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Sunday, 1 March 2015

H stand for Hamam..


On our very first visit to Turkey we took the opportunity to visit a  Hamam  or to the uninitiated,  a Turkish Bath.

 On entering you are given a changing room to undress in.  Ladies and gents tend to keep their underwear  on and are given a pestemal to wrap around them,  this is usually a red and white check cloth.

A Tellak (attendant) will then lead you through to the hot room, much like a sauna, and there you will stay for 15 mins(I lasted 8mins), just too hot, for a delicate flower like moi!

The hot room.



After having been toasted in the HOT ROOM   you are given scoop like buckets to take fresh spa water from the delightful ancient marble basins,  to  pour all over  yourself, in preparation for the next stage of the cleansing ritual.


We were taken to the splendid marble platform by the masseur then soaked with warm water and lathered with a fragrant, sudsy swab - then the most amazing massage.

After that, we were scrubbed all over  again, then another rinse.  Finally, more soap washing, this was followed by a jolly good rinsing session with cold water.    Fortunately, the marble platform was heated!

The Gobektasi . A central raised heated marble platform.

After we'd been pummelled, soaped, rinsed and even spun around and around, under mountains of suds, by the chuckling Tellaks, we were given our final rinse and then wrapped in huge warm fluffy towels.

 We were led to the lounge area to recover from, what can only be described as the most thorough wash of a lifetime!

When we'd recovered from this most exhilarating experience we tootled back to our hotel room with the intention of having a quick nap then dinner. 

 This was not to be, we both fell fast asleep and awoke at 7am the next morning, having missed our dinner. Needless to say we were first in the dining room for a hearty breakfast!

Yet another happy memory of high jinks in Turkey.

My heartfelt thanks to Denise for devising ABCW and to the honourable Roger for all his hard work . Best wishes to all from Di.... abcw team.




Monday, 23 February 2015

G is for gross

For some reason, I love words that have multiple meanings, those words that are considered true homonyms. So it is for the word GROSS. It is an old word; from the The Free Dictionary: 1350–1400; Middle English < Old French gros large (as n., grosse twelve dozen) < Late Latin grossus thick, coarse.

 So GROSS means large, big, or bulky. Or brutishly coarse, as in behavior; crude. Or disgusting and offensive.

 But it also means exclusive of deductions; the total.

 For instance, the gross profits of a business are those profits before various deductions, such as labor and cost of good sold. Your cereal box or can of soup gives you the net weight of the food; the gross weight would include all the packaging.

 Of course, as alluded to in the in the definition, it also means, specifically, twelve dozen, or 144.

We have often had more than half that total many times this GO round. I'm so GLAD we've had a GROSSLY (i.e., large) successful start with ABC Wednesday.

 However, in a bit of irony, our GROUP of visitors are GROSSLY overextended in terms of the number of GUESTS they can visit. It would be GREAT if some of you could GRACIOUSLY agree to visit other folks and/or write these GOOFY intros.

 Contact me at my email: ROGEROGREEN (at) GMAIL (dot) COM

 Oh, here's a GOODY I may not have mentioned: if you GOOF up when you post to the Linky thing, leaving some GLARING problem sch as a link that does not work, it's supposedly allows you to delete and start over. But if that does NOT work, you can write to the same e-mail, tell me what the URL is supposed to be, and I will see if I can fix it.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Introduction of F.

We arrived at the letter F now of round 15. If you participate with us, please link to and mention us in your post.

If we didn't have the letter F we would certainly miss a lot of fun!

For instance we could not eat any fruit.

Neither could we fry a fish over a fire.

We would never be able to sail in the Norwegian fjords.

Nor see the falls.

We would never see the early morning fog.

                           We wouldn't be able to buy any flowers 

                            nor pick them anymore.....

I am looking forward to seeing your F posts.

Wil, ABCW Team.


Monday, 9 February 2015

E is for EAGLES

EAGLES are large birds of prey and although there are 60 species among them, only two are found in the United States and Canada.  In my area of Canada (west coast bordering on the Pacific Ocean and Washington State) we see bald eagles all over the place.  They aren't really bald; they just appear to be bald from a distance because of their white-feathered heads. They build their nests, called eyries or aeries, in tall trees or on high cliffs, both of which can be found locally.   You can always tell an eagle's nest because of its size as the chicks are huge!  There has even been one recorded instance of a nest that was 10 feet wide and 20 feet deep.  Because of their size and power, eagles are at the top of the food chain, feeding on fish, wild rabbits, mice, and other small forest animals. 

EAGLES, the band was formed in 1971 in Los Angeles with Don Henley, Glen Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.  Who hasn't heard of them?  One of the most successful bands of all time, they've had 5 number one singles and 6 number one albums! A few of their most memorable pieces are "Desperado," "Hotel California," "One of These Nights," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Take It to the Limit."  Here's a shot of the band in the '70s.

And now you can see my little slideshow of both kinds of "Eagles" with my very own photos of the bird variety and Mr. Google's photos of the band variety.  Be sure to turn up your sound to hear a rendition of "Desperado" and ENJOY!
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow