Winter can be pretty boring, particularly when you live in an isolated village such as ours. It's easy for me to find myself stuck in the house day after day, and the longer it goes on the more difficult it becomes for me to motivate myself to get out and about.
I forced myself to get on the bus to Bodrum on Friday to see Gwen and Suleyman. They are at the Gumbet hotel for a few weeks, tying up loose ends and having talks with the hotel owners about a contract for the shop next year. The hotel is now closed. No guests, just a few members of staff, cleaning up. It's like a ghost town. So they met me at Bodrum bus station and we set off for Oasis shopping centre. It's one of my favourites..but mostly for window shopping rather than buying as most of the shops are expensive. However, they do have a Marks & Spencer and although the prices are in Turkish lira they are comparable with English prices. I picked up a couple of pairs of leggings, which look nice with long jumpers but also double up as longjohns under jeans when it gets colder.
We had lunch in Gumbet and then I went to buy some bacon and pork sausages from a supplier that Suleyman knows. This was the highlight of my day of course and means I can satisfy my cravings for pork products. This particular supplier also has pork chops, but I'd spent enough so they will have to wait for another visit.
Gwen and Suleyman will be going back to their home in Aydın soon but we've promised to make the effort to see each other during the winter months.
Distractions aren't always helpful. Mr A is still working away at the fences in the garden, but he keeps being distracted by neighbours or men who happen to be passing. Not happy with a 5-minute chat, Mr A sees it as an excuse to down tools, sit and drink tea. Unfortunately this can happen several times a day, and these breaks can last anything up to a couple of hours. Of course I don't begrudge him this time but I'm anxious about things being finished before he sets off to work for the winter. Some of it can wait, but at the moment the garden isn't secure for the dogs. There are still areas from which they can escape. And the forecast is rain today, so it's a mad dash to get things done.
I managed to fiddle with my camera yesterday and we took a few photos of the garden:
|Mr A hard at work|
|The newly levelled and cemented driveway, taken from the entrance|
|and the driveway looking towards the entrance|
|Newly erected walls inside the garden and wooden fence.|
I'm really proud of him and what he has achieved. Now if only he can get through today without any distractions he should be able to complete the fencing and the dogs will be safe. by the end of the day.