Fishermen at the Millipark

Indian Summer

This is the Indian Summer (cue Stereophonics), it’s my absolute favourite time of year, I can’t seem to take a bad photograph with clear colour drenched skies above us, seas that look lit from below and sunlight through the leaves changing their colours every second. It’s just brilliant. Now the majority of the crowds have gone the Aegean settles down for a warm autumn before winter kicks in and with Kurban Bayram just around the corner everyone seems in an expansive and generous mood. A case in point; we were peering through the wire fences that surround one of the […]

September sunset 1

September Sunsets

We were promised rain last Monday night, storms and rain, lightening and rain, wet stuff from the sky – hurray! Pathetic isn’t it, how excited you get about seeing rain and feeling rain and smelling rain after four months without a cloud in the sky. I love the thunder storms and after repeated failures to photograph our starry skies to the required standard I wanted to photograph the lightening over the mountains so I set my camera up on the tripod in my bedroom and waited, finger on the trigger, as the clouds swept in from the sea and the […]

Courtyard and studio and Shadow

Kirazli stone village house – one summer’s night

I just noticed that the website went over 250,000 hits this week. It’s a small number in popular website terms but in terms of a site about a tiny village in Turkey where only 600 people live and nothing much happens it’s a pretty amazing number. To celebrate going over the quarter million here are some picture taken by one of our lovely guests, someone who got on a plane and flew thousands of miles to see this village based on the stuff on this site – have you any idea how much that means, not just to me but […]

The Nome at Millipark

High Summer – My Summer

This is our summer in Kirazli; now the long days of Ramadan are done the village wakes up again and starts to enjoy the dog days of summer and the starry nights of August. We have a flurry of weddings in coming weeks; the neighbour’s daughter is getting married today. The village ladies spent all yesterday afternoon wrapping thousands of dolma in the shade of the courtyard and then the cauldrons were dragged out onto the streets and tended late into the night boiling rice and chickpeas and gallons of tomato sauce. There is a sound system the size of […]

Seyfi Dayi Koy Sofrasi in Kirazli – small but perfect

Just a quickie, because I’m tied up with other stuff but this is worth mentioning – On the way back from diving yesterday we stopped at one of the tiny little sofrasi in Kirazli valley for a late late breakfast and it was wonderful. It was recommended to us by the lady we buy spices from in Selcuk market and we’d be meaning to go for ages but hadn’t got round to it but scruffy and salty and starving from a few hours under the sea we stopped on the way home yesterday and were glad we did. Tucked away […]

The Protests in Turkey – 12th June 2013

Update 17th June – Message boards are notorious for veering off topic but we’re finding sensible updates for travelers on the situation in Istanbul can be found here on the Lonely Planet Thorntree forum. This link takes you to page 4 of the discussion for the situation in Istanbul as of lunchtime 17th June. – The protests in Istanbul – Lonely Planet * * * * * * * * * * Putting these important protests into perspective for travelers to Turkey…. “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, […]

The Protests in Turkey….

Update 17th June – Message boards are notorious for veering off topic but we’re finding sensible updates for travelers on the situation in Istanbul can be found here on the Lonely Planet Thorntree forum. This link takes you to page 4 of the discussion for the situation in Istanbul as of lunchtime 17th June. – The protests in Istanbul – Lonely Planet * * * * * * * * * * To ignore what is happening in Turkey right now and to post pretty pictures and paragraphs of purple prose would really be equivalent to fiddling whilst Rome burns, […]