…you may or may not be asking yourself.
Yesterday we built trusses for the roof of the earthship and hoisted them atop the tire walls. We spent last night up in the mountains near the work site at a neighbor’s place. But today was a bit different. We awoke and shared a nice breakfast with Erdem and his neighbor, Emin. Then we climbed on to the roofing beams of an outbuilding on Emin’s land and secured plywood to the beams until early afternoon. It was nice to get the views through the valley to the Aegean Sea and to feel the wind on our skin while balancing on the roof. Hammering nails into wood is also satisfying in a way that few other things are.
After hammering we took a break for a late lunch and went to a local bakery/restaurant that sells bread, olive oil, distilled oregano, figs, a salty yogurt drink called ayran and a savory stuffed pastry called gözleme. We shared gözleme with Erdem, Emin and another neighbor and his 15-year-old daughter. We then all hopped into Emin’s purple convertible, windshield-less, 1961 Jeep and drove to Erdem and Levent’s recently purchased land. The property is full of beautiful grapes, enormous fig trees, olive trees, walnut trees, pomegranate trees, tomatoes, eggplants, giant pines and an incredible view of the sea down a forested valley. The 6 of us explored the land and sat under a walnut tree eating the freshest walnuts we’ve ever had.
We will write again soon to describe our last few weeks here, but wanted to break our writing fast and let you all know we miss you.
Also, we’re working on having Erdem adopt the baby dog, naming him Cotton Mather and we’re hoping to visit him tomorrow. In case you forgot, here’s what he looks like: