Uncle Spike



Born in the UK in the mid ’60s, I have had led an interesting and full life.

But before we get into all that, I also have a page called BLOG GUIDE if that’s what you are looking for. It’s sort of a one page guide around Uncle Spike’s Adventures, whereas this one is just my potted history…

Educated to age 16, just. Since then, I’ve lived/worked all over and tried my hand at many occupations and professions; from gardener to very unsuccessful insurance salesman; from warehouseman to mainframe computer programmer; from shepherd to chauffeur; from househubby/parent to IT analyst/manager. As you sit there reading this, I’m having a bash at fruit farming in Southern Turkey, blogging and somehow I’ve also become a proof-reader for academic papers, conference articles and post-grad theses. It’s a curious mix I’ll admit.

Survived a reckless decade of self indulgent wantonness, just. But in hindsight, what a cracking education in life and humanity. Travelled extensively for 35+ years. Definitely not change adverse; relish the challenge of reinvention. Thrive on adventure, whilst happy at home or wandering around the garden with a mug of coffee in hand. Always the handyman, with a trail of DIY building endeavours in my wake, mostly successful, but a few train wrecks along the way too. Not a bad landscape gardener though, and passable as a farmer. 

After a few disastrous engagements when I was young, I was married for 15 years, but then widowed just before I was 39. Now happily remarried to a terrific lady; a Turkish academic with a successful professional background, but a keen sense of humour and two feet firmly on the ground. We have a bilingual smart-arse lovable kid, with more brains than us both combined; a constant source of amusement, challenge and financial burden. For a while he had his own blog too, although schoolwork keeps him busy these days, he rarely finds the time to look at it – one day perhaps. 

Having ticked off the half-century thing, I’m still always busy, constantly reinventing my world. For fun (?), I’m a part-time MAMIL, fighting the love-handles of middle-age through middle-distance road cycling. Being honest, I reckon I’m pretty content with life.

So, these are the ramblings of Uncle Spike… 




52 thoughts on “Uncle Spike

  1. Hemangini says:

    Such a sweet and neat about me. Loved your honesty, bit of humor and the strength that shows through it. Keep it up Uncle Spike 🙂 Wish you lots of adventures and fun in the future.
    PS. Gonna look at your son’s blog. Hope he s studying good. Take care 🙂

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  2. NJ says:

    You have an interesting blog 🙂 looking forward to reading more from you 🙂


  3. ballerina95 says:

    Hey Spike, how’s the blog going? Kind of quiet on your end.

    ballerina95 / Philippines


  4. I just found a comment of yours on someone’s blog, and it said that you had been “told off” by a reader, regarding your satandards of etiquette on this page. I had to come over and have a look. I expected to see images of hordes of naked, writhing bodies, or a racist, ageist, sexist, gingerist, anyonewhodoesn’tlooklikeyouwalklikeyoutalkklikeyouist, homophobic rant, but all I find is an interesting discription af an apparently interesting man.
    However, I’m not disappointed…


  5. Sonia says:

    Nice to meet you, Uncle Spike. I am glad I found your blog. I have a feeling I can learn a lot from you. 🙂


  6. Christina B says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m very excited to have stumbled across your blog that way. Your adventures look amazing and I have to say: fruit farming in Turkey sounds very interesting. Turkey is on my list of must-see places.


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Aww, thanks Christina 🙂

      Yes, life here is certainly different, good and not so good of course. The blog has many different categories on the menu bar, and sub-categories that’ll you help you dig through any particular areas of interest.

      Have a peaceful and fun day!


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  7. Thrilled to have stumbled across your blog and greetings from a New Zealand farmer in the Midwest of America.. cecilia


  8. Cris says:

    An interesting life, to be sure. Sorry about your first lost but happy for your current happiness. Go with the wind.


  9. Bea dM says:

    yikes! did a quick scan through your blog, and how on earth can one keep up with you? lots of interesting subs . gardening, cooking etc…will give it a try 🙂


  10. lokispeaks says:

    As the Midgardians in these parts say, “Howdy.”


  11. ruthspitzer says:

    Superb introduction and summary of your life. Love how you’ve lived it to fruition and then some.


  12. What a great adventure. Look forward to reading and seeing more.


  13. efge63 says:

    I am really happy that found a so intersting person…

    But most of all i am jelous that you live in Turkey….

    I love so much this country … for the reason that the other grandparents of me borned there,……

    I wish you the best for you and your family!!!!

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  15. jan says:

    Hey Uncle Spike, you have had an interesting life! Thanks for stopping by the Twissel blog – nice to meet you!


  16. […] Uncle Spike because you are in neighbouring Turkey and I love your take on life […]


  17. So happy I came across your blog via a mutual blogger! I love the eclectic feel of it and am really enjoying your writing. Looking forward to reading more! 🙂


  18. blubyrd says:

    Thanks for the like and hope you follow me over at http://www.blubyrd.wordpress.com.
    Have a blessed day!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. trablogger says:

    Interesting and Wonderful life indeed.


  20. suchled says:

    Having a good wife is the one main factor in having a content life. Lucky boy!


  21. Janice Wald says:

    Hi, Linda from Laughing Through Life was my guest author, and she gave you a shout out! I hoped you might share it with your readers. Here is the link http://wp.me/p5jxvv-tW Thank you!
    Janice from Reflections blog

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Thank you for liking my Wordless Wednesday post! 🙂
    See you another time.
    Mitsu and the Homestead Colony cats

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  23. Gypsy Couple says:

    Discovered your blog through another blog and loved your writing. Do stop by our blog at http://www.gypsycouple.com if you can 🙂 We are new bloggers ourselves and feedback and likes always help

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Roz Hill says:

    I’ve just become a
    Dooley. Well I typed spikey and the word came up as
    Dooley! Chuckle! I think I am going to enjoy it. I am fairly new to blog GE sphere but totally addicted. I am doing 101 uni course this January so I am on a huge learning curve. I would love half as many followers as you have. We are in good old UK living the good life, please stop by if you have the time. What is your theme BTW it’s so neat?
    Roz Hill


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Thanks Roz. Theme is Griselle, or summat like that – it’s a freebie that I have tweaked every which way possible. As for followers, your time will come – we all started out with a big fat zero 🙂


  25. rododovris says:

    Hey Uncle Spike!!!
    Thank you much for your time to follow!!!


  26. ima_soulman says:

    Hi uncle. Good to meet ya😔


  27. Happy new year and best wishes to you and yours for health, happiness, peace & prosperity in 2015!


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