Rain today meant there was no work for Mr A. There are 15 men in total being collected from this and another village to make the steep climb up into the hills for this hard labour. I mentioned previously that they are being paid 45 lira a day. It is normal practise here to provide transport for this type of work. Mr A tells me that each man is having to pay 2.5 lira each day for the transport, which will be deducted from their wages. It is also usual to provide food but in this case nothing is provided, not even water.
As a result all the men feel exploited, and are not pushing themselves to work as hard as they should. This means of course that the job will take much longer, and they will be paid for a longer period...false economy!
We took advantage of the fact that we didn't have to make such an early start to go out to the industrial estate this morning, so left here at 8.30am. We fed a total of 19 dogs, and also gave the immune booster again to 7 puppies. It was also nice to be able to spend a little more time with them in daylight and see how much they enjoy some human interaction. They know our car now and come bounding towards us when we arrive.
We then drove into Milas to collect two more 15kg sacks of dogfood, and I decided to indulge myself in a little pampering. I've written several times before about hairdressers in Turkey. It's difficult to find one who does exactly what you ask him to do, and if you do manage to get one they invariably up and leave and you have to start the search again. Or the first haircut seems to be pretty good, but subsequent cuts leave a lot to be desired. My last hairdresser in Milas was from our village. First haircut OK, second one not so good, third one pretty bad.
I found another one months ago. He is super, but I was reluctant to write about him after the first visit in case I jinxed it. Today I had my third haircut with him, and he is fantastic. It is actually the cleanest, most modern salon in Milas and I would have expected to pay considerably more than usual, but this is not the case. I had my hair washed, then cut, then dried and checked for odd bits to be trimmed, washed again and blow dried. It was perfect. I then had my eyebrows shaped...waxed, cottoned, plucked and trimmed to perfection, and also a top lip wax. The total for all this was just 27 lira (by today's exchange rate approximately £7.50). Unbelievable isn't it?
Which brings me to the cost of living here....at the moment. The Turkish lira is weak. Today the pound will buy 3.7 lira. I am told this is unlikely to change until after the elections. Although prices have started to rise, we seem to be in a situation where some businesses haven't managed to keep up. Hence the price charged by the hairdresser this morning. The sacks of dogfood have increased by 5 lira for 15kg...not in my opinion a significant increase, I'm pleased to say. Many other everyday items don't seem to have been increased in price. Although for some reason potatoes are ridiculously expensive here right now.
This cannot last, so it's a case of making the most of our lira going further while we can, because you can be sure that when it eventually grows stronger, prices will not come down accordingly!