Roof Repair in SE Turkey

June 20, 2013

In traveling in southeast Turkey, on the road from Van to Batman, we had the occasion to stop and visit with a family doing some roof repair on their house.

House located between Van and Batman. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

House located between Van and Batman. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Ferrell Jenkins is pointing to the layer of wood that runs across the entire course of the wall. This is functional: the area is prone to earthquakes, and the wood act as a sort of “shock absorber” to help stabilize the house in the event of tremors.

The folks here seemed pleased that we stopped by for a few minutes. I guess one could observe that kids don’t have to have a lot in order to be happy.

Turkish children posing for picture. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Turkish children posing for picture. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Dung-cakes were nearby to the side of the house. Such is commonly used as fuel for the fire.

Dungcakes. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Dung-cakes. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

There is no way to “plan” on moments like this during a trip to biblical lands. But such are among the interesting and pleasant memories.

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