Yes I do sometimes feel like I'm cut off from the rest of the world, particularly when Mr A is away. It seems that if there are any problems to be dealt with, they always materialise when he's not here.
I called into the vet's at the beginning of the week to collect a booster vaccination for Tommy. I have given injections to the dogs before so am used to it. However, Mr A has been doing them recently and is quite an expert. When I attempted to inject Tommy, at the last moment he jumped. The needle didn't go in, and the vaccine shot out all over the place. So another trip to Milas was made on Wednesday to collect more vaccine.
The weather has been pretty awful all week. A couple of storms, rain, wind. I caught the bus in between showers and hoped I could get there and back without getting wet. Big mistake. As I came out of the vet's there was a flash of lightening, a huge clap of thunder which almost knocked me off my feet, then torrential rain and hailstones. My umbrella was a total waste of time.
The roads flooded rapidly and I was up to my ankles in water. Traffic passing was going way too fast so I was soon drenched from head to foot. I struggled onto the dolmus, and sat dripping water all the way home, leaving a huge puddle on the bus when I got off.
I decided to leave the vaccine in the fridge until next Wednesday, as my friend David is coming over and I thought it wise to get someone to hold Tommy and avoid another wasted effort. He phoned to say he had found some sacks of dog food at Tansas at a good price so is kindly bringing over 4 sacks for me.
On Saturday it was very windy here, reaching gale force as the day went on, interspersed with a few showers. Lots of plant pots were blown over, garden furniture had to be tied down, and worst of all I lost my internet connection. It may not seem the end of the world to most people, but for me it's a lifeline when I'm here on my own. I reported it to TTNet early yesterday morning and they said an engineer would phone me. No-one phoned and I reported it again 7 hours later. I managed about 2 minutes of connection every couple of hours, but finally gave up on it last night. Mr A phoned some friends in the village and it seems everyone has been affected, and even though it is back on this morning, it's likely to be off again some time today when the engineers will be in the village to sort it out.
I did realise late yesterday afternoon, that even though I'm isolated, I can get help if I need it. Mr A erected a shelter over the pups kennels, but the strong wind had ripped through one side and it was about to fly away. Mr A phoned two friends in the village and within 10 minutes they were here, and fixed it the best they could, although it's a temporary measure, and will be sorted out later. They also placed some very heavy planks of wood over the top to stop the cover moving. However half an hour after they left, a huge gust of wind actually blew the wood off. Thank goodness the pups were inside their kennel, or they could have been hurt, or worse.
Around 6pm I heard a car pull up outside. I went out to find Mehmet the vet. He knew I was on my own and decided to drop off two sacks of dogfood in case I ran out. He also did Tommy's vaccination and then off he went. This is out of his way, and he is such a busy man, that I was touched by his thoughtfulness. With this food, and the 4 sacks David is bringing on Wednesday, I should be OK for the time being.
It's nice to know that people care, and are so thoughtful while my husband is away. I later received a visit from my neighbour Sevke's granddaughter with a plate of Lokma (Turkish doughnuts) still warm and covered in syrup. They were delicious with a cup of good filter coffee, sent to me from England by the lovely Janice. Thankyou xxx
The weather is calm this morning, just a shower, which has now stopped. Now for the big clean up in the garden.