2016 begins   3 comments

2016 started off with a very enjoyable meal at a friend’s house including good conversation around the table, thank you very much Juliet and David. I would have liked to have stayed longer but had to get back to feed my animals.

I pruned my grape vines at the back of the house with the intention of creating a good crop this year so that I can make some wine again. I also bought two more sapling vines, a nice red grape this time, I prefer red wine but enjoy white too, we’ll see what the quality of the wine will be in a couple of years time.


Talking of wine I saw in the British press that “Dry January” seemed to be high on the agenda for quite a few people and there was a lot of advertising about it. The idea of giving up alcohol piqued my interest so I joined in and went alcohol free for the month. I suppose it did me no harm, I thought I might lose some weight but I didn’t. I didn’t notice that I ate any more but I suppose I might have, I certainly slept better. That reminds me, I bought a new bed last week and it’s really comfortable, I love sleeping in it.

I have also done a bit more to the supporting structure for my wood fired oven outside the kitchen. I’ll have to get another bag of cement and see if I can find some firebricks too. I ought to get on with it since the weather is so nice for this time of year.

By far the most of my time has been spent learning to play my piano. I really get a lot of enjoyment out of learning to play it and I do seem to be learning. I suppose playing it as much as I do something must be going into the little grey cells.

Yesterday my neighbour, Hanife brought her goats into my garden to eat from the new leaves on the bushes, it’s horrible old scrub oak (makilik in Turkish) that grows all over the place here. I wish I could get someone to bring sheep because they concentrate on eating weeds and grass which would be much better for making the garden tidy. Today Hasan, Hanife’s son, has brought their horse to feed on the weeds, it’s not a very big one but my dogs are not happy with it and keep barking, it will save me some work with the strimmer though.


Next door the gardener for my neighbours Celina and Dirk has brought a guy who is ploughing the garden with a horse drawn plough. Very quaint and I’m not sure whether the strange noises and words that he uses  to urge it along and change direction would be appropriate in a posh pony club in UK but the horse understands well enough.

Ploughing 1

As usual when some work is going on there is one person doing it and two or three watching.

Ploughing 2

The village is swathed in almond blossom at the moment, it has blossomed very early this year, wonder what we can infer about the weather for the coming year from that?? We haven’t had much rain this winter and it’s quite a bit warmer too.


At last the almond trees I planted behind my house a few years ago are giving a good show of blossom too.

Posted February 28, 2016 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

3 responses to “2016 begins

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  1. Lovely pictures, and good luck with the gardening. We have similar issues here in Kaplan, near Tire. We have the wonderful almond blossom too. Last winter 14/15 was very, very cold and our vine crop was terrible like most of the village. Hopefully this year will be much better. 15/16 was quite mild. How much do labourers charge per day where you are? It is around 75TL a day here….for example for a gardener. But an Usta can be up to 150. Keep well and smiling.

  2. Hi George, thanks for your kind words. Yes last winter was long, cold and very wet here. Not sure how much labourers charge here now, haven’t employed any for years, except for some help to pave the drive I’ve done the rest myself, keeps me fit but I have had to have some time off to recover from self inflicted injuries.

  3. Are there Ustas in Kaş? Great photos Chris, good luck with the vines. Hope to get in on a taste of your wine. We had 3 days of rain this February compared to 9 in 2015. Very dry year and the spring/summer has come even earlier.

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