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My Unwelcome Visitor!

My Unwelcome Visitor - Jo Tempest

My Unwelcome Visitor

After being in England for a couple of weeks, my darling Laurel and Hardy thought they would bring me in some presents to welcome me home.

Actually it was Laurel both times with Hardy watching with respect! The first present was a bird that I rescued and released with just a few missing feathers.

The following evening I was working on my laptop and did not take much notice of the cat-flap being used. That was until I was aware of Laurel by my feet and ‘something’ running over them! Then looked down and saw a small rat run away towards the kitchen.

Laurel just looked bemused as he had no idea what to do with his present, apart from giving me a problem. I pulled the fridge out as I saw it disappear behind but no luck. I wasn’t fast enough.

There was nothing I could do until the next morning, when I headed straight down to the hardware store to buy a trap….no little mice traps in Turkey, but serious rat traps. That evening I baited it with a little sausage and slid it under the kitchen units well away from little cat paws. But really no problem as Laurel and Hardy had already forgotten it was in the apartment.

Later that night, my partner, Baris, saw it emerge from its hiding place and eat the cat food! And of course, the next morning, an empty trap, but it had somehow taken the sausage!

The following evening, re-baited, the trap caught nothing. This was one smart rat but I was determined to catch it. I often have little lizards running around the apartment in the summer and I really do not mind, especially as they will catch small flies. But this rat was definitely unwelcome.

On the third evening, I put a newly baited trap inside one of the cupboards where it had been, and during the evening, I heard the snap of the trap. Gingerly opening the cupboard door, I was relieved to find a very dead rat. Even so, I was hesitant to pick it up but forced myself to do so and quickly took it outside.

Since then, I have had stern words with Laurel, telling him how much I love him but please refrain from bringing me anymore presents!

I Love Writing For My Blog

Writing For My Blog

Writing For My Blog

My blog has had almost three million visits since I started it, in fact, by the time you read this, you may have pushed it over the three million! I started it to introduce myself and I have just written about anything I felt like.

Sometimes articles about the wonderful Turkish village of Selimiye that I live in and its fascinating residents. Or my sweet cats, Laurel and Hardy, but most often, I write about people from all around the world who truly inspire me.

As a writer, a blog is a wonderful way to just get out all the words that continuously build up in my head. Of course, I am constantly working on my ‘Bad Girls’ series, in fact, I am working on my sixth book, having had five published already.

But other thoughts are always fighting to be released from my cluttered brain! I love writing for my blog, so writing an article seems to release the pressure for a while.

So there you are, I have just emptied my brain a little, but no doubt, it will soon be full again.

Thank you to all my lovely readers who give me the chance to hopefully entertain you with my self indulgent ramblings.
Jo Tempest.

A Special Little Boy

Harpy And Friend Kaşif

Harpy And Friend Kaşif

As you know I live in a wonderful village in Turkey called Selimiye. In the summer it is filled with visiting yachts and people. It also means that many beautiful shops open for the summer to accommodate these lovely people.

I am helping out in my friend’s boutique this season, but that is a later story.

For now, I am going to tell you about a wonderful little boy who is the son of the shop owners next door. It is also a great little boutique called ‘Zeynoo’ run by Zeynep and her husband, Nihat. Both Zeynep and Nihat are creative and their boutique looks stunning.

Nihat created a wonderful ‘cactus’ out of water pipes he had painted green and I have posted a photograph for you below.

Their son is called Kaşif and he is 11 years old. I got chatting to him, (and yes, his English is perfect!) because he has the sweetest little kitten that he has called Harpy.

This little kitten is special because he walks on a harness just like a dog and loves it! (If you have heard about ‘Bob The Cat’ in Covent Garden, London, then he is just like him).

Kaşif and Harpy are inseparable and it is wonderful to see. Apparently, last year, Kaşif had a chameleon that went everywhere with him but has since got too large, so has gone to somewhere he can be accommodated.

Pipe Cactus Sculpture

Pipe Cactus Sculpture

I found out that Kaşif means Explorer, so I asked my new friend if that is what he wants to be, but he told me he wants to be a Paleontologist (the study of past geological periods and fossils), and I am absolutely certain that is what young Kaşif will do.

He is an exceptional child and I look forward to hearing about him from his mother in the years to come.

Meanwhile, I will just enjoy seeing Kaşif and Harpy strolling around the village together on the long summer days to come.

Harpy Relaxes

Harpy Relaxes

Jo Tempest

A Few Of My Favourite Things

Just A Few Of My Favourite Things

 I love creating a home around me and it is never how much money I have spent (as I never have any) but rather how much I love the item. So I thought I would share a few of them with you so that you can see a little of my ‘loves’. I admit in advance I have slightly quirky taste but no one can say my home is boring.

And if my visitors are anything to go by, they just love taking their cup of coffee and wandering around my rooms to see what I have added or changed.

Jo Tempest.

My Personal Hot Air Balloon

My Personal Hot Air Balloon

Turkish Dream Catcher

Turkish Dream Catcher

My Balinese Lady

My Balinese Lady

My Favourite Buddha

My Favourite Buddha

Sculpted Angel

Sculpted Angel

My Crows

My Crows

Love Hearts!

Love Hearts!

 

Some Of My Favourite Moments in Selimiye

I love where I live in a small coastal town in Turkey, called Selimiye. Beautiful scenery, true village life as well as many international visitors on their luxurious yachts. It is a fascinating place with many foreigners (as well as me), living here.
I want to share with you some of my daily sights.

Jo Tempest

 

Neighbor Gathering Olives

Neighbor Gathering Olives

Running Stream

Running Stream

Friends and Dogs

Friends and Dogs

Local Farm Animals

Local Farm Animals

5 Minutes Away

5 Minutes Away

Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy

Mediterranean

Mediterranean

 

The Interesting History of Yoga

Yoga Posture -History of Yoga

Dancer’s Pose

I have recently taken up yoga again and I am really enjoying it. My teacher lent me a book by the amazing Vanda Scaravelli, called ‘Awakening the Spine’, which was so interesting and enlightening for me, and then I thought I would do a little more research on the history of Yoga.

Of course, I want to share it with you, as you know how I love to write for my blog!

Yoga has been around for almost 5000 years, and originated in India where stone carvings have been found on archaeological sites depicting the practice of Yoga. (It is even thought that the Egyptians practiced a form of Yoga due to carvings that have been found).

The name Yoga is the common known term for the physical, mental and spiritual disciplines of its teachings. It is also one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy, although you can find various traditions of Yoga in Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The Hindu Scriptures state, ‘Yoga is the steady control of the senses, which along with cessation of mental activity, leads to the ‘supreme state’.

Over the centuries, the teachings have been passed down through the teachers to their students, with their ultimate goal being to attain ‘Moksha’.

In the late 19th Century, Yoga arrived in the Western Culture, bought over by the Hindu Monks. A famous Hindu teacher of that time was Swami Vivekananda, and he toured Europe to introduce Yoga. By the 1980’s, Yoga had become extremely popular as a physical system of health and exercise with many Western people, young and old. It still is today and for good reasons.

Practicing Yoga has shown itself to improve your muscle tone, your posture, as well your breathing. The word ‘Yoga’ means ‘to add, to unite, to join, or to attach,’ or ‘to yoke or join together’. In effect, that is your aim, to combine all the actions for better health and mind.

The exercises have been developed to put pressure on the glandular system of your body; this increases its efficiency as well as your total health. Your body is your primary instrument to work and evolve in your world, and so, as a Yoga student, you must treat it with great respect and take good care of it. You know that saying, ‘My Body is my Temple’; well it is true. Working on your breathing techniques in tandem with the body movements will improve your well-being no end. The meditation process allows you an escape from all your daily stresses.

There are over one hundred different schools of Yoga and it is not difficult to find one that suits you and your lifestyle. With the daily practice of all three of the structures of Yoga, you will find you eventually have a strong, capable body, as well as a clear bright mind.

Unlike most forms of other exercise, Yoga is the one that not only deals with your body, but also with your mind. As you can appreciate, it seems a lot better to deal with them both, rather than only one part of you at a time. You can make Yoga as intense or as simple as you like, and that is the beauty of Yoga as part of your health and mind regime. And of course, the great thing is that age is not relevant;

people in their 80’s are still doing yoga and feel great for doing so, so no excuses!

Jo Tempest.

My Lovely New Flat

The end of June this year, my landlord told me they needed my flat back for a member of their family as my contract was up for renewal. I had spent a lot of time making that flat lovely so I was really disappointed. I started looking around for a new one and was finding it really difficult to find one that suited, as I could not go up the mountain having no car.
Then I spoke to a Turkish friend about something else, mentioned my predicament and he sent me off to look at his recently deceased father’s flat. Well, all I can say is that with my imagination and creativity, I knew it could be truly awesome. The terrace is huge, in fact, the whole apartment is huge, with really high ceilings and lots of natural wood.

It took me a whole week to paint it, working 12 hours a day but it was worth it. The other amazing thing about my new home is that it has two bathrooms both with baths and showers. If you lived in Turkey, as I do, then you know that baths are a rarity!
Once I had moved my furniture in and added all my pictures etc, it became a wonderful home. I just love it and it is definitely a home to share with all my wonderful friends and family. Enjoy the photos below.

Jo Tempest

 

My View

My View

My Veranda

My Veranda

My Veranda Before

My Veranda Before

My Kitchen

My Kitchen

My New Home 5

My Living Room

My Kitchen -Before

My Kitchen -Before

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

My New Home 1 Jo Tempest

In the Beginning!

 

Magnificent Millie

Millie The Magnificent

Millie The Magnificent

I have just got back from a trip to visit my two sons, James and Richard, as well as my mum, brothers and friends. It was a hectic trip but I spent part of the time staying with my lovely friends, Jane and Mark.

They live in beautiful Suffolk and generously let me use their annexe. I also spent time with their Lurcher, Millie. Jane and Mark rescued her two years ago when she had been abandoned with an injured leg. They are both great with rescue dogs and thought they would bring her around quite quickly.

Well, two years later, Millie is still traumatised but so wonderful. She is extremely cautious with men (due to her terrible treatment by her previous male owner) but has come around to Mark, albeit at her own pace. As for Jane, Millie adores her and will let Jane stroke her and also loves to be with Mark and Jane’s grandchildren, Charlie and Erin. (Erin calls her Millie Dog Darling, so sweet).

I would sit in the garden and watch Millie run around at a breathtaking speed. Then if I offered her doggie treats, she would cautiously venture over to me to first take the ones I had left on the ground but eventually she would take them out of my hand. I so wanted to stroke her but knew that would break her trust with me. I was quite content in the fact that she wanted to be near me.

After a few days of being around me she would even venture into the annexe to check out what I was doing and I am pretty sure it was to see if I had more doggie treats for her! Also, when I pulled up in my car, she would be there to greet me, huge breakthroughs.

Towards the end of my stay with Jane and Mark, I was alone in the house with Millie. She obviously decided she wanted some company and came to see me. But she had been playing in the wet garden and her feet were filthy. I suddenly realised she was next to me, having left a wonderful muddy trail on Jane’s lovely cream carpet. You would be proud of me, I stayed very calm so that I did not frighten Millie and gently enticed her out of my room back in to the garden, shutting the door behind me to let the mud dry!

I know Millie is in the best home she could have wished for and every time she overcomes another psychological hurdle, it just makes Jane and Mark love her all the more. I am sure that soon she will be Millie the Magnificent (that is my new name for her) and I so look forward to spending time with her, when I revisit England in the Autumn.

Meanwhile, I am off to find the vacuum cleaner so that I can clean up her trail of mud before Jane returns from her golf day. It will be mine and Millie’s secret!!

Jo Tempest.

Make Sure You Really Live Your Life

Live Life

Live Life

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist”. 

I read this quote a few days ago and it really got me thinking about how so many of us lead our lives dictated by technology, even our young children.

What am I doing now, sitting down at my laptop to write this article for you. Maybe it is something we all have to accept but is it a good thing? It is like that saying, do not forget to smell the flowers! 

So I came up with a few things you should take time out to enjoy, you obviously have to work on your laptop but save a bit of ‘self time’ during the day. 

Ways To Enjoy Life More 

  • Spend some time outside every day, even if it walking around your garden with a cup of coffee.
  • Give yourself a break watching the news as most of the time it is so depressing, and let’s face it, if there was something you really needed to do, a friend will tell you.
  • Slow down once in a while; stress is so bad for you and those around you.
  • If you have a passion in life, then make more time for it.
  • When you eat, enjoy your food, do not just eat to exist.
  • Watch a funny film; laughter is the best medicine.
  • If you don’t do any regular exercise, then start, even if it is going for a walk. Exercise is a great way to clear your mind and re-energize yourself.
  • Watch the occasional sunset or look at a star-studded sky.
  • I bet you have too many books you want to read; well, start reading them.
  • Do a little voluntary work; you will soon see you are better off than you thought.
  • Rather than play computer games, spend some time with friends to have fun, a game of cards, chess or backgammon. 

Do you see where I am going with all this? It is too easy to say ‘I haven’t got time’. Well, you have got time, but you don’t know how much, so use it wisely. There is a beautiful world out there and maybe you are missing out on that.

Who laid down the rules that we all have to work so much and not have fun? Before technology invaded us, life was so different. Of course it was hard, same as now, but free time meant free time. And make sure you teach your children these choices as they are a generation that lock themselves away in their rooms and forget how to be ‘real’ children. 

So, I am leaving you all with these thoughts and I hope you follow up on at least a couple of them. In the meanwhile, I am turning off my laptop and going for a walk along the beach and later share a bottle of wine with my girlfriends. 

 

Jo Tempest.

 

 

 

 

What A Cutie!

Me And Little Lamb

Me And Little Lamb

I went with my friend Nese yesterday, to visit her mum, who also lives in my village of Selimiye here in Turkey. Her mum has recently adopted a small lamb that it was thought was not going to make it. Thanks to Nese’s mum, this little lamb rescue is thriving!

It had to be fed all through the night for a couple of weeks and is now on just a few feeds a day.

It is sharing the home with a couple of dogs and the Spaniel has taken it under its wing, so to speak. Now the lamb thinks it is a dog: it is so comical.

When the dog runs to the gate to bark or welcome a visitor, so does the lamb. It demands attention while it is bouncing around your legs. It sleeps in the dog basket or jumps on the sofa to sit with you.

When it comes to Nese’s mum, it loves nothing more than to be picked up and sleep nestling into her neck.

Little Lamb

Little Lamb

Happy Friends

Happy Friends

Lamb And Doggie Friend

Lamb And Doggie Friend

Nese Mum And Lamb

Nese’s Mum And Lamb

This sweet little lamb is not going to leave the house: he has a lovely garden to roam, plenty of grass to eat and he has other four legged friends, even if they do not look the same as him. Anyway, Nese’s mum would miss him too much.

This is what I absolutely love about village life, the unexpected!

 

Jo Tempest.

 

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