Monday, 17 October 2011
A day off
The rain hasn't really stopped him. He has found other little jobs to do in the house when it's tipping down, and he's also been fighting against time and the weather to re-seal all the uPVC windows and panels.
As you can see, he's making a very good job of the wall. There's still a long way to go though.
Yesterday morning the sun came out and we decided that he should take a day off, so we set off to Bodrum on the motorbike to meet up with Gwen and Suleyman (who run the small shop in the hotel where Mr A used to work).
It's coming up to the end of the season at this hotel so this was probably the last chance of seeing them before they shut up shop and move back to their house in Aydın for the winter.
There were still guests at the hotel, but when we turned up at the shop it was closed and empty of stock. I phoned Gwen to let her know we were here and 5 minutes later she appeared. She was angry and upset and started to explain that there had been a huge row between her, Suleyman and various bosses the previous night. At that point one of the bosses appeared and Gwen asked to talk to him. Unfortunately, her Turkish is non-existent and Mr A got roped in to translate.
Without going into detail, it would seem that Gwen and Suleyman are owed money by one boss, who refuses to discuss it. The previous evening had ended up with crockery being smashed and lots of shouting. The biggest problem as I see it, is that there are simply too many chiefs and not enough indians at this particular hotel. Too many people interfering in things that are none of their business. Exactly the reason why Mr A decided to leave when he did and move to the hotel in Torba.
When Suleyman arrived, more discussion ensued, by which time Mr A couldn't seem to extricate himself from the situation without appearing rude. But in a way he seemed to succeed in acting as mediator. All sides calmed down, and agreement was reached, and hands shaken.
We took the first opportunity we could to get away, and as dark clouds were looming in the sky, we set off on the motorbike for home. Unfortunately the dark clouds opened on our way and we arrived home drenched and muddy.
So much for Mr A's day off!