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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 13th October 2010


I'm back home to be greeted by a pristine living room - a filthy kitchen and loft and caught a lousy cold so have been having a Spring Clean in the Autumn and nursing the cough and cold.

 I can only tell you a limited amount about our sojourn and exploits in Turkey but I loved every minute of the experience - well almost every minute and when you see the programmes, you'll understand.  Can't tell you who were my fellow travellers but they were a widely diverse and interesting bunch.

I had no idea Turkey was such a fascinating country with a wealth of history and very much hope to be able to visit again - more for the culture than a Beach holiday which you can get almost anywhere in the world. 

We were based near Antalya and among some of our experiences was a visit to one of the most beautiful Falls I've ever seen - at every twist and turn of the path there was more water gushing out of the hillside.  The main beauty of the visit was being able to go into caves behind the Waterfall.  We visited a mosque and had explained the washing ritual and visited a Family high up in the Taurus mountains in a very primitive village.  The visit was similar to the one I experienced in Siberia many years ago - we couldn't speak a word of each other's language but there was quiet empathy and liking all round.

I didn't enjoy the food very much because it is predominantly lamb and very much meat based but that's my preference not to eat lamb and we didn't go to any of the up-market restaurants so can't really make a studied judgement on Turkish cuisine.

For me the absolute highlight of the trip was swimming with Dolphins.  I'd touched dolphins in The Keys in the US but not had the joy of swimming with them.  They really are the most wonderful creatures and really seem to enjoy human contact.  Our sound man told us how, when he was surfing on the Barrier Reef, some tiger sharks appeared from nowhere so he and his chums pulled up their legs, sat on their boards and prayed.  Along came a pod of Pink Dolphin and circled them continually until the Sharks swam away.  I was also able to tell them the story I'd heard in  The Keys of a young lady who went into the water to touch the dolphins and one of them started banging her thigh.  They got her out of the water and were shocked at the dolphin's behaviour.  Then the woman discovered that she was pregnant and the explanation seemed to be that the dolphin sensed the Foetus and felt it was trapped and was trying to help it escape.  Strange but true.

When you get to see the programmes in the Spring, hopefully you'll have a great laugh at our antics on a Banana Boat and yours truly catapulted into the sea - absolutely drownded and laughing like a drain.  Heaven alone knows what I looked like but it really was a hoot. 

As you know, I can only post one photo per blog and as I have none of the Dolphin, I'll put up one of the Duden Falls and a few more in the Gallery.

Don't know where to start with all the experiences over the last few months but will try and bring you up to date.  And may I thank my American readers - your numbers are rapidly growing so, if there's anything you'd like to know about the UK or my adventures, you only have to email me at leemingjd@gmail.com and it comes through to me direct.  My son has just left LA after three months staying with friends during which time he also got to see the Yellowstone Park and the Grand Canyon - lucky him.  He's now in New Zealand.  You can catch up with his adventures on Facebook - Jonathan Patrick Leeming - if you are interested.   I've just met up in London with an old friend from my Thespian days in Australia - Ro lives in Little Venice in LA  and it's a shame I didn't get the two of them together but the emailing system somehow failed us.

Bye for now,  Jan

This is a view of the Duden Falls from a cave behind the Falls


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