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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Yonca's Retreat.

During this round of  ABCW  I have written quite a lot about our many trips around Turkey, we have stayed in 4 and 5*Hotels,  A Mountain Hut, (loosely described as a rustic pension) complete with holes in the roof, we discovered this during  a scary storm orchestrated by the loudest thunder and fork lightning, which was streaking across the turquoise blue lake beneath us, and stripping the bark off the surrounding fir trees. The exceedingly rude owner,  ignored our requests to move to another room, even though rain water was cascading down the walls... His attitude was a shrug and a 'what do you expect, this is a mountain lodge, and yes, it does rain!


After the storm, then a beautiful sunset.

The fire was lit to dry out the rather damp guests


The next day we managed to pin down the holiday manager who immediately arranged for us to transfer to

Yonca's Retreat

What a delightful retreat YONKA'S place is , We were greeted by herself and a very friendly golden retriever called Bertie who wagged hi tail so energetically that he almost lost his balance, He was to be our best friend of the holiday.


It was just like walking into a secret garden.

Yonca  was a very talented lady, she would write all day long and then indulge in her art work, we would often see her sitting down by the harbour sketching away.

The name of the place where Yonca's Retreat is situated is called Kalkan, It is in a delightful part of The Turkish Riviera and has lots of tiny boats and yachts bobbing around in the beautiful turquoise waters.

Beyond the harbour there are lots of quaint little shops purveying aromatic herbs and spices, the aromas are divine. There are a lot of roof top restaurants serving delicious Turkish cuisine.

The views across the town and the harbour and looking toward the mountains are sublime.

Oh how I yearn to visit Turkey again but sadly my failing health is against me! Also the political climate in my favourite countries are deemed to be high risk areas for British tourists.
Maybe we can revisit Austria and do a spot of Yodelling !
There! decision made..Yodelling in Austria...our next holiday destination and we could probably take a leisurely drive through Europe via the Euro Tunnel.
My sincere thanks to the lovely Yorkshire lass, Denise for devising ABCW and also to the ever Youthful Roger for doing what he does, so well!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

X stands for XBox

A poem by Ken Nesbitt
Xbox Xbox,
 you're the one for me,
I also love my 3DS
and my Nintendo Wii. 
Gamecube, Gameboy,
Apple iPod Touch.
I never thought that I would ever
be in love this much.
Pac-man, Sonic,
Mario and Link.
Your names are etched inside my mind
In everlasting ink.
Run, jump, flip, hang,
double-jump and climb.
That's all I want to do
with every second of my time.
This is true love
Yes it's plain to see
X box X box
will you marry me?

Ken Nesbitt is an American children's poet. he was named Children's Poet laureate in 2013 by The Poetry Foundation. His writings often include imagery of outrageous happenings, before ending on a realistic note. he's a wonderful writer, so I urge you to Google him and read some of his stuff, well worth a read !


My sincere thanks to our eXuberant Denise for devising ABCW and also to Roger for his eXactitude in administrating ABCW

Without these two eXceptional people and the band of eXcellent helpers. ABCW would not be here so to quote Roger "Thank you for all you do".


Monday, 8 June 2015

Vistas and visions of Liverpool

View  of the Pier Head and the  visually stunning waterfront.


I thought I'd let the camera do the talking showing Liverpool at it's very best.        It's been a busy few weeks around our beloved city.

 The Three Queens sailing majestically up The River Mersey for Cunard's 175 Anniversary  Celebrations.  See the vision of The Red Arrows Aerobatics Display team.

The Queen Mary berthed at The Pier Head Liverpool.

Vision of the three original Queen Liners

After the spectacular Cunard celebrations then came

The 2015 International  River Mersey Festival with the Tall Ships sailing into port.
Majestic Tall Ship in full sail entering the glorious Liverpool Bay.


Berthed in the famous Albert Dock.

Sailing past The Royal Liver Buildings. Notice the also famed Liver Birds atop each tower.


So here I sail away leaving some wonderful VISIONS of my beloved city Liverpool, I do hope you have enjoyed learning more about my home town.


Many thanks to the veritable Denise for devising ABCW, who, at present is VROOMING around The Isle of Man with her husband Jon, and enjoying The TT Races!

 and also to Roger our most valued administrator..

 We too,  thank him for what he does, so valiantly!

Best wishes,

ABCW team.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

T stands for The Three Queens. and The Three Graces.

Liverpool (my home city) has been throbbing with activity this weekend as the major British  shipping company Cunard has been celebrating it's 175th anniversary.

 The three imposing buildings that line the Liverpool  waterfront,  (from the left) The Royal Liver Buildings, The Cunard Buildings and The Port of Liverpool Buildings. These magnificent buildings are known as The Three Graces.


 The Queen Mary was the first ship to arrive on Saturday.

On Monday she set sail to greet her sister ships,  The Queen Elizabeth 2 and The Queen Victoria, in the bay of The River Mersey


The Three Queens arriving at The Pier Head.When they had lined up opposite The Cunard Buildings, they performed a very clever manoeuvre, turning to face the buildings. The icing on the cake was a fly past by The Red Arrows Aerobatic Display Team.



It is estimated that one million people visited this magnificent spectacle, over the weekend. We had a band from The Royal Marines playing, The Welsh Choral Society performing, along with folk groups singing sea shanties and  the street performers strutting their stuff too!  There were several Pop Up food stalls selling some delicious food,  from all over the world.

  It's amazing the amount of talented people that live in this vibrant city.

My thanks to the truly amazing Denise for devising ABCW and Roger for his tenacity in his administration of ABCW.

best wishes to all,
Di..ABCW team.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Saklikent Gorge Turkey.

Saklikent meaning 'hidden city' in Turkish. The gorge is 18km long and 300m;  one of the deepest canyons in the world. It was opened to the public as a national park.


It is accessed by walking along a rickety wooden walkway that is  secured to the side of the gorge. The views along the gorge are breath taking, because there is very little light, the water  is icy cold.  

When we got to the bottom of the gorge we walked through a shallow part to the other side and oh boy! it was freezing. Considering  the temperatures above the gorge were about 90f   and the water was so icy cold it was quite a phenomenon, 

After the trek across and along the gorge we stopped at a remarkable trout restaurant which was built on floating platforms.

We had yet another delicious lunch of barbecued trout with meze and freshly baked bread. I swear that it was the sweetest, nuttiest trout I have ever tasted.

Time to sign off now and have a quick snooze, still trying to fight off the nasty bug that has beset me,
My sincere thanks to our special deviser of ABCW the sensational Denise.
Also thanks to the superman Roger who systematically sorts and controls the daily doings of ABCW.

Di.  from the ABCW team of helpers.




Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Q stands for Quayside.

Quays hold a fascination for me, wherever we go on holiday, particularly in the UK  I always have to find the nearest Quay. There is nothing better than settling in my comfy portable directors chair, in a sheltered spot, and just watch life passing by on the Quayside.

This a scene from The Royal Albert Dock on the Quayside in City of Liverpool UK. The building in the background with cupola's on each turret is The Port of Liverpool Building,  I worked for an Investment  Management and Stockbroking  Company there, many years ago. It was quite an honour to work in such a beautiful building overlooking the River  Mersey and the Quays of Liverpool's wonderful  Albert Dock.
The Colonades in the Albert Dock.


Busy little ferryboat  on the River Mersey chugging past The Albert Dock.
Scenes from the docklands in days gone by before the rejuvenation.

The Quayside when the docks were flourishing with large ships waiting to unload passengers and cargoes. On the left is a tug boat which would have guided the  ships alongside the Quay.



Port Isaac in Cornwall.

Quayside scene with fisherman's boat.

One of my favourite places to sit and watch the fishermen bring in their catch. We would sit in front of the wall on the left then when the fish had been cleaned and gutted in the shed on the right, we would tootle across and purchase our supper. The fishmonger was quite a character and was always eager to advise on some recipes for our purchase.

Beautifully fresh Turbot caught in Cornish waters and landed on the Quayside before our very eyes, totally fascinating.

 The chatty fishmonger skinned and gutted this fine specimen and then went on to tell me how to cook it. I listened carefully then thanked him, also I purchased  kilo of juicy plump Cornish Mussels.

Roasted Turbot with mussels, garlic and white wine then finished off with cream and flat leaf parsley.

My thanks to the quintessentially, Yorkshire lass, Denise for devising ABCW and Roger who quietly administers the site, enabling us all, to 'Quote' Roger, 'do what we do' !

Best wishes to all from
Di...ABCW team.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

P stands for Pamukkale

The spring waters tumbling into the river below.

Pamukkale ( Cotton Castle) is an enchanting and remarkable sight in Turkey. It is set high upon a plateau almost 400 feet high, rising in a curtain of stalagmites and stepped shallow pools, merging one into another on hundreds of different levels. It's described as a fairyland of cotton white forms with pale blue water cascading gently down.

Cleopatra's Pool.

 It was formed by water laden with limestone from the thermal springs of Cal Dagi. Pamukkale is also home to Cleopatra's Pool.




We actually bathed in this beautiful part of Paradise.

 Cleopatra's  Pool  is a basin full of thermal hot water that for centuries have given health to those who bathe in it. Pamukkale has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 and is one of the most visited places in Turkey.