Yes, it's only been three days since I said I was taking a break from blogging for a while. Thankyou for all your comments on that post. It was nice to know I would be missed a little bit. I have managed to spend a little less time on the internet, and caught up with some much needed sleep. However, the garden still needs some attention. Apart from watering it with a rapidly disintegrating hosepipe (the puppies have been chewing it) I haven't done much else with it.
I did pick a few of the green tomatoes that have appeared and made some chutney. I also pickled some red cabbage. Mr A came home late one night, slept, then went down to the land in the village and picked some apricots so I made some jam. That was a bit of a disaster though, as I left the pan bubbling on the cooker. Went off to do something else and came back to find it had boiled over. The entire top of the cooker was a sticky mess and the jam had burnt and stuck to the pan. I did manage to rescue enough for three jars, so all was not lost.
All the dogs are well. Monty, who has sensitive skin, developed a nasty sore on his neck this week. I'm not sure how it happened. He could have been scratched or bitten by Tommy or one of the pups, but it's more likely he has reacted to the Paraband collar so it has been removed. I had some antibiotic cream amongst my large collection of medication for the dogs, and having used this for 4 days, it is clearing up nicely. I will now need to get Frontline for him as I know he doesn't react to this.
My friend Gwen came over from Selcuk for the weekend, armed with chewsticks for the dogs which she had brought from England. She took a real shine to Tommy and he adored her. In fact he cried at the gate when she left. Bless him.
Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddie are in desperate need of bathing. The soil here is red and with the rain we had in recent weeks they have become very dirty. This is a task which I just can't manage on my own, and will have to wait until Mr A has time.....that could be a long wait, so in the meantime I am brushing them every day, which is better than nothing. He is working around 17 hours a day over in Gumbet, but he is earning enough to steadily pay for the car. If this continues, it should be paid off fairly quickly, then we will be able to save his earnings for the winter.
The puppies are growing rapidly. Every day I have to adjust their collars. They are just adorable. They will be having further vaccinations next week, and as they also seem to be maturing quite quickly, I will have to have Melek spayed, and Chas and Dave neutered quite soon. I am off to see Mehmet the vet today to get a quote for all vaccinations and ops. He always gives me a good price but I think it will be between 450 and 500 lira, and there frankly is no spare money to cover this, so again I am asking for your help. Anything you can manage will be very gratefully received (the Paypal button is at the top of my blog). At the moment, I can't afford to supply any more sacks of food to the industrial estate and village dogs, but I know that they are being fed scraps, so will not worry too much about them until we start the feeding programme again in October. Hopefully by then we will have managed to save some more money.
So it was only a 3 day break, but sufficient to re-charge my batteries. Blogging becomes part of our lives doesn't it? Impossible to stay away for too long!