Thursday, 6 May 2010

2010:365:126 ...volcanic ash permitting....

Volcanic ash permitting I'm due to fly home in the early hours of tomorrow morning so this might be the last posting from Turkey..... but that rather depends on the CAA (civil aviation authority).  Ken's pool towel has a colourful mix of international airports portrayed and made an interesting foreground for a 'last picture' from my little balcony in the early morning light when the day is still cool.
Later in the early afternoon we'll enjoy the higher numbers when we plan to be on the turtle beach at Patara.
Being able to enjoy all meals al fresco is one of the highlights of life in Kaş.  Breakfast on the main balcony overllooking the town....lunch and dinner at open air restaurants (or on the balcony).  I wonder how strange it will feel to be back to central heating and extra jumpers?
The welcome here at Number Five has been wonderful.  I'll miss this jasmine scented front door
as you arrive home hot and dusty after the trek up the steep slopes from Kaş.  The cool marble and wide verandas keep the building at a very comfortable temperature.

I think too that I'll miss the intense colours that are all around... sparkling lights, dramatic pottery and a huge variety in flowers and insects.  From the wide views to the tiny details there has been so much of interest and the 1,000 + photographs are going to be a constant reminder of all that I've enjoyed on this "trip of a lifetime"!  I've been impressed at how the cameras have managed some of the macro shots without any bother.... yesterday's grasshoppers were fun!
Perhaps the most memorable part of the time here was the visit to the Church of Saint Nicholas at Myra.  That was certainly the highlight of the holiday!
Although many other visits juggle with each other for second place - not least the local amphitheatre in Kaş.  Centuries of life stories join the present residents and tourists in a journey into the present.  Uncertainties and instability are given perspective as you stand on ancient stones and pray in buildings that have been used for worship since the early Christian era.  
So now, the packing up begins and the news from BBC will be watched with interest as the no-fly zone is considered by those "in the know".  

Go before us, Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy attain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Book of Common Prayer
Collect for Guidance

1 comment:

Loey said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this one too !