Left to My Own Devices

I have been left to my own devices to keep the home fires burning. Liam has flown back to Blighty to take care of his folks. Father-in-law is in hospital and mother-in-law needs a little TLC. His siblings are all doing a turn and Liam is the opening act. So, I have two weeks home alone to fiddle, twiddle and scribble. What to do? There are a few odd jobs to do around the house; they may help to keep me out of mischief.

With winter lurking out to sea, I climbed onto the roof this morning to shut off the water supply from the solar panels. This involved clambering up two rotting wooden ladders and being horse-whipped by the canopy of a giant tree dripping with almost-ripe olives. It has to be done, otherwise the bathroom water heater won’t work. Don’t ask me why. It’s one of the great mysteries of the modern era, like Stonehenge. One of these days I’m going to break my neck.

For no reason other than the title of this post I give you the Pet Shop Boys.

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11 thoughts on “Left to My Own Devices

  1. Steady as you go Jack. I’m sure you can find lots to do to keep you out of trouble for a couple of weeks. It could be that the neighbours will rally with some nourishing food donations and a few friends might drop by for a tete-a-tete now and again. I’m sure you won’t want to make too many trips up a dodgy ladder but it might be worth it for the olives, that way you could busy yourself for a day with some brining and bottling, very domesticated – wouldn’t Liam be proud of you? On the other hand, you could think b…….ks to it and open a bottle of vintage Doluca and read a good book! Did I say vintage?? LOL


  2. Enjoy your two weeks of solitude….although if you are anything like me you will be looking like a forlorn puppy dog after the first few hours. I don’t do being alone well……. 🙂


  3. Good luck Jack….. space for your thoughts I suppose till he gets back , yes I have no idea why some water heaters won’t work with solar, strange but true. Sums up neatly the quirky nature of living here, I love it most of the time. Thanks for the Pet Shop Boys made for some lively listening 1st. thing in the morning, your blogs are always worth a read, good luck with the book wishing you a big success with that.


  4. Despite the odd bathroom-solar-winter situation, I am still amazed at the prevalence of solar heating going on in Turkey. I mean, of course, it makes total sense…but it is still so resisted here. Sadly, this week, my folks’ 1970s-era solar hot water heating panels finally gave up the final, cannot fix it, be damned ghost. The behemoths are on the way down tomorrow morning. 😦


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