Dalyan – the 2nd week in December

Dalyan – the 2nd week in December

After cherry jam (bought from the prison) on gluten free toast for breakfast I looked after Lexi while Captain Caveman went to Ortaca to sort out the communal electric bills. We then had a second breakfast at Jiks while the window man looked round the apartment to give a quote for the windows cleaning (some of which involved getting on the roof).
We ate brunch in the sun and then Captain Caveman had Beer Club to attend while Lexi and I tried out more selfie taking and sent photos to her new owner.
We met back up at Soul Kitchen over wine and then he had to go help a beer club member catch an old dog who had an offer of a home. I was just about to leave when Maddie came by, shortly joined by VLS and then Bianca. We ended up having more wine, met the kind Turkish man who feeds the street dogs salami every day and then ended up going to Amy’s and Jiks for more drinks. I decided I needed food so Captain Caveman and I headed to Rendezvous with Lexi, but the customers in there wouldn’t let us in with a dog so we ended up back at Jiks where I had chicken and chips. I also had agreed to meet Maddie and Bianca at Lukka bar at 10am the next morning for breakfast!

Captain Caveman woke me up on Tuesday 10th December with not long to get ready if we were to meet people at Lukka bar for breakfast. I was hungover and really had to pull myself together to get there for 10:30am where I had an English breakfast, hoping it would sort me out before our day out.
Maddie was also late and hungover and it was her birthday so we went to the mudbaths. This week it wasn’t too sunny though and, because they heard us speak English, we were charged 20 lira for a beer (oddly a double measure of vodka with sprite was only 30 lira). We had a nice time and Lexi enjoyed it again and wasn’t phased when heavy rain came.
Having been rained off we headed back and after showers to get rid of the sulphur smells we were back at Lukka bar to meet the rest of Maddie’s friends for birthday drinks and food – we were meant to go to Okyanus but because it was still raining we holed up in Lukka and were still there when the evening lot arrived so we had our dinner there before the quiz. After the quiz we said our goodbyes to Lexi as Süleyman was able to caretake while we headed off to Izmir and Ephesus for a few days – he would kindly hand Lexi over to the foster people.

Dalyan – the first weekend in December

Dalyan – the first weekend in December

On Friday 6th December, after a breakfast at home, we decided to check out the mezzes at Dalyance as we had heard they were cheap however we didn’t realise dogs aren’t allowed inside so we had a table outside in the sun instead and I had a burger and chips without the bun while Captain Caveman had a steak and cheese toastie. Mine was good and I got a free Turkish tea at the end but then we left so that Captain Caveman could get to Beer club. Friday night was meant to be girls night but it wasn’t going ahead so we stayed home and had chicken salad for dinner and no alcohol, for a change. The next day we had arranged for a trip out with friends which we were looking forward to.

A week in to December and some of my countdowns had started and it wasn’t that long until friends were arriving and Captain Caveman was leaving!
On Saturday 7th December it was my turn to go dogging while Captain Caveman looked after Lexi. It was a busy morning and we didn’t get to walk nearly as many dogs as I would have liked. Back home I had a quick shower and then joined the others (and Lexi) in the car for our short roadtrip.
When we arrived at DAC restaurant at Dalaman prison, unaware that dogs were not allowed either in or out door eating areas, I was ravenous, especially after the dogging session. I sat in the (very nice) smoking area with Lexi while the others went ahead and ordered. She would not be quiet and cried until Captain Caveman’s return and then I had my turn to go inside. The food was nice and very cheap and I was very jealous of all the bread products and dessert my companions were eating, while I ate chicken and onions. The staff are all inmates and the place runs like clockwork, it even has a shop where we bought Turkish delight and jam!
We felt sorry for Lexi so on the way back we all made a stop off at Backyard No.9 for her to run around. In the evening we popped to Jiks for wine and dinner and I tried a new chocolate bar which resembles a Snickers.

Captain Caveman had an arrangement on Sunday 8th December to go over to a mates to use his tools to shorten some shelves so I looked after Lexi. In the afternoon we went to Backyard No.9 again and this time ate food there. In the evening Captain Caveman cooked a nice Sunday dinner then we tidied up for the window man coming on Monday morning.

Dalyan – the first week of December

Dalyan – the first week of December

The first couple of days in December were fairly easy going as we both tried to make the most of looking after a dog. On Sunday 1st December we decided to take Lexi to the Çalış Winter fayre, accompanied by our dogging friend, Jane. Because I thought I might not get food I doubled up on breakfast, having both gluten free cornflakes and gluten free toast. The journey was about an hour and when we arrived Jane went for a look around the stalls while we took Lexi for a walk on the beach, which she loved. For lunch we found a great little cafe with a table in the sun so we could have a glass of wine, there was also a chicken kebab stall in front which we managed to get without the bread for me and was lovely. On the way back we stopped off for a wander round Göcek and then back home Jane gave us some grapefruits from her tree. She was off back to the UK and so we said our goodbyes and I walked back with Lexi, while Captain Caveman went home. In the evening we had chicken and salad then went to Lukka bar where we had already missed the Grand Prix but still managed to see some highlights and share a bottle of red wine.

Even Monday 2nd December was calm as we had breakfast, lunch and dinner at home. I looked after Lexi while Captain Caveman went to a beer club he had joined with some Dalyan dwellers. That night we had some chestnuts while sat on the sofa and Lexi tried carrot but didn’t take to it. We had an early night and were ready for a busy Tuesday.

Captain Caveman decided we were off to the mudbaths on Tuesday 3rd December and so we got up, had breakfast at home and took Lexi with us. She watched the seagulls, got concerned when Captain Caveman jumped in the lake and still didn’t know where to look for a selfie. We took it in turns to watch the dog or go in the hot pools and it was a lovely hot day, until the sun went in and I came out to find it was chilly – Captain Cavemen was fully dressed and he and Lexi were ready to go home for a late lunch. Cheese on toast was eaten at home and Captain Caveman excelled himself with a wild mushroom risotto for dinner. The evening was spent at the Lukka quiz with friends and we shared just one bottle of wine.

I looked after Lexi while Captain Caveman had a bit of a jolly on Wednesday 4th December. After breakfast at home he went dogging then he went with Murat from Volkan Adventures, a local tour company, to test out a potential new tour for 2020. Murat had asked me but as it was a horse riding tour I had volunteered Captain Caveman – I’m not in to horses.
For lunch I ate chestnuts, figs and Turkish delight and Lexi was a bit sad because she wanted Captain Caveman to come back. On his return Lexi and I met him at Soul Kitchen and he reported back that the new Volkan horseriding tours looked to be really good and another great option for holidaymakers (or Dalyan dwellers) wanting to get out and about, doing something a bit different. We had a quick drink at Lukka while our jacket potatoes cooked at home then went home to have bolognese with them and just a glass of wine indoors.

On Thursday 5th December it was my turn again to look after Lexi and source items from IKEA (for the apartment) while Captain Caveman went bumming. We arranged to meet friends for drinks and lunch at Nehir Restaurant where they had specials on offer and wine or beer for only 15 lira – we embraced the offers and had a few. When we left it was still sunny so we called in to River Terrace for a cider in the sun.
In the evening we stayed in and had Turkish delight, figs, and gluten free spaghetti bolognese!