Pretty well as soon as we got home from Greece came the opening of the Patchwork Exhibition at the Belediye Museum, known rather grandly as the Selçuk Efes Collective Memory Centre. It is, in fact, a gloriously restored old stone building on three levels. Certainly worth a visit!
Anyway, the opening was very successful. We’re not sure how many people came along, but it was certainly more than 100. We were greeted and congratulated by the Deputy Mayor and received a great many compliments.
Hilary is one of four women who have been involved in this. She’s the one who has only been doing patchwork for a year so her technique is deficient and she only has three finished pieces to show (plus one work-in-progress which she will continue to stitch during her sessions ‘on duty’ at the museum).
Some of these photos were taken by our friends Şükriye and Annette.
Frances’ blue piece
Frances’ piece from old village fabric
Us with Şükriye
More of the setting
Last week, in the course of a shopping trip arranged for us by a friend with a car, we were treated to a visit to the olive oil museum which is in the grounds of the Değrımen at Davutlar. The restaurant itself has an excellent reputation – somewhere to try on a special occasion. There is also a small tea garden on the lake where we sat and watched the swans and listened to the geese for a while. There is a children’s zoo with opportunities to pet various animals and they also do pony rides. So it would be an excellent place to visit with children.
What interested us, though, was the museum, which shows the production of olive oil from Roman times through to modern days. There are dioramas of Roman’s crushing olives and extracting oil. There is a wonderful collection of old wooden olive presses. Clearly assembled as a labour of love. Each one slightly different. And then there were the steam presses (sadly not working when we visited but still…..steam).
There is also a shop which sells organic produce. The bread, we can assure you, is delicious!