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Having never been able to produce a good tasting orange wine in the past I decided to try mandarins and found it made a great white wine by adding a touch of ginger to the process.

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When the rain falls for days and days on end what is there to do...? Ellis used the rainy weather to her advantage to make a pine needle basket as a way of saying thanks to Jose for painting the exceptional mural on our front wall.

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There are numerous trails between Çandır and Ekincik - this video shows the old trail which was a part of the Carian Trail and makes use of some of the new EcoTrail route. It is a fairly easy hike for anyone possessing a basic level of fitness.

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Go on a short hike from Çandır to the çeşme on the road to Kaunos and circle around the hills surrounding Çandır and drop back down into the village. An easy hike for almost every level of fitness that makes for a great mornings outing.

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Palmiye Botanical Gardens is a nursery as well as botanical gardens displaying over 40 species of palm trees. The day Ellis visited it was closed and evidently you must call ahead to see if they are open on the day you wish to visit.

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A hike at the ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos to the top of the Acropolis is rewarded with breath-taking views of Çandır, the Mediterranean Sea, Dalyan and the river to the reed-beds and the ruins of the ancient city below.

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At certain times of the year in Turkey the thunderstorms roll in and give everything a good watering. If you happen to be hiking you'll likely get completely drenched if you don't head home quickly. Evidently this was one of those days.

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The river boats in Dalyan offer moonlight cruises out onto Köyceğiz Lake in the evening. They leave around 7pm and cruise out on the lake where passengers can swim and drink a beer while the captain prepares a fine dinner.

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We often take early morning walks here in Çandır down to the little harbor about 15 minutes away from our home. The lighting in the early morning hours creates hues and shades of color that are dazzling in this ancient place.

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One of Ellis's favorite things is to take Timo to Jimmy's Beach/Akdeniz Camping on her motorbike to Köyceğiz Lake. Timo runs around like a crazy doggy, comes home entirely knackered and spends the rest of his day sleeping.

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Whenever there is any seismic activity underground it releases sulphur gases into the water and makes it almost glow an emerald green in the lake and the river. The water becomes almost magical.

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You don't neccessarily need a pressure cooker or other equipment to put up tomatoes for the winter. In the video Ellis will show you how to put them up to last all winter with a simple method.

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Phantom Canyon road goes from near Canon City, Colorado through Phantom Canyon to the old silver and gold mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. It is pretty much one lane often with sheer rock cliffs on both sides.

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Separating cattle is usually accomplished by driving the cattle into pens with gates. One or two are allowed to move forward where they're identified as male or female and then forced through the gates to separate pens.

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This winter has been one of the wettest ones in a long time here. It started raining in late November and did not stop until some time in late January of 2019. The water so saturated the soil that it started to run off like crazy.

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Once a year the villagers in Çandır are allowed to go into the forest to select a dead tree to remove for firewood. They only have three days to get what they need, so it becomes a truely frenzied spectacle.

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For the past three years Murat Demirci has hiked and cycled extensively to map out trails all over the providence of Mugla and on October 14, 2018 they officially opened

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When the tourist season comes to an end and the weather cools down it is a great time for walking on Iztuzu Beach. Ellis and Timo enjoy a day at the beach with no one else anywhere in sight.

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Starting in Çandır, the village we live in, up over the mountain to a small hidden beach that just has become more accessible since they bulldozed a new road to it.


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We had done the concrete pour for the extended front porch and now it was time to lay some ceramic tiles. We then coud sit out front on the porch at our home in Turkey and enjoy the garden during both winter and summer.

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Ellis joined Sonja and a group of women she guides weekly on hikes in the area. The went from Çandır to Sultaniye Hotsprings this side of Köyceğiz over a mountain trail that is part of Sonja's husbands trail mapping project.

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We used natural mountain stone for the patio floor outside the kitchen and continued with these same heavy stones to create pathways around the garden through the different garden areas and to line the drainage canal.

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We had poured the cement for the front porch with much needed help from friends Gez and Karel from Dalyan, we had done the ceramic tiling and now it was time to build the wooden frame for the roof.

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Ellis shows how to make a German curried tomato ketchup that has a delicious tangy spicy taste. When your neighbor grows tomatoes commercially and sells them to you for so little you must develop tasty uses for them.

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Capers grow in many areas and are usually found on rocky roadsides and other similar locations. Putting up your own little jars of capers will provide your kitchen with jars and jars of these for salads and pastas.

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Our neighbor Efrahim replaced his roof with steel framing, so we bought the old timbers from him for very little. We removed thousands of nails and built a workshop and a chicken coop.

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In the narrower parts of the road one vehicle must reverse in order to return to a wider spot to allow the other vehicle to pass. From Canon City, it goes over the mountains to Victor and Cripple Creek - 12,000 feet in elevation.

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The GoPro7 Action Camera is all you need. The stabilization is awesome and it can do all you need to document your walks, hikes or other outdoor video needs. It will go with us at all times, you can count on that.

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The river and beach cleanup volunteers come across some strange rubbish floating in the water and everyone has a good laugh about it. From coffee tables to inflateable sex toy dolls - they've seen it all one time or another.

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The hike from Kişla to Aşi Bay on the EcoTrails of Caria and Lycia is a must do hike from the village of Kişla in the mountains behind Iztuzu beach to Aşi Bay on the Mediterranean Sea full of spectacular scenery.

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This marked hiking trail from the ECOtrails gives the best views in the Candır area. The marks start and end at the Dalyan rowboats. You can use the ECOTrails app to help you along the way.

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Part of the ECOtrails system is this hike from near the boat docks across the river from Dalyan up and over the mountain on which the Kings Tombs lie to Sultaniye Hot Springs and Mud Bath.

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The ancient city of Kaunos was a major seaport on the south coast of Turkey and the people of Kaunos devised a group of salt pans to collect salt from the sea water that washed the shores at Iztuzu Beach to export.

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Ellis loaded Timo into the crate on her motorbike and headed off to the beach in Ekincik which is about a 40 minute drive from our house in Turkey through spectacular mountain scenery. Timo loves going on the motorbike.

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When Ellis's sister arrived from Holland they decided to camp out a location that was known as Jimmy's Beach on Köyceğiz Lake. It is now called Akdeniz Camping and serves BBQ and other foods and drinks on site.

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Most everyone takes their car to go grocery shopping, but often we get on a boat that crosses Köyceğiz Lake to the town of the same name to go to their weekly outdoor market. It is an amazing way of doing the weekly shopping.

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We live in a small village house in Turkey by the sea. We had a shell of walls, roof, and doors/windows put up then finished the rest ourselves. It is a traditional village house with modern amenities.

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A fast search on Amazon shows a small 4 ounce bottle of St. Johns Wort Red oil costing 29.95 you may want to make larger amounts for yourself for practically nothing - Ellis can show you how.

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If you have access to lots of lemons watch this video for a great way to save fresh lemon juice for making tasty cold lemonaide all summer long - even after all the trees are bare of fruit.

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We tried a method of making our own frozen yogurt from a recipe on the internet. After going through all the steps as outlined in the recipe and leaving it in the freezer for hours, the result was a disaster.

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It's real fun to learn how to weave with newspapers. Baskets are not all that can be made. Using the same fundamentals making nice decorative lampshades are easy and cost almost nothing. Good rainy day projects.

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The hot springs of Sultaniye in the winter are a completely different experience. If you do not like the loud tourists around you, then Sultaniye is the place to visit.


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As we become more aware of the need to properly dispose of rubbish, the blight its presence causes in nature is more and more obvious. It is a problem reaching epic proportions and is a threat to us all.

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November is the time of year that the pomegranates are ready for harvest. There is special way of cleaning them in order to extract the juice. Then it's time to make a delicious wine as well as freeze some juice for winter.

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A Dutch friend of ours from Dalyan was kind enough to paint a mural on the front wall of our house of a traditional village woman baking bread. Jose van Schellen is talented artist who lives here part-time.

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The Dalyan Riverbums are a volunteer group that goes out on one of the riverboats to the beach or into the delta every Thursday to clean up the river or rubbish left behind on Iztuzu Beach.

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Kaptan June Haimoff sailed to Iztuzu Beach decades ago and eventually was responsible for having the Turkish government declare the beach an environmental protection site for loggerhead turtles.

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While our home was being built we rented a house in the Arık Başı area of Dalyan from a Turkish family. The wife was named Sezer and she was a very delightful little woman that was always cooking something delicious.

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After having recieved a jar of Zeytinyagli Zahter from a Turkish friend I decided to see if I could make it myself from our own garden herbs and first press / cold press olive oil from the olive trees around our home.

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Our neighbor sells tomatoes commercially and so sells us cratefuls of these incredibly delicious Turkish tomatoes for almost nothing. So Ellis dries enough in the sun to last all winter. They are extremely flavorful.

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Ellis shows the steps to follow in doing decorative mosaic wall decoration on the edge of the front porch of our home. She has done quite a few large mosaics and has given mosaic workshops.

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If you enjoy a good hot, but tasty hotsauce then why not make your own. Watch this video for the basics and make substitutions with pepper types and spices. You decide how spicy or hot it is.
Bon Appetit...

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Peanut Butter in Turkey can be an illusive commodity and when imported an expensive one. But, it is rediculousely easy to make your own peanut butter at home at a fraction of the cost.

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It's real fun to learn how to weave with newspapers. Newspaper baskets are strong and useful. I have learned this from tutorials on YouTube. Ellis showed friends from Dalyan how easy and fun it is to do your own projects at home.

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Take a drive from the county highway onto the road to the ranch in Texas and arrive at the bunkhouse. This is what might be thought of as an incredibly long driveway. Want to live in privacy? - this is the way to do it.

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