Apparently, according to Mr A, there was an earthquake in Muğla yesterday. He heard from a friend, who heard from his friend and so on...Chinese whispers in action. Muğla is a city but it is also the province in which our village is situated. I have been informed by people in this village that we are on solid ground here and rarely experience tremors. I have felt them in the past, when we lived in Turgutreis and in Selçuk. Nothing really substantial. It feels much like standing on a train platform when an Inter-city train speeds past.
I can find nothing in the news about the earthquake in Muğla so it couldn't have been serious. We do in fact have earthquakes in this country almost every day, but they mostly go unnoticed.
Last night we had the mother of all storms here...probably the worst one I've experienced in all my years here. It lasted for about 8 hours, and it was relentless. Continual lightening and claps of thunder and torrential rain. I'm not concerned about storms generally. I make sure electrical appliances...particularly my modem..are disconnected and just wait for it to finish. But I have to own up to being quite scared of this one. It was like I would imagine it to be in a war zone with bombs dropping all around. Beki hates storms and she was in an absolute state of panic. She runs from room to room as if she thinks she can get away from it and when she realises she can't she cowers in a corner, trembling. No amount of comfort or reassurance from me calms her. Poppy is not normally affected by storms, but this time she leapt onto my bed and burrowed under the quilt and lay trembling on my feet.
When I got up this morning the sky was dark grey, and there were still flashes of lightening and claps of thunder but the rain had eased off a bit. I needed to go into Milas to get some food so I decided that I'd just have to suffer the weather. I got wet going down to catch the dolmuş and even wetter when I returned to the village to climb the hill to the house. I've been back for half an hour, shed my wet clothes, and would you believe it? The sun is now shining! If only I'd waited a bit longer. However there are more black clouds in the distance so I'm sure there are more storms on the way.
The Blogger ban continues and I can find no up-to-date news about it. Other bloggers in Turkey don't use Blogger so they haven't been affected. Others are finding alternative ways around the problem. Claudia from A Seasonal Cook in Turkey kindly messaged me on Facebook to give me information about getting a VPN. She has done this and is back to normal blogging. I'm scared of anything too technical but I think Claudia is sensible in taking this route, so I've emailed my brother-in-law in Ankara for some technical assistance.
In the meantime, I'll continue to post this way, and again apologise for not commenting on your blogs or being able to respond to your comments on mine.
Have a good weekend.