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02/20/2012, Yacht Marin, Marmaris Turkey

Winter to date

Facilites here are excellent as is the social scene. Haven't made it to stitch'n'bitch? yet... Three days a week I catch the early ferry into town with my super fit and lovely friends/trainers and we run the five miles back along the waters edge. It is a beautiful run. Martyn cycles the same route every day. So we are fit and enjoying Asia Minor. Marmaris itself is probably hideous in season as it is a busy resort but its very pleasant otherwise and the people are so friendly. Plus the market fruit and veg are spoiling us for anywhere else. Can't imagine what I would do with a cabbage the size of a fender!!

Pleiades is out of the water today for a bottom de-barnacle. Think Martyn's might need it too!! On with the work clothes.

"Bir, Icky, oush, dirt, besh". Turkish isn't improving. The winter has flown past. Couple of interludes home for xmas and a skiing trip plus outings including Mugla (a village in the mountains); camel wrestling (where it really feels like Asia); Ephesus; (still preferred Delphi) Selcuk (good market); pretty village of Sirince; quick trip to Rhodes (back to Greece). Plus regular Sunday lunch walks etc.
When anyone asks where our favourite place has been we change our answer every time... But we are loving far
Hosca kalin

03/12/2012 | Katy
so Pleiades has had a bath - is she now ready for the off ? Where will you be heading for next ? Looks as though you had lots of snow in Austria. much love xxx
We've arrived at our Turkish winter home
11/09/2011, Marmaris

Had a romping sail for an hour or so from Bodrum. Then motor sailed the rest of the way pretty much for another 70 miles to Marmaris. Really hot and sunny again now. Great anchorage with mooring buoy at Bozuk Boku.

Marmaris Yacht Marina is our home for the next four months. Its a stunning very sheltered bay. The marina is massive. Theres no five times a day call to prayers which is nice. But the bees make a constant buzzing which is quite bizarre. Lots of activities arranged here, plus a library, gym, outdoor swimming pool and great bar and restaurant so i think we will manage pretty well. (Just have to dye my hair white!!)

As last winter will say cheerio for now until next spring unless the trips we take to the interior of Turkey are worth a mention... Bye y'all. Promise to be back with renewed wit and vigour next year. Or is it vim and witter??

11/09/2011 | Liz
Sounds wonderful - make the most of it. Look forward to seeing you in Dec. x
11/16/2011 | cheryl readings
Hi Linda,
We were at Club Adakoy, Marmaris, in October. It's on the coast behind cemetry island opposite Marmaris. It's closed for the winter now.
If you walk up the steep road behind it you'll find a large cavern.
Have a good time in Turkey and watch out for all the genuine fake goods in the bazaar. x
11/16/2011 | Louisssssssss
I like the photo of the 2 water bottles in your turkey album dont really no why just simple! are u with thomas if so say hi and also to friday and wilson (geezer) see u soon x
11/21/2011 | sally
sounds lovely.
11/09/2011, Bodrum

Spent a week in Kos Harbour including say No to Mussolini day.
Quick sail over to Bodrum via flying fish and a deserted anchorage around Karada Island. So black at night. Amazing.

Couldnt get into Bodrum Harbour or the Marina so anchored in the bay overlooking St Peters Castle. Harbour was rammed with beautiful varnished gulets. Hundreds of them. Spent a lovely few days with Liz and Nic, sailing, eating fab Kalamari and visiting one of the seven wonders of the ancient world (where the word Mausoleum comes from) but nothing there really now. Plus the Medieval castle and its archaelogical underwater museum which was worth a good half a day. Even managed a bit of a sail around the island.

11/09/2011 | Liz
Happy days! We had a lovely time, thank you SO much. Would like a copy of some of your pics - we've still got to download ours. x
Eff Harry Stow Greece - Still swimming in the sea... The Girls brave it. 23 degrees.
10/24/2011, Kalimnos

Swapped to our new crew, Kathryn and Paul. Paul only for three days sadly.
Their first night was super windy and moored in Kos Harbour was fairly bumpy. Added to the discomfort was some druggie who decided to get onboard, run around shouting for help at 3am and then run off and try to undo our mooring lines... scarey stuff. But I think my shouting scared him off. Marty always says I can turn a man to stone with one look, so perhaps he is right.

After that we had a lovely sail over to Kalimnos with a big turtle floating by on the way. A brief swim in the sea and overnight at Vathy (cos we like it!) and another pleasant sail around the island to Kalimnos Town (Pothia) (home of the sponge divers) which was actually nicer than the pilot book suggested.

10/27/2011 | John Osmond
Martyn, remove the wig. Linda just to bring you up to speed with that place you worked at (remember)? Richard Smith left Premier today. I retire 25th November. Sally B is going through a cancer experience. Are you staying onboard through the Med winter?
10/31/2011 | Katy
Hello again - we are just back from the US - having had a whirlwind 5 weeks. And what do I see - the boy has had his hair cut !!!!!! Mart you look quite normal now ! Sounds as though you are all well and still enjoying life. lots of love xxxx
We can see Turkey
10/20/2011, Ios to Amorgos, Leros, Kalimnos then Kos

After two wet and windy days in Ios with Richard and Phillipa we headed towards the Island of Amorgos (renowned for rough seas) via Levitha (which has a very good anchorage allegedly) wind was in our favour so we did 47 miles and found a sheltered anchorage tucked behind an island off the north west coast. Hurrah for some bowriding bottlenoses. Couple of really big ones... cool.

Next day sun came out and had a perfect sail across to Leros Island and met up with Richard and Ruth again in Lakki. Fab to see them. Good harbour and looks like a communist town. Next day gentle sail around the bottom of Leros to the bottom tip of Kalymnos and an awesome fjord called Vathy. Fab place selling sponges. Fertile market garden valley with tiny port at the head of the 'deep' inlet. Good Taverna. Late start after swim and caught a frigate mackerel en route to Kos. Cooked it for dinner in Kos Harbour along with the generous supplies of the French charter boat alongside.. Had crates of wine and beer and water left over.

Visited the Askliepion, a 4th century R&R sanctuary on three levels and the rest of Kos by car. Other than the ruins wasn't impressed with Kos.

10/20/2011 | jasper
Very jelly. The colder and darker it gets here the more fab it looks there. Askliepion - is that like the ancient Greek version of Ask Jeeves?
Sunset over Sikinos
10/06/2011, Ios Town

Fab week with Tricky and Jane included drinking the last bottle in our champagne stock from our wedding and leaving party. But they had earnt it with a mammouth adventure to get to us.

Hired a car to see Homers Tomb (supposedly!!) and the rest of ios. Deserted beaches mostly. But did find some beautiful speckled purple crocus, more lilies and the intrepid beach narcissi, plus some bright purple thistle flowers all amongst the brittle brown shrubs.

Persuaded two taverna owners to fed us fab kalamari lunches despite being shut. Chilling, sunsets with a view and yes you guessed it we taught them to play cucumber... to keep the tradition going. Jane managed to win the first game despite being tiddly and therefore not understanding the rules properly. Clearly that's the way to play....

Met a lovely Italian couple from Rome. Plus English couple leading diving including one couple in morning suits and wedding frock...why? Very nice port police not charging us a bean. Late birthday present of some XO Marmite. One whiff takes you right back to childhood...

Looking forward to moving on from Ios now which is closing down around us, with Richard and Phillipa next en route to Kos and then Chica Kathryn; ex boss (stand by your beds) Paul and finally Liz and Nic in Turkey....

Oh and martyn made me cut his hair and he cut mine.. ha ha what larks...

10/08/2011 | Cheryl Readings
Hey Linda, you can't end your blog like that, where are the new barnet photos?
10/18/2011 | Liz
Hi you two, just catching up on all your news! Sounds like its been one big social whirl for you. Interesting seeing the divers in their wedding gear - think I'll leave my dress behind when we visit! Looking forward to seeing you in 2 weeks :0)

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