|Fertile valley in the Taurus Mountains|
|Bergil and Layla prepare our lunch|
|Ursil and his son show us the valley below their farm|
After lunch and a relaxing snooze Ursil, the daughter's husband and their small son took us for a walk around the hillside and part way down to the valley. It is an astonishing place, a veritable garden of Eden fed by natural, gushing spring water. We passed grape vines, figs, persimmons, quince, pears, blackberries, red currants, sunflowers, corn, beans and other crops, all growing in abundance and on every spare piece of land until we arrived at a lookout over the vast, fertile valley floor crammed with crops.
|Layla weaving a Kilim rug|
|At the farmhouse with our hosts|
Everything for breakfast came from the farm; butter, cheese, bread, olives, apricot jam, honey, grape jam and eggs.
|The grape vine beside the farmhouse|
|Heading off down the mountain after our stay|
|The local farmers harvesting grapes|
and, below, proud grandparents handed us peaches
This farmstay was a wonderful and unique experience. How lucky we were to stay with a local family and gain an insight into life on a Turkish farm. They were the loveliest of people, charming and obliging hosts and their farm, high in the mountains is a quiet and magical haven.