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What am I doing here?
Four years ago I found myself living alone in a tent in the Turkish hills. There was no power or running water on my land. It was the beginning of an adventure that profoundly changed my beliefs about what is possible, or enjoyable. In this site I share a few of the things I learned along the way, such as:
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The Earthbag Adventure
‘Kerry! I keep telling you, but you just won’t listen. You need to build a house now! Winter is coming. A storm’s coming. It says so on the telly.’ My neighbour Dudu had appeared at my fence only the day before, wisps of hair darting out of her headscarf. ‘And don’t forget. You can always stay on my sofa...oh but you won’t. I know!’ She was wringing her hands. ‘You’re so stubborn. It’s English stubbornness, that’s what it is. God knows it’ll be the death of you!’ She huffed and puffed, popped her false teeth in and out, and shook her fist at me.
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I couldn’t teach another lesson. Nor could I tolerate another day with a boss, a punch card and the indigestion I suffered from bolting my muesli. This was why I’d spent the past five months camping in a remote Turkish field . . .
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“A joy from beginning to end – a brave, funny, moving account of building a new life and a new home out of mud in Turkey’s mountain wilderness." Sara Crowe, author of Bone Jack (nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2014).
November's Mud Mountain Blog
There are strange stirrings up on Mud Mountain. The eerie and uncanny are harassing me. The Old is leaving. The New is beckoning. How do I know? The Wisdom Carob told me so.
Atulya K Bingham is a natural building enthusiast living in Turkey, author of the prize-winning novel Ayse's Trail, and her popular memoir Mud Ball.