What with various major life events involving unplanned trips to the UK and all manner of running around and life stress this blog and many other things got neglected. Slowly we are getting our feet back on the ground even though we are back off to the UK fairly soon for amongst other things another bout of running around in what at times feels like a headless chicken.
Through all of this, and the moving back and forth between Selçuk and Παρακοιλα we have been crazy busy. This now needs to stop, apart from anything else life in the Aegean through July and August is a time to slow down and relax. Anything strenuous can wait until the heat of summer starts to subside.
In Παρακοιλα we now have the kitchen done, lovely custom hand made units, marble worktops, and German appliances. We have also done all the essential repairs, got the electrics corrected (there was some crazy old wiring), the plumbing sorted, a garden that is ticking over nicely and external woodwork repaired as best as possible. The rest can wait, apart from anything else the bank accounts need to recover.
In Selçuk we don’t need to do any of this stuff, it is all done, though we do need to have some inexpensive repairs done to the solar system. Plus Ashley needs to go back to the cardiologist in İzmir for a follow up. More on this and a bionic cardiac artery might be a subject for a future piece.
We have been asked on numerous occasions in both Selçuk and Παρακοιλα about our long term plans and to a lesser extent the why behind them. So to set the record straight.
Are we planning to move permanently to Παρακοιλα? – No. We intend to spend time in both homes. We might spend more of the summer months in Παρακοιλα and more of the winter in Selçuk but this is yet to be decided. We envisage it will be a roughly 50/50 thing.
As to why, well there are a few forces in play. The main one is our desire to protect and maintain our status as European citizens which is now largely (in so far as is possible) achieved. The rest is as they say, “not my circus not my monkeys”.