Monthly Archives: June 2015

  1. SPIKE WRITES: The life of Brian at Uncle Spike’s Farm….

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    Tuesday 30 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    The Talking Bird from Turkey is: ‘Gettin’ the hang of it!…..’ catch up  here with everything  or…

  2. Fridge full of apricots…

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    Tuesday 30 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Apricots have become my new biscuits! No biscuits for two weeks (fasting), but apricots do just nicely 🙂

  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse (IV)

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    Monday 29 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a look back at a favourite muse …
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  4. Macro Monday: Mulberry

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    Monday 29 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Simple shot of an almost ripe Mulberry. This is my entry for Macro Monday for this week. Hope you all enjoy …
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  5. Winter in Istanbul: Streets & Buildings

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    Sunday 28 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Mid winter, and we found ourselves in Istanbul for a few days this year. Over the next few weeks, I’ll …
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  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse (III)

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    Sunday 28 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is my fascination with sunset photography, especially from here on our …
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  7. Aubergine story

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    Sunday 28 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Growing aubergines has always been a bit of a hit n miss affair with us. Although I have to say, …
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  8. Love and the Civil Service

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    Saturday 27 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    “And it says here you know other languages. Care to elaborate?” That was a question posed to my goodself some thirty …
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  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse (II)

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    Saturday 27 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a regular subject of mine, that of the peppers crop we …
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  10. Fresh evening snack…

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    Saturday 27 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Strawberries are much much better this season! Moving 120 newly rooted extensions from the old plants last autumn was a …
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  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse (I)

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    Friday 26 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is probably the most revisited area for me, and this is of …
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  12. ‘Mud Dauber’ wasp cocoons…

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    Friday 26 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . Well who’d’ve guessed? Those ‘wasps nest’, Jabba-the-Hutt looking things are indeed tiny clay wasp cocoons! “The wasps fill their …
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  13. Flower Friday ~ Elegance

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    Friday 26 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Sheer elegance from Mother Nature .

  14. Any Ideas?

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    Thursday 25 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  15. Sour Cherries

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    Thursday 25 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    For once, we beat the birds to harvesting the Vişne (sour cherries)!

  16. Triffid migration

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    Wednesday 24 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A few years ago we acquired some bulbs, and/or seeds; not sure which. Anyway, each summer they bloom, as you …
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  17. Wordless Wednesday ~ Favourite dish

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    Wednesday 24 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My favourite side dish, PEPPERS ‘N’ YOGHURT; dried peppers cooked crisp and served with a bowl of cool natural unpasteurized …
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  18. Mixed Grill

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    Tuesday 23 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One night when Uncle Baldrick was here, we actually managed to venture out for a couple of non-working hours. It …
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  19. Peaches…

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    Tuesday 23 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Peaches are coming along nicely this season!

  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv (IV)

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    Monday 22 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge shows some of the local fishing …
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  21. Macro Monday: Baby Cucumber

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    Monday 22 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Slightly spikey, a bit furry, with a big flower as a crown; yep it’s one of those baby cucumbers! This …
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  22. Citrus Tree Care – Lime paint (2 of 2)

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    Sunday 21 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Painting the trees with slaked lime and copper sulphate takes time. I have to paint the trunk, from the dirt level, …
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  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv (III)

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    Sunday 21 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken in the UK… Is this what they call …
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  24. Plums & Sloes

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    Sunday 21 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Also very late this year are the plums. Here in Türkiye, they are often eaten unripe, and with salt(!?) when …
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  25. Citrus Tree Care – Lime paint (1 of 2)

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    Saturday 20 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Continuing on with the repair and care programme for our citrus trees… this year it’s time to ‘paint’ the trees! …
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  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv (II)

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    Saturday 20 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge are the steps I would walk each morning when staying …
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  27. Apples are growing…

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    Saturday 20 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Growing apples here is bit ‘hit-n-miss’ we’ve found, mainly due to the incessant heat of our normally prolonged hot and …
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  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv (I)

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    Friday 19 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a representation of about every colour the rainbow has to offer; …
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  29. Jump…and I did

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    Friday 19 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is a song I still play regularly in the old car. It’s the amazing Van Halen and their anthemic …
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  30. Flower Friday ~ Last of the Periwinkle

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    Friday 19 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . Summer is here, and whilst the areas of Periwinkle we have seem to survive ok with just a weekly …
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  31. Return to Bodrum

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    Thursday 18 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A rather rapid trip over to Bodrum went down a couple of weeks ago. Having only been there in the …
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  32. Who loves a Blackberry?

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    Thursday 18 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    If one were to mention a Blackberry to 93.48% of the under 25 year old population, what do you think …
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  33. This evening’s snack: Apricots

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    Wednesday 17 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having stated my Ramadan fasting a few days early, as you do, my focus for iftar (breaking of the fast), …
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  34. Wordless Wednesday ~ Now that’s a mural!

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    Wednesday 17 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  35. Bergamot – another first for us

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    Tuesday 16 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After a couple of failures, we now have a Bergamot Orange tree that seems relatively happy and settled. Although it …
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  36. My favourite pepper

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    Tuesday 16 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We grow a few types of peppers each summer; basically because it’s the easiest veg to produce in this hot/dry …
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  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season (IV)

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    Monday 15 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a spot of southern Turkish summer rain …
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  38. Macro Monday: Pomelo

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    Monday 15 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This the skin of a Pomelo . It’s nowhere near fully grown yet. These fruit will be well over a …
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  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season (III)

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    Sunday 14 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a double rainbow taken from our farm in southwest Türkiye. …
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  40. Pomegranates – looks to be a good season

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    Sunday 14 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The pomegranate bushes are still in full flower, but at the same time, we have fruit already well formed.We’ll have …
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  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season (II)

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    Saturday 13 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge shows geraniums surviving an unexpected bout of snow at the seaside. Hope you …
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  42. Black Figs – Late but still welcome

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    Saturday 13 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The green figs never happened at all this season, which is strange as they are a native crop that grow …
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  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season (I)

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    Friday 12 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the wastage of clementines caused by a very rare and sudden cold …
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  44. Dreams ~ Another 1977 Classic

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    Friday 12 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Who remembers this one then? It’s an all-time classic from one of my favourite years, 1977, and by one of …
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  45. Flower Friday ~ House Plant?

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    Friday 12 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

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  46. Dr. Spike and the poorly trees

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    Thursday 11 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    With some 250 trees, there are always the odd casualty or two each season; the lemon trees for example. Olive trees are …
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  47. Fruit: late but worth it

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    Thursday 11 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Winter was far colder than usual. It lasted longer, then spring was late, and so is summer. Basically, the weather …
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  48. Flower of the day

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    Wednesday 10 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

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  49. Wordless Wednesday ~ Hiding?

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    Wednesday 10 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  50. Drilling for water

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    Tuesday 09 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Twenty-four hours a day, for seven days… that’s how long it took to drill our artesian well. Before that, we …
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