Category Archives: Daily Life

  1. Karma – A Childhood Lesson

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    Tuesday 28 February, 2017 by Uncle Spike

    This is a true tale that happened within the last hour. It is perhaps small and maybe insignificant to some, …
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  2. Not all days start with a smile

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    Thursday 03 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s a lovely bright springtime picture from here on the farm. Unfortunately my day wasn’t quite the same. Talk about …
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  3. The light

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    Thursday 07 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Our forests are cold, In the darkness of the night; Then dawn brings new hope, As the skies share the …
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  4. The mists of time

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    Tuesday 05 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Time passes The warmth of summer long departed Exchanged in kind for winter rains I ask myself, “Where are my …
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  5. The surprisingness of normal folk

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    Wednesday 09 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Today was a good day in southwest Türkiye.  I tackled a number of ‘chores’ today, starting off with taking the …
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  6. And there went summer…

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    Sunday 20 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Basically, our weather here has two elements, sun or storms. After five straight months of sun, we have finally moved …
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. City Walking

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    Saturday 07 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I guess you could say I am right where I want to be, physiologically speaking, after some eight months spent …
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  11. New Year’s Eve… then it’s 2015

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    Wednesday 31 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    So today sees the last remnants of the year 2014. Hmm, that flew by mighty quickly I have to say! …
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  12. Spare Ribs?

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    Tuesday 30 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    No I don’t eat pork of course… but, having been so blasé about being in great health in my end of …
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  13. Goodbye Mister Flubberbelly (part four)

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    Tuesday 23 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Over time I tackled the basics, that of scoffing less and scoffing better, then the quick-fire initial regime of the …
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  14. Goodbye Mister Flubberbelly (part three)

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    Saturday 20 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    So, in addition to opting to reduce my calorie intake voluntarily, rather than have a plank of wood nailed firmly across …
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  15. Blogging Aids Focus

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    Friday 19 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It is all far too easy just to accept and passively ignore our surroundings. There is beauty all around, whether …
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  16. Goodbye Mister Flubberbelly (part two)

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    Wednesday 17 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In order to reduce any amount of flubberness, one has to do two things, or so I was told. One is …
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  17. Goodbye Mister Flubberbelly (part one)

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    Saturday 13 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I decided, albeit just to myself at first, to get fit this year, or at least try to stem the …
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  18. Sounds of Summer

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    Tuesday 02 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    For a quarter of the year, the air is ‘relatively’ quiet… And then for the next quarter, it’s a regular …
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  19. Gotta Love Summer Storms

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    Friday 29 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Out of the blue, literally, we can suddenly have a deluge from above. I just love summer storms – short, …
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  20. Spike’s Guide to Eid al-Fitr

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    Monday 28 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today is Eid al-Fitr, celebrated across the globe by 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population. . So …
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  21. The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 2

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    Saturday 28 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Uncle Spike’s own Ramadan diet is different, but it works 🙂 As mentioned in the previous post, fasting means to …
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  22. New ABs Installed

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    Monday 23 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    So there we have it… the 30-Day AB Challenge well and truly finished, licked, sorted, done and dusted. Has it …
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  23. The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 1

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    Saturday 21 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Uncle Spike has his own Ramadan dietary regime to aid fasting 🙂 First of all, fasting means to go without …
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  24. Summer Storm Just Minutes Ago!!

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    Friday 20 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We just a load of wet stuff fall from the sky! Quite bizarre it was too. We are well into …
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  25. Ramadan Countdown…

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    Wednesday 18 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In just another 10 days it will be the holy month of Ramadan, or Ramazan as we know it in …
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  26. Counting Without Brain In Gear

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    Friday 13 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Without my optional ‘rest days’, the days are flying (slowly and painfully) by as the “30 Day Ab Challenge” continues. …
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  27. Torture Chamber Updates

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    Sunday 08 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Yay… still not quite sure what the chuff I did getting into this lark, but this old camel is now …
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  28. Regime Time

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    Tuesday 03 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Looks like I’ve got a couple of strict months ahead. First of all I am taking part in the “30 …
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  29. Oh Dear, What Have I done??

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    Friday 30 May, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    ABS is a braking system, isn’t it? But for some rather strange and unknown reason, Uncle Spike ‘volunteered’ to join …
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  30. I Love The Sound of Rainfall

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    Thursday 01 May, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In a land where we have virtually no rain for months on end, I still enjoy the odd downpour. I …
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  31. Wildlife’s Out; It Must Be Spring

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    Tuesday 25 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Spring means sun, long days of blue skies, interspersed with the odd storm now until early May (rarely see a …
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  32. Who’s Yella Right Now?

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    Thursday 20 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Answer: we are. Yella, or yellow that is.  It’s almost the beginning of April, and that means one thing, it’s …
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  33. Soppy Valentines Spike

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    Friday 14 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Yay, February 14th is here, and it’s a special one this year – I get to spend 3-4 hours with …
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  34. Weird And Wonderful Jobs

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    Wednesday 05 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I have had many many jobs over the years. I’m not going to bore you with a list, but just …
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  35. 1970’s Memory Joggers – UK Edition

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    Thursday 30 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Born in the mid 60’s (that’s 19 not 18) one begins to realise that the middle ages are not just …
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  36. Black n White Spike

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    Friday 24 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I got asked this week…. “Hey Spike, you ever do much Black & White photography?” Well, rarely I’ll admit. But …
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  37. More Goodies From Uncle Baldrick

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    Thursday 16 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Remember the garden fork, the tools and the 5,000 old photographs? Well, that’s not all that Uncle Baldrick brought over …
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  38. Who Spotted The Fairy?

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    Tuesday 14 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I wonder if anyone notice the ‘fairy’ on our New Year’s tree in the recent post? Ok, So We’re A …
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  39. Ok, So We’re A Little Different !

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    Sunday 12 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We don’t do ‘normal’ around here, but we do excel at ‘different’. There really is no Halloween event or culture …
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  40. Our New Years Eve

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    Wednesday 08 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Party, party, party….!!  Yeah right; party animals we are (not)… Well, perhaps once upon a time, sure, but those days …
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  41. Guess What’s Arrived?

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    Thursday 02 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    When I was widowed, I sold up, emigrated and started over. I sold my car, cottage and even my beloved …
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  42. Happy New Morning…

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    Wednesday 01 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    There will loads of Happy New Year posts, messages and updates today I’m sure. I did mine yesterday… And then …
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  43. Happy New Year Spikey’s!!

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    Tuesday 31 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Recently I reviewed 2013 in a post called And That Was My 2013 Was It? Well, now it’s time for …
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  44. Dark Nights & Fresh Yoghurt

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    Saturday 07 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Now there’s a daft blog post title if ever I saw one – see, I know what you’re thinking…. 🙂 …
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  45. Happy Diwali 2013

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    Sunday 03 November, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    We all follow different paths in our personal journeys of faith, from atheism or agnosticism to Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism or …
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  46. Doh, Who Didn’t Change The Clocks?

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    Sunday 27 October, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Here in the household of Clan Spike, we both needed to get up early for work this Sunday morning. Whilst …
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  47. A Special Day

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    Tuesday 15 October, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Today is Eid-al-Adha, which is sometimes referred to as the Sacrifice Festival, or here, it’s Kurban Bayram – the biggest …
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  48. And That Was Saturday…

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    Sunday 06 October, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    For many, Saturday is a day of rest, for others, a day of sport and/or recreation. Many people go to …
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  49. Sunday Serenity

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    Sunday 29 September, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    It’s a lovely sunny autumn Sunday. The skies are blue and not a cloud it sight. The temperature is in …
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  50. Baby Spike to Uncle Spike

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    Wednesday 25 September, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Even Uncle Spike was a kid once… Check out my wheels; my first adventure! (…yes, that really is me…) . …
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