Xmas within Turkey as opposed to without turkey, an entirely different thing, is surprisingly festive. The shops are full of decorations (which I think the Turks use to celebrate the New Year ) and lights glitter everywhere, (but they are actually there all year). The papers are full of restaurant ads for Xmas and New Year Specials sandwiched between the latest news on corruption in the banking and political world, (just like the UK) and people are smiling (it’s funny but but they do that a lot round here!)
The end of October brings the last influx of tourists and sees the expat community taking advantage of of the remaining 4 hour flights to the UK. There are a few specials over Xmas and the New Year but generally, until next Spring, one can only travel here via Istanbul and that always means a long wait in an expensive terminal, interminable in fact.
Gina is buzzing off on Friday to visit family and hit the shops and, in between completing the lengthy Job List, I hope to make the most of the cooler weather and do some landscape painting. Meanwhile, I dusted off the watercolours and painted a couple of our most common flowers.
“I never ate of the grapes nor feared of the eruptions.”
David O. Selznick
Today I just want to post a couple of funny things I’ve seen this week.