The phone rang when we were on the way to Güneşköy: "Herkül (our dog) has broken his chain".
Could that be possible? Surely they meant his collar (new last month). Thanks to Herkül, we've discovered an excellent hardware store, friendly and reasonably priced; rare these days.
We also got a new bucket and grill for the stove. Careful when putting it in place as the cover is sooty.
Fır trees planted in 2016 are now strong and bushing out, in the same way as the many freindships that started at Güneşköy. Yesterday, 8th January, was special: Ufuk and Ayşe got married, with Ali and İnci Gökmen as their witnesses. At the evening party, I was struck by how many told me about their visits to Güneşköy, many joining the METU bus trips over the years - too crowded for me to remember. Their memories are diverse and clear, not only about nature and the environment but also tips for lifelong strategies. Ufuk has been with us for years; Ayşe's 2021 MSc is on Community Supported Agriculture, at Güneşköy (the only program in Turkey, which has been going for 15 years). Now both have started their PhD's. Good luck!
My best surprise today came when I dropped by to see Seda; last week she was away when I'd dropped things off at her home. In December, I'd given her some wool I'd been given over 20 years ago, pure wool from Bingöl. Today she gave me this fabulous pair of "patik", the over-socks that keep feet worm inside in winter. A pattern I've not seen, with thick soles and especially a reinforced heal, and a close fit. Not at all easy as the which is finer than the red yarn. What a craftswoman you are!