Kangals, the Turkish mans best friend?

The way I was brought up to treat dogs, is as mans best friend, my best friend. My childhood dog was an English Bull terrier called Ariel, the most beautiful ugly dog you’d ever met. Beautiful ugly in terms of most peoples first reaction, my first reaction, in contrast with her personality. Which was gentle,…

The Spade

The Spade. Most commonly found in the garden or tool shed. Used for the removal or change of location of dirt or similar substances. Also used for digging holes and trenches, and various other activities associated. The spade varies in size, some are long while some are short. Some are heavy while some are light….

Fishing in Datca

Tuesday morning was spent replanting papaya trees, and planting avocado seeds. As the MEN, with their big muscles and fully formed relationship with the spade, dug holes for the papaya, I had the arduous task of watering them and pointing out worms for the afternoon fishing trip. The weather all week is predicted at 22…

Datca Bazaar

Saturday morning finally arrives! The day of the Datca town bazaar which we have heard all about… I’ve been itching to try some more of that delicious Turkish delight (surprisingly it IS better in Turkey!) and see what goods are on offer… I’m after some light shorts for working in. Which are crazily hard to…

Chinese Dumplings in Datca

The last few days in Datca have been spent replanting avocados in the greenhouse, spraying the big trees with bug repellant, looking at the neighbours chicken coup and cooking. All those years staying with my grandfather, Peter-Opa, at his farm have come back to me… Big cooked lunches, coffee breaks, procrastination, ” Let’s visit a…

Lake House Datca

The trip to Datca from Fethiye takes 4 hours altogether, with a short stop over in Mugla. Datca (pronounced Datcha) is a peninsula leading out from Marmaris, a 1 hour drive through huge mountains, with sea on either side. Once in Datca, a seemingly small town surrounded by mountains with visible sea on either side,…

Uzumlu and the crazy couple from Doncaster

Our first Workaway experience and we leave after not even two days… Not the best beginning. We arrive in Uzumlu, and are bombarded with horror stories of the horses we will be working with, attacking, kicking, biting, and bucking off previous volunteers… It was the volunteers fault, they explain. We immediately feel uncomfortable with the…