Dry spell   Leave a comment

After the rain of October and November we seem to be having a fairly dry spell with only the occasional day of rain. There was some rain this morning but it has stopped now (10.30am) and although still covered by cloud it doesn’t look as if we’ll get any more today. My weather forecasting skills here have been spectacularly wrong however so I still rely on the real forecasters on the Turkish State Meteorological site http://www.meteor.gov.tr/2006/english/eng-main.aspx and their marina forecast system http://212.175.180.128/MARINA/Script_Eng/MF_index.php (you have to click on the Kas button) which seems to be the most accurate of all the weather sites that I’ve seen. Actually looking at that site now it says we will have some rain this afternoon so I’ll put a little note in here if it does. [it did rain, and the next day too]

We could do with some more sustained rain over the country as a whole to top up the reservoirs and lakes because last year was very dry and a lot of people were subject to water shortages. Thankfully here in Çukurba– almost all houses have a reserve water tank for such occasions and I think most village houses in Turkey have them but in the towns and cities they don’t and water is often rationed there. I have a 45 tonne water holding tank under the house so even though I might have to stop watering the garden plants we should still have enough for our own consumption.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the dogs can jump over the fence now. Well they have discovered that there is a lot of fun to be had chasing the wild boar that roam the hill at the back of the house. I let them out in the morning at about 5.30 and then again in the evening about 7.30. You can hear the boar trotting around on the rocks and digging up the soil in their search for food, then when Wilf and Alf get near them there is quite a commotion and lots of sqealing and barking. Once the dogs have chased them far enough they happily come back panting and licking each other. I think they really enjoy it, although I’m having to keep Alf here at the moment because he is limping on one of his back legs again.

I got the drive entrance concreting finished last week and I’m just waiting for it to finish curing so that I can render the walls. I started using that entrance so that the clutch on the car doesn’t have such a hard time of it, the other entrance on Simon’s side is very steep and I don’t like using it really. There is still a bit more of the drive to concrete, and I will have to get on to doing that when I’ve had a little rest from it. You can have too much of a good thing sometimes.

Since I got my new lens for the camera I haven’t been able to do as much photography as I would have liked but the other day I noticed there were a few birds just in front of the kitchen window so I set up my tripod and camera over the sink and draining board to see if I could photograph some. The ratio of good shots to bad was pretty awful but I did manage to get a few that weren’t too bad. Here are a couple of them, they have been cropped pretty hard and so don’t have the best detail but they could be worse.

Robin, obviously pretty well fed! It’s a shame he was in shadow though.

Not sure about this one, I think it’s a female Chaffinch.

Anyway, I need a bit more practice but I’m quite happy with them seeing as they are some of the first bird photos I’ve ever taken. It makes a change from the pets too.

The number of views of this blog is now up to 1651, I’m sure it must be a mistake, there couldn’t be that many people interested could there? But if it isn’t a mistake, thank you one and all, I appreciate your support.

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Posted January 28, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

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