Son In Law On Duty

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Saturday 08 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

The big smoke has beckoned, and this scruffy little village man has abandoned farming life… but only for a few days. Yes, it’s time for our annual pilgrimage to visit the outlaws in Ankara, our national capital.

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With over 700km (440 miles) to drive, much of which is on windy roads across the mountains, we left home at 4am to complete the 10 hour journey before the late afternoon gridlock took hold. It’s not a bad drive, with some interesting scenery en route, but no motorways/highways to speed up the journey. Also, with the usual mob of aggressive drivers we breed here in Turkey, it’s not what you’d call a relaxing Sunday jaunt either.

As usual, we went laden with ‘stuff’. As a fruit farmer and village dweller, guess what our car was loaded up with?

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15kg / 33lb CLEMENTINES  (VERY LAST OF THE SEASON)

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25kg / 55lb WASHINGTON ORANGES (VERY SWEET & JUICY)

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And from the vegetable garden, a few offerings…

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LETTUCE, ONION, ROCKET, DILL, ROSEMARY

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More from the orchards…

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10kg / 22lb WILD ORANGES FOR MARMALADE MAKING

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12kg / 26lb LEMONS + 17kg / 37lb TANGERINES

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And finally….

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LOTS OF EGGS + A CHUNKY 3kg / 7lb EX-ROOSTER

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17 thoughts on “Son In Law On Duty

  1. sjr229 says:

    Hey Uncle Spike,
    I enjoy reading your blog too. I signed up to follow. It’s nice to hear another perspective on life in Turkey. I’m in Ankara, BTW.

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  2. cjjustice1 says:

    Delicious haul from the city!

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  3. ballerina95 says:

    all those oranges look so yummy and the vegetables … so healthy and fresh looking.

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  4. tonyarmitage says:

    Several years I spent a very pleasant evening with some Turkish colleagues on top of an Office Block in Ankara having the annual BBQ watching the sun set over Ankara.. pretty impressive it was too. (I had also been in Istanbul on the same trip…)

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  5. fredrieka says:

    I do not know if I ever heard of Rocket .. Our orange crop may be in danger due to the extreme cold temperatures.. Everything there looks delicious

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  6. You may have a look at my lists to see what one can do in Ankara if you need any ideas by the way:
    http://ozlemsoydan.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/ankarada-ne-yapilr/
    http://ozlemsoydan.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/ankarada-baska-ne-yapilir/

    I am looking forward to reading your post on that…

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  7. Yummy! Did you have any room left for the luggage?

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