Saturday, 18 October 2014
Life Goes On
As the chickens come home to roost just across the South Eastern borders of Turkey, life in the South West goes on as normal. You'd have to look very hard here to find clues that a "war" is raging at the other end of the country. A small protest in central Bodrum demanding Turkish intervention in Kobane wasn't even reported in the local papers.
Here it is olive picking time again; at least it's time to collect the green ones, there are still a couple of months left to collect the black ones. We were a bit late with ours and many of the green olives were turning colour, which meant that my thumbs were an even darker shade of brown after an afternoon cutting each olive three times.
These will be soaked for a couple of weeks in water, refreshed on a daily basis and bottled in salt water. Who knows what the Iraqi/Syrian/Kurdish/Turkish situation will be when we get to taste the new harvest in a month or two.
For those of you interested in the political situation, please take a few minutes to read The Senior Dogs' latest post from Istanbul which really brings it home to me how lucky I am to be living in this particular corner of Turkey.