Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Day Three....

...without water.   It was cut off at 6am on Monday...no explanation.   Mr A asked in the village and was given several reasons by people who actually didn't know why, but the rumour was that it was just for one day.  Later on, he found out from the Muhtar that it would be two days.

Last night we were informed that it would be off again today. Apparently the pump which brings the water down from the mountain is broken, and no-one has any idea how long it will take to fix.  A water truck went around the village yesterday for people to fill up containers with water which is only suitable for washing and flushing toilets.  They didn't get as far as us before running out, so Mr A had to strap containers to the motorbike and drive out to somewhere on the main road to stock up.

Needless to say we are becoming a bit smelly.  Thank goodness for wet wipes.

Our phone line has been dead since last Thursday.  After a couple of days of calling Turk Telekom, we established that the whole village is affected.  As with the water problem, it's apparently a big job and no-one can say when it will be fixed.   At least I have internet...albeit intermittent...as long as I disconnect the phone line from the modem.

So now for the positive stuff.  There are a fair number of lambs being born in the village at the moment.   This one was just three hours old when these photos were taken:

Mr A is continuing to "landscape" the garden and as soon as the top end has been enclosed with chicken wire we will be getting chickens.

I have managed to book flights for April so that I can be in England for Billy's 4th birthday on the 23rd and Jimi's 2nd birthday on the 29th.   Really looking forward to seeing them!

Jimi the artist
Billy's first guitar lesson


Making pizza


 
 


16 comments:

  1. Three days without water is a long time...hope it's back on now. And no phone too? I bet the Water Company cut through the phone lines as they were trying to fix the water problem :)

    April's a lovely time to visit England, can I ask who you fly with, as I never seem to be able to find any cheap flights?

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    1. Hi Lilli. If only it was a water company cutting through the phone lines we'd have someone to blame! But we don't come under a water company or a local authority (beleyide) because we are a village and it all comes under the control of the Muhtar (village head). Still no sign of water though.

      I almost always fly with Turkish Airlines (all flights are via Istanbul of course which takes a little longer) because it rarely works out more expensive. 20kg luggage allowance, all food and drinks included, comfortable seats with plenty of leg room. The airlines who offer low cost flights (not actually so low these days) then add on luggage costs, food, drinks, etc etc, which can often work out more expensive than Turkish Airlines. Also there's more choice of flight times, as there are a fair number of flights every day. And my airport of choice in England is Heathrow, which the cheaper companies don't fly to, as it's only 15 minutes down the M4 to my destination.

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  2. After our problems with 'The Neighbour' I sympathise with the problems of lack of water...though here at least one of the'proper' neighbours sorts it out chop chop.
    More difficult when it's your version of the local authority responsible.

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    1. I wish we did come within the realms of the local authority Fly, then maybe we could complain or hurry things up. The Muhtar I'm afraid is a law unto himself and takes no notice of anyone!

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  3. Oh the joys of country living, Ayak! I do sympathise and from bitter experience. Our phone line is often dicey, even if it's working and our well (our only water supply) has been known to run dry before now. It must be even harder for you as you can't take control of getting it fixed and have to rely on the perhaps arbitrary behaviour of someone else.

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    1. You've hit the nail on the head there Perpetua. It's the lack of control that's so frustrating. It's now after 8pm and water has started to trickle through the taps, although not enough to get excited about and definitely not enough for the long awaited shower!

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  4. Hope your water and phone are restored soon... We were without electricity for several hours. Never did find out whether it was just us or the whole neighbourhood!

    Lambing season is so different here. Friends tell us that lambs are born at all times of year. Just not what we're used to seeing!

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    1. It does seem strange that there isn't a lambing season as such omentide. I only realised when we moved to this village because there are sheep everywhere.

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  5. That's the longest cut I've heard of. Hope it gushes soon.

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    1. The longest cut I've ever experienced BtoB. The trickle is increasing so I'm optimistic...for now!

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  6. As I'm just heading off for a nice hot bath, I shall keep my fingers crossed for you, Ayak....three days is certainly a long time. Let's hope that trickle is gathering force.

    As for those lambs...so cute!! And some lovely photos of those gorgeous boys - guitar lessons already.
    Axxx

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    1. Water was back to normal flow this morning Annie and the first thing I did was take a long shower.

      Billy's dad plays guitar (he's in a band) and Billy has been trying to play his dad's guitar for about a year so they bought him one for Christmas which is more his size, and daddy is teaching him to play.

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  7. I would be beside myself by now about the water but then I'm not as good at that kind of hardship as you obviously are.
    I hope that it gets fixed soon.
    Lovely photos, all of them.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. I haven't always been good at coping with hardship Maggie but it's surprising what you can get used to. I'm happy to say that not only is the water back today but the phone line has been repaired after 8 days.

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  8. Cute photos of your Grandkids...they sure have grown.
    Not sure who's cuter in the photo, you or the baby lamb. :-)

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    1. Thanks Erica...ah the baby lamb definitely!

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