My daughter arrived on Sunday evening, not as much of a nervous wreck as I expected her to be, after attempting to conquer her fear of flying. OK she didn't actually enjoy the journey, but she managed to get here!
We haven't done much yet. Actually we may continue to do very little for the rest of the week. She is exhausted and really needs sleep and relaxation.
I thought that she may be bored here, and had made a few plans for day trips. But we've only managed Milas market for a couple of hours today, a pide for lunch, and wonderful coffee in a newly opened Lavazza cafe in the town. Other than that, she is relaxing, reading and sleeping.
Having lived in this village for more than three years now, I seem to have taken if very much for granted. I often moan about being isolated. In fact I whinge a bit too much about my life here.
I was very surprised when we arrived home with my daughter at the enthusiasm she had for our environment. She said "Mum, I never imagined you lived in such a fantastic place". It stopped me in my tracks. I started to look around me again, almost with fresh eyes. Yes it is fantastic. The view from our house is to die for. The people of the village are so friendly, welcoming and helpful. My daughter hasn't visited me in Turkey for 11 years, and then it was when we lived in tourist areas. This village is like nothing she has ever experienced before, and she loves it. She definitely intends to return next year with my grandsons, because she knows they will love it too.
I am delighted by this. My attitude has changed over the past couple of days. I am at last very grateful for what I have here.