Monthly Archives: February 2015

  1. Guest post: “Scotland – Why I love it. Part 4” – by Annette

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    Saturday 28 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is the fourth and final part in a mini-series on Scotland. During December 2014 and January 2015, I shared some …
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  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward (II)

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    Saturday 28 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge depicts a street entertainer in Mexico City being rewarded with …
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  3. Tower of Ayia

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    Saturday 28 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Naxos is one of the Cyclades, a Greek island chain close enough to home for us to get to, albeit …
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  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward (I)

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    Friday 27 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the smile on a street entertainer’s face on Children’s Day (23rd …
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  5. Bette Davis Eyes

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    Friday 27 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Eyes are important to me; the window to the soul, as they are often described. I admit that I often …
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  6. Flower Friday ~ Greek backstreets

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    Friday 27 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . Taken in the village of Halki (Chalki) on the Greek Cycladic island of Naxos, this is a familiar scene to be found …
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  7. Citrus Tree Care – Shoot Pruning

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    Thursday 26 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Pruning of the citrus trees is really only necessary every three years, when you can end up cutting large branches to …
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  8. Not as tasty as it looked?

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    Thursday 26 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The latest ‘Guess What‘ had this image…  . Some brilliant suggestions this time around 🙂 – a slice of raw beef …
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  9. I think I’m a duck…

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    Wednesday 25 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Running in and out all day between relentless storms to chop up large branches pruned from the large old olive …
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  10. Clues for “Any Ideas?”

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    Wednesday 25 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This was the ‘Guess What‘ for yesterday… Any ideas what this image may be of? . ~~~  UPDATE  ~~~ Some …
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  11. Wordless Wednesday ~ Liquid Glass

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    Wednesday 25 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

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  12. Trees in Need of Some TLC

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    Tuesday 24 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As posted a while ago, the citrus trees have had a tough year, with a long hot dry summer that went …
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  13. Any Ideas?

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    Tuesday 24 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Not had a ‘Guess What‘ for a while, so here goes… Any ideas what this image may be of? . …
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  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds (IV)

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    Monday 23 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a wild onion flower head. These are …
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  15. Macro Monday: ‘Candle’

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    Monday 23 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday . It’s actually a fragranced candle on our table during a meal on …
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  16. Red Lentil Köfte

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    Sunday 22 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of the meals favoured by the Spike tummy is what is known in Turkish as Mercimekli Köfte (pronounced Mer-ji-mek-li …
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  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds (III)

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    Sunday 22 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the opening of new leaves on one of our pomegranate trees on our …
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  18. SPIKE WRITES: “I have a cunning plan Aunty Gill”

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    Sunday 22 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    Update: Duke the talking bird from Uncle Spikes farm in Turkey wants to be the top…

  19. Guest post: “Scotland – Why I love it. Part 3” – by Annette

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    Saturday 21 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is the third in a mini-series on Scotland. After my own Scottish travel posts from my past, this one is …
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  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds (II)

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    Saturday 21 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the bud of the flower, and subsequently the fruit, of …
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  21. Snow In The Hills

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    Saturday 21 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Very cold and windy these past few days, with much of the country freezing its bits off with ice and …
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  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds (I)

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    Friday 20 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a shot taken of one of our grape vines, just …
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  23. Mister Seger – Turn the Page

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    Friday 20 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The legendary Bob Segar has long been a firm favourite of mine. Music from this American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist …
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  24. Flower Friday – Lemon Tree

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    Friday 20 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With a normally quite short and mild winter, some of our fruit trees get a bit confused, with new flowers …
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  25. Black Scorpion this time!

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    Thursday 19 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Further to my recent post about the aggressiveness of scorpions, I found another little chap to play with…. This time …
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  26. Morning Catch

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    Thursday 19 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  27. Mentioned in [blogging] dispatches…

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    Wednesday 18 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A soldier mentioned in despatches (or dispatches) (MiD) is one whose name appears in an official report written by a …
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  28. Turkish Forest Fire Lookouts

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    Wednesday 18 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With pine forested mountains and low hills as far as the eye can see, we live out here in the …
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  29. Wordless Wednesday ~ Scorpion in the sky?

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    Wednesday 18 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . We certainly have scorpions here on our farm in southwest Türkiye, but I must admit we don’t see many …
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  30. Mister Poo, the African version

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    Tuesday 17 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Last springtime, here on our farm here in southwestern Türkiye, I was shovelling recycled fodder, courtesy of a gang of local goats, …
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  31. Memories of Zanzibar

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    Tuesday 17 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Palm Trees . Turquoise Seas . Sunsets from Stonetown .

  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (IV)

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    Monday 16 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is not quite strictly ‘symmetrical’ I guess, but …
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  33. REBLOG: The Beastie Boys Were Here

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    Monday 16 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is the second of my whimsical, or not so whimsical, posts that have an oblique reference to Barack Obama.…

  34. Macro Monday: ‘Suckers’

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    Monday 16 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday Just love the suckers of an octopus close up, extraordinary things in my …
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  35. Bodrum Fish Markets

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    Sunday 15 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Back in the town of Bodrum to share a few more of our memories from our winter visit there… When having …
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  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (III)

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    Sunday 15 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is an image of the cables supporting a footbridge over a …
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  37. Aşure (“ah-shu-reh” in Turkish)

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    Sunday 15 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    You may have heard of this dish, Ashure (as it’s spelt in English) as it’s famed in cultures and religions beyond the …
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  38. Guest post: “Scotland – Why I love it. Part 2” – by Annette

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    Saturday 14 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is the second in a mini-series on Scotland. After the popularity of my own Scottish travel images from the …
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  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (II)

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    Saturday 14 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a shot of Mount Hasan, an inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province, …
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  40. Gone Walkies…

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    Saturday 14 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I mentioned recently I was enjoying a bit walking…. Well, I started young, and learned from the best. By the …
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  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (I)

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    Friday 13 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the marvellous Kocatepe Mosque (pronounced koja-tep-e) in downtown Kızılay, Ankara, the capital …
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  42. Progressive Instrumental Rock

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    Friday 13 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As a teenage rebel, I was more into heavy metal and glam rock music than the modern new age stuff, …
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  43. Flower Friday – Autumn Sun

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    Friday 13 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Taken back in the autumn – Turkish sun brings out all the best colours around these parts…  . .

  44. Views from Turgutreis

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    Thursday 12 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A few miles past Bodrum, at the very end of the Bodrum Peninsula, is the town of Turgutreis. With summer …
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  45. Waterfalls now ??

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    Thursday 12 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The hills are starting to produce waterfalls where there are usually just dry rock faces. I just love the differences …
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  46. Red Sky at Night…

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    Wednesday 11 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s been very cold and rainy all day, with snow in the hills and across much of Türkiye, but this …
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  47. Wordless Wednesday ~ Rocks meet Sky

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    Wednesday 11 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Clear winter skies showcase geological beauty

  48. Them Poor Lemon Trees

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    Tuesday 10 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As I posted recently, we had a short sharp cold cold snap where temperatures dropped to -5C (23F) on a few nights, which is …
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  49. Winter Warmer

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    Tuesday 10 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    OUTSIDE:   Cold, Wet, Windy INDOORS:   Ahh…. bliss 🙂 . .

  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale (IV)

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    Monday 09 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge shows a rather overloaded bicycle in …
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