‘Where’ve you been?’ I hear you say, ‘I’ve missed you!’ Huh, pull the other one!

Truth to tell, life just got filled up with stuff – like much loved friends arriving for a visit after too many years; then we were off to the UK for family and SPGB Summer School, sans computer. Before we knew it a month had gone by and, back up here at the cabin, we were buried under mounds of courgettes and tomatoes. You can’t give this sort of stuff away because everyone else is trying to dig themselves out from under as well!

So, what to do – make chutney! Green tom chutney; Red tom chutney; Spicy green/red tom chutney; Spicy garden veg chutney – chutney! 

Oh, and then there are sun-dried toms . .

Hard to believe that 5 Kgs of toms will only fill two medium-sized jars once dried. J stores them in olive oil and adds peppers or garlic and the resulting oil is scrumptious!

Then, of course, we have been facilitating friend Jane Akatay who is producing articles and a book about the region, with the emphasis at this time of year on the wonderful Lisinia Project and the lavender harvest and processing. Lisinia is multi-faceted and is focussed on saving and, when possible, rehabilitating injured wildlife; creating, with the help of government, thousands of acres of organic lavender in cooperation with villagers; cancer awareness and the production of pure, organic products that sustain the project without any outside donations/funding. The Project deserves a post of its own so here are just a few photos:

 

Even the hills in the distance have been recently planted – in a few years the sight and scent is going to be amazing!

Jane with Lisinia Project founder Veterinary Surgeon Öztürk Sarıca

‘Still Life’ with Products

A few of Lisinia’s ‘patients’. There are wolves, wild boar, jackals, storks, various raptors, herons, etc – some will be rehabilitated and released – most have been too badly damaged to ever lead an independent life.

Mother was shot and this lady has no fear of people!

What other excuses have I for neglecting you?

 

Well, we’ve just ‘invested’ in 2xtwo hundred amp hour gel batteries – now, these things are monsters weighing-in at 88Kgs each but they have given us a comfortable excess of power storage. So much so that instead of driving down to Okçular every fortnight we can now tune-in and watch MotoGP up here without fear that the lights will go out!  Then there’s reading – loads of reading. And actually making time to do nothing more than watch the Water Lilies blossom – Life is Good!

Alan Fenn

16 thoughts on “Long Time No See

  1. Lovely to have news of you both. Welcome back. Life looks great. Long may it continue. Best wishes as always. Mary

  2. Alan,

    Whew! makes us tired just reading all that you’ve done. Aferin! The Lisinia project sounds like it’s right up our alley – beautiful native lavender, wildlife rehabilitation, organic food. Yes, you will have to do another post about it. Chop-chop!
    Love to you both, M and J

  3. I was wondering why there hadn’t been a post in such a long time. Now I know. Thanks! Wonderful!

  4. Amazing photos, as ever
    Amazing stories, as ever
    The project for injured wildlife is amazing
    So sad not to have been in Turkey this year….will be back in 2018
    All good wishes to you both
    M

  5. Wow! Looks like you’ll be supplied come winter time with lots of garden goodies. 🙂

    Also, the lavender project sounds really neat. That’s amazing the locals are taking it on! Would love to see/hear more when you have time. Cheers from rainy London

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