In the previous issue of our Newsletter I finished my diary in April. Since then our Beach Hut at Iztuzu is up and running, manned by a team of dedicated volunteers and our new Manager, Muhammet Tutar. All together, we represent 5 countries – Turkey, Italy, Holland, Switzerland and the UK.
Weather getting warmer, spring flowers and green grass and gorse decorate the high slopes above Dalyan Beach. In my garden, wisteria, jasmin, lilies, roses. Whitsun brings tourist, mostly families with children.
Weather getting warmer days longer, more tourists arriving! Our Beach Hut welcomes visitors from many countries. The car-park at the Iztuzu end of the beach has been extended and the tourist boat fleet is now mostly operational. I’ve enjoyed a boat trip to Ekincik with friends on Kaptan Khan’s boat ‘Tequila‘ and sea turtle nesting is well underway on the beach.
We of the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation redouble our efforts to inform visitors of the dangers facing sea turtles from boat propellers and sight-seeing trips held locally in order to coerce sea turtles with food and feed them. Our volunteers take brochures and leaflets to hotels and pensions for distribution to guests.
At the end of June, I fly to Berlin for a week seeing friends and discuss the possibility of publishing my books in German. Berlin is a green city with many tree-lined streets. Grunewald, a large area of forest and lakes, is part of the city. Canals abound with resultant green banks – even industrial areas are often landscaped. Tourist boat trips provide an 8 hour peaceful voyage via the canals. Culture is well-served with many theatres, museums, cinemas, exhibitions etc. My own passion for opera provided 2 evenings at the iconic Deutsche Opera with Mozart’s ‘Seraglio’ and Richard Strauss’ ‘Elektra’-a feast for eyes and ears! The friend who escorted me and I enjoyed champagne between acts.
Time flies, very hot weather continues, still managing 3 to 4 day a week at our Beach Hut HQ at Iztuzu. Some swimming in the sea or in a friends pool – cold showers in between! Boat trips feature – delightful – plus BBQ’s and swimming.
Many birthdays this month (not mine, mine is in December) but friends celebrate in my garden – cakes, candles and my 4 dogs looking for tit-bits. Garden looking lovely with bougainvillea, roses and geraniums. A cold drink in the evening as I sit on the terrace – the sky glows with the sun’s last rays. A welcome breeze wafts orange blossom scent my way and I reflect “how lucky I am…”.
August will see me in Italy (Umbria) for a week staying with dear friends, but more of that in my next newsletter.
Be safe and well