Early the following morning (yesterday), I attempted to phone Mr A. Not possible. Vodafone had blocked outgoing calls and text messages. Great. So much for customer service. I had half written the letter to them, and was about to complete it and post today by express delivery. I'm not going to bother. What's the point? They can chase me for the unpaid bill and take me to court if necessary.
In the meantime, I have a new sim card from Turkcell, on pay as you go, which has now been activated. I am back to where I was before and I'm happy with that. Only one thing though...all the campaigns giving free calls and texts which I took advantage of before, being a longstanding customer with Turkcell, are not available to me now. I am of course being treated as a new customer. Big lesson learned!
Mr A is now in permanent employment (well as permanent as it can be here). After the job with Suleyman didn't work out, he then went to a hamam in Yalikavak. I mentioned before that he was having problems taking his commission from the boss and this problem continued. Eventually he squeezed the money out of him with threats and set off to work at his third option...a hotel hamam in Gumbet. Touch wood, this seems to be OK at the moment. He has been there for 4 days and no problems. Although it's still commission only, he has been given a contract and his insurance will be paid. The boss has given him free reign, and he has resolved some existing problems with the hamam such as hygiene, staff clothing, etc, making the hamam cleaner and more professional. The boss is extremely pleased with this. Fingers crossed this one will last.
This week I have managed to make two large pots of apricot jam with some of the fruit from our land in the village. Also some apricot puree which is great over icecream or yogurt, or mixed with soda or lemonade as a refreshing drink.
Our tomato plants are like a jungle and we've had to cut them back to prevent them taking over the garden. Last year's crop wasn't too impressive. There were plenty of tomatoes but they seemed a bit tough. So I decided to start using some of the green tomatoes and this week I have made seven jars of green tomato chutney. It's delicious.
The dogs continue to thrive. Megan is an absolute softy and very obedient. This is helped by the fact that she is in the garden and balcony and I have more control over her. Sammy and Blondie, although having settled well and are clearly happy, are a little more difficult to train because they are in the area at the back of the house. They need to have more human contact, so within the next few weeks we will be placing fencing along the driveway cutting off the part of the garden that we want to keep dog-proof. Once this is done, they will be allowed in here with Megan and Poppy. The gate to the area at the back of the house will remain open and they can come and go as they please.
Blondie is getting bigger. And continues to grow. She may not end up as big as the huge kangal in the photo I showed in a previous post, but she is going to be VERY tall.
|Blondie when she first arrived|