30 Minutes in the Life: July

Oh gosh!! I hardly know where to start in describing the emotions of the past week. After months of dreading the possibility of a military coup here in Turkey, the day came, and Turkey said no. I think it’s safe to say that very few Turks slept soundly on the night of the 15th of July. All night we heard helicopters and gunfire and towards the early hours sonic booms from military jets made the windows shake. Through all this our little ones slept soundly, though we kept them in our bed, away from the windows, and sat guard over their sleeping bodies. I fell asleep at 4.30 am not knowing what I would wake up to. When we woke it was calm outside and and we began to hear of the bravery and bloodshed that defeated the coup. Ville went out and bought beer at lunchtime and we sat stunned, taking it all in.

July 15th (2 weeks before we leave Istanbul) will always be an important date for the country that has been my home for the past 3000 days. Happily when the children ask me what they did during the days that followed my answer will be Pokemon Go and fun with friends!! My pictures this month are of a wander around our neighbourhood a couple of days later looking for Pokemon (them) and good light (me!). Thanks also to Asya one of the trio of beautiful people that have kept the kids happy while I have worked since Florence left.

I decided to include a couple of pictures of myself this month because I have been here and I have done it.

And now go and get your calm rural kicks in beautiful New Brunswick, Canada and the work of the sublimely talented Joni Burtt. I want to be in that field and would quite like her daughters clothes too!!

3 thoughts on “30 Minutes in the Life: July

  1. Beautiful Julia. I am so glad that you are all safe. It was scary to know that you were in the middle of what I was watching. I love all your images. The graffiti is amazing. I am glad there was normalcy for you to be able to go out on the streets and take the images.

  2. So beautifully captured! You found so much beauty after such a crazy moment in time. I love every single image! What a frightening time you all went through too – I was relieved to hear you were all safe.

  3. Julia, wow I love these images. I love all the graffiti and city life. Especially love seeing you in there too!! I can’t imagine how fearful you guys were on that night. I’m so glad to hear everyone was safe. Looking forward to your adventures in a new place.

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