Monthly Archives: July 2015

  1. The Trooper

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    Friday 31 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    And now for something completely different… These guys are 2CELLOS, a Slovenian/Croatian duo – Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. If you …
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  2. Flower Friday ~ Pink success

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    Friday 31 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of my favourites…. I lost a few during transplant this spring from established cuttings from two years ago, but …
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  3. SPIKE WRITES: “Gettin’ the hang of it!”

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    Friday 31 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    ….. Yes it’s Brian the talking  Rooster from Uncle Spike’s Farm again. Brian is the regular monthly…

  4. Throwback Thursday – The first weeks

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    Thursday 30 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When we first took on the farm it was just an overgrown mess, with trees in poor condition and one …
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  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up (IV)

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    Thursday 30 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is new leaves on a grape vine, …
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  6. Greenhouse: Before & After

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    Wednesday 29 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Before (2007) . After (2015)

  7. Wordless Wednesday ~ Cultural treat

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    Wednesday 29 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up (III)

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    Tuesday 28 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the beauty of a flowering broad bean plant, with clouds …
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  9. Black bum tomatoes

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    Tuesday 28 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Ok so here’s a strange one for ya… black bum tomatoes! This weird phenomenon is actually very common for us on larger fruit tomato plants. …
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  10. Open road…

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    Monday 27 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Can’t beat some open road to clear the mind sometimes…  

  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up (II)

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    Monday 27 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was a small find among the woodpile! Hope you enjoy …
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  12. Macro Monday: Aubergine flower

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    Monday 27 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This young bee seems to have taken a liking to this rather pretty aubergine or eggplant flower! This is my entry …
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  13. Winter in Istanbul: Fenerbahçe

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    Sunday 26 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When in Rome…. or Istanbul. My wife is an avid fan of Fenerbahçe, one of our top three football (soccer) …
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  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up (I)

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    Sunday 26 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a bee spotted on a flowering orange tree on our …
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  15. Winter in Istanbul: On the Ferries

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    Saturday 25 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Part of my Istanbul adventure during the winter included some ‘boy time’, off on my own exploring. Naturally, ferries came …
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  16. Dikmen Vadısı (1 of 4)

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    Saturday 25 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I’m no lover city lover, that’s pretty much an accepted fact. So, when I’m forced, persuaded, encouraged, pushed, coerced or …
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  17. My beard never grew like theirs

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    Friday 24 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    ZZ TOP They were part of my youth; a time that spanned that last bit of compulsory schooling, the start …
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  18. Flower Friday ~ Half closed

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    Friday 24 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This pretty little gazania was always like this. It seemed healthy enough, but the petals were always half closed. Strange, …
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  19. Throwback Thursday – Olives indoors!

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    Thursday 23 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This takes me back… to the days before the house was fully habitable. We still lived here, but it was …
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  20. Sunrise Ankara

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    Thursday 23 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  21. Salt….

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    Wednesday 22 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Central Anatolian salt flats  . At the processing factory there are piles of raw salt. .

  22. Wordless Wednesday ~ Young Pommie

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    Wednesday 22 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Half & Half’ (IV)

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    Tuesday 21 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a land split in two (Capadoccia, …
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  24. Cherry tomatoes

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    Tuesday 21 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Of all the types of tomato that we have attempted to grow, dwarf cherry are the most successful by far. …
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  25. Wind Turbine

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    Tuesday 21 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Half & Half’ (III)

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    Monday 20 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge depicts one’s ‘better-‘ or ‘other half’; hence a couple are …
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  27. Macro Monday: Baby Aubergine

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    Monday 20 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This cute little baby Aubergine is my entry for Macro Monday this week. Strange to think that these will grow, …
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  28. Winter in Istanbul: Famous mosques from afar

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    Sunday 19 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    More grey skies from our winter trip to Istanbul… I’ve always had a fascination for mosques, dating back long before …
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  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Half & Half’ (II)

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    Sunday 19 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a view of the Aegean, split half and half by …
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  30. Introducing Maya

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    Sunday 19 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is a breakaway post by Uncle Spike to introduce a spot of culture or a moment of Sunday serenity. …
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  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Half & Half’ (I)

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    Sunday 19 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a split in the canvas all right, bringing symmetry …
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  32. Winter in Istanbul: Boats of Kadıköy

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    Saturday 18 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Rain stops play? Nope; it’s only water, and everything dries out eventually, doesn’t it? Gloomy skies over Istanbul in winter certainly …
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  33. Impressive weeds

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    Saturday 18 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    These large yellow bush things are in fact just weeds that appear all over this part of Türkiye. Most of the time …
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  34. Marriage and Mr Adams

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    Friday 17 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This entry into the collection of Tunes I Love is actually very significant to me. As a piece of music it’s one …
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  35. Flower Friday ~ Passion weed?

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    Friday 17 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Passion Flower Here it grows like a weed. It gets everywhere… It spreads under the surface… It gets into the trees …
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  36. Remnants of winter past

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    Thursday 16 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  37. Remembering a departed blogger

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    Thursday 16 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Today would have been Rhonda Elkins’ birthday Sadly Rhonda is no longer with us But friends who met through her blog …
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  38. Basil

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    Wednesday 15 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of the better crops this summer, so far, has been the small leaf black basil plants. First planted out …
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  39. Wordless Wednesday ~ All tied up

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    Wednesday 15 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  40. Sweetcorn: Progressing well

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    Tuesday 14 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Moving on one month after planting, and the corn plants are growing very well indeed. They certainly love the heat …
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  41. Cucumber

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    Tuesday 14 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Simple, organic, tasty, free, mine 🙂  

  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol (IV)

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    Monday 13 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a symbol I guess…. looks like a …
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  43. Macro Monday: White Grapes

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    Monday 13 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    These still very small white grapes are still a couple of months away from maturity. Can’t wait 🙂 Anyway, this is …
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  44. Winter in Istanbul: Galata Bridge

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    Sunday 12 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    From the mid-winter stay in Istanbul Wandering the streets in the rain is actually not a bad thing, providing you …
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  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol (III)

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    Sunday 12 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the symbol for a crossroad. A simple, yet immediately known symbol …
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  46. Grape vine escapes

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    Sunday 12 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This grape vine went a little mad this year!

  47. Winter in Istanbul: Art & Freedom

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    Saturday 11 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    And here’s something else from our mid-winter time up in Istanbul… Art, as an expression of humanity, is something I’ve …
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  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol (II)

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    Saturday 11 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a symbol that represents a certain country – bet you can …
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  49. Anatolian highway – Rollin’ on…

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    Saturday 11 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol (I)

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    Friday 10 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a symbol of national pride. In actuality, it’s a bricked over …
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