Monday, August 2, 2010

Sapanca over the years....

Sapanca....

We go there every year... I remember my first year there... Anne (mom in law) and baba (dad in law) was still alive... i was this young bride trying to fit into the family... my beloved and i were basically there all the time during summer... who wouldnt love it there, eh? The spacious house...wonderful sapanca lake view from the garden...no need to cook coz anne was the Queen of the kitchen...that was her territory....and as the newly learning bride, my job was to adjust myself to my surrounding and enjoyed the pool!
And then the kids were born....How useful sapanca was coz having not need to do anything coz there was anne and mıstık (the family male helper)... i was busy trying to be a new mom...and the best part was...anne helped to put hatice to sleep....but that summer after baddin was born... Anne suddenly was called by Allah.....Sapanca without Anne was.....we felt empty...

That left only baba...i remember that last year of baba's life... my kids and i spent almost most of our summer in sapanca with my beloved coming and going from and to istanbul coz he had to go to work... i used to grumble somehow coz i hate having to spend time away from my beloved... but now i am glad we did coz that was the longest time my kids would be able to spend time with their dede (grandpa)....That was when i saw baba trying to play football of some sort with baddin... of baba answering hatice's innocent and silly questions...
Now, there is this emptiness coz the two persons are gone... which left only the children to go there..to jump into the pool...to enjoy the spacious house...away from the tiny space of our apartment home in istanbul...to breathe a fresh air from the hilltop garden of the house....
After almost 11 years...i cant say that sapanca is boring... the pool will always be the biggest attraction..i simply love swimming.. the kids too..in fact all the zaim kids love the pool... and each year....new happening..new unexpected adventures come in our way...
For example....one year... i cried at the summer house coz i simply lost my wedding ring...i left everyone panicked...looking around for that one ring...until özlem..my sister in law found my ring in the rice pressure cooker... yup..that nite..the family had eaten white gold wedding band indeed! This year...last wednesday..i cried again coz i lost my wedding ring again... and guess where it turned out?? in the pool of the sapanca pool!!! It must have fallen into the pool without me noticing it the weekend before....and i am forever thankful to dearest baddin for finding the ring....We still continue the big tour coz we love it..and coz deep down...i think we would like to honour baba..my beloved's dad who used to go to almost the same route...even as he aged...

This year though...we had a suprise as well.. as we were passing our normal route... almost reaching the house...we saw this land cultivated with young pine trees...they will be for sale i guess... we saw a few ducks.. the caretaker of the place told us that we could come in and look at the ducks up close...only then.. three *kangal* younglings...dogs i mean came rushing towards the gate...hatice looked at me pleadingly coz she knows what i feel about touching dogs..the hassle of the concept of *samak* ..as i am a syafiee.. touching dogs would mean the cleaning would involve the sand and water.. whereas in hanafi, washing with soap is enough... my kids r hanafi..i was in dilemma... finally i gave the go ahead..and the kangals we basically pleading the kids to pat them...one even bite at hatice's pants pleading her to play with them... of course, once we reached the house,i immediately told the kids to stay outside the house and i cleaned their bodies and clothings the syafiee way...out of respect for me...my beloved also cleaned himself my way...and i to show my respect for him.. cleaned everything again using soap...

and the beloved pool... ah.... who would have thought after almost 11 years here..i would get to experience swimming in the green pool?? argh!!! I pray whatever bad effects that greenish water had on all of our skins... the healing power of the oylat thermal would have worked itz magic wonders.....
And the old basket seller uncle i always buy from each year... yup..he is still there.. he still remembers me... i always get a special discout from him...i guess i will always go to him until the day he dies....he is such a sweet man indeed!

We always feed the wild cats when we go to sapanca..the BBQ smell attracts them anyway... last year..*.kar beyaz* the cat stayed over with her gorgeous kids....we fed them...we even bought some ready made feed from the pet shop and left them there for the cats to eat... this year..all kar beyaz's kids r all grown up..and perhaps with kids of their own....a lil kitten this year which baddin named *şirin gri*honoured us with her presence... her mom is nowhere to be found..and she is such a playfull and brave kitten...we contemplated of bringing her to istanbul...but how to bring her when u cant catch her?...
Sapanca has and shall always be about happenings...of the yester years...today...and tomorrow...

Baba..thank you for buying this place...Anne..thank you for making baba pay the men to make the pool.....This is the perfect getaway indeed...


Thank You for hopping by. Hope to see you again soon... :0)

8 Comments:

Blogger Kak Elle said...

Sapanca will always be there for you Simah and the rest of the family.
That kitty is lovely should take her back a companion for the other.

August 4, 2010 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger Queen Of The House said...

I love the wedding photo, Simah. All the parents present :)

You are all very lucky to have Sapanca.

August 9, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger sue said...

Simah,
dah besar anak2 u...Sapanca must be the best gift from your Baba,..jaga baik2 that precious ring :-P

Salam Ramadhan

August 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Mummy Rizq said...

Simah.. I just luv reading all your writings....

Selamat Berpuasa!

August 18, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger simah said...

kak elle
*******
yes..we r all indeed lucky to have sapanca....

The kitty... dah lari with the rest of the family akak...şirin gri is one very special kitten...even as a baby..she has charisma to lead her gang...

Queen of the House
*****************
yup..akak..exactly the reason why i put it there.. all parents there :0)..memories...

Alhamdulillah for Sapanca.. :0)

Sue
*****
memang anak anak membesar cepat kan??

that precious ring is so precious..i dah takut nak pakai dah..takut hilang hehehe

mummy rizq
***********
selamat berpuasa!! how's ur hensem boy? dia dah masuk sekolah ka? sorry lama tak masuk blog...

August 22, 2010 at 1:59 AM  
Anonymous 玉の輿度チェッカー said...

玉の輿度チェッカーで簡単にお金持ちの相手をGET出来ますよ!!その理由は登録者を厳選して最低年収を1000万以上の稼ぎが無い方には、御遠慮うようにしているからです。これでアナタもこの不景気に、簡単に玉の輿に乗れちゃいますよ

October 11, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous 神待ち said...

さくらを徹底的に排除するサイト独自のシステムを導入!シロートだけの神待ちサイトが誕生しました。アナタ好みの娘を選び衣食住を与えれば、後はアナタ専用の奴隷の出来上がりです

November 9, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
Anonymous ジャパンカップダート said...

第11回 ジャパンカップダート 2010 予想 オッズには抜け穴がある・・・現場スタッフによるデータ収集、さらに血統に関しても徹底して分析済み!出走馬の調整、展開を完全に読みきる!裏情報を独占公開

November 23, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

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