldn't be a problem. But we use kireç (whitewash) and it's incredibly messy. But it's also very cheap. Two bags are all we need to do the job and they cost just 2 lira each (less than a pound). Mr A has insisted he has time to do it all.
Tomorrow he has to go to the carpet centre in Bodrum again to negotiate and hopefully obtain a contract to start work with them on the 15th ...fingers still crossed. This will leave him a week to finish everything here. He also reckons that he is going to find time to work on his father's land on the outskirts of the village. I doubt it very much, but this is the main reason for the inlaws visits, and Mr A reckons that the more work he gets done, the less time they will be staying...good thinking Mr A!
I'll leave you with a few more photos of the village. These were taken from our village Facebook page so I can't take the credit for them.