Friday, 26 April 2013


This morning we were out of the hotel at 0430 on our way to Denizli which is East of Istanbul. No, I had not heard of it either. A tiny airport with a village attached. We went by bus to Heiropolis. If I had done my home work, I would have known that it was the ruins of a Roman city. But first we were taken to a hotel to have breakfast. I assume what we had was a Turkish breakfast, olives, goat's cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, bread and jam. The Turks are very fond of jam!! And have it in tea. Anyway, this was a very acceptable breakfast.

The temperature was about 15 degrees but with a cloudless sky and, by the time we done with sightseeing, it was nearly 30 degrees. Heiropolis is situated above a very large and green valley. There were in the background with lots of snow cover. A lovely place with a lot of ruins, including baths and an amphitheatre. There a necropolis just outside one of the gates with plenty of sarcophagi littered about. What was nice was that there were very few people about and no built-up areas around either. Very unlike Istanbul which is heaving with tourists and people trying to sell them things. No noise of traffic either.

Mountains from Heiropolis

Ruins in Heiropolis

They go in for lovely blowsy roses! What is also at Heiropolis is travertine which where high water bubbles out of the ground and calcified. Lots of spas around as well as some spectacular calcified waterfalls.

And a rather fetching lizard.


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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.