Monday, June 30, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
When he was little he went to the circus with his parents. They had him dressed up very nicely in a little white bonnet. The ringmaster bellowed to the audience that the white pony prancing around the ring would stop and bow its head in front of the prettiest girl. The pony slowly made its way around the ring, then brayed and lowered its head in front of the cute little baby in the white bonnet - my Dad - the prettiest girl at the circus!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Here are my 28 things to do before I turn 29 in no particular order:
1. Go swimming with Yashar
2. Read 3 novels
3. Get up earlier
4. Get photos of Yashar printed and organise them in an album
5. Improve my Turkish to 'advanced' level
6. Draw a picture for Yashar's room
7. Generate some income -how? That I do not know!
8. Take photos of strangers - this is a hard one -see the 22 April post on Hula Seventy
9. Buy a sewing machine (and actually use it)
10. Take 5 pictures I love
11. Buy some vintage fabric
12. Sell one thing I have made
13. Get to know at least 10 new people in my area
14. Find other Mums to meet up with
15. Make a gorgeous room for Yashar
16. Knit a scarf
17. Have a romantic dinner with Senol
18. Buy handmade
19. Learn to crochet (see my earlier post about this - it is cool to crochet -believe me!)
20. Paint a picture
21. Go to Trilye
22. Get one of my photos printed 'ginormous size' for our bedroom
23. Write letters (not just emails!) to friends and family
24. Cook 4 things from Greg and Lucy Malouf's gorgeous book Turquoise
25. Paint a chair
26. Plant some herbs
27. Go to Topkapi palace (again)
28. Make the Christmas presents for my family (sorry to my family but that's what you are getting!)
Monday, June 16, 2008
The garden was growing beautifully - a fig tree with the promise of delicious fruit to come and this walnut tree - I had no idea that this is what they looked like.
Another Uncle and a cousin arrived carrying a large sheet, with purple juice dripping from the bottom. They plonked it on the table, grinning and ready to accept the forthcoming compliments and gasps of delight. What had they delivered? Kilos of mulberries!
It took us a while to figure this out as the varieties are different here to the darker mulberries I have seen before. Here the white and purpley/red varieties are common. In fact I think it is pretty rare to find mulberries available in Australia. Here they are abundant, splatting on the ground as you walk past the trees! Apparently the white variety's leaves are the favourite for silk worms.
The evening light faded as we had lots of laughs, playing with Yashar and his cousins and enjoying the mulberries and a cool drink.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
And, being the amazing father he is, Senol spent most of the day with Yashar and gave me some much needed time to myself.
Friday, June 13, 2008
So when we spied this table in the old shed at the back of our apartments we pounced. The landlord was happy to give it to us.
It took some major cleaning, getting rid of spiders (luckily no scorpions!) and washing off years (probably decades) of dust.
I love it! I think it could fit right in some of the photos I posted when I was searching for apartment furniture inspiration. I just had a look at the photos from that post and it so similar to the blue table -I hadn't even realised! I was going to use it for a sewing table, but I am loving the top too much to cover up with all that junk.
So instead it now looks like this:
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
But what is really tempting me at the moment is the cherries! Hanging off the trees like little jewels, cherry trees are everywhere here! This is the tree in our front garden. The cherries are not quite ripe yet, but there's the promise of delicious things to come.
And what better to go with cherries...
Sunday, June 8, 2008
It was a long, but cosy taxi ride home.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
They interview expats and are particularly interested in "what motivated people to live in another part of the world, how they generate their income, how they manage to live there, and what they’ve learned from their experiences in a land that's become their new home."
To check out the interview, including some of my thoughts and tips on moving to Turkey, click here!
And a big thank you to Victor and Lizza.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The flavour was gorgeous! How to describe it? Hmmm...thick, full bodied, home made, even a little bit of a cheese flavour to it. We had ours with Yesil Fasulye, but I could easily imagine having it with a cheese plate - Camemberts, quince paste, fresh peaches and freshly toasted bread pieces rubbed with garlic. Mmmm, I wish I was having that right now!
*Ooh, I forgot to mention my yoghurt hot tip...the cheese/yoghurt guy said that you should always use a wooden spoon, never metal, to stop the yoghurt from getting watery *