So many visitors

So many visitors
18/12/2020

Winter is progressing: recent rains watered the fields, now turning green with the early shoots of wheat or barley.  So many concrete trucks driving fast and furious on the dirt tracks have caused deepening puddles, so much that a local farmer happens to have made soem speed humps to slow them down; at least they worked for us.  

Celal was returning from 6 days with his family.  Herkül, our dog, leapt with joy when he saw out vehicle.  Though he had been fed during the week, he readily took the bread we offered and ran away to bury it. 

Planlama Of our seven visitors, the most interesting was the team from Elmadağ municipality.  Planners and project officer, they came to discuss possible cooperation. Who could / would be able to do what?   Our earlier meeting was more technical: getting a local business proposal for installing security equipment; this was arranged by Talat, who 14 years ago worked during Güneşköy's first ever Community Supported Agriculture season.   

Our other visitor, Ali Duman, came from Tahtacıörencik. He is a member of TADYA https://tahtaciorencik.org/info-page-on-tadya/ Today's menu was mine: spinach börek, and mustard leaf and rocket soup...

The rest of the day we spend gathering couch grass roots, unearthed when the field was ploughed. parts of the field look pale with the intensity of beige roots. Kalan gün ışıyla dört kişi yeni çekilen tarlanın ayrıklara toplamaya indik. Derin meditasyon etkinliği gibi, uzun zaman kimse konuşmadan işe odaklandı. Öbek öbek yığınlar büyüyordu, çekerken alttaki koyu renkli toprak cıkıyordu. "Latince adı 'Agropyron repens' olan Ayrık otu, buğdaygiller familyasındandır. Anavatanı, Kuzey yarımküre ve Anadolu'dur. Yabani olarak boş tarlalar ve yol kenarlarında yetişir. Yaprakları yeşil renkli, uzun, ince ve yassı olan çokyıllık bir bitkidir." kurutulmuş köklerini çay için satan Arifoğlu der... hastalığını açıklamadan. Nemli toprak parmaklarım arası yağlı kaymak gibi kaygan. Küçük bir parçayı çekerken alttan ne çıkacak belli olmaz. Hemen gelebilir, veya direnir - görünmez uzunluğu ve özellikle derinliğe bağlı. Etrafına kazarım, yalın parmakla. Çok derine inen parça olsa en kötüsü: koparır ve ilerde yeni otlara can verir.

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