Monday, 27 February 2012
Repairing and Recycling
Whilst I was working my way through cupboards, drawers and wardrobes, sorting out things to recycle or throw away, Mr A replaced the netting on the mosquito door. Beki has a knack of being able to open this screen door from the inside by pushing it outwards, and from the outside by tapping it with her paw several times until it springs open. It's a pity she hasn't learned to shut it behind her! All this effort on her part had resulted in a few tears and holes in the netting.
We then lit a bonfire to burn some rubbish and bagged up old clothes which will be left beside the rubbish bins in the village. I have learned from past experience that even the poorest Turks are very proud and it's not a good thing to embarrass them by handing over bags of clothes...unless you know them very well....so leaving them well wrapped by the bins makes sure that those who need them will take them.
The new washing machine having been installed and working well, we needed to remove the old machine from the kitchen, down the steps and across the garden to the old house.
Our immediate neighbour Dursune (the one with the donkey, two cows, and lots of chickens) watched as Mr A inched his way down the steps with the machine. She had seen the new one being delivered and wanted to know what we were doing with the old one. She asked if she could have it. Mr A replied that of course she could but it doesn't work and will cost around 250 lira to repair. "That's OK" she replied "I'll get it fixed" (quite how she would be able to find 250 lira is a mystery)
So with the help of Mehmet from up the hill, the machine was transported to the small terrace outside her house. I am pretty sure that this is where it will remain, unfixed, for the foreseeable future. Not many people have washing machines in this village. Those that do see them as status symbols. Instead of installing them in their houses, they have them plumbed to outside taps and proudly on display on their terraces and balconies.
Dursune's "new" washing machine gathered a great deal of interest yesterday. Throughout the day, women passed, spotted the machine, and stopped to chat with Dursune about her new acquisition.
Dursune is in her 70s. She has never had a washing machine in her life and I believe she will have much more fun admiring it and chatting about it, than actually getting it fixed and using it.