Monthly Archives: March 2015

  1. Furry visitors up to no good

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    Tuesday 31 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    On the whole, veggies love the rain. It certainly helps most things grow, sometimes even too much, with overgrowth spurts that …
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  2. Summer memories

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    Tuesday 31 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Summer of 2007 if I recall correctly, and we found ourselves cooling off ‘up north’, in Balıkesir Province, in the …
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  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral (IV)

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    Monday 30 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge shows the ephemeral moment in time …
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  4. Macro Monday: ‘New Pommie Leaves’

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    Monday 30 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday These are some of the first leaves on the pomegranate bushes this year. …
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  5. Shades of blue

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    Sunday 29 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . The countdown to summer is on! . .  

  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral (III)

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    Sunday 29 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge represents the ephemeral moment when the rising sun is ‘just about’ …
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  7. Life in Türkiye

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    Sunday 29 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Western influences continue to transform Türkiye; now whilst some are for the better, that does not account for everything of …
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  8. Veggie News Update

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    Saturday 28 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I’m very much behind on seasonal chores; what with health and weather both taking their toll this year. Thankfully the …
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  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral (II)

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    Saturday 28 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is another ephemeral moment we are all familiar with, the fleeting minute …
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  10. Roadside Prayer Rooms

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    Saturday 28 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After my recent post introducing some of our rural mosques, I thought of some more you might be interested in, …
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  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral (I)

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    Friday 27 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a Masai tribesman in ‘mid-jump’. If ephemeral means the capture of something that …
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  12. Dreadlock Holiday

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    Friday 27 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s another of the Tunes I Love for your entertainment and perhaps a memory-jogger for some of the ever greying mob, such as yours truly, who …
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  13. Flower Friday ~ Doorway Colour

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    Friday 27 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

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  14. The ‘other’ bikes of Syros

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    Thursday 26 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having mentioned the top-end bikes we came across on the Cyclades island of Syros, one mustn’t think that all the …
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  15. “White or red madam?”

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    Thursday 26 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This actually exists in Cappadocia – Central Anatolia, Türkiye. One tap serves white wine; the other red…. I might be …
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  16. Top end bikes of Syros

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    Wednesday 25 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Like most islands in Greece, the Cyclades island of Syros is no different in terms of having an abundance of …
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  17. Wordless Wednesday ~ Scottish Busker

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    Wednesday 25 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . Not all buskers are the same… .

  18. The Fish Eagle

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    Tuesday 24 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We have a lot of bird-life where we live, and the sounds never stop – something I’ll never tire of. …
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  19. SPIKE WRITES: Its all change! It’s Spring!

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    Tuesday 24 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    THE STORY SO FAR: Always second to Pablo the King, Duke the Rooster is learning to…

  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (IV)

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    Monday 23 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the freshness of new life as seen …
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  21. Macro Monday: ‘First Clementine leaves’

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    Monday 23 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday The new season and the new leaves are starting to appear in the …
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  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (III)

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    Sunday 22 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is all about the freshness of nature through rain and is effect …
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  23. Internet… or lack thereof!

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    Sunday 22 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is a quick explanatory note and a bit of an apology… Over a week ago we had a rather …
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  24. Midday Fox Visitation

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    Sunday 22 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Foxes are just part of rural life, and on a regular basis we all lose chickens to feed the babes …
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  25. Peppers & Yoghurt

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    Saturday 21 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of my favourite side dishes are hot peppers served with yoghurt – very traditional fare and my treat. My …
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  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (II)

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    Saturday 21 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken during one of my ‘juicing’ sessions, when I extract …
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  27. Plum Trees

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    Saturday 21 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Our plum trees are looking so pretty this year! . . . . . . . .

  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (I)

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    Friday 20 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is our lawn now that spring has arrived here in southwest …
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  29. Angelo

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    Friday 20 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This one takes me back to 1977 and the Brotherhood of Man, remember them? My favourite of theirs was probably …
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  30. Flower Friday ~ Spring Periwinkle

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    Friday 20 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Spring has arrived… It’s official I guess, as the periwinkle is in flower .

  31. Fertiliser Spreading

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    Thursday 19 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Spreading the fertiliser is a slow and laborious job, taking the best part of four hours for the main orchard …
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  32. Vultures, hmm….

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    Thursday 19 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I was sat outside on a rock this morning taking a break from the farm chores, watching the birds up …
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  33. Fertiliser Preparation Time

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    Wednesday 18 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    So the time has come to ‘do’ the fertiliser… a rather long storm has recently passed through, so the earth is …
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  34. Wordless Wednesday ~ Lake Victoria, Tanzania

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    Wednesday 18 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

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  35. My Fertiliser Truck

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    Tuesday 17 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . Following on from my car’s recent tractor-type duties with shifting the wood cut from the olive trees after this …
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  36. Excellent for salad

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    Tuesday 17 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of our best natural ingredients we have for a fresh salad are from the broad beans. . . We …
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  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall (IV)

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    Monday 16 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a rather colourful wall I spotted near …
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  38. Macro Monday: ‘Plum Blossom’

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    Monday 16 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here is my posting for Macro Monday For a change, the plum trees were not the first to go into …
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  39. Ouch Misses Chicken

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    Sunday 15 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One chook laid a huge two-yolk whopper 🙂 I bet that hurt!! .  

  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall (III)

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    Sunday 15 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the final wall to be built when we constructed our house, …
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  41. My Logging Truck

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    Sunday 15 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having pruned a number of the olive trees for regeneration, and lopped a few branches from wild Bay trees, the …
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  42. Homemade Bread

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    Saturday 14 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I have no home phone or internet this weekend, thanks to a nine hour storm that knocked out the local …
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  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall (II)

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    Saturday 14 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was incredible carved wall at a place called ‘Anıtkabir’, in Ankara, the capital …
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  44. Happy Pi Day

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    Saturday 14 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having a short nerd in the house is comical at times. Earlier this week he drew the symbol for infinity …
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  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall (I)

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    Friday 13 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the mega retaining wall we constructed on the farm to separate …
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  46. After all…

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    Friday 13 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Today’s offering from “Tunes I Love” is not one that I would have predicted for my list to be honest. …
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  47. Flower Friday ~ Kos Agora

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    Friday 13 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . Taken in the Agora on the Greek island of Kos. This post is about the colour of the bougainvillea …
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  48. A spot of wood cutting

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    Thursday 12 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having pruned over 250 trees this season, I can finally declare that job to be behind me, at last. It’s …
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  49. Local Mosques

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    Thursday 12 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We have some 83,000 mosques dotted around our country. Some are huge, such as the massive Kocatepe Mosque in central Ankara… …
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  50. Lemon recovery

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    Wednesday 11 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Although two of the lemon trees look pretty much ‘gone’, and the largest is still in panic shut-down mode, we …
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