I thought I'd better do a blog post this evening, as the Muhtar announced from the mosque this afternoon that the power will go off at 8.00am tomorrow and will be off until 6.00pm. There is a new electrical system being installed in the village...there's been talk about it for months now...one of the excuses we were given for not repairing the street light outside our house.
So now it's all happening. This will be the first of many daily cuts until the work is completed. It baffles me why this work can't be done during the winter months, rather than when temperatures are now up in the high 30s. Fridges get warm and food is wasted. Aircon can't be used. And worst of all...no internet connection. It's Turkish logic. The same logic that's applied when main roads are also re-surfaced at this time of year...there's nothing much worse than hot sticky tar!
Yesterday I picked plums from the one plum tree in our garden. They're not ripe yet, but last year most of them were destroyed by insects, and in spite of treating them with insectide regularly this year, I noticed a few days ago that they'd been attacked again. So I decided to pick them as they are.
I made some jam...not easy when the plums are too hard to de-stone before cooking and very messy having to remove them afterwards. I also made a plum crumble and some shortbread
Today was my birthday and I wasn't really expecting Mr A to be here. It's very busy at the hotel, and when he does manage to get home it's very late at night. So I was pleasantly surprised when he turned up mid-afternoon with a bottle of wine and a delicious double-chocolate cake topped with chocolate almonds
We ate far too much cake. We also ate shortbread. We even ate bowls of plum crumble with icecream. No sensible food at all. Thank goodness birthdays are only once a year!