Carrot Cake Wednesday


Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry.


So, it was back to school this week with a brief catch up and revision on a couple of subjects which I didn’t quite complete last term. These two subjects have so far taken over my days ( and dreams, which rapidly turn into nightmares ) and mum has even found apps (!) to use to encourage my memory of difficult formulae and definitions! The two subjects which are my nemesis are Chemistry and maths.

When you are being homeschooled one of the downfalls happen to be the lack of a science lab. Even if you were being homeschooled in a house I guess you could acquire apparatus, chemicals and ingredients quite easily and start to build yourself some kind of science laboratory. The problem with living on a boat is that there isn’t the space for Bunsen burners and glass test tubes, also the added problem of still not knowing the language makes a barrier when it comes to finding places to shop for this stuff if you were going to buy it. Apparently for Christmas last year I should have had this brilliant chemistry set……..Amazon refused to deliver it to Turkey or Spain, so I got some filter papers and some pipettes……………..

As a lot of chemistry experiments involve large bangs and flames and horrible stinks, I am really keen to be a good chemistry student, but reading about ” fizzes, pops and bangs” isn’t quite as exciting!

Geoff is going back to the UK shortly for one reason or another, and it has been offered that I could accompany him and check into real school for the three weeks that he is there, such is the agreement at “my school”…
Well, let’s just say, that although the idea of blowing chemicals up in a classroom laboratory is sorely tempting, it’s not tempting enough to make me dive on that plane with him! I remember last November when I went back to NEWQUAY with mum for ten days, one of the main reasons for taking me back with her was to check out my rate of learning against the “normal schools” level. This, my rate of learning at home school – incidentally – was absolutely fine, what wasn’t fine was me!

Getting up in the dark, walking to school in the dark and cold, noisy classrooms, people shouting at one another………I don’t think I managed to get a whole lot of work done, the distractions were too great there!

Often in the cockpit of the boat when I’m supposed to be dividing fractions you will find me gazing wistfully at a passing yacht under full sail… But that’s only expected, isn’t it? And that is only for a brief, pensive moment, obviously whilst I’m still deducing the answers to four lines of algebra!😶 but the yacht sails past, my concentration goes back to the book, the sum is solved…. NOT IN SCHOOL! SORRY, I’M SHOUTING BECAUSE I CANT HEAR YOU!! Hmm, from what I remember, I didn’t get an awful lot of work done!

So, I won’t be heading back to the UK with Geoffers if I can help it!

School aside, this afternoon we strolled into town to begin the search for a villa or something for the winter out here. En route we stopped for ” carrot cake Wednesday” at a great little cafe downtown Fethiye, The Apple Cafe is a really cute little place that makes excellent frappe sand is beyond comfortable with couches and ( mums favourite ) cushionage a galore! Well worth a visit, so friendly and beautiful interior…… Except there was no carrot cake, I happily accepted the alternative!

We were initially looking for somewhere close to Calis Beach for three months, as by then the beaches will be empty so it gives the dogs a great place to run and play each day. Then mum found a company called
” Natural Homes ” these guys specialise in houses out in the villages in the mountains, they look amazing, log chalet type buildings with fireplaces and log burners.

The debate then began about a winter in the mountains rather than by the shore, for a change… will be colder, we could do more hiking, we could hike out and camp, we could mountain bike, there would be a village – apparently it would be ” a lot more conservative” which means we couldn’t strut about in shorts and bikinis – which is fine, it would be winter… Might the place be too remote? We have the truck! Might the place be too quiet? One of the attractions of Calis is the ex pat community there, on the other hand, living remotely would force us into bettering our Turkish language skills….

Well, I think we are going to take a drive out and look, and take a peek at what’s on offer in Calis too……No decisions made yet! No viewing yet either, on Friday we victual the boat again and on Saturday we are off into the blue once more. The Russians have landed and are in Marmaris for a while before sailing to Crete, we are heading over to Asi, then on to Joya DEL Mar Marina in Marmaris, we will be there for my birthday! I am going to be 13 on Monday!!!!


Author: adventurerintrainingblog

I am a 14 year old boy and live and am home schooled by my parents aboard our 45 foot sailing yacht which we sail from Turkey. I have travelled through/ across Europe by road, several times now, and have also driven into the heart of Turkey, visiting Konya, Cappadocia and many other places. You can read about both of these experiences on the blog... However, at the moment you can read about our life aboard our yacht in Turkey during the winter... I hope you can come along for the ride, then sail along with me as I blog my sailing adventures for next year!

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