‘aving A Lovely Time – Wish You Was ‘ere!

Having had one of my rising young up-shoots cut down in its prime, closely followed by a kindly meant but spirit-sapping reminder of which end of life’s yardstick I now teeter on, I was feeling a trifle mopey. Encouraging comments on my last post plus the fact that J and I were off to do a bit of exploring helped restore my perspective.

So it was that we left warm and sunny Muğla and headed north towards the Gulf of Edremit, the Kaz Mountains and vistas new. The place we are staying is a little gem, an oasis in a desert of mediocrity – more about it later. What I want to share with you are three moments in space and time, separated by a few hours and a few kilometres.

Here’s the first, taken yesterday, near Edremit:

it starts to rain

. . and then some

. . and then some more

The roads were like skating rinks; running with slurry from a season of dust and oil. 

. . and the second, taken today at Assos. The sun was shining, it seemed like a good option:

. . and then it rained

. . and rained

. . and the third, also taken today. We decided to dry out in the car en route to the historic village of Adatepe – the sun was shining once again, it promised to be . . .

. . rather than wander the historic streets, soaking up the atmosphere, we . .

. . sat in the car and admired the new river flowing down the village street

We slunk out, defeated! On the way back down the mountain we passed Zeus’s altar, the old ‘Thunder Gatherer’ was said to have sat up here and watched the Battle of Troy. I, for one, believe not a word of it, there were times when you couldn’t see 50 metres up the road! When we got back to our idyllic hotel, the sun had shone all day in a lovely blue sky dotted ‘with white fluffy clouds in a cluster, hanging on the breeze to dry.’

There’s a prize for the first smart-arsed comment, but you won’t like it when I squeeze!!

Alan Fenn, Sazlı Köyü

20 thoughts on “‘aving A Lovely Time – Wish You Was ‘ere!

  1. Sir, it seems you were lucky not to have been drifted by the road rivers and floods.. Well.. global warming mate.. We’d rather be prepared for worse.. anyway, the sun will shine tomorrow, I hope.. lets hear what you will feel like in Bozcaada!! 🙂 Cheers

  2. Just when I am planning a trip to this neck of the woods next year you go and put a “damper” on it.Please don’t keep the little spot you stayed at a secret.Trust you are both well and dried out again.Rgds,D+L.

  3. Same thing happened to us the last time we decided to venture north of Izmir. But its not like the northwest of Blighty, only rains twice a year, once for an hour and once for 300 days,

  4. Here in the USA, we have these storms form time to time. Some are very bad. They are called Hurricanes. I’ve been through a few, though I’ve never driven during one.

    The Hurricane I remember best was called Agnes, and we were stuck for a few days, until the roads dried out.

  5. Oof ya! We love this area and go there often but we’ve also been there when it’s rained and we’ve frozen our bums off. We will make a sacrifice to Zeus and request that Bozcaada be nice for you. Hopefully, his vision will improve.

    1. thanks for the intercession – with your connections/proximity to ‘his vicar on Earth’ I’m sure things will improve. We’ve decided to wait for E&M before visiting Bozcaada as their early return changed things this year.

    1. Bloody right they didn’t! Mind you, there was a fancy electronic advert ‘thingy’ at Assos right where we were sheltering and it showed a very accurate weather report – complete with real effects!!

    1. I have to say that in general the main roads are now fantastic – if only the general driving were of the same standard. Ayverlik has been an eye-opener with great patience and good manners being displayed – really refreshing.

    1. Hi Aaran and welcome to Archers. Driving on Turkish roads is always an exciting adventure – they are some of the most dangerous in the world because of low tolerance and high testosterone!

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