Eski Ağustos

Over the last few days we have gone into the period the Turks call Eski Ağustos or Old August. It brings the change from the bright, hard summer light to a subtle gentler light that casts a beautiful golden hue over everything, particularly when it rises and sets. The position of my house, on the east side of the valley, means the sun comes up behind the house and I can see the sunlight hit the top of the mountain on the west side and then travel across the valley floor towards me and eventually across my garden. It is a truly beautiful time of year to sit on my veranda and have a morning cup of tea or coffee and watch the golden light bring the valley to life. I’ll take a few photographs tomorrow and show you.

The last couple of days we’ve had a lot of low cloud and it has been very humid but a lot cooler, only up to about 28 or 30ºC (80-90º F).

I’m going go down to Kas in the pick-up today for a bit of shopping and some bags of cement. It seems like it’s time to start working again now and I have lots to do. I’ll pop in to see Ibrahim in the little garden centre and see if he has any nice fruit trees, there are a couple of spaces in the garden at the back where the almonds failed.

The Empress Tree seedlings are still doing well, there are eight showing now.

I am making some Orange Wine that a friend gave me the recipe for. Never made wine before so I don’t know exactly what I’m doing or what will happen (nothing new there then!) I’m just following the instructions. The fermentation seems to be slowing down now and it has started to clear a bit so it might be ok. The wine that my friend made is really nice so I hope mine turns out to be similar.

Time for breakfast now.

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Posted August 26, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

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