Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.
Cream Teas and Pasties
The director Ölüdeniz Elementary School told the local press all about their recent trip to the UK to improve their language and cultural knowledge.
The director, three teachers and 23 students travelled to Exeter, Devon for a two week stay and learn trip.
The Director of the school Mustafa Ayan told journalists that 23 of the 200 students studying at the school in Exeter were foreign nationals.
“We stayed with an English family for 14 days under the project, we watched their experiences personally, participated in an English course and a trip around the area, and they understood their culture and lifestyle, and we gained a lot of experience with this project. ”
He did not mention if they had any Devon delights – cream tea or pasty – though.
The project is supported by the Turkish National Agency for ERASMUS project.
Safety First for Lumberjacks
Safer working practices for lumberjacks were promoted at an event last week.
The press filmed lumberjacks dressed in bright protective clothing, safety boots, gloves and protective head gear working in a forest near the mountain village of Nif, Fethiye.
One of the facilitators of the event told the local press that the safety gear was essential to avoid injury not only from a chain saw but also splinters, wood and other hazards.
He said that the clothing was made of material that even a chain saw could not cut through.
The event was organised by the local branch of the forestry commission to raise awareness of safe working for its operatives and contractors.
The forestry commission owns over two thirds of all the forest in the Mugla which is just over 1 million hectares.
Companies Under New Management
Administrators were appointed to four local companies last week after the public prosecutor determined that they had been involved with the organisation accused of the attempted coup last July.
The local press reported that 4 companies operating in the business of furniture, construction, fuel oil and seafood have been subject to the action.
They are Yiğit Construction, Sancarlar Furniture and Fuel, Çobanlar A.Ş and Saraçoğlu Company.
Chill In The Air
Tomato farmers were on cold weather alert last week to protect their crops as temperatures headed down towards zero in some local areas.
Greenhouse wood burning heaters were fired up for the first time this season.
Some farmers were reported to have stayed up all night tending the fires to keep frost from ruining their tender plants and crops.
Temperatures are set again to drop down to zero later this week so there could be more sleepless nights ahead for the farmers.
Mountain Berries Harvest
Social media site Fethiye Haber Bulletin reported that delicious red mountain berries were now ready to harvest.
The red fruits grow near the mountain villages of Bayir and Derekoy.
If you cannot forage them yourself you should also be able to find the berries for sale in the Fethiye Friday farmers market.
It was another bumpy week for the Turkish Lira last week on the international currency markets.
After varying in value between 4.24 TL and 4.51 TL it settled at 4.37 TL to the British Pound by the close of trading on Friday.
The week before the it bought 4.48 TL.
A Turkish Lira was worth 23 pence.
Once today’s rain has cleared it will be a return to colder weather. Watch out for hail on Tuesday and a frost at night outside of Fethiye and at higher altitudes. Stay warm.