Friday, 28 July 2017


I have been amazed over the past few years by the number of new friends I have made, thanks to the internet and social media.  Many of them I have been fortunate enough to meet in person.

We can often think of our retirement years being rather quiet, and even though we keep some friends for many years, we don't always see them as often as we'd like as we get older.

It seems to be working in reverse for me.  I have made a lot of new friends in recent years, mostly in my age group.  I've also rekindled friendships with those I haven't seen for many years.

A lot of my recent friendships have been made through blogging but also a shared interest in animal rescue and welfare.   I have met up with friends who live in Turkey, but also those who visit for holidays.  I am looking forward to meeting up with more in the near future, and also a lovely new friend in the UK when I visit next month.

So to those of you who are my friends, both new and old, thankyou for your friendship,your kindness, and for helping to make my retirement years much more fulfilling.

Monday, 24 July 2017

I've been gone for some time....

....for more than six months...from this blog that is.   I'm still here, still in this remote village, still looking after my 12 rescued dogs at home, still helping to care for dogs in the village and at the sanayi.

Kaya (my husband) does most of the work with the dogs at the sanayi, mainly because he opened a car valeting business there last November and he is there every day.  Business could be better...much better...but we are muddling through, and to be honest Kaya enjoys being there with the dogs so we are hoping things will pick up with the business so he doesn't have to give it up.  Should that happen, the dogs won't be forgotten of course.  We have been feeding them there for several years now, so that won't stop.

So, catching up on what's been happening over the last six months.   Day to day life hasn't really changed.  I visited my daughter and grandsons in England in March and will be going to see them again on 22nd August for two weeks.  Something I am very much looking forward to.  It will be the first time I've actually managed to see them in summer.  When Kaya was working in tourism, he was away most of the time so my visits had to be out of season.   Fortunately, he is close enough to home to be able to pop back to feed our dogs while I'm away.  I will certainly be glad to get away from the intense heat and humidity.

I had a visit from my cousin last month.  We last saw each other 15 years ago when her father, my uncle, died.  She is a year younger than me and we were very close as children, but she moved away and we had about 40 years or so to catch up on!   It was her birthday last week and her daughter booked and paid for her flights to visit me again in October.  The weather will be cooler and it's hoped we can see more of the country this time.

It's just over a year since the attempted coup here and we are still in a state of emergency.  Life has changed for so many people, although I would prefer not to go into details (it's best to avoid talking about such things) but life for most of us goes on as normal.

Last week there was a big earthquake in Kos and Bodrum.  We were lucky not to be affected by it.  It was felt down in our village but not here at the top of the hill.  Those of us who have lived here for some time, take it in our stride.  Certainly friends in Bodrum, who spent a couple of days and nights mostly outside their homes, dealt with it all in good spirits and humour.

My Facebook page AYAK'S ANİMALS (Rescue and Welfare) has taken over from my blog and anyone wishing to follow our work with dogs and cats, please feel free to join.

I am hoping that I can get back into blogging again.  I miss it, but lack inspiration most of the time, so I'll see you again here when the mood takes me.

Thursday, 5 January 2017


 A friend just posted this photo on Facebook, with no comment.  It didn't need one.   The great Ataturk did so much for this country and gave it's people such hope.  I wonder what he would think of the country today.

Today, after yet another senseless attack, there is an overwhelming feeling of sadness.   There is also fear, because no-one knows where or when something else will happen.

I have been saying for so long that it's still safe to come here, but after today I don't feel I can keep repeating these words.  I personally don't feel fear.  At my age, fear seems to take a back seat.  Every day is a bonus, and I believe in fate.  When my time is up so be it.  I've had a decent innings and I'm grateful.

I feel a sense of strange anticipation (if that's the right word) more than fear, because no-one knows what will happen next.  I also feel sad that I won't be able to encourage my daughter and grandsons to come here to visit.  Why would I even contemplate putting them at risk?

I'm not religious.  If I were I would be saying "pray for Turkey".  Prayers don't help.  They don't stop people dying.  But if prayers give some people comfort, then fine go ahead and pray.

This is a big country.  In most places life will go on as normal, as it will for me.  I'll still be feeding dogs and cats and not venturing much further than the nearest town for shopping.  I'll still be asking my neighbour Sevke to stop letting her chickens into my garden, or Dursune to stop allowing her baby donkey to run riot up and down the road, making my dogs bark!

It's a simple life, with very little excitement, which suits me.    What is going on in the rest of the country though fills my mind with incredible sadness.

 I just want it to stop.  I'd like to feel optimistic again, and see this country return to some semblance of normality.

Rest in Peace all those who have died and great sympathy to those they have left behind.