Wednesday 31st August 2011

I think Torin has had a real “chill out” after galavanting around the world for his work. A day by and in the pool. I won’t even bother to say how much he paid to come in August through Larnaca, Pegasus quoting even more silly money.

Today I was sent a list from Travelzoo. It’s a good site to sign up to. Today’s offer 7 nights at Lapethos Hotel, half board, including flights and transfers for £249!!!!!! Cheaper than a Pegasus or Monarch flight. see link

Torin and I went to Atakara. There seems to be a shortage of corriander, I haven’t been able to buy any for the last week. Mal has made space in the herb garden, so we will have to grow our own. I have a lot of fresh basil doing very well.

Cyprus Today see link

More guns going off, the second day of the turtle dove shoot.

In the evening Mal cooked a BBQ.

Thought for the Day – “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” ~ Victor Borge

Tuesday 30th August 2011

Iyi Bayramlar.

Torin is not going to have any luck with sea fishing this visit but the other thing he would love to do is see the turtles being released. I am keeping an eye out on the Turtle Project at Alagadi ( and also watching the forum to see if there are any at Guzelyali beach. I know it is towards the end of the nests hatching so we decided to go to Guzelyali and see if there were still nests there.  We drove there on almost empty roads and had a walk along the beach. Yes, we saw at least three nests so are keeping our fingers crossed there is some action before he leaves.

There were very few shops open as we expected but did top up on food at Ileli on the way home.

The weather forecast suggested a chance of rain and the clouds did come over in the afternoon but nothing. I understand other areas, including the South had quite a downpour.

In the evening we decided that we would give Haci Ali a ‘last chance’ as the lunchtime service was dreadful on the last visit so we thought we would see if the evening is better. It was!

The food was excellent and so was the service. Mal and Torin had the mixed grill and I had sea bass which was delicious.  We then had desert, coffee and brandy ‘on the house’. I am glad we gave them a last try, well worth a visit and of course even better as we had our 20% discount card.



Thought for the Day – “Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.” ~ Paulo Coelho


Monday 29th August 2011

We had a lazy day by the pool. Torin was a little sunburnt from the previous days lying on the lilo for a long time.

Today is the last day of Ramadan, so government offices and most banks will be closed for the rest of the week for Seker Bayram. If you need any money from cash machines I advise getting to them quickly as last year some of them ran out of money before the end of the holiday. At least it will be very quiet for the rest of the week as the workers won’t be digging and building.

I contacted as Torin would really like to go sea fishing while he is here, having been tuna fishing on a previous visit. They were very quick to reply. Unfortunately, they won’t be fishing for another two weeks as the sea is too warm and the tuna are too deep. I appreciated them telling us and not taking a boat out just to get some money and then catch nothing. Thank you.

We had a BBQ in the evening and a few beers and also called the boys in Cardiff who are still enjoying their school holiday. They are  shortly off to Cornwall. Have a good holiday all of you.

Thought for the Day – “Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.” ~ Mel Brooks


Sunday 28th August 2011

Torin arrived about 1.30 in the morning. He flew into Larnaca and we organised Ozy’s Taxis to collect him. Following the crash of the taxi that collected Robin from Larnaca, we were very careful who we chose. A good choice it seems as Torin said he was a very careful driver. The Price was £50 (Tel: 0533 865 6305. email:

It was great to see Torin  lots to talk about. We ended up going to bed at around 3.30am!

Torin was in the pool as soon as  he woke up later in the morning and said it felt cold (29 degrees!) I think that must have been something to do with the outside air temperature being high!

He then discovered that he had lost his iphone, panic and we turned the house upside down. Between the plane and here it had obviously fallen out of his pocket. It was nowhere and so he called Ozys Taxis and asked if it had slipped out in the taxi. He was on a fare but said he would look when he was back. He rang later to say it had fallen under the seat and under a mat and would return it to him. What a nice man and panic over for Torin!

Lunchtime we went to Sunset Beach as there was a donkey derby, raising money for the donkeys. From there we stopped for a drink in Cyprus Queen. Back home to watch the Man U game. They won 8-2!!!

Guns had been blasting away all day as it was the first of 6 days of the hunting turtle dove season. Far too close to houses as usual.

As soon as it finished we went to Palm Restaurant in Lapta and met up with Robin and Christa. Mal and Torin ordered the fillet steak, a bit of a gamble as they may say it is fillet but often it is not. However they both said it was and said how good it was. It was a also a reasonable price….25tl. Palm is right next to the sea, so a good place to go. It is best to park in the car park opposite Haci Ali as you can’t drive down to the restaurant!



Thought for the Day – “I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how  you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou



Saturday 27th August 2011

Cyprus Today obviously thought that MacDonalds was far more important than the result of the K5 case in court see link .

I sorted out the spare room as Torin is coming over for a holiday. We seem to have more Potter wasps indoors building their pots. One is buzzzzzing as I write this and I found another pot constructed in the spare room!

Meanwhile the work carries on behind David and Kenny, dust flying everywhere. At least they are now building reinforced walls , so perhaps this builder has a better idea of what he is doing.

Thought for the Day – “If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” ~ Marvin Gaye

Friday 26th August 2011

Kulaksiz 5 have been to court see link

Update of the K5 court case this morning see link

Words fail me, the repercussions of this are horrendous. All and sundry may be waiting in the wings to put mortgages on who knows what! Obviously the new MNCBM won’t be able to do anything as the lawyer for K5, Boysan Boyra also heads this group so a conflict of interest?!

Thought for the Day – “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” ~ Effie Jones


Thursday 25th August 2011

Mal started digging out a small hedge in one of our gardens. It was serving no purpose whatsoever and had become slightly diseased. It was in the garden which we paid a ‘professional’ gardener to design for us. Never again, I think we have replaced everything they planted! I say Mal dug it out, the roots were something else in this heat but at least now we have more room for herbs.

We had a BBQ in the evening and very delicious it was too.

Kulaksiz 5 are in court again tomorrow. see link

Thought for the Day – “As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, THINK BIG” ~ Donald Trump