Where For Art Thou?

As you can see it has been some time since I have blogged.  I have taken a break from me.  Janeyinmersin has had to take a back seat for the moment with real life taking over.

The Turk remains in Sydney and is still quite sick.  Last week he took another turn and ended up back in hospital.  He is feeling a lot better now – thankfully – but there have been a few sleepless nights in the past week with calls from the hospital and from friends.

I am still fluffing around waiting on either my Residence Visa (applied for in August) or my kimlik (applied for last December!).  After trips to both the Emniyet and Nufus it seems that my visa is still “processing” and my kimlik needs The Turk’s signature on something – so that’s now put off until his doctor gives him the all clear to fly.

My days have been full as well with Kurban Bayram meaning we have had a full social calendar for the past 10 days (yes Kurban Bayram may not last that long but this family do not want to stop the party).  Other than a sneaky expat night out my days has been full and my nights even fuller.  I have said it before and I will say it again – “their ain’t no party like a Turkish party ‘cause a Turkish party don’t stop!”

Back to the blog though.

tarsus mountains

Mersin really does shine during October.  Tarsus Mountains now has a light smattering of snow on their peaks and yet the days are still hot here on the plains and the sun is still shining brightly.  Late in the afternoon Mother Nature likes to throw a little crazy at us and we are hit with some magnificent storms that blow in from the sea and dump a massive amount of badly needed rain on the village.  As happy as the farmers are here in the village, I do not love the downpours quite as much.  Why?  Well firstly we lose our electricity for days on end but also due to the ridiculously bad construction of our home when the heaven’s open I find myself spending hours – literally hours – sweeping, mopping, squeegeeing, sponging and scooping the excessive rain water that as accumulated on my roof terrace towards the measly drains at each end.  I just want to add that we are not talking about a smidge of water either, we are talking about water you could bath in (well it is above my ankles in places).

I don’t really mind, I have got to be burning off some calories as I collect my rainwater and I get up there with my i-pod blasting my playlist aptly called “Sweep and Sing”.

So what is in my “Sweep and Sing” playlist.  MC Hammer told me that “You can’t touch this”, Bonnie Tyler told me to “Hold out for a Hero” and there is even some Scandal in there “The Warrior”.  I’m not some old codger either as thanks to Daughter there is a bit of Iggy Azalea telling me to “work, work, work, work, working on my shitz”.  I had a good old laugh the other day as I was up there blasting out my usual Karaoke tune “Like a Prayer” I did not notice my neighbours sitting on their balcony enjoying the show.  They called for an encore so I found myself singing a bit of “Thriller” which included the dance moves to finish off my show.  To show their appreciation my neighbour’s wife brought me a plate of hummus and home-made chilli paste.

Teşekkür ederim!

I promise my blog posts will be a little more regular over the coming weeks.  Life has returned to some form of Turkish normalcy and I am back to my over-opinionated, now brunette self.  For proof of life I can usually be found sitting on my terrace enjoying the late afternoon rays and a glass of red.

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18 thoughts on “Where For Art Thou?

  1. Glad your sense of humour is keeping you buoyant during some worrying times for you. Wishing your “hubs” a speedy recovery and also hoping the “Resi” department pull their finger out soon, there does seem to be a backlog in that area

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    • I heard a great story yesterday. A friend gave birth in Mersin recently and she has applied for the Birth Certificate in Istanbul so she could send it to England to obtain an English Passport for bubs. Apparently there is a delay – why? They have run out of birth certificate paper! Seriously?? Only in Turkey!

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  2. Glad your back. It’s good to hear the Turk is on the mend, sending him our wishes for a speedy recovery and safe return (probably only to return to a slap for causing panic and then of course a huge hug!!). As for all the festival stuff it only lasts a couple of days as I HATE socialising – too much like hard work. I have 4 kids so leaving the house takes too much planning and people coming here takes too much serving!!!

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  3. Welcome back, believe it or not, I was doing my ironing about an hour ago, and the thought came into my mind that I had not seen a blog from you for some time.
    I thought it may have been due to the Turks ill health or local festivities.
    However I am glad to hear that he is on the mend, he is in our thoughts and prayers.
    It really is good to hear from you, as I have said on a previous post, when I log onto my many emails, yours is the first one I go to. Usually cheers me up, and of course always entertaining when peppered with your own brand of humour.
    Kind regards to you and your family.

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