Monthly Archives: February 2014

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned (I)

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    Friday 28 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My first entry for this week’s Photo Challenge is the very house that a guy I know grew up in, …
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  2. Smile, It’s Friday

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    Friday 28 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Hey you, yes you! It’s Frrrriiday!! Here’s a vid to brighten your weekend. It’s a mashup from Jesse Reinier Nieuwenhuijzen who brilliantly has added The …
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  3. Flower Friday – Apricot Blossom

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    Friday 28 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Spring has arrived The apricot trees are usually the first to blossom . . Love these cute little flowers . …
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  4. Who’s The Guessmeister?

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    Thursday 27 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I hope you found this week’s ‘Guess What’ a little ‘easier’… but I guess like everything in life, it’s only …
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  5. 1,000 Spikey’s !! — The First & Last

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    Thursday 27 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This blog now has over 1,000 followers; a fact I’m slowly getting used to. However, like all bloggers, it takes …
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  6. Negotiation Tactics… Of A 6 Year Old

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    Thursday 27 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m think of myself as a man of the world. I survived two decades in the world of corporate business. …
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  7. Girlie Guessing…

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    Wednesday 26 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Ok, ok…. I know last week’s Guess What was a stinker 🙂 and that nobody came close to a correct …
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  8. Failed Winter Crops

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    Wednesday 26 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In our veggie garden, we tend to concentrate on summer crops, such as various peppers, sweetcorn, and aubergines (eggplant). With …
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  9. Wordless Wednesday ~ Ice Crystals

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    Wednesday 26 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  10. Hands Up For Goat Poo!!

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    Tuesday 25 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Mid to late February. Usually that means farming chores in good weather… and this year is no exception. For 10 …
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  11. Images From The Village (Part III)

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    Tuesday 25 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is the last of three posts showing images of our village. The first was : Village Images (Part I) The …
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  12. Images From The Village (Part II)

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    Monday 24 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is the second of three posts showing images of our village. The first post was this: Village Images (Part I) …
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  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (IV)

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    Monday 24 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and final entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge are of a small monster I found here in …
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  14. Macro Monday: “Broad Bean Flowers”

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    Monday 24 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. Our broad bean plants are now in flower – time to get out there with …
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  15. Voting For Music, Not Politics

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    Sunday 23 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Voting and politics – yeah I do what I have to, but it’s not particularity my thing, you know what …
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  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (III)

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    Sunday 23 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge are all images of a pine tree at sunset, as taken from …
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  17. Ambiverts & Social Media

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    Sunday 23 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Social Media falls into two camps; whereby folk communicate with friends, and/or with complete strangers. But I find myself asking …
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  18. Guest post: “Top 10 Beaches” – by Jessica of Turquoise Compass

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    Sunday 23 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Uncle Spike loves to travel and as you may have guessed from my posts, beaches are a regular feature… and …
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  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (II)

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    Saturday 22 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is all about the life and times of a …
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  20. Images From The Village (Part I)

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    Saturday 22 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    What good are empty promises, eh? Last November I had a Wordless Wednesday post that depicted a town centre that …
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  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (I)

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    Friday 21 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is actrually a set of three images I used just the other …
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  22. Organising One’s Categories

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    Friday 21 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Unlike some blogs, I don’t keep to a set type of post – no sh*!… some will say! Ok, I …
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  23. Oranges & Chickens

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    Friday 21 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It’s a sort of changeover season around the farm. The winter crops of Clementines are all finished. It was a …
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  24. Flower Friday

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    Friday 21 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    As spring starts to take over, the flowers become more and more prevalent around the farm. Even the humble Periwinkle …
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  25. Anyone Guess It?

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    Thursday 20 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    For those still head scratching on the latest in my ‘Guess What’ series, it’s almost time to reveal the answer. …
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  26. Ankara – Out & About (Part II)

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    Thursday 20 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    During our recent trip to our Capital, Ankara, I have plenty of time to wander the streets while Aunty Spike …
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  27. Who Can ‘Guess This’?

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    Wednesday 19 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Following on from my triumph last week (finally), in which nobody guessed the object (although ‘O’, hubby of Jennifer from Omnia …
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  28. Curry In Ankara – Finally!

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    Wednesday 19 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Having travelled around India a fair bit, and having lived and worked in the north of England for 10 years, …
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  29. Wordless Wednesday ~ My Porsche (not)

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    Wednesday 19 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    PORSCHE Not mine I hasten to add. With that ground clearance, it wouldn’t manage our unmade village tracks here, lol. Nice to …
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  30. Atatürk’s Mausoleum – Part Two

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    Tuesday 18 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    An earlier post, entitled Atatürk’s Mausoleum – Part One, was a summary of a recent visit to ‘Anıtkabir’ in Ankara, the capital …
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  31. Kumquats – Love these Babies

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    Tuesday 18 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Kumquats They really are a strange little fruit. They have such a powerful taste for their size. Our solitary tree …
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  32. City Pooches

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    Monday 17 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Ankara, early February, and we came across a rather bizarre event – Sunday City Pooches in the park (with their …
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  33. Macro Monday: “Callistemon”

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    Monday 17 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. This is an opening bud from a Callistemon, or Bottle Brush shrub. Such a pretty plant …
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  34. Atatürk’s Mausoleum – Part One

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    Sunday 16 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    On a hill overlooking much of Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, is a place called ‘Anıtkabir’. The literal translation …
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  35. SPIKE WRITES: My Turn As Repeat ‘Guest Blogger’

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    Sunday 16 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    As it happens, Uncle Spike has just been a guest blogger on that interesting travel site, Hitch-Hikers Handbook. It’s my …
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  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure (II)

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    Saturday 15 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for Weekly Photo Challenge is a shot of somewhere close to where we live. …
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  37. Bad Parking ?!

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    Saturday 15 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

      What….??? I saw this VW stuck on the side of a shopping centre in Ankara, our capital city 🙂 …
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  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure (I)

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    Friday 14 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is a an old photograph of Aunty Spike’s late maternal grandfather. The challenge …
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  39. Did You Get It?

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    Friday 14 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Yesterday’s ‘guess what’ post was a stinker… or was it? Did you guess anywhere near? This was the original shot …
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  40. Flower Friday

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    Friday 14 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Mid winter up on the Anatolian Plateau can be cold…. So to come across a rose / flower bed still …
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  41. Soppy Valentines Spike

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    Friday 14 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Yay, February 14th is here, and it’s a special one this year – I get to spend 3-4 hours with …
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  42. Hmm… What’s This Then?

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    Thursday 13 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Who’s up for this week’s challenge? ~~~~~~~~ What’s the subject? No colour changes – undoctored image No macro photography. Anyone …
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  43. Well Put Sir

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    Thursday 13 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We all have our personal views on ‘sensitive subjects’, but so often the mainstream media sits on the fence with …
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  44. Roofing Spike

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    Thursday 13 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Following on from Spike The Welder, we now have Roofing Spike, lol.. 🙂 Once the roofing support had been constructed, …
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  45. Ankara – Out & About

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    Wednesday 12 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Ankara, our capital city. It’s pretty much a purpose built, home grown affair; having started out as a small provincial …
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  46. Wordless Wednesday ~ Gone Fishin’

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    Wednesday 12 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  47. A Costly Affair

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    Tuesday 11 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Just ‘nipped’ across to Ankara. It’s a round trip of some 1500 km, or 940 miles. Years ago I would …
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  48. Mordor – Turkish Style

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    Monday 10 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    En route to Ankara from the Aegean coast, we pass by the small town of Sivrihisar, in the province of …
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  49. Macro Monday: “Avacado Flower”

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    Monday 10 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. Hope you all like it ! . . .

  50. Roadtrip To Ankara

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    Sunday 09 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This was a pretty normal journey across to Ankara. We set out at 4am in the dark, encountered lots of …
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