Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lost and Found

Yesterday, while Sam and Nicole were adventuring on the dock during the big surf; Sam lost his shoe.  It wasn't an expensive shoe or an important shoe, but I decided today we should go look for it since the tide and the wind had both gone down. I think both kids thought I was crazy, but if you don't look you never find.

A walk in the wild surf.

Where is Sam's shoe?  It looks like this trash has been here for a year . . . but maybe not!

Sam can see it, but he's not too sure he wants it back.  It's full of rocks and sea weeds.


With all the wild waves in the last couple of days, when we went for a short walk today, we found two dead jelly fish in the surf. 
This jelly was about 30 cm across and flipped upside down.

This small blue jelly was about 20 cm across.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Upside

If been doing more than my fair share of whining on the blog since we got home (aka back to Turkey)! So I thought I should share some photos from our last week or so.  We've been enjoying the water!  It's a refreshing change on a hot day. Yes it really is that blue and uncrowded.

There is a designated swimming area near our house.  It sits at the end of a long dock.  The dock is often filled with sun worshipers, but not on this day. Turks don't seem to have the same sick body consciousness that is prevalent in N.A.  On a hot day, women of all ages and sizes are in the water and lounging on the dock in bikinis and one piece suits. 

The water is over our heads in places, and shallow enough to touch the bottom in others.  It doesn't gradually slope, because the bottom is littered with what seems to be the foundations of old buildings; our very own lost city of Atlantis.


This truck rolled into the lane beside our house today selling farm fresh watermelon and tomatoes (the size of baseballs). I had just enough time to snap this photo, before he backed out and tried to drum up some business elsewhere.  I bought a small watermelon in the market for the grand price of 1.5 tl., unfortunately it wasn't even worth that small price, so I won't be buying another one soon.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five reasons why yesterday was a great day

1.  Watched an episode of Koyun Shaun aka Shaun the Sheep with Nicole and Sam.  It's laugh out loud funny!  Really if you're having a down day check out the Cartoon Network and those ridiculous sheep.

2.  Finally after months and months I finished For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.  It was a long read, but I finished it.  I enjoyed the action packed beginning and end, but the middle was difficult and boring.  It seemed pointless, but now I wonder if EH was actually making a point about war.

3.  I went for a walk and a swim.

4.  I had an unplanned nap on the hammock.

5.  I got to Skype Johanna and my Mom.  Being separated from my daughter gives me a better understanding of what my mom's been dealing with all these months.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Back in Turkey

We arrived back to Turkey last Friday.  I brought Sam and Nicole back with me.  Johanna is working in Canada and plans to come in November.

The three months in Canada were very busy.  Someone asked if I was glad to be home.  I like the idea of being home, but honestly, being on the road everyday in a vain attempt to make up for all the months we've been gone, is ridiculous.  But that's what I do.  I overschedule myself and the children and I try to squeeze in everything and everyone.  I return to Turkey with as big a list as the one I left Turkey with, but this new list is filled with regrets; all the people I didn't see, all the places I didn't go,  all the things I left behind in Canada because they wouldn't fit in my suitcase.