Cast a quick glance over these photos and I think you'll agree that the overall impression is of people having a good time. This is why I count myself lucky to be a member of Bodrum's H3A; a group of residents whose main aim is continuous enjoyable education. This learning can take the form of lecturers, travel, wine tasting, art classes, reading groups, opera visits, singing, creative writing, backgammon tournaments and more. They are ever open to new experiences.
Following my two basket-making lessons in the summer, I hoped the group would be interested in a trip to our village to watch Raşit in action and on Sunday the idea came to fruition with 32 H3A members meeting on my terrace to hear a bit about our village's fight with the mining/cement company, walk along the edge of the forest to enjoy the view of the agricultural plain and watch Raşit make a start on a basket.
|Helena modelling a finger protector/extender used when the harvest was literally brought in by hand.|
After witnessing a Turkish traditional craft, we finished with time-honoured British one - A cream tea.
Those not familiar with the concept were relieved to find that the cream went on the scones - they had been anticipating it going in the tea!
From Bush to Basket