Friday, 4 May 2012
Back to reality and not taking anything for granted
Unfortunately it's also very humid and we really need a storm to clear the air.
The UK has a hosepipe ban. Ridiculous really considering the amount of rain that fell when I was there. But at least when you turn on the tap you get water. It's a different story here. The start of summer brings the regular water cuts. Since I returned the water has been off for around 4 hours every day. It wouldn't be so bad if they switched it off at the same time each day, so you could plan when to shower, switch on the washing machine, do the washing-up and water the garden. But that doesn't happen.
I managed to do a lot of washing throughout Monday night as I couldn't sleep. Just as well as the water went off early on Tuesday. But the garden has been neglected. So I was up as soon as it started to get light this morning. I spent nearly two hours giving it a good soaking. I was just about to take a shower. Turned on the tap...and nothing.
And ticks seem to be a big problem this year. Beki and Poppy picked up quite a lot while they were staying with Gwen in Selçuk. I have showered them, frontlined them, and they also have flea collars. But every time they go out in the garden, they are picking up the odd one. The tick treatment is working up to a point, so the ticks will drop off or are easily removed. But these nasty little creatures seem immune to whatever you use to deter them.
Mr A says there is something he can get to spray the garden to get rid of them, but he is so busy at the moment that I'm not sure when he will be able to get home.
If anyone has any ideas or solutions for ridding the garden of ticks, please let me know.
It looks like the dogs and I will be confined to the house for the next couple of weeks, to avoid the ticks and also unwanted attention from the male dogs of the village, as Beki is in season.
It should give me chance to spend time on the internet. Although I have had connection problems every day, and we are also getting regular powercuts.
So this is my reality...never taking anything for granted.