November 14, 2011
The Turkish people are celebrating ‘Bayrum’ and have a public holiday from 5th November to 9th November. The boat yard has been at a standstill till Thursday when they returned to work. On Monday, Mr. Bilgin the owner of the marina put on a free lunch ‘celebration of the sacraficial feast’ in the workers canteen for everybody. On Thursday morning at 9.05 a.m. there was 2 minutes silence to mark the death of Kemel Attaturk, all you could hear were car horns sounding across the bay. We are still plagued with mosquitoes and honey bees landing on the decks. The weather is getting colder each week and on Sunday, yesterday, we had rain all day and also today it rained all day and we even had the heating on in the boat.
A lot of friends have now left the marina but the boat yard is not as full as this time last year, maybe this is a reflection of the 30% price increase for leaving your boat on the hard standing.
Winter activities have now commenced in the marina – mexican dominoes, quiz night, billiards, ten pin bowling, walking, film night etc and the Tuesday ‘fish and chips’ night and Friday ‘happy meal’ night in the restaurant will commence next week. There are about 26 boats with liveaboards staying in the marina over the winter this year, this again is about half the number of boats that wintered here last year.
On Tuesday, 8th November it was my nephew Nigel’s birthday – Happy Birthday Nigel !
We leave on Friday lunch time to spend 4 months in the UK so this will be my last posting on this blog. Hope you have all enjoyed reading our adventures this year on ‘Endeavour’. I may not continue writing a blog next year but may do a group email to friends and relatives who wish to follow us through our 4th year, please let me know if you wish to be added to my email list or prefer to read the blog.
November 06, 2011
Today is Halloween and the marina hosted a party in the restaurant – buffet style food with a disco. The evening was really good and a few people entered into the spirit of the evening in fancy dress. The week was spent washing sails and generally getting the boat ready for the winter although the weather at the moment is very warm and sunny. The evenings do go cooler and at the moment there are lots of honey bees landing on the boat and in the evenings we are plagued with mosquitoes.
On Wednesday, 2nd November it was my sister’s birthday – Happy Birthday Sandra!
October 30, 2011
Paula and Trevor arrived at the marina around 5.30 p.m. on Sunday, and after unpacking it was off to ‘happy hour’ and a nice meal in the restaurant. The next day we took them for a walk up the mountain to show them the fantastic views over Marmaris Bay, however unfortunately a stray dog bit Trevor on the leg so after a vist to the marina nurse to clean and dress the wound, a doctor took him to the State Hospital for anti-rabies injection. After paying 100 TL first, he went to the Infectious Diseases doctor who administered the injection and was told he had to return on Thursday for another injection and then have a further 3 injections back in the UK. We went to Icemeler on the taxi boat midweek and hired a car for three days which took us to Datca, Orhaniye, Semilye, Bozburun to the west and Dalayan and Gocek to the east. We had a great week with them and had a few games of canasta, Paula and I winning overall.
October 22, 2011
Well today was the first Boat Jumble but not a huge success. We went to Icemeler with Chris and Lois for a Sunday Roast Dinner at the Three Bells – the best in town. We then walked back to Marmaris until it started raining and then caught the bus back. Continued to rain all day on Monday and then the week continued to brighten up but was a lot cooler at night. Lois, Anna and myself had a girly shopping trip into Marmaris on Thursday and spent all day shopping for winter clothes for Lois and Anna. The rest of the week was very pleasant with temperatures around 25 C in the day and dropping to around 16 C at night. We have our friends, Paula and Trevor with us all next week and hope to hire a car and do a bit of sightseeing with them.
October 15, 2011
Lots of rain and high winds this week, the worst being on Sunday and Monday with winds recorded at 51 knots in the marina. On Sunday 9th we had the ‘End of Summer Party’ despite the torrential rain and thunder which wiped out all the electrics. The buffet was excellent and the entertainment – another great party night.
On my usual shopping trip to Tansas this week, I learnt that they are closing down next week – what a shame, where am I going to shop now ?
This week we said goodbye to more friends leaving for the UK – David and Maggs off ‘Shadey Lady’ and Sue and Les off ‘Blue Star’.
This week there were two special birthdays – my friend Gail on the 13th October and our dear friend John Worrall, who celebrated his 89th birthday on 15th October.
October 07, 2011
Today starts the Ladies Coffee Morning at 11 a.m. followed by the Skippers Destress Meeting at midday in the bar. The winter events are now beginning to commence for the live aboard community here at Marmaris Yacht Marina.
I received an email yesterday informing me of a change of flight times for our return to the UK on 2nd December. The options available were both overnight stays in Istanbul at our own expense otherwise a full refund cancellation. We opted to cancel and booked on the last Thomas Cook flight from Dalaman direct to Manchester on 18th November, so we will be back in the UK sooner than expected.
There will not be much to report on from now till 18th November other than the daily live aboard life here, so my blog will not be done on a daily basis as you will soon get bored of reading mundane stuff.
October 06, 2011
‘Morne Fortune’ moved into a space opposite us on Foxtrot pontoon as it became available. They told us of their experience yesterday in Simi harbor when they suffered a little damage to their boat as a wave came in and rocked the boats violently causing masts to hit each other. Morne Fortune had damage to their stern stanchion on the first wave from a tripper boat entering the harbor too fast and on a second wave caused by the bowthruster of a ferry entering the harbor, their radar reflector and wind indicator was damaged. They left the harbor at 2.30 p.m. yesterday and arrived here in the marina in the dark and berthed on Bravo pontoon along with ‘Sabine’.
October 05, 2011
Not much to report today, Nigel came for a meal on Endeavour this evening.
Today is my best friend’s birthday – Happy Birthday Susan
October 04, 2011
‘Fourth Dimension’ was being lifted out of the water today so Brian went to help Lenny around midday.
October 03, 2011
Up early this morning to catch the first bus to Marmaris at 8 a.m. We got off at the Cruise Port and obtained our boarding cards for the ferry to Rhodes. There were a lot of people catching the ferry and most seats were occupied. Once docked in Rhodes we walked through the old town and had a look in M&S in the new town. To my disappointment, it was full of winter clothes. We then went in search of a watchmaker/repairer to put a new battery in Brian’s watch, we found one but upon investigation, he said it was not the battery but a connection that needed cleaning and he could not do it today, we will have to look for somebody in Marmaris to do it We then went back into the old town to ‘Sarris’ restaurant where we went last year and had a nice meal. Brian steered me away from the shops and instead we went for a walk to the new marina which is no where near completion. The ferry departed at 16.45 p.m. and we arrived back at the marina at 19.15 p.m., visas now in order.
Today is my cousin Gaynor’s birthday – Happy Birthday Gaynor !