It's that time again!, for on Wednesday morning we drive 100m to the airport - and then a four hour flight to Turkey for my annual meerschaum drooling-over vacation . Just done my packing :- 300grams of tobacco, three pipes, a bunch of cleaners, four boxes of Swan Vestas, that's the essentials! - the rest I leave to 'the estate manager' (Mrs. OT)LOL!. Turkey is a great place for pipes, if you get to know how to avoid the cheap tourist pipe sellers, you can see lots of stunning examples of the carvers art, but oddly enough - not many places sell decent tobacco!, last year I ran out of the tobacco that I took with me a couple of days before going home, and walked all round Alanya looking to buy some.....a couple of places had some Captain Cack...er...Black! which I could not bring myself to buy!, and one place had a pouch of something called 'Seven Seas' which I did buy - and it was not too bad....as an emergency ration!. I'll be moving around a bit but should be able to use hotel internet conections, my old phone does just what phones always did - just calls LOL, but Mrs. OT has bought one of those fancy little tablet thingies, and says I can have a go on it. Cheers, OT'