It took me 16 hours to get home, with a flight on Sunday night from Heathrow to Istanbul, then the domestic transfer to Bodrum on Monday morning.
Travelling Business class (thanks to a free ticket with my airmiles) made it a lot more bearable than usual. Turkish Airlines use the Lufthansa lounge at Heathrow which is very pleasant and provides the usual array of food and drinks. I had a 5 hour stopover in Istanbul, having arrived at 4.15am. Even though the THY website states that the lounge is open at Ataturk airport at 4.00am, it doesn't actually open until 5.00am.
This time I used the lounge in Domestic departures. As usual security in Turkish airports is more than thorough. I asked where the lounge was and was told to go through the security x-ray machines to domestic departures, which I did. However, it wasn't there, but back where I had come from, so after much discussion one of the security men let me back through.
I went down in a lift and through another x-ray check to get into the Lounge. It was very comfortable and well equipped with free wifi and beverages. However, getting out of the lounge and back to Domestic departures wasn't so easy. There seemed to be no way to achieve this, and I asked several times, and was eventually directed outside the building. I then had to walk several hundred yards to the entrance to the Domestic building, where I went through another xray check. Then to departures....and yet another x-ray check. (Note to self: if flying business class again in the future DO NOT use the Domestic business class lounge).
I finally arrived at Bodrum airport around midday, where Mr A was waiting...and home to a very enthusiastic welcome from all my dogs. I was quite tired by this time but unable to relax so spent the day putting washing through the machine and generally tidying up. I had the start of a cold, a parting gift from Jimi, and was finally in bed and asleep by 8.00pm. When I got up at 6.00am on Tuesday the cold was much worse so most of the day was spent in bed. I am feeling loads better now though.
Mr A has been unwell during my time away and has had several trips to the hospital. He has to have an ultrasound on Friday, and then possibly further treatment, so as yet we don't know what the problem is.
He did, however, manage to complete the shelter for the pups kennels, and he has been to feed the village dogs and those at the industrial estate every day. There are around 12 or 13 dogs in the village and approximately 25 at the industrial estate.
As you can imagine, we are getting through a considerable amount of food, and as usual I am very grateful to all of you who have donated. This feeding programme is ongoing so if we are to continue to help these dogs survive, particularly during the winter months, more donations are needed. Any amount, no matter how small, is very welcome. It all helps. (You will find the Paypal button at the top of this page).
Thankyou to all of you who follow my blog and your words of encouragement, which are very much appreciated.