Archive for September 2008

Rossiii !

Congratulations to Valentino Rossi! He is the only person in the world to have won 8 world motorcycle championships in any category. Today at the Motegi circuit in Japan he had a cracking race with Casey Stoner and finished 2 seconds ahead of him to win the race, the world championship and the constructors championship for Yamaha.

I’m working hard these days to get the flat stone laid for what will be my courtyard area. Should start actually laying the stone this week with any luck. No pictures yet, I’ll post some to show the finished article soon though.

Posted September 28, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

Evening flight

Sitting on the veranda this evening having a drink and enjoying the evening when I saw these two aircraft flying towards each other. It actually looked as if they would pass closer than this. The contrails aren’t very long yet, in the summer they disappear altogether because the air is warmer and drier and in the middle of the winter they stretch right across the sky because it’s much damper and colder.

I wonder if they wave to each other?

Posted September 25, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

Soup Kitchen

Well I decided to have something different to eat tonight. It has been quite cool today because of the rain and I felt as though winter was coming on so I made some soup. Roasted Tomato Soup with Puree of Basil and Olive Croutons. Here’s a picture.

Looks good eh? I got the recipe from Delia online.

Posted September 21, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

As forecast   Leave a comment

I was woken in the night by a sound I haven’t heard for about four and a half months. Rain! Well I won’t need to water the garden for a few days now. The Turkish Meteorological Website says it’s in for three days so hopefully we’ll get plenty of it. The only drawbacks are that the dogs don’t get much exercise and I have to be careful of the phone and TV connections because the lightning fries them.

I was going to post a photograph because the rain is fairly impressive but it doesn’t show up well. The sky is very dark which of course means the camera needs a longer exposure and therefore the rain disappears and everything just looks blurred because of it.

The dogs are sitting on the porch looking glum. I will have to go down to Kas tomorrow to get some new polythene sheet to weatherproof the porch again. It worked really well last year and gave them a warm dry place to live without having them inside the house. It would be nice if they could come into the house but their paws get too dirty when it is wet and it would ruin everything they touched.

Well the thunder and lightning has come quite close now so I expect the electricity will go off pretty soon. I’ll have to wait until it passes over to connect the phone line and post this so it might be sometime later. I hope this afternoon is clear because the World Superbike racing is on TV.


One hour later………

Did I say the dogs had to stay outside? Well Wilf absolutely hates the thunder. He is very scared of loud noises and sat at the door trembling so I let them in, big softie that I am. They had only been on the porch so far so their feet weren’t dirty. Wilf came and stayed next to me while I made my breakfast and then sat under my legs while I ate it. He won’t go more than a step away from me when the thunder is booming around, it’s funny because Alf doesn’t take any notice at all. They all went out again when the thunder had passed over. Surprisingly the electricity didn’t go off but the phone line that I had unplugged crackled a few times. A few minutes later Stanley the cat came in miaoing in a very ungentlemanly fashion,,,, he was not happy! He doesn’t like the rain at all. Anyway he settled down to wash himself after he’d had his breakfast.

Posted September 21, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

Clouds   Leave a comment

There have been a lot more clouds here lately which causes some nice colours in the sky in the evenings now. I captured them this evening and here they are.

What I plan to do is go down the Kas road a little way and get some of the sunset proper with the sun actually disappearing into the horizon. One of the advantages of a digital camera is that you can try a variety of settings to get the best effect because you can check each photo as you shoot it with the screen on the back. I wish I could have done that with film cameras years ago, it would have helped no end!

A few weeks ago a light aircraft crash landed in the valley and yesterday a flight of four other aircraft came to have a look at it. They were all the same type as the crashed one, crop sprayer types. Here’s a photo:

Posted September 20, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

Eating, home and away   Leave a comment

When Rob and Samantha were out here on holiday last year Rob told us about a Thai green curry that has become one of his favourite dishes to make. Well they were here again on holiday and so I asked him if he’d like to come up to my place and make one for us all to eat. Jenny and I had made one but it was way too hot and I don’t think we had all the right ingredients then so it was a bit of a disaster really. Anyway they came on Saturday afternoon and Rob made it while Sam and I and a couple of other friends sat and had a chat. Well all I can say is that it was a great success, very tasty and none of it got left for the dogs so WELL DONE ROB, many thanks. We then sat and chatted until late before I took Rob and Sam back down to Kaş.

Unfortunately I didn’t take any photographs of the evening which was a bit stupid of me. During the evening my friend Suleyman rang me to invite me to a barbecue at his place the following (Sunday) afternoon and of course I said I would go.

Suleyman had moved his lorry back a few feet to give space for the table between it and his tractor. There are better locations for a barbecue but this is how we do it in the village and it is no less enjoyable for it. Nebi and Turkan’s son Gönenç was really happy to play on the tractor and you can just see his Mum sitting at the table behind him in this photo.

Suleyman’s previous and present ground floor tenants were there and Nebi and Turkan from Istanbul are enjoying their last week here for this holiday.

It’s a fine photograph of the back of Suleyman’s head, Nebi is next to him and Turkan has the red top on. Suleyman’s wife Hatice is serving up some of the barbecued chicken and Mustafa’s daughter Zeynep is looking up at him. Suleman’s new tenant, Ahmet, is sitting next to Mustafa and Nebi’s mother is opposite him in the white Yasma. Mustafa’s wife Hasibe was helping to prepare the food and is on Suleyman’s right in the picture, she also looked after the barbecue (‘mangal’ in Turkish).

After the meal the children were playing and I noticed them sitting together in front of a cardboard box. I first thought they were playing at ‘shops’ but it turned out they had arranged some different sized boxes to make a computer and even had a mouse with a wire coming from it.

I’m not sure that Zeynep appreciated the grip Gönenç had on her leg and of course like most children’s games it all ended in tears for some reason that the adults never fathomed out.

Minnie the little dog seems to have recovered from her spaying operation and is now back to full fitness. Wilf and Alf are learning to do as they’re told a bit more each day so progress is being made even if it is slow.

Well that’s all for now, there aren’t any more visitors scheduled for a week or two so things will be a bit quieter for a while.

Posted September 19, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

Moon trees

There has been quite a dense blue haze in the air lately which is very bad for most landscape photography but it has given the moon a really nice orange colour as it gets nearer to setting. I went down to Kas early this morning in the hope of getting a good photograph of the moon setting behind the Greek island of Meis which is very close here. Unfortunately things didn’t quite go to plan but I did get a few of the moon so here is one.

It was too dark really to get a good one of the island itself, I’ll have to go down at dusk when there is still some light and then at least you’ll be able to see the silhouette and the lights.
My little trees are growing well and there are now ten of them. I didn’t count the seeds when I put them in so I don’t really know if that’s all or whether there will be some more. Anyway I replanted the bigger ones this morning so they have more room, it was getting a bit cramped in there. It won’t be many weeks before they’ll need to be repotted by the look of it. Here is the biggest one.

And here is the latest one.

Can you see it? I’m really pleased that so many have come up, I’ll be able to have my own forest!

Posted September 10, 2008 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized