01/10/07 Colin, Trish and
I caught the 0840 water taxi into Marmaris to search for one or two
things we needed, including a large hypermarket we had heard about, and
to check out the other marina in town with a view to moving there (too
expensive, too near the night clubs!). We returned around
3pm to find Storm Dodger and Impulse had arrived and were
moored close-by, so the rest of the day and evening was spent catching up
with their news.
04/10/07 A strange phenomenon today
which someone was calling 'rain!!' Woke to the sound
of rain which only lasted a brief while, but later in the afternoon the
skies turned black and the heavens opened, the wind howled and the
thunder and lightning was all around the bay. It continued into
the evening but had stopped when we all left the marina restaurant
around midnight. It made a pleasant change and is the first
real rainfall on land since Gibraltar.
05/10/07 Happy Birthday
Colin! Astrid, Gina, Trish, Colin, Roger and I caught the
dolmus into town during the evening, all trying the local Turkish food
in Sofra's restaurant for Colin's birthday.
07/10/07 Sadly, all from Storm
Dodger flew home to England because of a family bereavement.
Our condolences from all the group here.
08/10/07 Went out on Moody Time
for a half day sail with Colin, Trish and Vic who is here on holiday
with them, just around Marmaris Bay, stopping at a local anchorage for
lunch and a swim.
16/10/07 Nothing unusual
happening over the last few days, just the daily jobs onboard or trips
into Marmaris. The weather is now changing from hot and
sticky, to sunny but cooler. It's also time for the first
rains of October and we've had a couple of thunderstorms over the
weekend, the rain seeping in through my deck hatchways.
I guess the constant flexing of the boat in rough seas has allowed
cracks to appear in the hatch sealant, which now obviously need to
be resealed in preparation for the winter. Today, Colin,
Trish, Vic and I joined several hundred tourists and spent the day on a
boat trip from Marmaris to Dalyan, some two and a half hours along the
coast, where we transferred onto smaller river boats to enter the Dalyan
River delta (running aground in the process) and travel upriver to see the
Lycian King Tombs at the site of the ancient city of Caunos.
The tombs, believed to be that of King Amnythas, his son and three daughters, were
hewn from the rock by two
thousand slaves using just hammers and chisels, whilst hanging on ropes down the
cliff face, and took some 25 years to complete. Caunos (pre
400BC) was once a sea port, but over the centuries, the silt from
the Dalyan River has choked the entrance and now the ruins lie several
miles inland. We also visited the Dalyan spa sulphur springs where I chose not to chuck myself into the
mud (but it was hilarious to see others do so!), before coming back
downriver to Turtle Beach, a 7km long sandy, environmentally protected
haven for the endangered loggerhead turtle, spared from the builders and
developers by the efforts of David Bellamy and other like minded
Birthday Sandra! Trafalgar Day......and
still no National Holiday in England! Well, a change of
temperature for me - I flew into London Gatwick late last night for a visit
to family and friends - and it's freezing here!! A somewhat
worrying phone call from Gina in Marmaris, informing me that a storm
arrived just after my departure and winds of over 75 knots had pushed
the bow of Rhumb Do onto the pontoon, though she assured me there was no
After staying a couple of nights at Ann's house, (Sandra was also
staying there whilst working in Tunbridge Wells), and a couple with Trev
and Babs, I collected a hire car and drove up to Lancashire to see my Mum and
brother, arriving at Clive and Barbara's after several detours avoiding accidents
and roadworks. It's the first time I've driven since September '06
and nothing has changed - the traffic is still as bad as ever!
Clive and I spent some time with Mum this morning. It was lovely
to see her again.
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