Sunday, 3 December 2017
November in a rush
I have a list on my desk headed "Posts for November" - I could rip it up and pretend it never existed or I could just race through the subjects and call it a 'November Review'.
The beautiful picture above was taken on a wonderfully tranquil November morning. Our photography group had had to abandon several visits to Tuzla/Boğazici at the beginning of the year due to bad weather, but this day was perfect and the flamingos and cormorants posed for snaps too.
Bodrum staged a far ranging three day motor rally in mid-November which I managed to miss completely, so no pictures I'm afraid. Later in the month there was 'Bodrun'. A two day event with races in all distances from 5km to 100km. I did at least catch the very end as the long distance runners staggered back.
These lovely crocus flowers made their annual November appearance proving that we really do have a 'last spring' rather than Autumn. The weather has been kind too. I have only fired up the wood stove 3 times and that was more for effect than necessity.
I went to two historical/archaeological talks. The first was a lecture on the two Artemisias and Ada; super powerful female rulers in Halicarnassus. School children from Gümüşlük acted out scenes from Artemis 1 and 11's greatest victories. All history should be taught like this - they will never get the two rulers mixed up ( as I sometimes do) . The second talk was on the excavations at Gebekli Tepe which have changed everything I learnt about pre-history at university. I went with great expectation to the English talk but was very disappointed. A mere 18 minutes of lack-lustre reading from a script, I wish I'd gone to the talk in Turkish which lasted over twice as long but was packed solid.
It has been a bumper year for olives. Mine are still on the trees so I have missed the chance to make high quality oil as we have had a couple of downpours. Any olives picked now will produce greater quantities of oil but at a higher acidity. Usually I have plenty of offers from neighbours to pick my olives but everyone has so many of their own this year, no one wants mine. My nearest neighbour tells me I have 24 olive trees and I thought it odd that in 25 years I have never counted but he has. Any one want any olives?