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  • Christmas Past
    on Dec 20, 2016 in Bodrum in 1997
    In September I met up with Ken Jennings, one half of the Gülsüm Balcony Project. He handed me a small piece recent history; a Christmas Greeting letter I'd sent out in 1997.  I hadn't kept a copy and could hardy remember writing it, but i...
  • Olive oil
    on Dec 13, 2016 in olive oil rules
    "Good oil like good wine is a gift from the gods. The grape and the olive are among the priceless benefactions of the soil and were destined, each in its way, to promote the welfare of man"I agree entirely with the words of 19th century horticultural...
  • Christmas presents
    on Dec 5, 2016 in Lignum Design Bodrum
    It's that time of year again, not my favourite I admit and this year I have little enthusiasm for Christmas shopping. My email inbox is already full of pressure to spend money.  Wouldn't it be nice if everyone ignored this big business push to e...
  • Vine Harvest Festival 2016
    on Sep 5, 2016
    I was expecting great things from the Second Vine Harvest Festival in Mumcular. This year's organisation had lots of support and for once, it was advertised well in advance - several months as opposed to the usual several days - but it turned out to...
  • Turkey Tales
    on Sep 2, 2016
    I'd like to recommend this collection of 16 poems to anyone who has loved and left Bodrum, is still living on the Bodrum Peninsula or has an idea in their head that one day they too will sit on a bougainvillea strewn terrace, sipping iced rakı and g...
  • Who would wish to be anywhere else?
    on Aug 30, 2016
    My first two years in Bodrum were spent sailing the Gulf of Gökova.  Thirty five years later, there is still no better place to be. Crystal clear water that flickers all shades of turquoise as the sun hits. Unspoilt bays Grilled...
  • Stretched
    on Aug 26, 2016
      I haven't completely given in to sloth during these hot months, I am still paying twice weekly visits to The Pilates Studio in Avenue Bodrum to be stretched out on the rack  reformer machine.  I am a late convert to Pilates, hav...
  • Woof Woof
    on Aug 22, 2016 in Dog show in Bodrum
    Sunday could have been a very busy day. Mumcular, our nearest town, was hosting its first traditional Bull Wrestling Festival (just how the first ever event can be classed as "traditional" is beyond me, but the semantics of Turkish has tripped me up...
  • Half and Half
    on Aug 15, 2016
    It's been hot, mind-meltingly hot.  The kind of heat that gives you wet patches on top of your shoulders where the sweat has dripped off your ear lobes.  The sort of hot that makes it imperative that you wring out any bra with a hint of pad...
  • Silent Witness or CSI
    on Aug 14, 2016
    You will have gathered by now that I live in the countryside in the Summer;  it's pretty cut off and folk come out to visit in the daytime but I rarely have company in the evening so I've been catching up with the UK and US TV series that I've m...
  • Carrying on....
    on Aug 9, 2016
    The country I live in and I have something in common: something momentously bad happened in July but we are both carrying on. We can almost pretend it didn't happen as life goes on.Photo thanks to N PiercyLazy lunches are still enjoyed on the terrace...
  • One advantage of living in Turkey - Dying is easier.
    on Aug 5, 2016
    It's been just over a month since my husband's funeral and less than two years since my father's, so I feel I'm in a position to compare Turkey with the UK.  It seemed to take ages to arrange my Dad's cremation; we had 2 visits from the undertak...
  • Back-up plan
    on Jul 30, 2016
    I only had my phone with me to take this shot, you have to look carefully for the stork. There were only 3 frogs in the pool when I got back from Bodrum yesterday which suggests that those I sent on an enforced holiday have not returned, but jus...
  • Frog travelogue
    on Jul 28, 2016
    The consensus of opinion indicates that I should keep my frogs and enjoy them. I would be happy to to do so if they refrained from shouting, pooing and canoodling, but they are at all three all the time to the detriment of the dog's sanity, my sleep...
  • Frog Blog
    on Jul 25, 2016
    Freddie Frog turned up about 3 weeks ago. He obviously realised that there was no longer anyone who knows what they were doing in charge of the pool and decided to swap a muddy village pond, where being trampled by a cow was a constant danger, for a...
  • Turkey - A Contradictory Country.
    on Jul 18, 2016
    I chose 'contradictory' but I could have picked Erratic, changeable, unpredictable, variable, varying, changing, inconstant, unstable, irregular, fluctuating, unsteady, unsettled, uneven; self-contradictory, contradictory, paradoxical; capriciou...
  • Bodrum Live
    on Jul 14, 2016
    No need to walk through Bodrum to find out what's happening, you can watch from your computer.Click on for live web cams.  I'll try and remember to wave as I walk past.
  • Life goes on
    on Jul 12, 2016
    Photo credit - S Hardeman.Life goes on in the village, but the blogging muse is playing hooky. Maybe a G&T with memory inducing rosemary and the first bunch of grapes of 2016 will entice it back. Thank you to everyone who sent condolenc...
  • Gone for Good.
    on Jul 4, 2016
    My husband died once before, in the Spring of 1990.  Our travel agency was doing well; we had caught the beginning of the tourist boom and had, for the first time in either of our lives, some spare cash.  Teo decided he wanted a proper moto...
  • Adversity is unavoidable, staying optimistic is optional.
    on Jun 24, 2016
    It has not been a good day in the BacktoBodrum household.  In a home full of tennis and squash racquets where Nike reigned and we have the cups to prove it, (the latest only arriving on its shelf last September), the arrival of a wheel chair and...