Thursday, 26 July 2012
Time for an update
Mr A has been working at a hotel hamam in Yalikavak for the past week. It's not been a good season so far, jobwise. He has been here, there and everywhere for the past few months. He has worked and not been paid. He has had promises that his accommodation would be paid for...and it hasn't. As a result, money has been going out rather than coming in.
So far with the current job, although he isn't earning a great deal, he has accommodation and food. The downside is that he hasn't managed to come home since he started, because it costs too much in petrol.
While he is away I have responsibility for the garden....not good. I haven't a clue what to do with it, so I'm sticking to watering everything. This causes me a great deal of discomfort because in spite of covering myself in clothes and insect repellent, I am still being bitten unmercifully.
We have had a good crop of tomatoes and I have sun-dried some. Actually that's not completely true. I started them off in the sun but they attracted too many insects, so I finished them off in the oven. I have now bottled them in olive oil and garlic. I have also made a large quantity of tomato sauce, with peppers, onions and garlic, and stored this in jars.
I did experiment with preserving them in vinegar. I only did 3 jars, which is just as well because they don't look good so I may have to dispose of them.
I now have a pretty impressive store cupboard containing all the above, along with apricot jam, plum jam, green tomato chutney and spicy apricot chutney.
We have an abundence of grapes and I am thinking about making grape juice...if anyone has tried this, I would appreciate some tips please.
I am eagerly waiting for the figs to ripen. I love fresh figs, and I also intend to make lots of fig jam.
So that's my life at the moment. Looking forward to cooler weather, and also to my visit to see Stella, Billy and Jimi in September.