'Burası Türkiye!' 'This is Turkey!', Cabin Life

Listening To Lisinia

J and I are back up at the cabin for a couple of days. Our excuse this time is that the worms need to be fed and watered and there are still some parsnips waiting to be pulled. Despite the cold we are always glad to be here – there is something special about this place.

I’m not going to bore you by groaning on about it, but getting about has been something of an expletive deleted lately due to creaky joints. J, on the other hand, continues to stride about the mountains and forests like a female version of Tom Bombadil!  

In the past I’ve found that a cream made from juniper oil and produced organically at the Lisinia Project near the village of Karakent beside Burdur Lake (about an hours drive from the cabin) has given relief.   Lisinia is an amazing place and a splendid source of all sorts of pure products that are not going to poison your system with nasty chemicals and additives. We call by regularly and always try and take any visiting family and friends there.

Last time local-born artist Durul Bakan was in the process of creating an amazing eagle from twigs of juniper. This time the creation was in place along with another of his works. They are a sight to behold!

The Lisinia Project is the life’s work of veterinarian Öztürk Sarıca. Here sick and wounded wildlife are treated and whenever possible  returned back to the wild. Those too damaged stay here and although often they are a sad sight they are loved and serve as an education for visitors.

Dances with wolves – Öztürk Sarıca and much-loved inmates

Öztürk’s interest in producing a range of pure, organic products stems from his research into why he lost many members of his family to cancer. He realised that there was a very strong connection between additives, chemicals, artificial fertilisers, you name it, used in much of the industrial farming that goes on in Turkey and around the world. Using locally grown organic ingredients from lavender to juniper to marjoram to sage to thyme to . . . this tiny facility helps us fight back against a tidal wave of adulterated commercial ‘poison’.

There is no entrance fee and the project does not accept donations from anybody. It is self-supporting by selling its pure, natural products to visitors.

The site is also an open-air art gallery, education facility and photographers’ delight.

. . . and there is so much more! I urge you, if you are near Burdur, to make time to visit and support this truly amazing and inspirational project.

Alan – looking for an organic knee replacement!!

Cabin Life, Stuff

Long Time No See

‘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