‘Oh, dear! Here he goes again, prattling on about rabbit holes and secret cabins – boring!’ All I can say is that this Old Boffer and his squeeze are excited and who’s writing this drivel anyway!
So, where were we? As I recall, the framework of the cabin was up, the roof was nearly complete, the external cladding was well under way and the crew kept getting interrupted by splendid feasts instead of getting on with the job. J and I had to come back home for a couple of days to get the car serviced and MOT’d. Then it was back to the place where our dreams were fast becoming reality. Here’s what we found . .
insulation, floor and internal cladding under way
starting to get some idea of how it will be when finished
looking east through the ‘square window’ – Play School fans will get it
canalisation work begins
. . and the plumbing
the amount of stuff is going down rapidly
Meanwhile, our demirci/blacksmith is about to give a culinary master class . .
works canteen – Turkish style
Next day we sloped off over the mountains to stock up from our favourite winery. When we got back . .
internal walls were up
. . and J is looking decidedly happy
Another day and . .
ceilings are up
fascias are fitted, and . .
Hasan the plumber is under there somewhere
and the cheerful chippies are . .
. . really cracking on
Over there, up the hill a bit and as far again, a digger has, throughout the day and late into the night, dug a trench, laid the pipe and back-filled to our own, personal supply of mountain spring water.
Hasan putting the finishing touches, including . .
. . his patent sand filtration system!
everywhere, finishing touches to the woodwork
The temporary steps that will be replaced by really old ones from a derelict building made from Juniper/Ardiç which, having survived longer than J and me, will almost certainly outlast us!
As we left for home again, there were still bits and bobs to finish off. Now we have a few days respite whilst the carpenters adapt the old doors/frames and build the kitchen cupboards, our bed and the windows and shutters. There is still the soba/oven/range to buy and fit but our new mattress and energy efficient fridge are just awaiting word for delivery. J is already packing boxes with stuff to take up there, including wine, whisky and rakı glasses – well, with a balcony looking out over that view, we deserve to be spoilt for choice as we toast yet another beautiful day in Turkey!
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü and the other end of the Rabbit Hole!