Wednesday, 24 October 2012
I still love to watch the sun rise, whatever the weather. On the balcony with my first coffee of the day.
And the wandering nomad has returned. Yes Mr A is back. He's only been away in Antalya for a couple of weeks. Work hasn't been very rewarding for him this year. I've actually lost track of where he's been this season. So much travelling here and there to try to earn money. Every year we live in hope of him coming home with pockets full of cash to see us through the winter months, but it rarely happens. This year is no exception.
The only advantage to him being away from home so much, is that wherever he is, he has a bed and he is being fed and earning just enough for his everyday needs. This means that I take responsibility for myself and I'm pretty good at leading a frugal life.
He hates being in this situation and it hurts his male pride to have to ask me for anything.
There may be a job lined up for the beginning of December, but it's a little uncertain at the moment. In the meantime, we needed to think of something for him to do now. He has in past winters bought supplies of Mesir Macunu and travelled around the villages to sell it. It's very popular with Turks, particularly as winter approaches, because they truly believe it cures all sorts of ailments. It's difficult to find in shops outside of Manisa so it's fairly easy to sell it locally and produce a profit.
So we decided to spend a few hundred lira on supplies. Mr A spent time on the phone yesterday organising an order, which the company said would arrive by cargo today.
Later in the afternoon, the company rang to say that the order was ready for despatch. However, they couldn't find a cargo company to deliver it before Kurban Bayram. Bayram doesn't start until Friday. Today is Wednesday. Cargo companies have decided to extend the holiday and are apparently closing at midday today. So we will now have to wait until towards the end of next week to receive supplies.
It kind of reminds me of how this extending of holidays has occurred in the UK. Anyone else remember the days when we finished work on Christmas Eve and returned the day after Boxing Day? And when New Year's Day wasn't a bank holiday? Now the two holidays have blurred into one, resulting in more than a week's holiday. Looks like Turkey may be following suit.