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NO RAIN..... NEW ARRIVAL

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The area has seen no rain since the beginning of June ..... due to the alkalinity of the soil we have to use  hosepipes! much to the joy of this new arrival who rushes around uncoiling every hose she can find. Laila Cem's daughter gave her this name when she was just ten days old and bottle fed. .Now 4 months she weighs 2 kilos...parenthood speculations range from Husky to German Shepherd to Jack Russell... she is small with large ears. Is it possible to decode a dogs DNA? I did a DNA swab test via an American site.... expecting to be  simply Scottish Irish Scandinavian.....only to discover Berber and Nigerian! So never go by the looks of anything or take anything for granted. Who would have thought Europe would crumble or Turkey would become a one party democracy.... We have had  happy times at Blacktree this year....less arrivals but lovely people....we watched the bloodfull moon....took picnics into the woods...kids made gorgeous mosaics. The road to the Oludeniz beach is at l…
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Well spring is really here and the heat  simmers over the fields.....bell Hyacinths, minute  Irises, Stars of Bethlemen, Orchis Anatolica, various Cow Parsleys and clovers.....in another few days the Cornflowers will appear....but the great surprise today is the little calf Tom....we wanted a girl this time as we could keep her. Tom already has a very boisterous brother Bill whom we shall have to sell soon. Males can be difficult to control! Mr Turkey left Mrs Turkey and their 7 chicks suddenly yesterday afternoon and went walkabout...walked so far that I fear he may not have met a Gruffalo!
Our first walkers of the year arrive tomorrow.....most people seem to stay in Fethiye nowadays and just do daily outings which is a pity.......one can experience town life anywhere. Nature may not be sophisticated but it offers freedom for thought.....and of course really good food if one is staying a t Blacktree. Previously most Turks though that anyone who walked for the fun of it  must be suffe…

BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAY AT BLACKTREE

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SPRINGS IS HERE AGAIN!

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goodbye MADDIE goodbye

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Taken outside the gate....found on an exploratory walk after Eid!
Maddie has a passport to the UK....travelling there by Express Airconditioned Bus service....
How many Turks would like to be in her place!
Maddie is now nine  and has decide to retire  and live in luxury with Jane. No more crooning to the Call to Prayer, no more smelly goats feet, hello  Manchurian melodies and doggy treats. Blacktree will not be the same without you....love you Maddie....
Note from Maddie...please visit me. Anthea knows my address.

MOON BY THE POOL

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Only four days to go to the Full Moon and it is Bayram here in Turkey...There has been 10 daysworth of holiday cars pouring down the hill to the Oludeniz Beach.  Not too many of them have reached Blacktree....That is a pleasure? to be expected next year  when the final part of the Oludeniz road from Kirme is asphalted. Then you can spend the morning on the Oludeniz beach, have a cool siesta with us at Blacktree and  drive down to Patara west for a late afternoon dip! Luxury....and all you need is some fuel in your tank!

A SWIM IN THE POOL ....

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Paddled in the pool
Blowing bubbles
Round and round
Legs too short
Couldn't get out
Ended up like a fish in a net? So embarrassing.....