A Day in the Life…

No dramas or exciting news to report this week so instead I thought I would take you through a typical “Day in the Life” on S/V Sunday in Turkey.

S/V Sunday in Turkey

Every morning before the break of dawn (around 4.30am!) the “Azzan” (Call to Prayer) reverberates round the town from the mosque on the hill above the marina.

Often we don’t wake up – even though the call is broadcast at incredible volume over loudspeakers. Sometimes we do “come to” then lie awake until the next call – heralding the sunrise – which happens at around 6am, at which time we finally fall into a fitful sleep for a couple of hours.

The mosque on the hill above the marina
In this photo the mosque doesn’t look that close but believe me its PA system is mega loud!

At the moment it is Ramadan so I assume that between the two early morning prayer times devout Muslims will eat and drink to prepare for fasting during daylight hours. We on the other hand usually have a long and leisurely breakfast (after a lazy cup of tea reading the news on-line in bed) before starting the day’s activities.

Turkish potato bread for breakfast. A massive loaf – one slice is equivalent to three normal slices! Extremely delicious toasted.

On Tuesdays we go to the massive under cover market (quite often with other yachties) about 20 minutes walk from the marina, on other days we might go into town to shop at one of the stores or the local supermarket.

Always something new to discover on the way to the market. Jonathan and Heather from Amorgos Blue examine an ancient plough/seeding machine
An elderly cannon on the way to the market

At the market there always new wonders to marvel at – goats cheese presented in a goatskin carcass “pot”, dried vegetables hung on garlands that remind me of Christmas trees, some mysterious and unrecognisable foodstuff in a bucket or wild herbs on an upturned milk crate.

Yes, this is a real goatskin!
This reminds me of a Christmas tree!
No idea what this was!
Wild herbs on sale at the market

Weighed down by wonderful fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables we return to our boats to try and find room to store our bounty.

On our way back from the market we find what looks like the lid to a Lycian coffin
The Wisteria in Finike is glorious
The Wisteria perfume is captivating
Love the ducks here

There’s always work to do on the boat whether it’s servicing the engines, fixing “dings” in our gel coat inside or out and always cleaning! Being an AWB (Another White Boat) it is a constant slog keeping Sunday looking reasonably spruce. Every mark shows and with the dreaded red dust from the Sahara still lurking, keeping the decks clean is a major task. Then there’s the stainless steel to polish and the canvas to keep looking good. My approach is to do a little each day and try and keep on top of it. It’s not a great strategy – I think we need a full time cleaner!

Jonathan servicing the engine
The “Captain’s kit” for grinding and polishing gel coat
Putting our canvas back up as the sun is now quite warm
Dirty footprints – the bane of my life!

Then of course there are the normal household tasks that are the same for everyone wherever they live!

Our very kind Turkish neighbours in the marina brought over some delicious falafel one day this week so I baked a lemon drizzle cake to share with them.

These falafel were delicious!

As our oven has no temperature controls (it is either hot or hotter) our baking attempts have been very hit and miss. On this occasion the cake actually rose very well and tasted great even though it was slightly over-browned around the edges!

I was thrilled that the cake had actually risen!
A dusting of icing sugar masked the slightly singed cake bottom

We sometimes skip lunch if we have had a big breakfast but sometimes we have a salad and always cook a meal in the evenings.

Despite weekend lockdowns and other restrictions life is sociable in the marina. Some people prefer not to go aboard other’s boats but will stop for a (masked) chat as they walk past.

At weekends there used to be a socially distanced BBQ at the marina clubhouse but cooking together has been stopped temporarily due to Covid restrictions. Last weekend a few people met for a beer and a chat.

A Sunday catch up outside the marina clubhouse

Each day we work on learning a language – Jonathan is improving his school boy French and I’m trying to learn Turkish. We are both using the Duolingo App which is a fun way to learn.

Attempting to learn Turkish. It’s going to take me a loooong time

Often we chat via video call to our adult children and their partners, other family members and friends far and wide. We also keep up email correspondence with family and friends that prefer that method of communication.

Found this Sufi dancer on a walk this week

Over the last week I have thoroughly enjoyed a daily Scrabble session with Sue on S/V Catabella a few doors away from us. We have also had the pleasure of a couple of nights socialising with Sue and her husband John over a few wines. It was also fantastic to have a great evening catching up with Liz and Steve of S/V Liberte who we first met on the Kalimantan Rally in 2017.

Enjoyed socialising on S/V Catabella

One of the pleasant surprises we have experienced in Turkey is how very palatable and reasonably priced the wine is here. We have found some firm favourites and are keen to keep finding more!

Most days we try to go for a walk – at the weekends when we are in lockdown it would probably be just round the marina but on a typical weekday it could be round the foreshore to the mouth of the harbour or a longer stroll along the beachfront.

A view of the marina from around the foreshore
Arghh! There’s an elephant in the marina!
…and a grey hippo!

Of course there is always something new to see – the flash of a kingfisher (my favourite bird I think) or a beautiful view; a gorgeous tree or the comical antics of some young ducks.

Captured a flash of a kingfisher flying by
Then found it on this rock
Then managed to get another shot
This was my favourite though. Just wish I had a proper camera!
The tranquil view across the Bay
So good to see blossom!
Leaves and catkins bursting into bloom
Another gorgeous Wisteria by the water’s edge
So beautiful!
We love watching the antics of the ducks we come across
A group of juveniles stop by briefly at this feeding station made from an old door
These juveniles still had their yellow baby feathers on their head and necks!

On the first day of Ramadan we received the fright of our lives! Just as the Call to Prayer started at sunset there was an enormous explosion. It sounded as though a bomb had gone off! Our lovely Turkish neighbours laughed as we ran out to see what had happened and they explained the explosion was just a signal to the people in Finike that they could break their fast. Traditionally a cannon is fired but here the enormous bang seems to be made by a “whiz bang” rocket. The explosion never fails to make me jump – even though I’m expecting it – much to the amusement of our neighbours!

The evening ritual – our neighbours waiting for the “Big Bang”
…and they’re off! The plume of smoke from the rocket’s ignition still smoking

At least once a week I try to cook a new recipe – mostly trying to increase my repertoire of appealing vegetarian dishes.

red pepper (capsicum), tomato and bulgur wheat tray bake – yum!

This week it was a great choice – red pepper (capsicum), tomato and bulgur wheat tray bake with feta cheese from my sister Sarah’s second family cookbook. It was delicious!

The day usually closes with watching a movie or a couple of episodes from a TV series or reading one of many books we have purchased and stored electronically.

We love walking along the foreshore
More ducks having fun!
We have to cross this bridge over the canal on our walks along the beach
A dog enjoying the biscuits from the slot machine. We always try and put a few coins in.

And so ends another day of living on the marina in Finike, Turkey.

Cinderella your coach awaits!
A lovely stroll along the beach
I thought these looked rather scary!
The fishing boat harbour

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

6 thoughts on “A Day in the Life…”

  1. This is so evocative and lovely! I can imagine what a pleasure it is shopping in the market – our memory is of stalls groaning under the weight of the gorgeous piles of fruits and vegetables. And I loved your photos of the kingfisher – how wonderful to see it so close and so often. Glad you enjoyed the pepper, tomato and bulghur traybake! xx


    1. Thank you Sarah! We often say “wouldn’t Sarah and Martin love this” – we can totally see why you loved Turkey so much! A full lockdown is starting on Thursday evening until May 17 but we had organised a short trip out of the marina. Will have to go back a day earlier than intended but it’s being a lovely break!


  2. Phew….I’m tired!! What a day we have being marina liveaboards!!! Loved the blog….well done. Stay safe…..We’re really enjoying hanging out with you two..sharing stories and meals together and so may it last!!


  3. Just a quick catch up to say the wisteria, the same variety as the Turkish one with the same amazing fragrance! around our house has just started flowering!

    George needed to change the hydraulic brake unit on his car!

    And one of our favourite birds is a kingfisher, seen only twice on the pond, since we lived here!…and worryingly we’ve only seen few swallows!!

    We’ve both had our second jab and glad to hear all’s well with you.

    Sarah’s and all your “ new style” cooking looks yummy!



    1. How lovely to have wisteria growing round your house – such an amazing perfume! Hope the brake replacement went well! Great news you’ve had your second jab – hasn’t England done well! Still enjoying learning new dishes but we had takeaway pizzas tonight!


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