It has been a long hot summer in Tavakli and everyone is waiting for rain to ensure a good olive crop. Meanwhile daily life continues with everyone looking after the livestock and making preparations for winter.
The goats have spent most of the day out on the hills and now they are back safely locked up for the night. They are playful creatures with very individual characters and they can be quite mischievous at times.
The end of the summer season sees the reservoirs becoming a little low. This is a photo of Alemsah reservoir which is very near to Tavakli village. We need more rain now to top up the water levels and to ensure a good olive crop.
We are now back to three olive factories in the village. This one which closed for a time is now being rebuilt with new machinery and accommodation for the workers. It will be finished soon as it needs to be open for this years olive crop. The olive picking will start in October and run through until February / March time.
The view below is of Sakar Mountain which provides a magnificent backdrop between the village and the sea. Taken at this time of the year when the surrounding soil is dry it looks like something out of a cowboy western film.
One of the best vantage points in the village for an all round panoramic view is the Trafo building ( electric sub station building ). However, an equally good vantage point is the one shown here where an old Ottoman gravestone marks the spot where a popular young man from the village was buried overlooking the sea.
He was admired by the village women who all wanted to marry him for his handsome good looks but he died tragically without finding a suitable partner. His grave is looked after to this day.
You can see more photos of Tavakli village by clicking here.
Also Tavakli Iskeli photos can be found here.
The following video is a collection of photos from around the Tavakli area. All of these places are easily accessible for day trips and all are no further than 100km or 60 miles from the village of Tavakli. Most are much closer.
Everything is much greener in May. The weather, whilst still sunny for the main part, can also be unpredictable with sudden storms and wind and rain. Everywhere is quiet and the roads are a pleasure to drive along. The village looks its best at this time of year and there is a leisurely atmosphere and an air of contentment that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Food is never scarce in a village like Tavakli. Everything from vegetables to milk, butter to soap is always in abundance in this village community. There is a small bakkal ( shop ) in the village but since everyone grows their own produce you won’t find many vegetables or meat products on offer. The local bakkal provides for those manufactured goods or items that you might be hard pressed to make at home.
A typical breakfast here might consist of olives, home made bread, various vegetables, goats cheese, jams, egg and plenty of tea. The food tastes far better than anything you are likely to pick up at the supermarket and it is all home grown too.
On the way up to the main village viewpoint even the cows were sleepy and relaxed. There are some breathtaking views of the coast just 5 minutes walk from where we live.
This is a view of the main centre of the village. There are two main shops, a barber and two tea houses. A regular minibus service runs through the nearby villages on a regular route to the main town of Ezine.
We stopped in Tavakli for 10 days this time and will be back in September at the end of the summer season. Everywhere will still be greener than most places in Turkey since the season is a little shorter here and without the intense heat that you get in the med.