Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Sleep and electrical appliances (again)
This bug arrived on Friday, which wasn't welcome as I had decided to bus over to Bodrum to meet up with Gwen. She and Suleyman have moved over to the hotel in Bitez that they are renting this year, to start getting things organised for the season. I felt a bit hot and headachey on the bus but tried to shake it off.
We browsed the shops, which are pretty uninteresting at this time of the year. The tail end of sales of winter clothes means that most of the bargains are gone, and new stock in many shops has yet to reach the shelves. Not that we were buying, but there wasn't much to look at.
We decided to walk into Gumbet to a warehouse where we have previously bought bacon and sausages. Items that are difficult to find in Turkey, and those supermarkets in tourist areas that stock bacon charge the earth for it. And frankly the quality is not worth the price.
On the way we stopped for lunch in one of the few lokantas open during winter. We had chicken shish, with rice, chips, roasted peppers, salad and lots of durum bread, and çay. The total price for the two of us was 21 lira (about 7.70 pounds). These are the best places to eat, and you will find that their prices stay the same even during the tourist season. You can pay a small fortune for a similar meal in the restaurants geared up for the tourists, but with a bit of shopping around it is still possible to eat cheaply and well in Turkey.
The warehouse I mentioned has now opened a small shop at the front of the premises and stocks all sorts of expat delights such as Branston pickle and Birds custard. I bought a kilo of bacon and 20 sausages along with 3 tins of baked beans and some Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce. A few treats to cheer up a miserable winter.
By this time I was feeling pretty unwell so Suleyman collected us and dropped me off at the bus station to get the bus back home.
And that's where I've been ever since...sleeping most of the time.
In between dozing I've cooked and cleaned a little and tried to keep up with washing. One of the control buttons on my washing machine has been loose for a while. But with a bit of fiddling and the occasional use of a small knife, I've managed to operate it. However, it reached the point where it just wouldn't budge, so Mr A got the Beko engineer from the village to pop in on Sunday evening to take a look. I didn't watch him work but apparently he took off the outer casing and stuck the button back in position with glue. Yesterday morning I loaded the machine and switched it on. It filled with water but when it started to rotate the whole machine shuddered violently, started to move across the room and then stopped.
I thought maybe I had overloaded it, so I took some things out. Tried again and the same thing happened. I took everything out and tried again...same response. I washed some things by hand and put the rest of it back in the machine and closed the door, and there it will stay until the engineer can come out to take another look, which won't be for a few days as he is very busy.
Hmm...I wonder if the volume of work is in any way related to the way in which he fixes one simple problem, but at the same time creates a bigger one. Or maybe I'm being unfair and it's just a coincidence.