You might recall my last blog post when I talked about the need sometimes to escape (HERE) and of course I spent nine days in England from the 4th to 13th and had a lovely time. It was wonderful to have time with my daughter and grandsons, having not seen them since February.
The boys are growing and changing all the time and I miss them so much. It's really difficult to say goodbye. I'm hoping it won't be too long before I'm able to see them again.
I do find the travelling exhausting, and never sleep well in a different bed. I was also very stressed about one of the sanayi dogs, Elif, who had been badly injured in a traffic accident. In spite of my insisting she be put to sleep, the vet disagreed and wanted to operate. To cut a long, sad, story short, she was kept at the clinic for several days and Kaya removed her and took her to Mugla. All this happened whilst I was away so it was constantly on my mind.
The Mugla vet hoped to operate but promised that if there was no improvement he would euthanise her. She waited another week and eventually the decision was made to end her suffering. It should have happened sooner of course, but at least she is now at peace.
An enthusiastic welcome awaited me from the dogs, and also Kaya (although I think maybe he was relieved that I had returned to clean the house, do the washing, ironing, etc...he does his best, but men, and in particular Turkish men, don't find household chores easy!).
He has been busy in the garden though, and there are repairs to be undertaken to the fencing around the big dogs' area which were damaged during strong winds. In fact, Melek, Chas and Blondie managed to escape through a gap which was quite worrying. However, they returned none the worse for their adventure.
Kaya is still not working and there are no jobs around. He has wanted to get out of tourism for some time now which I think, in the current situation in Turkey, is a good idea.
We made a decision to sell the car, and stick with the motorbike. Not an easy decision but financially it makes sense. It also means that Kaya is hoping to start up a small business with the proceeds of the sale. I won't talk too much about that at the moment as I don't want to tempt fate, but he is not someone who will just sit around waiting for something to fall into his lap. So we'll see how it goes. Fingers crossed.
He also insisted that I have a little of the money for myself. So that, together with a gift from a friend, will enable me to go to Izmir for a two day break on the 28th. It's something I've been hoping to do with my dear friend Fleur, and we had been making provisional plans. So the hotel is now booked...with a request for a bath of course, and we are really looking forward to it.
Thanks to gifts over the past month or so, we were able to settle vet bills and stock up with food, and to all those who have given...you have my most grateful thanks.
We will of course have to stock up again soon, so if anyone would like to help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send me a message on Facebook (the link to my group page is on the sidebar).
Have a good weekend everyone xx