Tag Archives: parenting

  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. Çocuk Bayramınız Kutlu Olsun – Children’s Day

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    Saturday 23 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    On April 23, 1929, upon Atatürk’s proposal, the Turkish Grand National Assembly decreed April 23 as a national holiday dedicated …
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  3. Throwback Thursday: Boobies On My Wall

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    Thursday 07 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    For Throwback Thursday this week, here’s a post from March 2014. I guess this is one of my defining moments or …
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  4. Something simple from the freezer

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    Sunday 21 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    With three freezers full of homegrown produce, it’s a pretty regular occurrence that I delve into their depths with not …
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  5. Defiance: Frisked before prayers

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    Saturday 30 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Yesterday I took my son to the huge Kocatepe Mosque in downtown Ankara. It was his first time there, and …
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  6. Star Wars VII – Our Trip (no spoilers)

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    Saturday 19 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    So we did it… Late Thursday we made the trek to the big city (ish) to lay rest to the …
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  7. Nerd time here at last…

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    Wednesday 16 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Sorry to all those expecting to see scenic shots of mountains, some global travels, farming life, flowers or even Turkish …
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  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops! (IV)

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    Monday 14 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My fourth Weekly Photo Challenge take on Oops! was from the day I was trying to get a decent pose …
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  9. As fast as I put them in….

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    Thursday 08 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  10. Wordless Wednesday ~ Mother & Child

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    Wednesday 07 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  11. Back when the monster was small…

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    Thursday 01 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This was a few years ago now When the kiddo was light enough to hold! Taken on the roof – …
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  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration (IV)

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    Monday 03 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the inspiration one gets from our …
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Sharing Quality Time

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    Sunday 01 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I saw this scene a while back and took a sneaky photograph. It just looked like one of those images …
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  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: New (II)

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    Saturday 03 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is an even earlier clip of Cousin Spike Jnr than the first post – probably …
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  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: New (I)

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    Friday 02 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is an early picture of our lad when he was all ‘new’… …
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  18. Thankful at Thanksgiving – from Türkiye

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    Wednesday 26 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It’s that time of year again when three things happen. One – over half my readers disappear to gorge on …
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  19. Pint-sized Rebel #6

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    Thursday 25 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr off to school full-time from age 2½…. .

  20. Pint-sized Rebel #5

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    Tuesday 23 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr ‘escaping’… but didn’t spot there wasn’t a fence 🙂 .

  21. Pint-sized Rebel #4

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    Saturday 20 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr building his first weapon I suspect…. .

  22. Pint-sized Rebel #3

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    Thursday 18 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr being a ‘boy’, and making a splash…. .

  23. Pint-sized Rebel #2

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    Monday 15 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr attempting to take off on dad’s other wheels…. .

  24. Pint-sized Rebel #1

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    Saturday 13 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr attempting to take off on dad’s wheels…. .

  25. Make ’em work… (part two)

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    Tuesday 09 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    When young Cousin Spike Jnr was, err, much younger, he was often found outside helping the old man with chores …
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  26. Make ’em work… (part one)

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    Sunday 31 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Apart from the help young Cousin Spike Jnr was on the farming side of life, we also made sure he …
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  27. Summer Skool Wiv Dad #6

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    Thursday 28 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The last in the series about how we have tried to fill up young Cousin Spike Jnr‘s 92 days off …
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  28. Summer Skool Wiv Dad #5

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    Monday 25 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Many of you will know of young Cousin Spike Jnr‘s exploits in the mathematics department and his love for all things …
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  29. And The Apple Fell…

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    Saturday 23 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    What do they say? The apple never falls far from the tree! . Like all grandparents, I think my own …
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  30. Summer Skool Wiv Dad #4

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    Thursday 21 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Young Cousin Spike Jnr is continuing with his love of math, sums, mathematics, call it what you will. Most weeks during …
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  31. Summer Skool Wiv Dad #3

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    Wednesday 20 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    As with most kids, whatever Mom or Dad does, they’ll wanna have a go too… Each morning, in hope of …
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  32. Summer Skool Wiv Dad #2

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    Saturday 16 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Not quite big enough for a family swim… but at least Cousin Spike Jnr can cool off during the hot …
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  33. Pushy Mom Scores One

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    Saturday 09 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We all like to blab about our kids, and all think they are the smartest or most beautiful on the …
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  34. Summer Skool Wiv Dad #1

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    Thursday 07 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    With 92 days off for summer, it’s a heck of a long time at home – both for Cousin Spike …
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  35. Pad Parent : Good Parent

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    Thursday 31 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It is a sad fact how many times you read, here or see cases of just plain old ‘bad parenting’. …
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  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers (I)

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    Friday 18 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the single most used and useful container on our farm, our …
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  37. Sumz @ Six

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    Wednesday 04 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    . Our resident small person, Cousin Spike Jnr is a nerd. It’s a commonly known fact, and one that he …
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  38. So What’s My Problem?

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    Saturday 17 May, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We all consider ourselves hard done by in life, at some point or another. I for one bemoan our financial …
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  39. REBLOG: Happy Mummies Day

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    Sunday 11 May, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Cousin Spike Jnr:
    A few weeks ago for my art class homework my teacher told us to look and…

  40. My Kid’s Been Abducted By Aliens

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    Tuesday 06 May, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr is six and a bit, and in the first year of primary/ elementary school. Like all kids, …
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  41. Çocuk Bayramı – Children’s Day

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    Thursday 24 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Across Turkey every 23rd of April, kids of primary and middle school age celebrate Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı, or “Holiday …
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  42. Say What?

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    Friday 21 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Kids expressions are so genuine to photograph. There is no pretence, no fake smiles, no acting; just what you see …
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  43. Boobies On My Wall. Touché Mom.

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    Tuesday 18 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Granny Spike, a.k.a. mom has always been a handy person. Over her 80 years, she has taken on full bathroom …
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  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (I)

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    Friday 14 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is of our very own Cousin Spike Jnr when …
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  45. Negotiation Tactics… Of A 6 Year Old

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    Thursday 27 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m think of myself as a man of the world. I survived two decades in the world of corporate business. …
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  46. “Soft Kitty…”

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    Tuesday 21 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Our small person, otherwise known as Cousin Spike Jnr, is a bit off the weather right now; nothing more than …
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  47. Helping Hand

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    Thursday 26 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Spent a while looking back through ‘December fotos’ of yesteryear… and came across this one. It’s of me and Cousin …
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  48. Short Sheldon

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    Monday 23 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Regular followers will be aware that Cousin Spike Jnr is a bit of a nerd, a geek, a sci-fi nut… He …
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  49. Fired At Age 12…

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    Thursday 19 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    I’m a fairly honest and decent sort of chap really. I don’t steal or cheat, and any lies I’ve told …
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  50. Cousin Spike Jnr – His Own Blog!

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    Sunday 15 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Cousin Spike Jnr has become a man… well almost, he’s 6 now anyway. After much pestering by our short Padawan, …
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