Been a bit desultory with the blog posts of late, preferring to doss around on my back reading, sleeping, moping and, just occasionally, contemplating my navel! (you’d be amazed how much fluff gets into those things – then again, you might not!) I’ve been a bit depressed, you see – mortality staring me in the face and all that. All sorts of little things can trigger these ‘mortality mopes’. Like the day you first noticed how young the policemen were looking or having some spotty teenager say ‘Come on, Grandad, sit yourself down here’ as he offers you his seat on the bus (back in the days when they did that sort of thing – and there were buses). Before you pass comment, I’m not so far gone that I’m not aware of the fact that I’m in Turkey where young people engage with, give respect to their elders and give up their seats on the dolmuş (mini-bus) as a matter of course – I’m moping, remember?
Anyway, what brought the mopes on this time? Well, J and I were doing a bit of garden cleaning and tree pruning. I was huffing and puffing as is my wont when there was a toot-toot and a cheery ‘Kolay gelsin!’ (may it be easy for you) from the gate. There were three employees of the electricity company who were gesturing at a fir tree I’d planted about 14 years ago which was now getting dangerously close to the overhead wires. J and I had, only minutes before, been discussing whether to drop it or try and lop off the top; there was a time when I’d have been up the tree and taken out the top, a fact we passed on to the guys. They smiled sympathetically, ‘Best take it down’ they chorused, firing up a chain saw.
Down it came in short order, only partly blocking the road. ‘Whose is it now?’ I asked. ‘Yours!’ said the foreman. I sighed and took a half-hearted swing with my machete at this fine, young red pine I’d known since it was a seed. ‘Hey, Mehmet’ shouted the foreman, ‘get this cut up properly for odun (fire wood), you can see he’s an old man!’
Depressed, Okçular Köyü
ps thank goodness we’re off on the road to somewhere or other tomorrow morning.