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Last saturday, we were at Wembley, in one of the London’s most important and spectacular stadiums, for the Champions League Final match between two German teams: Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Wembley Stadium, is a national stadium where most of the major sport events take place. The actual stadium is rebuilt with it’s spectacular arch, in the same place of the old one and reopened in 2007 with a capacity of 90000 spectators.

After hopping off from the tube at Wembley Park, it wasn’t like Britain anymore for one day. Announcements in German, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich flags everywhere and Germans everywhere.

German fans rocked the stadium and created an unforgettable atmosphere beside the first class football match and we really enjoyed that night.

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This morning, one of us made a big surprise to the other one and gave the most meaningful gift ever: Tatanka Ile (With Tatanka).  A black and white photo book full of the photos of our 20 years old cat son Tatanka which we lost in March. The book also contains cat poems written by poets from all around the world.

Tatanka was our taily son, our little black tiger, the pasha of our home. During twenty years, we grove up with him, we organised all our lives considering his comfort, we loved him more then anything.

Now we miss him, we miss him so much…

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When we were in our summer house, we picked more strawberries than we can eat each day from our garden and we made jam with some of them.

In Turkey, the best strawberry type for making the jam is this ones which we call Osmanlı (Ottoman), small, sweet and with a powerful strawberry smell.

The recipe is easy. Wash and clean 1 kg of strawberries…

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Cover them with 1 kg of sugar and leave overnight (or at least 8 hours) in a flat pot to become juicy…

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Next day, cook it in a pan in slow heat. During the cooking process, clean out the foams forming in the surface of the jam with the help of a spoon.

After the first 20 minutes, take the strawberries out with the help of a skimmer for not overcooking them and keep cooking the juice until it gets thick.

Add the strawberries again, add the juice of 1,5 lemon, cook 5 minutes more and that’s it. Enjoy your strawberry jam!

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A Londoneer photo which we took last summer during the Olympics.

Doesn’t he look like Mr. Spring with his pot head?

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We have been away a while from our little kingdom. During this time, we enjoyed the sun and the sea in this beach…

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We ate a lot of these…

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and these from our garden…

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We met with old friends…

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We made some new friends…

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We received these beautiful gifts from Tülin… (Thank you Tülin!)

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And came from 25-30 °C, flip flop, summer wear, to 8 °C, boots, coat. Today is springish in our little kingdom and we hope it will be better and better and better?

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