Punched, Bored Or Countersunk!

A couple of posts back I put you in the frame about the secret hideaway at the other end of the Rabbit Hole that J and I had just acquired. In it you learned how quickly things can evolve here in Turkey if you have a good attitude backed by a fair wind. This post takes this little voyage of adventure a bit further forward as we pick up the Trade Winds and ride the rollers of good fortune. Enjoy the trip, we are – sort of – most of the time!

sailing the trades

I’m not being a grumpy old fart by voicing that, just saying that sometimes the pace of things can leave one gasping and spinning around rather like the effects of that first, illicit fag behind the bike shed.

Anyway, having sorted out and paid for the steel that will form the framework for our wooden cabin, we agreed with our usta/craftsman that we would come back for an inspection visit about halfway through this phase of the job. We arrived, parked up on our neighbour’s plot and, with great anticipation, stepped through the hedgerow for our first view . .

cabin trip 1

we both thought ‘Blimey, it looks like an apartment block!’

cabin trip2

side elevation

cabin trip4

checking the measurements – again!

cabin trip3

rooms with a view

Shortly after we arrived the head of forestry for the province turned up and introduced himself. He congratulated us on our project and then got into conversation with J who told him of our hopes and plans for the plot with fruit and nut trees and a ‘dragonfly’ pond. Such was her enthusiasm that the forestry department have offered to supply us with all the trees we need – free!

Next came lunch, a BBQ of a whole, roast lamb at the beach for everyone thanks to the father of our young usta. Also present, along with the forestry guys, were the village muhtar/headman and a provincial governor. A new project (nothing to do with us) to plant a forest of acacia trees to help the village with honey production was agreed. Turks really know how to network!


Acacia Honey – reputedly the best

Next day was pretty frenetic as we were taken to the forestry depot to pick out the wood we wanted for inside and outside the cabin. Then it was off to the showroom to choose shower, toilet and washbasin. That was followed up by various visits to select roofing material and insulation, rock-wool for walls and ceiling and a special type of foam for underfloor.  Oh, and before I forget, we managed to fit in a trip to Eğirdir Lake for a scrumptious meal with our main man and his wife – two people we love dearly.


that’s us, right by the little harbour

In the midst of all this mad activity, and my occasional outbursts of exasperation at my inability to keep so many balls in the air at once, was Sue. Sue is J’s long-time friend who has been on a two week visit that I’m sure she thought would be a calming and relaxing experience.

What can I say, Sue? I don’t know if I’m punched, bored or countersunk – join the club – ‘Burası Türkiye’ – ‘This is Turkey!’ Above all, never let anyone tell you that Turks are lazy or that you can’t get things done here – ever!

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü – this side of the Rabbit Hole!

14 thoughts on “Punched, Bored Or Countersunk!

  1. Alan and J, Our hats are off to you, really! The idea of juggling all of those balls AND in another language – we’ve done some of that so we know how very difficult it is. But then, we came to our senses and retired! Don’t you think it’s about time for you, too? In the meantime, looks like your dream cabin is well on the way to coming true. Congratulations.

    1. There are times when my head feels ready to explode trying to keep focussed. The great thing is that at the present rate the job is going to be finished in double-quick time. There will be more trips back to the plot – with luck they will not be quite as frenetic.

  2. Wow! that’s amazing and I’m really pleased for you both on how it’s all working out and I know you must be over the moon. You couldn’t have picked a nicer place and every one helping you are just great.

  3. Bet there aren’t many people who can say they’ve embarked on a building project (anywhere) and have had such a good time doing it. Lovely how everyone is helping – and networking 😉 – and sure it’s gonna look great when it’s all finished. Got Eğirdir on our radar for 2016 by the way. 🙂

    1. The way neighbours and others who were unknown to us just a short time ago are weighing in and helping to make things happen – sometimes it feels like a whirlwind! You’ll love the area around Eğirdir – don’t miss the smaller lakes like Kovada just south of it.

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