Aannsha’s Blog #147 – Datça and my birthday

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Bodrum's Big Chandlers

We arrived in Bodrum and dropped anchor close enough to the quay that Baz could dinghy over to where the taxi rank was. He was on a mission to get to the Big Chandlers – Alize Marin Plaza which is situated 7.8Kms from the harbour. I stayed on board and edited our next YouTube video, which I was a tad sad about because I do love fossicking around in a chandlers. Oh well, probably for the best as Baz had a very long list and it wouldn’t have helped our budget if I’d gone along and found extra things to buy!

Bodrum harbour was busy and many beautiful wooden gulets were anchored under Bodrum Castle which dates back to 1404 when it was built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. It was subsequently taken over by the Ottomans when the church was turned into a mosque, and it now houses Bodrum’s notable Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Bodrum Castle itself is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list (whatever that means)!

Bodrum is definitely on my To See List.

Editing fun

Baz didn’t take the Sony with him on his taxi ride to the boat porn shop, but I wanted to include something to bridge our arriving at Bodrum harbour and him getting back on board A B Sea with a large carrier bag full of boat goodies. I found a short piece of footage on Pixabay.com and grabbed a few FX sound bites and then enjoyed a fun few (actually many) minutes editing a six second transition segment!

Unboxing the boat goodies

Baz ticked many items off his extensive list and you can see his ‘unboxing’ in this Saturday’s video. All of these purchases means we can now complete a lot of the smaller – and also important – jobs off our Boat To Do List.

Bodrum to Kissebükü

From Bodrum we headed east to a delightful, undeveloped bay called Kissebükü Koyu (Koyu means cove). There were a few yachts and gulets already anchored, some with lines ashore, and a few people were swimming along the waterline so we were extra cautious as we dropped the hook.

Once we’d anchored, we noticed how many tents were set up and I immediately felt at home – rather like finding an Aussie campsite along a creek in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. As the sun set, people lit fires and barbecues and music drifted over to the boat from a few casual musicians. I instantly relaxed and after filming Baz’s show and tell, got back to editing.

Baz enjoyed a bit of ‘after-retail therapy’ as he replaced clips on the bimini straps and spent a longer time than he anticipated getting snug fender socks on the fenders. At one point he stopped for a while to record his thoughts about finally beginning to relax after months of boat related stress.

Birthday Girl, and it’s a Big One!

The following day I hailed in one more revolution around the sun and entered another decade of life. I have to say that as a result of my fairly recent change in eating habits and concerted exercising, I felt very proud to be swanning around A B Sea in my bathers because I was feeling fitter and looking a fair amount slimmer than I had for a long time. I know I have a way to go still, but I do feel good about myself. So hitting this big milestone birthday was for me one to celebrate.