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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Are we there yet?

What I really mean, is winter here yet?  It ought to be by now, but it's still too warm.

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.


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30 comments:

  1. I've got my cardie out but that's the only concession to the month of November I've made.

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    1. Well since I posted this morning we've had some more rain BtoB, and the temps have dropped by a couple of degrees, but it's still warm.

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  2. Hi Ayak - I'm smiling at the similarities in local behaviour and what will make you ill (or kill you! Draughts definitely near the top of the list, or going out without a scarf round the mouth!)
    Keep cool in your own way - but I do hope the mosquitoes die off soon - seems like the only really good reason to hope for chilly weather.
    Axxx

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    1. The old wives' tales are quite amusing Annie. They take them so seriously. I don't mind if it gets a bit chillier if it means the mozzies disappear.

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  3. Problem is, if it stays mild, all the things the cold weather should kill won't be and next summer the insects will be awful.

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    1. You have a point KV...I hadn't thought of that!

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  4. We should be under non stop deluges of rain by now...and we're not. The trees decided it was summer a couple of weeks ago and are coming into bloom....and we're picking coffee in the sunshine!

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    1. It's crazy weather everywhere Fly. I'd normally be sweeping up leaves by now, but they are still green and on the trees.

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  5. well here you wont know what the weather is going to be like lol. one day cold and snowy next rain and the next sunny and warmish totally confusing xx

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    1. Well greygirl, I guess I will need thick jumpers, boots and an umbrella. Better think about getting them out of storage!

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  6. I do love to read these little tastes of what its like to live in your area of Turkey!
    I would feel forced to open windows though..... if there were smells! Hah!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    1. Ah Maggie...I have attempted to open windows on the dolmus before now. It's not a popular move I can tell you!

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    2. Definitely agree on that. I tried only once and was immediately stopped by a herd of teyze.

      I worry about the fact that cold weather kills the vermin in the gardens and that this warm weather just seems to be encouraging agressive flies. But on the other hand, with the price of coal rocketing, it is good for the wallet!

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    3. I love a "herd of teyze" Vicky!

      Coal is so expensive now isn't it? We haven't bought any since we moved here because we had a lot of wood to burn in the soba, but it's running low now, so I'm hoping it doesn't get too cold. It's a worry about vermin though.

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  7. I laughed out loud at this post - you're quite right about the 'making you ill' thing! I had headache the other day and MIL said it was "because the seasons are changing"... nothing to do with the TV blaring away and everyone shouting above it then ;)

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    1. Of course it's all to do with the weather Lilli...I'm sure you realise that by now lol!

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  8. Your post has also made me smile: all those Turkish fears that you will catch cold which for us Brits are really nothing. We at least don't have mozzies here in Istanbul but today it did indeed feel 'cold'! But we don't have the heating on yet which is quite amazing for this time of year. Difficult to know what to wear....

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    1. Hi Claudia. It is amazing that it's still so mild. At least it's saving on heating costs. I'm up at 5am this morning, it's still dark, but warm enough to sit outside.

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  9. A group of us went to Gullubahce today to see the women's carpet making co-operative. I was the only one without a raincoat, though I was wearing my jacket. It was blustery. We have shut the doors and windows at home, but I'm still sitting here in a t-shirt.

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    1. I did actually short the doors and windows last night but mostly because the wind was strong and blowing dust into the house, but this morning they're all open again. I can't remember such a mild November.

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  10. This is one of my favourite posts....b/c it is so close to home for me. The first time years ago I went to Turkey and asked for ice in my Coke the waiter looked at me like I was a 'space cadet'. I asked my husband what is his problem and he told me it's supposed to be winter and you are drinking ice, hehehehe....one day it was 29 deg Cel. in March still and I wore a t-shirt well my MIL wouldn't let me out of the house b/c again it's winter....I could go on with so many of these stories. Here it's below zero temperatures and lots of snow and we still have ice, ice cream, open windows and light jackets, etc......
    Last night here it was -5 deg. Cel......love the cold weather when sleeping. Take care and enjoy the sun. XXXXX

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    1. I thought you might well have experienced some of this on your visits Erica. I also like it cold when I'm sleeping. I always have the window open in the bedroom. Now you of course know what REAL cold weather is like!

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  11. Loved reading your post, you've read us Turks so well!:)-though living abroad, I think I am a bit better now, not overly wrapping my children!!:) Do enjoy the mild weather though, I de-iced my car's window in Surrey, brr!!

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    1. Hi Ozlem. I've had to smile this week as neighbours have passed by the gate wrapped up well, while I'm still in my summer clothes. They look quite shocked at my sitting here in a t-shirt. Oh don't get me started about the over-wrapping of children! Particular babies in mid Summer...I get quite concerned about that!

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  12. I do love it when I'm sitting by the pool at the end of Ocotber and Mustafa who does my pool comes round and he's wearing jeans, a jumper, a fleece jacket and a hat and I am there in my bikini!!!!

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    1. I guess it's all relative Auntieg. When you think of how hot it is in mid-summer, it can feel a bit chilly when the temps come down to the mid-20s.

      I'm sure Turks think foreigners are quite mad.

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  13. I can't speak about Turkey, Ayak, but in France, as soon as September comes, out come the jumpers and jackets, however warm the weather. If it weren't for the mozzies, I'd say long may the warm weather continue. You'll save a fortune in heating costs.

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    1. Well of course I tempted fate Perpetua, because it's windy today and cooler, although it's just after 5pm here, getting dark and it's still 20 degrees...so not bad..but hopefully cool enough to send the mozzies packing!

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  14. this draft thing drives me crazy. my wife didnt allow me to open any windows in the middle of summer because, the draft cold have made our new born son ill. but she was really overdoing it and finally even MIL said there is nothing wrong with opening a window now and then :)

    on the other hand, even though you are right that the winter doesnt seem to be coming, we have been leaving the heat open for some time now. and this time, i am with my wife, because even though the sun is still furious, the weather may drop drastically as soon as the sun goes down. and this may really make our son sick.

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    1. Hi jedilost. It's strange how different cultures have different views on this isn't it? I have always believed that if a house is too warm for example and there is no fresh air from open windows, then you are more likely to get sick because the warm air is a breeding ground for germs. I always feel concerned when I see small babies here wrapped up in so many clothes even in the middle of summer. I feel sure that can't be good for them. I always sleep with the bedroom window open all year, and even in winter I don't have heating in the bedroom, because that makes me feel sick.

      We are all different in our views...I really don't know which are right or wrong!

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