Travel blogs #3: Turkey adventures - a new dawn, a new day a new life

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-03-2016 09:26 PM 3036 reads 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Turkey adventures
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

South west coast of Turkey.
Yes life for me are never at a still stand, life keeps opening up new paths and bringing smiles.
It has also brought loads of crap… but I choose to focus where I feel the smiles.
This winter was tough on me, lots of nerve neck pain, muscle pains and tensions, so I have not been so active at LJ as I like to be, feel I let down many old friends here by not having time to respond to all their posts, have more than 500 unread messages in my notifications from LJ, guess with a big friend list it grows fast.
But no one are forgotten, life have just been guiding me in different directions, a new day – every day, a new dawn – feel I get better at being retired, a new life – my daughter living full time with me now as she goes to high school, and Filiz who generously share her life and love with me in so many ways. One of these ways are that she was born in Turkey and so we spend a holyday there six months back and on this journey we slept on a small beach where we the next morning fell in love with a house, found out it was empty, drove up a kilometer high mountain to find the owner and made a deal to rent it.
This resulted in us going there to get the house in working order and for me to enjoy the benefits of a warmer and more peaceful climate for my pains and tensions, we will use it for holydays when possible, otherwise life will go on as usual here in Copenhagen in my small apartment and hours of joy at the work shop.

This is our house under the mountain.

The view from the house, a bay by the Aegean Sea, always new light, new color, a living painting.

As I said we went there to get the house in working order, it had been left for years, so it needed love and we needed households and other essentials.

Shopping in Turkey can be really colorful.

Even at the hardware store.

But also Turkey seems to have held on to traditional ways and tools and this was manly what we went for.

Like here at a local carpenters shop.

Handmade and by tradition and factory made in a mix.

But all wood here.

In order to enjoy this, we needed to set up quite a bit, buy stuff, clean and fix.
(To be honest I was tired after this last visit, but next time we will go just to relax and enjoy life).

We became friends with our neighbor Ismail, he is one of the most lovely men I meet in my life, a pure heart and soul along with a wonderful mood and a river of love.

Also we meet up with many of the locals, they all seem to be related and everyone are open hearted and making us feel welcome.
Down there they still care for the family, they help each other and so the whole family meet to help our neighbors planting beans for the season.

They asked me to try planting and this I could not resist, even I only managed half a row and then had to stop since my neck and arms started aching, I did get my retirement for a reason I was reminded… but it was the most wonderful moment and now I will follow the growing more carful as the summer passes on.

I see strong woman with a peaceful mind and a soul that follows the rhythm of life.

As I said, life here are about keeping it simple, local food, fish caught by harpoon in the sea, cooking and eating by the fire.
(The neighbor told us the whole willage could smell my cooking).

Meet up with the local carpenter, here he is working on a small table for me.

Lovely heavy machines and the smell of sawdust, so I felt really home there.

Filiz are closing down a deal with him on some furniture’s for our house.
So wonderful that this is still possible in a country like this, happy to not support IKEA. ;-)

At the matrass maker… Yes cotton mattresses, hand made and in the most amazing quality, this at the prize of a IKEA foam mattress.

Not much woodworking, patch working perhaps, made a floor for the toilet.

You cant imagine the joy of listening to the sea, smelling the mandarin tree and saying hello to a frog as you go there, this is a wonderful kind of luxury when you grew up in the city and live in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen.

I did bring a few tools, so I could make us a cutting board to start with.

Woodworking with a view.

A little box of basics; a block plane, knifes, spoon knife, folding saw, chisel and sharpening gear.
Guess I know now what are the basic tools you need.

Scrapers, more for sharpening, a few unfinished spoons and the new spoon knife I just made the week before.

The locals use hatched for the firewood so I bought an axe and one of the traditional hatches for compare.

The hatched are with no compare the best tool, I simply love it, even I got blisters and will remember to use gloves in the future (city man), I will put the axe in the back of the car for collecting wood.

I smile.

Also bought Kermit the ugly dugly for house repair.

And saws for wood and metal.

Some how refreshing to start all over.
To feel again the overwhelming joy of getting a simple hammer.

Workbench are some old bee hives we will use for clothes storage in the house.

Less can be so much more.

As long as you are warm and not hungry.

Just the basics. ;-)

A table.

And the moon over the sea.

Neighbors that bring you fresh green and fruit.

And makes you feel welcome.

A carpenter that can make you simple beautiful furniture’s.

Did I mention tools and sharpening gear… laughs.


Oranges and mandarin from your own trees.

I feel I found the end of the rainbow.

And will enjoy every moment I will be given at that place and feel grateful that life have so much to offer me, even it at other times have seen so dark, that I could only glimpse the lights of it as stars in the midnight sky.

Thank you for joining me a brief moment here.

Hope this post can bring some light, perhaps even hopes to where they are needed.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 09:28 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 09:35 PM

Congratulations on finding such a wonderful place. I’m looking forward to hearing how this works out for you.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 04-03-2016 10:15 PM

That does it.


Stop posting this kind of stuff or I’ll come over there and move in with you. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 04-03-2016 10:43 PM

What a lovely story, Mads. Your writing is beautifully complimented by your photography and your joy. Thank you for sharing. God bless!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 10:51 PM

That does it.


Stop posting this kind of stuff or I ll come over there and move in with you. :-)

- johnhutchinson

What he said.
Livin’ large.
All that, and Wisteria, too?
Now, Beloved Buddy,
I want to be you.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 10:56 PM

I’m very happy for you Mads.
You deserve this as you teach so much about life to those who have forgotten how to live.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 04-03-2016 10:58 PM

You are truly blessed and I am totally jealous!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-03-2016 11:10 PM

Ahhh yes. The simple life. We should all have it so good !

Thanks for sharing !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 04-04-2016 12:28 AM


Very GOOD!

You are proving that, when you really sit back and think about it, there is a DIFFERENCE between what you NEED vs what you WANT!

Good job!!

I saw an electric drill… Does that mean you have electricity from an Electricity Company or are you using a Generator? I saw many hanging OIL lamps… COOL…

How about water… do you have your own Well… or is it piped in?

Septic tank for the toilet? The room for the toilet is outside the house… is this the Only toilet you have?

I have to ask… TV avail. or even wanted? Via local antenna or Satellite?

Internet connection too?

Do you have to water your gardens… or do you just let God do it with rain?

It’s really a COOL very NICE house… I love the country…

I guess it’s easy to walk to the beach to swim in the summer?

Thank you for posting… May it be NICER for your health!

Take care…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 04-04-2016 12:53 AM

Thnx for the vacation tour Mads. Life is worth living

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 04-04-2016 01:52 AM

Great blog. I agree with Lew….”You are truly blessed and I am totally jealous!”


-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 04-04-2016 02:45 AM

Great Mads. You deserve this big time. Best of wishes my friend. Does this mean that I also have to come and visit you in Turkey?


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 04-04-2016 05:04 AM

What a wonderful blog Mads. I read it at 5.30am on a Monday morning whilst sitting in the dark, drinking my first cup of coffee of the day before getting ready to journey to London to join the other robots. Now I just don’t want to go! Please can I phone the client and tell them it’s all your fault?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 04-04-2016 05:05 AM

Beautiful post Mads, thanks for sharing as always.

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#15 posted 04-04-2016 06:25 AM

I enjoyed reading.


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