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Monday, 4 March 2013

Making progress

Having started out this morning feeling despondent, the day has progressed pretty well, in more ways than one.

We now have a couple of possibilities concerning the spaying of Megan.  Arrangements are yet to be finalised, but it should happen within the next few weeks.   I'll let you know more when the time comes.

Mr A went to see Mehmet the vet in Milas today.  We wanted to check to see if he had dog food (complete dried food) at a more competitive price than that of the pet shop where we bought biscuits last week at 5 lira a kilo.   He was happy to give us an excellent price on a 13kg sack for 35 lira...cost price so no profit for him.   He also gave us spot-on flea treatment for Megan and Sammy, along with vaccinations which we will administer, and worming tablets.   All this at far less than cost price.

Last year we bought a sturdy plastic kennel from Mehmet for Poppy to use on the balcony when we are out for longer than a few hours, but she has never used it.  We paid 70 lira for it, and Mehmet agreed to take it back for the same price.  He will even collect it from us when he is next passing.  We thought it would be a good idea to get a carry bag for Poppy.  They are a bit like a large padded handbag but with a zip along the top and a hole at the side for her head, together with a clasp to clip on to her collar.   The idea is that we can get away with taking her on the bus in one of these...or possibly on the motorbike, between Mr A and I (if we and Poppy are brave enough!)  All the carry bags I have seen so far have been too expensive, but again Mehmet produced one for us at cost price.

So after all this negotiation, we have ended up with all the stuff we need at the moment for Poppy, Megan and Sammy, without having to pay out too much money.

Progress on the internet front.  Well I'll continue to touch wood for now.  I don't want to tempt fate, but it seems to be OK today.  However the phone line is still dead...but you can't have it all can you?

Gazebo taking shape
And much more progress in the garden.   A few days ago Mr A collected bamboo canes from just outside the village and a friend brought them to the house in his truck.  Mehmet our neighbour helped Mr A trim them and they are now fixed to the top of the gazebo.

orange tree and tomato plants
Orange tree
The top end of the garden, where the cats live (there are now 4 by the way) has been completely dug over and Mehmet gave us some tomato plants today which are now in a row.   Mr A also built a beautiful wall around an almond tree at the top of the garden, and I planted an orange tree, kindly given to us by a friend of Mr A's.

Mr A's wall around an almond tree
 
Such a beautiful wall..I had to post another photo!


Tomorrow, Mr A is going to make a start on clearing the area at the back of our house.  The partly demolished outside toilet will be converted into a brick built kennel for Megan and Sammy.  He will also be informing the shepherdess that we are adopting Sammy because she has neglected him.  If she objects, then I will have plenty to say about it.  If we hadn't flea-treated and wormed him, and fed him last year...and also made them untie the short chain on which he was tethered...I doubt he would have survived.  So now he is our responsibility, whether she likes it or not.

20 comments:

  1. Now this has been a day to mark down as a success! What a lot you've achieved - with a bit of help from the odd Mehmet or two. Well done all of you. Axxx
    (And THAT wall really is beautiful and deserves its two pictures.)

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    1. Not a bad day at all Annie. Yes I too think the wall is lovely xx

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  2. That really is a very beautiful wall, I keep looking at it. You are working so very hard, both of you. Take care of yourselves too xx

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    1. I keep looking at it too KV! We are enjoying the work KV...very productive with the animals as well as the garden xx

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  3. The wall is really lovely and I'm so pleased that the two new dogs are going to be OK. You've taken on a lot but I would do the same if I saw starving animals.
    It is a great idea to have them spayed and to prevent all dogs from having unwanted pups.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. Thanks Maggie. It's essential to get them neutered. My goal is to get all the strays in the village neutered. Not sure if I'll ever achieve that but I'll have a damned good try!

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  4. Hi.
    You can reach me on jyolac@aol.com.

    John.

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    1. Thankyou John. Have emailed you at that address x

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  5. Oh this all sounds so much better. I am so pleased. The wall is gorgeous, and the garden is coming along beautifully. It seems Mr A. might have unneccessary shelf building skills, but he is a dab hand at bird houses, gazebos and now walls as well.... a genius. Jx

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    1. It keeps him out of mischief Janice!

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  6. Wow! You and Mr A are getting so much done, this post has a really determined ring to it. The garden's really coming together, it looks fantastic (nice wall, Mr A, ellerinize saglik).

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    1. Thankyou Lilli. We are very pleased with how it's shaping up xx

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  7. I'm very impressed with all this work - We are still planning (only planning) a wider garden path.
    Let me know if you need me re: Megan.

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    1. Now is the perfect time for re=doing stuff in the garden BtoB. Reasonable weather and not too hot.

      Just waiting to hear back some more news re Megan and will send you a message on Facebook later xxxx

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  8. \garden looks fab and good on you with the dogs you are one kind hearted person xx

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    1. Thanks greygirl. I know you would do the same xxx

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  9. Sorry to be late catching up with this, Ayak and glad some progress is being made. It's so frustrating when things we rely on don't work as they should.

    That wall is a work of art and I love the idea of planting an orange tree (and tomato plants in March!) Sammy and Megan are so lucky to have found you.

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    1. Hi Perpetua. I'm thankful that I at least have internet some of the time! The phone is still dead though.

      Apparently the tomatoes will be ready in two months, which will be lovely. Sammy and Megan are no trouble. They continue to wander the streets every day, but at least I can make them safe from disease and more pregnancies and they are fed.

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  10. Megan and Sammy are lucky, lucky to have found you, now their lil' life will be more enjoyable.
    Everything is looking good....love the orange tree. So nice to have one in your garden, are you also going to plant a lemon tree later?
    ...late in reading this, for some reason I seem to be busy with all sorts of things going on.
    Take care. E.XXX

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    1. Hi Erica. We already have two well established lemon trees in the garden, so it was nice to get an orange tree as well. Not sure if we will have fruit this year but the orange blossom will be something to look forward to.

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