OLIVES——-TREE TO TABLE
07 September 2021
There are several olive trees on the marina property and on my morning walk I pass the trees full of green olives. Each day I wonder to myself, what has to happen to these olives so they are edible? Maybe they can be eaten off the tree? (I have never picked one and tried it) Do black olives start out as green olives? What about the purple ones I bought at the Bazar? But by the time I finish my walk and am back on the boat I have forgotten about my olive questions. Well, the other morning I researched olives and wow, I now look at each olive with much more respect!
Years ago we would drive from Oregon to San Fransisco, the road would take us through “Olive Country” in Northern California. We would pass miles and miles of olive groves stopping at roadside stands to buy lovely green olives stuffed with garlic, pimentos, onions or almonds. Undoubtedly there were other types of olives but I had only eyes for the stuffed green ones.
My next olive epiphany was an open air market in Nouméa, New Caledonia. More varieties and colors than I had ever seen. Samples were freely offered and I wanted to say, “I think I need to try one of each variety, please”. However, I did go every day for a new sample!
This brings me to Turkey and my morning walk past the olive trees.
Traditional Turkish Breakfast
06 September 2021
Canadian/Turkish friends took us to a lovely restaurant with a spectacular view of ALanya and the Harbor. Wish I had taken the photo before we started eating! This isn’t even all of the food, staff kept bringing more to the table. Wonderful olives, cheeses, spices pepper sauce, menemen (my favorite), breads, eggs, aubergine, nuts, avocado, fruit, and more.
I was particularly interested in the menemen because I have made it several times and it has never tasted as good as it did here. It is the red mixture toward the top of the picture/ spoon in pan.
SUMMER CONTINUES——Still Tied to the Dock
06 September 2021
Our summer in Turkey has been a busy time. Our intention was to spend a couple of months anchoring and exploring some of the beautiful Turkish coast however, that hasn't happened yet. Only once did we leave the dock and that was to motor over to the fuel dock for a pump out and then back to our slip----so far that has been our summer adventure!
Waiting for pieces and parts to arrive from the US, New Zealand and Australia kept us tied to the dock. Some of what we ordered were for safety, some for unfinished projects and a credit card. Week after week we would say, " By next week all of our packages will have arrived and we can take off". Well, it hasn't happened yet. Our only navigating has been with Turkish Customs, quite a challenge. Again, with the help of Google Translate and the marina staff we are sailing through the red tape of custom fees, additional custom fees, labels and language. We hope to untie the dock li
nes this fall and get further than the fuel dock.
21 July 2021
Pam Sellix | HOT. HOT. HOT
One of our sailing mantras best describes this last week. "PLANS ARE MADE IN THE SAND AT LOW TIDE".
Our refrigerator is now working, we needed a new thermostat. Now, we felt pretty confident that we would soon be untying our lines and heading out to anchor. Early Thursday morning we motored over to the fuel dock for both petrol and diesel and a pump out. It had been ten months since we had been off the dock, it was so nice to be moving on the water. As we were docking, I heard Eric tell one of the marina staff that we would be leaving tomorrow. So, I called our trusty taxi driver, Kerim, and we set off for the Thursday Bazar for final provisioning of fruit and vegetables and a stop at Migros for refrigerated items. Back on the boat I helped Eric check various systems, rigging, etc. I let the marina office know that we hoped to leave the next day. So far, so good. Time came to fix dinner and.........stove not working, oven not working. TBC
05 July 2021 | ALANYA, Turkey
Pam Sellix | Hot
I last wrote on May 10---where did June go?
Eric continues to work on the cockpit enclosure. His seam ripper is his "go to" tool. His MO seems to be sew a piece or two together, look at the work for a while, then redesign, rip out and do it differently! While he tried to source materials here in Turkey there were many pieces and parts that could not be found, So orders were placed to Sailrite in the US. The first parcel was timely in arriving and the customs duty was what we anticipated but the second order didn't come through as easily and the customs duty was $$$$$$$$$$. We're still trying to figure out what happened to order number two that caused it to be so expensive.
We've been fortunate to again enjoy the hospitality of Turkish friends. Along with our Buddy Boat, Joana, we spent an evening with a Turkish family in their home overlooking the Port of Alanya.
The food was fabulous, conversation flowed in both English and Turkish and lots of laughter.
June also found us renting a car with Wade & Diane and driving 123 km. to Antalya. We visited cruising friends who are there with their boat on the hard and also shopped at IKEA! I was disappointed that I didn't find the items on my list but looking at everything was so much fun! The displays and marketing strategy at IKEA are so well done---I almost felt that I needed one of everything. However, the voice in my head shouted,"YOU LIVE ON A BOAT".
Alanya has been labeled "The Turkish Riviera", with tourists flocking to Cleopatra Beach. July has brought hot weather which sends me to a small beach near the marina which is used by local Turkish families--no tourists. I've been told that the water in the Mediterranean has the highest salt content of any body of water in the world, and I believe it. All I have to do is lie back or pretend to sit down and I float--no need to move hands or feet.
I will stop now but hopefully not wait so long to write again.
July 9, 2021. BACK TO WRITING!
Wade and Diane, on our buddy boat svJoana, are planning to untie the lines on Monday and set off for a 6-8 week summer vacation on the water. Their plan is to head West, anchoring in pristine waters, discovering small villages and swimming off the boat in cool/clear waters. We had planned to travel with them but “The Enclosure Project” has gotten in the way and, in addition to the project, yesterday our refrigerator quit! We are waiting for a refrigeration man from Antalya who is coming today or tomorrow. So, when will we untie the lines? TBC.
04 June 2021
June has arrived with warm sunny days, refreshing breezes and comfortable nights. The 19 day lockdown with very rigid restrictions is over and was, it seems, successful. We now can be out and about every day but Sunday, we go to restaurants (eating outside), we wear masks and practice social distancing. We are not, however, allowed on public buses which is fine. We have each had two jabs of Sinovac.
The days are passing quickly, projects not quite as quickly. Eric continues to work on the cockpit enclosure. This is is a project that he has been planning for over 8 years, ever since we spent time on a Catamaran in Victoria, BC. where we sat in the cockpit warm as toast while the cold wind blew all around us. Eric has not been able to start the enclosure because we’ve never been in one spot long enough for a major project but now, as a result of Covid, we are more or less permanent (at least for another several months). TBC.