‘Good Lord!’ I hear you say, ‘I thought you’d shuffled off!’ I don’t know, a few weeks without some drivel about rocks or courgettes and you have me wrapped in a shroud and tickling the daisy roots!
Life has been full. J and I flew out of Dalaman about an hour after the start of the attempted coup d’etat on the 15th July. You would never have guessed anything was afoot though as the tourists continued to come and go as usual. It was at about the same time as the president was flown out to Istanbul escorted by two F16 fighter planes piloted by non-coup supporting Dalaman-based crews. Interesting times but here is not the place to discuss them.
Our ten days in the UK to visit family and take in the SPGB Summer School just flew by and before we knew it we were back home in Turkey with just two days in hand to get the washing, ironing and other chores done before our dear friends from Istanbul, Mark and Jolee, arrived on the morning flight at Dalaman. As soon as they were collected we were all off – back up here to our cabin in the mountains. The rocks hadn’t multiplied whilst we were away but the courgettes had morphed into marrows and as for the sunflowers . .
Anyway, what follows is a pictorial saunter through their visit as seen through their camera lens. It will be a change from flowers and insects which is all I ever seem to find! So, let’s begin with breakfast at our favourite lorry drivers’ café.
Mark could really use a smart phone and a ‘selfie-stick’ because he spends a lot of time taking pictures of food!
the courgettes are this big! Honestly!
the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate and fine red wine!
sunrise from their hotel
another ‘foodie’ pic
a view from the top
and the bottom
the famous spicy rabbit casserole
proof that it is organic!
tour of Sagalassos with our own personal guide
feeling the heat
supervising the hired help
a spread to die for – almost!
snow sherbet and ice cream – mmmmmmm-mmm!
chatting with Imam Ali inside the stunningly beautiful Hacı Ömer Ağa mosque
the priceless alabaster windows
So, there you have it – our life in the mountains seen through the eyes of our friends. There were so many more photos to choose from and as Mark was usually behind the camera here is a shot of them from their last visit with us. Mark and Jolee, thank you for spending time in Paradise 2.0!
Alan Fenn, in the mountains by a beautiful lake