Thursday, 16 June 2011
It's over-flowing as you can imagine, and in this heat extremely smelly. The bins in the village are old oil drums, which the Muhtar (village chief) had painted blue with "property of the Muhtar" painted on in white letters. They have no lids so are a welcome invitation to all the stray cats and dogs in the village. No-one else seems to be bothered by cats jumping in and pulling out all the rubbish and scattering it everywhere....or dogs jumping up and tipping the bin over.
I found half of an old heavy wooden door which I place on top of the bin, held down with a large rock...so at least I can't smell it until I remove the "lid".
Mr A has made numerous calls to the Muhtar over the past couple of weeks and is always informed that the rubbish will be collected as soon as possible...how long is that? How long is a piece of string? The problem is that a tractor and trailer regularly collects rubbish from the rest of the village but for some reason they conveniently "forget" to drive up as far as our house. It may well be time for me to start taking bags of rubbish down to the village and depositing them in the Muhtar's office....maybe that will get a reaction?
Mr A continues his job over in Bodrum. The hours are really unsociable. Because he has to catch new intakes of tourists, before they are sold over-priced hamam trips by their tour operators at their welcome meeting, he needs to be around when they arrive. This means working at crazy times like 3am or 5am. He then tries to snatch some sleep in between. It's not leaving him a lot of time to get home. He popped over on Tuesday evening around 10.30pm but then left here at just after midnight, to get back in time for a new lot of arrivals. If you are working solely on commission, as he and thousands of others are, you have to be available more or less 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The season is short so they have to make the most of it. No wonder men who work in tourism spend most of the winter months sleeping!
In the meantime, I am recovering slowly from my flu bug, although I have been left with an irritating cough...but with the help of some very strong medicine, that should be gone pretty soon.
Yesterday we had storms, powercuts on and off all day, the water was off for 8 hours, and my laptop is still playing up. Other than that.. everything's just fine!
Life...as I know it...goes on.