Claire's Blog

  • 05/08/2018
    Keeping up with Nature?

    How much we can learn from Nature!  Under stress, priorities are clear.  Survival of the fittest among the wide range of seeds and offspring.  Produce as much as possible with available resources.  

    As for humans, such choices are seen as&

  • 26/07/2018
    Sleeping out

    Strange summer, while elsewhere overheats, we have rain end of July! What can we take for granted?  

  • 15/06/2018
    Steppe Transition to Summer

    A week ago a Steppe Ecology course brought even more understanding of how nature has adapted life forms to the harsh conditions of extremes of temperature and low rainfall.  June is the time of year when the annuals are turning to seed, leaving space&

  • 06/05/2018
    Special Rain

    Aika, this is for you: for all the beauty and energy you have brought to Güneşköy over recent months.  Fazla beklemeden yine gel! 

  • 22/04/2018
    Preparing an Erasmus Project

    Only a few days left before we submit our Erasmus project: İbrahim tested his new tent on the coldest night in a long time.  In the glasshouse, seedlings need watering daily.  The chickens are laying more eggs, and our ducks move to their new home.&

  • 10/02/2018
    Opening up a path

    Being on the land in the winter is quiet:  next year will be quieter when the rail viaduct construction is complete.  

    While others were preparing the land, I cleared more of a path between the overgrown Jerusalem thorns.

  • 23/09/2017
    Looking Forward

    We are looking forward to hosting participants at the UGRENCI meeting next week when they visit Güneşköy on Sunday 8th October.

  • 03/09/2017
    Extremes Balance

    Another 3 days at Güneşköy: the first 3 days of Kurban Bayram – nature’s attraction is stronger than the deterrence of the sacrifices.

  • 13/08/2017
    A Tour in English – First Steps

    Two friends had wanted to come to Güneşköy. What better than the Perseid shower to get round to a first visit?

  • 14/05/2017
    Maureen Tamam

    38 years ago, as teaching assistant of a Molecular Genetics course at McGill, on my first meeting with students, Maureen Quinn stood out…