BIG CHANGES FOR A LITTLE VILLAGE
Our road underwent major changes in less than 24 hours. Walking down our hill in the morning recently, we caught a glimpse of three belediye (council) men hard at work. One was controlling the jackhammer with his remote behind the truck and the other two had the difficult task of holding up the post and more importantly choosing the correct signage. (I’m not sure either of those two got it right because it certainly isn’t straight and I could think of a few signs that would have been more fitting.)
As we neared them, we asked what sign they were putting up and they explained it was a sharp corner. Oh really? ( OK, we said, we thought it might have been a more useful one like “slow down, cows ahead” So I asked them – “Do you have any cow signs?” Their faces lit up, they were so proud to announce that they had installed cow signs further down the road. And so we bid them farewell with their big smiles and went off to check their handiwork.
Not 200 metres further down the road we came across 3 other signs close together. Each time we expected to see our cow sign but were disappointed.
And then, what did we find? A pedestrian crossing sign!! Well, well, that’s handy we thought. It had never occurred to cross the road there but we will give it a go. We are now practising our look left, look right, look left again policy but really feel we need those zebra stripes to feel totally safe. No doubt they are on their way!
BUT WHERE’S THE COW SIGN?
And so we shuffled on, but no cow sign. We were now feeling a bit disappointed. We had walked another 50 metres past the pedestrian crossing and although we had come across another 3 signs in that stretch, our cow sign was nowhere to be seen. Aha, another 150 metres further down the road we could see they had placed another batch of signs. At last, we were getting somewhere!
But oh, no, what is this? Look out!! Falling rocks!! Could it get better than this? By this stage I was nearly wetting myself with laughter. We were clearly getting the full selection from the signage factory and the council depot!
We continued on towards the beach, which might I say is only 900 metres from our house. 21 signs further on we counted!!! In the distance we see the last one to come. It is just outside the beachside restaurant and should be a “No parking here” sign, but guess what it was? Yep! our cow sign.
We have lived here in the little hamlet for nearly 2 years now and what is so exciting is that soon we will be sharing our beaches with cows. We think it’s ingenious and sure to bring in the tourists! We will keep you posted when it happens.
There’s an addendum to this story.
The following day after discovering our newly signed road, we had to go to Fethiye. We took off in the car, turning right, down from our little hill rather than towards the beach.
Were we in for a surprise! You have to give it to the council workers. They really earnt their money on that sign posting day. They had given it their ‘all’ and I am not sure that I have ever heard of more conscientious workers. They truly took their jobs seriously. We were so taken aback by their diligence that on the return journey we decided to count their signposts. From the main road turnoff to our house is 1.7km. In this relatively short distance they were able to ram in 68 signs, making it one sign per 25 metres! Whoever is profiting from this venture must be thrilled with their astoundingly zealous workers. And the best one is …
Are you ready for it?
Isn’t that what the other cow sign was saying? Do not park here! Aha, we get it now.
And lastly, to cover all possibilities we must take care when we go down to the river. As Santa apparently left something behind!