...or more to the point, there goes Mr A again. Yes he's off on his travels once more. This time to Kaş which is almost 300km way.
He has been desperately looking for work over the past few weeks, since returning from a fruitless week in Kusadasi where he earned absolutely nothing. He has spoken to a fair number of people in Bodrum and there is work available, but they are talking about beginning to middle of May to start. No-one will commit themselves to a job offer. The tendency is to leave it until the last possible moment...usually the day before, or even the same day.
Mr A has become more and more frustrated, and this morning he received a phone call from someone he used to work for some years ago who has a hamam in a hotel in Kaş and was offered a job to start immediately. Again it's on commission only...10%...but this man says he will guarantee him a minimum amount each month, if necessary making up the shortfall himself. Being my usual cynical self, I'll believe that when it happens.
Neither of us are happy about him being so far away, but the hope is that he may only stay there for a matter of weeks if something suitable turns up in Bodrum in the meantime....fingers crossed that it does.
He's just phoned to say that he is two-thirds of the way there. All that way on a motorbike worries me.
So we had a couple of hours of rushing around before he set off. We went down to see the pups on the outskirts of the village and gave the mum flea treatment, and I will get more worm tablets for the pups because they will need these every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old. We have given the man a large sack of dried food, and he has finished the shelter that Mr A helped him with yesterday, so the mum and pups are safe. We have made sure that the café owner at the industrial estate also has sufficient dried food to last a few weeks, and I will be feeding the dogs in the village.
After having my husband around all winter, it already feels strange to think of him not being here. The fact that he left so quickly didn't give me enough time to get used to it. Of course he goes away to work most years, but this time it's so far away.