Monthly Archives: November 2014

  1. Volunteering In A Very Old Tuxedo

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    Sunday 30 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is the second in my series of posts about volunteering, with a tale that goes back to the early …
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  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge (III)

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    Sunday 30 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge tries to show the convergence of straight lines within an arc formation Hope …
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  3. SPIKE WRITES: Spotlight on Duke my Turkey Bird!

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    Sunday 30 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Hi people! …. Meet Uncle Spike who writes a lively and informative blog about life on…

  4. Table Olives – Salt Cured (part 1)

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    Saturday 29 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In some previous posts, we looked at how olives for table use are cured using water, salted, and then preserved in …
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  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge (II)

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    Saturday 29 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge shows the convergence of stone and water, on an old …
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  6. Sweet Home… of Alabama

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    Saturday 29 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I went to Montgomery, Alabama once, but that’s as near to being able to label it as ‘home’. But what …
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  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge (I)

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    Friday 28 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken a couple of years ago in İzmir, here …
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  8. Skies of November #2

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    Friday 28 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is the second in my short series introducing you to our November skies, following on from part one. I enjoy sky …
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  9. Flower Friday – Naxos Backstreets

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    Friday 28 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    On another Greek island, Naxos, we again found narrow backstreet’s to explore, camera in hand of course.…  . . . . .

  10. Iz, the one and only

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    Thursday 27 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Anyone remember this giant of a man? This was the late and very great Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, who brought …
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  11. Sunrise Over Mt Kenya

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    Thursday 27 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

      One of a series of sunrise shots I took from a distant ridge near to Rumuruti, in Northern Kenya, …
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  12. Thankful at Thanksgiving – from Türkiye

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    Wednesday 26 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It’s that time of year again when three things happen. One – over half my readers disappear to gorge on …
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  13. Skies of November #1

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    Wednesday 26 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This short series will introduce you to some of our fabulous November skies. These shots have all been taken over …
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  14. Wordless Wednesday ~ Gone to seed

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    Wednesday 26 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  15. Table Olives – Water Cured (part 2)

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    Tuesday 25 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In a previous post, we got as far as preparing table olives by soaking them in water. Now we continue the …
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  16. Dried Foods: Other Stuff

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    Tuesday 25 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In addition to drying aubergines/eggplants in various forms, and of course peppers, we also have a few other foodstuffs that get dried and kept in the …
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  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (IV)

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    Monday 24 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken on the beach at …
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  18. Macro Monday: “Cute Arachnoid”

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    Monday 24 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. Living in rural Turkey, we share our world with our arachnid friends; from tiny weeny …
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  19. Peeling a Pommie

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    Sunday 23 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Another question I am often asked, is how the chuff does one peel a pommie (that is, pomegranate to normal …
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  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (III)

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    Sunday 23 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is another image from Ankara, Turkey; it’s a three sided sheet water …
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  21. Deniz Börülcesi

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    Sunday 23 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    What the heck am I on about? Well, Deniz Börülcesi, as we call it in Turkish, is a salty, seaweedy …
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  22. Memories of ancient Aspendos (2 of 2)

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    Saturday 22 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The first part of this post introduced you to Aspendos, an ancient Greco-Roman city on our southern Mediterranean coast, close to …
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  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (II)

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    Saturday 22 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a monument to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president …
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  24. Table Olives – Water Cured (part 1)

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    Saturday 22 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In a previous post, we looked at how olives for table use, rather than oil production, are picked, sorted and prepared. …
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  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (I)

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    Friday 21 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the Ataküle Tower in Ankara, the capital city of my country, …
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  26. Olive Oil Harvesting – Preparation

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    Friday 21 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    2014 has been an average year for our olive harvest. This year was a ‘harvest’ year in terms of yield, …
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  27. Flower Friday – More Syros Colour

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    Friday 21 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    More street shots from the Greek island of Syros, the capital of the Cyclades. On every street, at every corner you …
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  28. REBLOG: Exotic Kerala

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    Thursday 20 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Kerala is certainly one of my favourite places. Located on the west coast of southern India, Kerela is known as …
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  29. When Cuttings Seem To Take

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    Thursday 20 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In the winter, like many gardeners, I tend to cut, trim, prune and chop a lot of the shrubs and …
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  30. Dried Foods: Peppers

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    Thursday 20 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Peppers are one crop which I know I can grow really well from early summer (May) right through until the …
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  31. REBLOG: To Rhonda.

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    Wednesday 19 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Phoebe, MD: Medicine + Poetry:
    ? Almost a year ago, I wrote something for your daughter.   I never thought at…

  32. Turkish Weddings – Street Dancing

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    Wednesday 19 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We do like to do things a little differently here, that’s for sure! . When we have a wedding, the …
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  33. Wordless Wednesday ~ Morning Moon

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    Wednesday 19 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  34. REBLOG: State of Emergency

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    Tuesday 18 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Connecting Beyond:
    Friends, as of this writing, Lancaster, NY is in a state of emergency. We have at…

  35. Late Autumn Rain

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    Tuesday 18 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    September 20th – that’s the date set in our diary each year that usually signals the end of summer, and …
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  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement (IV)

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    Monday 17 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge takes me back to the early …
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  37. Dried Foods: Aubergine

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    Monday 17 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We often dry foodstuffs for use ‘out of season’, especially where we have a good crop of something or other. …
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  38. Macro Monday: White Hibiscus

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    Monday 17 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. Not seen hibiscus in white before, just red normally here…. Kinda like it – hope …
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  39. SPIKE WRITES: Camels & Cats

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    Sunday 16 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Pictures:
    Here goes the guest post by Uncle Spike – and it’s about cats! 🙂 Lesia asked…

  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement (III)

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    Sunday 16 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is from the time that my wife and I designed and built …
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  41. Table Olives – Picking & Sorting

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    Sunday 16 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    . Picking olives for oil production is one thing, but for table olives, that is, the ones you want to …
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  42. Memories of ancient Aspendos (1 of 2)

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    Saturday 15 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    On the occasional walkabout (or driveabout) away from the farm, one of our passions is to visit some of the …
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  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement (II)

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    Saturday 15 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken this morning, and is of our son, a …
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  44. Weekend Away Morning Walkies

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    Saturday 15 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Grabbing a long weekend away, ore even just a one-nighter, is so good for the soul, and for family life, …
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  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement (I)

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    Friday 14 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is from 1987, and the time that a good friend of mine …
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  46. Unorthodox Musical Talent

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    Friday 14 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m always intrigued by those in life who are a bit ‘different’; you know, folk who take the unorthodox route, …
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  47. Flower Friday – Syros In Bloom

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    Friday 14 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Another visit to the Greek islands; this time it’s Syros, the capital of the Cyclades. The abundance of colour catches …
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  48. Fancy a dance – on the ceiling?

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    Thursday 13 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Dancing on one’s ceiling, or anyone else’s for that matter, is not perhaps an everyday pastime for most of us …
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  49. Apricot Tree Gummosis

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    Thursday 13 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The latest ‘Guess What‘ challenge had this colourful image… . Did you get it, or even close? . Well we …
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  50. Bedrooms are for what?

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    Thursday 13 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Most folk have a spare bedroom or two, usually kitted out for an unexpected visitation by the outlaws, that distant …
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