. . on a wet, dark day when the sky is closed until torn apart by great, sizzling sheets of lightning? What else but share the light of a few glorious, multi-coloured candles. So here are just a few flickering lamps to brighten the day for any of you, anywhere, gazing out at a grey, guttering world. They were all taken just a couple of days ago on a short walk around to our beautiful Kocadere Valley. I know you’ve seen them all before but, let’s face it, waking up to a new day has got to be worth it!

Beautiful Anemone Coronaria

Tilly Tortoise taking the Spring sunshine

Bee Orchids (Ophrys) in all their diverse glory

spelunking goats


those beautiful anemones again

Giant Orchid

a delicate little Fritillaria

Finally, a question: what has a hazelnut in every bite?

Alan Fenn, fascinated by the same-old-same-old!

22 thoughts on “What Else Does One Do

  1. Hello Alan. Beautiful pictures, I love them. Spring in the Valley in Turkey is so beautiful and thank you for sharing. It’s Spring here too, blossom out, daffodils all out, buds on the trees and it’s a little warm and sunny today. Enjoy your new valley. We are very jealous. Best wishes. Mary

  2. Super photographs of spring flowers – what a good way to pass a day so hot that I’ve burned my feet on the tiles on the balcony.

  3. Wish we were there with you. Hope you are going to give us the answer on the hazelnuts!

  4. Lovely!

    Now we are home we are looking forward to going walking. Just as soon as it stops raining.

  5. Alan,

    Really, really fabulous photos. That blue tortoise was probably my favorite, but actually, I couldn’t make up my mind. So, don’t leave us in suspenders. What is that last photo? (also beautiful!). Love, M and J

    1. My dear Dogs, I will do my best to answer your question in as genteel a manner as I can. It is shit! as in ‘What has a hazelnut in every bite?’ ‘Squirrel shit!’ I could not possibly declare without hesitation, equivocation or mental reservation of any kind that this little pile is derived of the squirrel but shit it is! The study of animal and bird crap is a much respected branch of science – scatology. So no getting sniffy and looking down your noses. 🙂
      ps I thought that if anyone would have known what it was two Dogs of your Senior years would be racing certainties.
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      1. Excusez-moi, my dear Alan, but, as you probably know, dogs never look down their noses at shit. No wonder we liked the photo. (Since we don’t have any squirrels on our island, we couldn’t i.d. the poop.)

  6. Always a pleasure to see and never tire of the wonders of spring. We haven’t seen a tortoise yet but always a thrill when we do. Love the one of the wild tyme on the mountain with the goats in the background.

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