Wallabies on the Isle of Wight.

A wallaby

Me with a wallaby 2

Gary and I went to the Isle of Wight for my birthday treat. It’s an extremely nice place to visit especially when, like us, you’re lucky with the weather. We stayed in a lovely hotel and both Gary and I were surprised by how many attractions there were. We saw five in three days and trust me; we only scratched the surface.

We went to a monkey and owl haven, Osborne House and Carisbrooke castle, a sea life/aquatic centre and a donkey sanctuary. The wallabies were at the sealife/aquatic centre, though what they were doing there was never explained!

But they are the cutest little things! I wanted to pick one up and take it home! They are so soft and fluffy as well as being incredibly tame. You can stroke them and pet them and they will take food out of your hand. They are so gentle and when they eat out of your hand there is no tooth action, they take the food with their little soft lips. They are just so sweet, it is incredibly tempted to pinch one! Not that I would really because it would be irresponsible and probably extremely bad for the poor little things who undoubtedly need specialised care. But it doesn’t stop me from loving them!

ROW80 Check-In 18/01/2012

Have been very good and virtuous since the last check-in; read a poem every day, blogged every day, wrote my diary every day and edited one page of Emily Swann every day except Sunday (I never said I was perfect!).  Also read the first chapter of a book called Plot and Structure; Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell.  And I’m about a quarter of the way through A Game of Thrones.

Am planning to do an Arvon course this year; it’s something I’ve been thinking about for ages and I’ve finally decided to stop thinking about it and just do it.  Will probably do that July/August time.  Actually have a fairly busy year ahead of me.  We’re going to Portsmouth for a few days at the end of March to have a holiday/research Emily Swann.  Going to Ireland to visit my parents in June and then hopefully, we will be going to Greece in September/October time.  Exciting!

Turkish Food

Most of the food in Turkey was very nice especially the breakfasts.  I usually had a boiled egg, yoghurt, cheese, some melon, some cold meat and a little chocolate sweetie thing to finish off; apart from the chocolate it was all quite healthy too.

This was the lunch I had in the Grand Bazaar; it wasn’t sensational but it was adequate.  Most of the food seemed to be lamb with rice and sometimes bread as well with a bit of salad.  The Turks are a bit stingy with their chips but that was okay.

Here is a freshly squeezed pomegranate juice that I had one day.  The guy squeezed it right in front of me so you can’t get fresher than that.  It’s supposed to be very healthy but, my God, was it sharp?!  I could only drink about half of it before my mouth puckered up!

Also tried both the Turkish tea and the Turkish coffee; have to say I didn’t really like either of them.  The tea wasn’t too bad but I miss the milk and the coffee was very strong!!

Traffic in Turkey

I consider myself to be quite widely travelled as I’ve been to Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Marseilles, Hong Kong, Naples, Rome, Florence, Orlanda, New York, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and probably a few other places I might have forgotten to mention but I have never seen anything like the traffic in Istanbul.  It’s like a cross between a Roman chariot race and a stock car rally.  I got a Lonely Planet guide book for Istanbul and it made me laugh when I read the advice about car hire; it said something like “if you’re thinking of driving in Turkey, don’t!”  That is advice I have to agree with.  What was amazing was that Gary and I only noticed one car that was a bit scraped when we were over there and we never witnessed a single accident.  I would hate to drive over there and I dread to think what their insurance premiums must be like!

This picture doesn’t really get the awfulness of it but it was a hard thing to capture in a photograph.  You’re just going to have to take my word for it!

Holiday in Istanbul

My lovely husband and I have just come back from five days in Istanbul.  We had a fabulous time; there was so much to see and do and the Turkish people are just the friendliest people on earth!  We both enjoyed it so much we’ve sworn to go back there.  Here is a picture of my lovely hubby (otherwise known as Mr Bongle).  This photo was taken on the roof of our hotel where the restaurant was; you had to climb four flights of stairs to get there which was hard especially for Gary but more than worth it for the absolutely wonderful view.  As you can tell you could see all the way out over the Bosphorus and the cool breeze off the sea meant it was warm and sunny but never too hot.  More from Turkey in later posts.