Thursday, 8 November 2012
Are we there yet?
Temperatures are still up in the mid 20s, sometimes a little higher, and I'm still wearing my summer clothes. OK I do try to fit in with the locals, who, as soon as September has gone, start wearing their jumpers and jackets. I put a cardigan on the other day to go into Milas, but was sweating buckets by the time I got there.
The Turks do behave as if it's winter. Some villagers are lighting their sobas, because I can see smoke wafting out of chimneys. The village shop has stopped selling icecream (they say here that you shouldn't eat it in winter because it will make you ill). The dolmus windows are firmly shut (because a draft will make you ill), even though it is stifling with the sun shining on the windows. Not to mention quite smelly, because no-one showers much in winter (in case it makes you ill).
I put the quilt on the bed some weeks ago, because it should be colder at night, but end up kicking it off after a couple of hours. Sometimes when I'm unable to sleep I get up in the early hours and sit out on the balcony...in my winter dressing-gown..which is too warm, but protects me a little from the mosquitoes...yes there are still plenty of them buzzing about..they really should have hibernated or died, or whatever they do, by now.
We did have a storm last night and more rain than we have had recently. Maybe this is a sign that winter is here. But no. It's another warm morning and at 7.00am I'm on the balcony in my summer pyjamas, and the sun is trying to break through the clouds.
It doesn't look like the winter clothes will be needed until I go to England on 6th December. And judging by the weather forecast there, they will be put to good use.
(By the way, the recent interview I gave to Expat Blogs has been published, if you would like to have a look here)