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Saturday, 31 March 2012

This week....

  The weather has been mostly good.  Warm sunshine, but it has been very windy on top of this hill so I haven't spent a great deal of time sitting outside.

Beki is now fully recovered from her ordeal.  She's back to charging around the garden, barking furiously at every cat or chicken she sees.  The tablets prescribed for her sprained leg, but mostly for her arthritis do come with side effects if used long term.  Having discussed this with Mehmet the vet, he said it was best to only give them when I felt she really needed them.  She had just two this time and they have done the trick.



Whilst Mr A was here for a few days last week  he finished off a bench seat he was making for the garden, which we have placed just in front of the balcony.






I'm not sure if I posted a photo previously of the picnic table he made a couple of months ago, but here it is;




He also made a shelf for the bathroom.  This room is tiny and very much a work in progress that's come to a halt while we decide what to do with it.  The walls are tiled two-thirds of the way up, but the rest still needs to be plastered.  We may decide to make the room bigger by using a bit of the spare bedroom, so we've done nothing further to it yet.

However, before we moved in, FIL had fixed a huge cupboard to the wall.  Far too big for the size of the room and it was dark in there and a bit claustrophobic.  So Mr A took the cupboard down and replaced it with his shelf.  It's so much brighter in there now.

The cupboard has of course been recycled.  The doors were removed and it's now become a shoe cupboard on our balcony.





And here's Mr A checking out his father's land down in the village, before returning to Kusadasi.




He's back home again today, just for a few days.  As usual, he's out in the shed again, making more useful things with wood.

25 comments:

  1. Happy for Beki and that she is herself again.....barking at her animal buddies. My dogs use to have those arthritic pills also, they sure did wonders. Sometimes I felt like taking them myself....
    Wow......Mr. A sure is talented. Sure does nice woodwork. I like that picnic table he made, bench looks good to sit with a cup of coffee and read or just watch your neighbours with everyday chores and your gorgeous scenery..
    I think every Turk has some land sitting somewhere like your husband out in the countryside....my husband has some in Bergama that he inherited and it's just sitting there amongst apartment buildings.... can't sell it or build on it because Cleo was supposed to be there and they have to dig for antiquities (GOV'T). I told my husband give me a shovel and I'll dig for something...he mentioned if I wanted to be incarcerated go ahead....AHH and I thought I could find something. LOL.

    Have a great weekend....we are supposed to get some snow eekks!!! tonight.

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    1. Erica, we would like to sell the land really, because we don't have the time to spend on it. We have so much to do to the house to make it waterproof, like re*doing the roof etc. The money from the land would cover this. The problem is that no-one seems to have money to spend on farming land these days.

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  2. Glad Mr. A is home to keep you company - between woodworking projects!

    I do like that bench...

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    1. He's back and forth Fly. He only has groups on certain days of the weeks which gives him a lot of free time. And he hates just sitting around doing nothing. The bench is very rustic, but it fits well with its surroundings.

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  3. You must love that he is so handy. My husband can't do squat!

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    1. Hi skyfighter and welcome to my blog. Mr A hasn't always been so handy. He has quite surprised me with this new talent within the last few months. So maybe there's hope for your husband yet!

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  4. Hi

    I've been looking in on you for a little while now, and really enjoying your chronicles! I'm very familiar with an area quite close to you - the little village of Guzelcamli, where I have a close friend and have spent many wonderful times. Your blog brings those great memories back to me.

    I love that bench. My other half has also developed excellent woodworking skills late in life. I think he finds it theraputic.

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    1. Hi Holt Immo and welcome

      If my memory serves me well, Guzelcamli is quite near Kusadasi? This is where Mr A is working at the moment. It's about a couple of hours from here by bus. Our village is near Milas. Although this country is so huge, this would be considered to be a short journey!

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    2. It's just down the coast a bit from Kusadasi; my mate's place has a wonderful view across to Samos. Close by Turkish standards!

      It's a strange and wonderful country. I would love to have the time to explore it more.

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    3. Your mate's place sounds lovely. Yes it is a fascinating country. There are still so many places I want to see x

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  5. Good morning Ayak, good to hear Beki is back to normal, and lovely to see these examples of Mr A's work. Mark and I have a phrase we use when something practical needs doing ( beyond the very very simple)... " We better get a man in. " Its going to be interesting when we get back to France in 10 days time, as I have a few "practical" projects in mind. We'll have to see how far we get before we start looking for help !

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    1. Sometimes it's sensible to get a man in. This is Mr A's obsession at the moment, but I think the phase may be coming to an end. Since yesterday he has made a coat rail, fixed it to the wall and it's sloping. He also measured up a space in the bathroom to fit a freestanding shelf unit, spent until almost midnight last night making it...and it doesn't fit...too big.

      Today he's digging the garden

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  6. Oh wow! Couldn't he make and sell them side line?

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    1. KV...see my reply to Janice. I think the novelty is wearing off a bit now. He's losing interest and as a result he's not taking so much care. To be honest I'm a bit relieved. If this carried on much longer I'd have to move out to make room or all of his creations.

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  7. It's good to have a man who's handy, and those photos prove that Mr A really is!

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    1. He has made some really good stuff Jan. I think my last few comments make me sound ungrateful. I'm not, but I would like him to stop for a while and just relax. He says the sawing, sanding and hammering gets rid of his stress..which is good of course..but he never stops for a break (there must be a lot of stress in him that he's trying to get rid of)

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  8. Eventually I would like us to move out of our apartment and get somewhere where I could have a decent sized workshop/shed. That is one of the things I really miss from England.

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    1. Yes I can understand how you feel Peter. This is the first home we've had where Mr A could have his own shed..and he loves it.

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  9. Waa! I want to be in Kusadasi! I bet the hotels nearby have piled up garbage (crates of old bottles, usually) all over my grandmother's verandah again. But the roses might be in bloom!
    Glad to hear Beki's recovered!

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    1. It's still not very warm Deniz. It ought to be by now. I can imagine how you must miss your grandmother and Kusadasi xx

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  10. Perhaps you could lend Mr A to me. I love his work!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    1. I'll see what I can do Maggie :-))

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  11. What a splendid bench, Ayak. Glad Mr A is able to get home at times, especially when he produces such useful items for you.

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    1. It's a good solid bench Perpetua. It will last for years. He really enjoys doing this. It's a hard slog because he only has two electric tools..very small, cheap, sander and saw. If the hobby lasts maybe we will have to invest in some better tools.

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