It's been an interesting few days. I set off to stay with my friend Gwen in Aydin on Wednesday. The bus journey should take just over two hours. Unfortunately mine took a fair bit longer. The road going through Bafa Lake is being widened and there is one stretch where only single file traffic can pass. As a result the bus, along with lots of traffic came to a halt, and we were stuck there for nearly two hours.
One of the reasons for going this week was to keep Gwen company as her husband Suleyman had been planning to go to Bodrum on Wednesday, then from there up to Istanbul for a couple of days. Suleyman went down with a nasty cold in Bodrum, so decided to delay his trip to Istanbul and return home to Aydin. He passes the road to our village on his way to Aydin, and he takes a different route which avoids Bafa, so he could have collected me. He phoned Gwen to suggest this, but it was too late because at this time I was already stuck on the bus. So he set off much later than I did, but arrived before me!
After being dosed up with cold remedies, Suleyman was feeling much better by Thursday and decided to go to Istanbul in the evening. Gwen and I spent the day browsing the shops, and catching up with all our news. We are a couple of chatterboxes, and I think Suleyman was quite please to get away on Thursday evening!
Now I'm back at home, and should be feeling relaxed..but not quite. Mr A was due to start the job in Denizli on 7th February. The past couple of weeks has seen us shopping for new clothes and shoes for him as his wardrobe had become quite depleted. Yesterday he had a call from the Denizli carpet centre to say that his job has fallen through...apparently they do not have as many group bookings for February as they had anticipated, so don't need so many staff.
Mr A is sick to death of sitting around waiting for something to happen, so today he is travelling up to Istanbul, staying with a friend, and endeavouring to find a job.
Oh...and it's raining again...the house is leaking once more.... and I am coming down with Suleyman's cold.
Roll on summer!