Friday 30th September 2011

I went to the shops. More bargain hunting see link.  I am just hoping some people over the other side of Girne will register and start putting some of their local bargains on.  It’s also quite amazing how many bargains I am finding for the UK (in my hunt for good Christmas presents!) It seems as though things are getting tough in the UK with all the mid season sales and offers on. Some of the meal offers and nights away seem really good if you are stuck for a Christmas gift.

I also bought the Cyprus Star see link

This doesn’t consume all of my time. I had a lovely swim in the afternoon and thought as I always do how very lucky we are to swim with this view!

Thought for the Day – “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

Thursday 29th September 2011

It was Christa and Robin’s last day in North Cyprus for a while. They are going to the UK to see Robin’s mum and also back to Germany for a while and so a few of us met up at the Silver Rocks for a meal in the evening.

I think I may have mentioned it before but Robin and I went to the same school (Cavendish in Hemel Hempstead)and last Saturday they had a 50 year reunion for our year group. We had both been sent the photos of people who attended and had to admit there were very few people between us that we recognised, how the years change people!

We had a nice meal and Trix and Sally were there too. Sally’s husband Ian joined us later as he had been teaching badminton during the evening.

Thought for the Day – “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us.” ~ Socrates

Wednesday 28th September 2011

We now have a supermarket in Malatya! I haven’t been there yet as I can’t walk Rosie that far with her bad leg but must visit soon.

Rosie has got into a habit of sitting in front of me in the evenings and when she decides it is time for me to start dinner, she howls at me. I am not going to have a dog dictate to me what time I get the dinner so I just ignore her. I have done this for a few evenings now and she gives up. Not tonight! She walked away from me, picked up her food bowl and started throwing it around the room. Mal and I couldn’t stop laughing at her. I know we shouldn’t have done. She is just too smart for her own good.

Thought for the Day – “You may have a dog that won’t sit up, roll over, or even cook breakfast, not because she is too stupid to learn how but because she is too smart to bother.” ~ Rick Horowitz

Tuesday 27th September 2011

I transplanted some more herbs into the garden and then spent a lot of the day bargain hunting for the new website see link.

Christmas is coming and some of the shops have their Christmas deals in already. I also managed to find some good breaks away for people in the UK including one for a Christmas market in Budapest.

In the  evening we decided to go out for something to eat but didn’t feel up to a huge meal. So, we drove to the Red Lion only to discover that they don’t do food on Tuesday or Thursday nights! Typical. We started driving towards home and then remembered that there is a new restaurant/cafe which is part of Nature garden centre. The tables are set out on  a lawn and a little back from the main road so it was quiet there with good music playing in the background. It’s quite a simple menu and the prices vary from 10-17tl . An Efes is 5tl and I had a really good brandy sour for 5tl. We both decided on the fish and chips (12tl each) but had to giggle when the meal arrived as they served croquet potatoes and not chips at all! For 12 tl we certainly weren’t going to complain. There were some musicians there who we were told were going to have a practice later as they are performing there every Thursday evening. They are open every day from 10.30 in the morning until 1.00 the following morning.

I liked their salt and pepper pots too!

Thought for the Day – “Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They accumulate experiences, experiences, memories, things and other people’s ideas and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams……” ~ Paulo Coelho

Monday 26th September 2011

I spent a lot of the day hunting out bargains to add to my Bargain Hunter website see link

I do hope people are going to use this. With Christmas coming up I am sure it will be helpful to shoppers both here and in the UK. I frequently buy things online and collect them from the UK when we go back and so I am on constant watch for offers. Of course also hotel rooms if we want to travel around. We did one UK visit along the south coast staying in Travelodge’s for £9 a night and having a lot of meals (and drinks) in Wetherspoons. I remember one night we shared a bottle of wine in Wetherspoons and it was cheaper than buying it at the Tesco store next door!

The best offer of all for any online shopping has to be Topcashback see link. If you click on the link and register you can then start earning money for free! So far I have made £163.46 and it is all in my bank, so I know it works!

Money is tight for a lot of people nowadays and I am just trying to share my bargain hunting to help others.

Thought for the Day – “Life is the train not the train station.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Sunday 25th September 2011

All the talk about the rain and we have only had one night of it. Hardly enough to water the garden.

I took Rosie out and discovered from one of our neighbours that the black dog who often accompnies us on our walks is Vaughans dog. I will have to find out his name. There is a new puppy ‘on the block’ who decides he is going to run away with shoes and I often see sandals and slippers along the walk!

I seemed to spend the rest of the day sorting out a new website. You may all be aware that I am a bargain hunter and with Christmas coming up and 10 grandchildren to buy for (without the rest) I search out, good value for money. I am not saying buying cheap but buying good things with money off!

Mal knows how long I spend looking for offers and suggested that I share them with everyone. At the moment it is only me putting the bargains on but I would love others to register and add the bargains they have found….PLEASE HELP!!
So, here it is……

see link

I hope you enjoy spending as much as I enjoy finding them! The Topcashback deal really is the best. I have used it for everything I order online and so far have made £190, not to be sniffed at! If you go back to the UK it can be used for hire cars, hotels etc etc.

Thought for the Day – “Fact : We are what we believe ourselves to be” ~ Paulo Coelho

Saturday 24th September 2011

I went back to the vets to see if she had the Rimadyl for Rosie. Yes, she some had arrived. I asked for two, so I had some in reserve should she run out again.  I handed over my 100tl as they cost 50tl each bottle of 30 tablets. She said no, it is 120tl as they have gone up! So, that is now 60tl for 30 tablets. 2tl a day. Ah well, that is what we do when dogs are part of our family and I can’t see her in pain and hopping around on three legs.

In the afternoon we watched the football. Well, Rooney temporarily injured and Chicarito injured and off in the first ten minutes, Man U lost their ‘not losing a game’ run and drew 1-1 with Stoke.  Torres doesn’t seem to be having much luck with Chelsea, scores a goal and then red carded and sent off! Torin (Chelsea supporter) is still in Poland where  everything work wise seems to be going wrong for him at the moment, so I text him the Chelsea score (4-1), so it gave him something to smile about.

Another visitor in our kitchen………

Praying Mantis

Thought for the Day – “When the insects take over the world we hope they will remember, with gratitude, how we took them along on our picnics.” ~ Bill Vaughan