Friday 31st August 2012

Bargains – Free Postage at Debenhams and BHS.  Interested in the rugby at Twickenham tomorrow?

Julie, my niece is taking part in the Bupa Great North Run on 16th September and is raising money for Action on Bladder Cancer. As she says in her profile, my brother in law(her dad) is battling the disease and if anyone would like to donate (even £1!!) it would make it all the more worthwhile for Julie and her friends.

I did get a little shopping and bought Cyprus Star but quite honestly little of interest in there.

We noticed a new restaurant had opened in Alsancak village, right next door to B&I Fast Food and immediatley opposite Cenap…a bit of competition there then. So, in the evening we deicded to give it a try. It’s called “Tașmahzen”, which I believe translates as “Stone cellar”.  (Ankara Cad.110)

They have a nice courtyard at the front of the restaurant and I have to say we received a really warm welcome. We often eat, finish our meal and leave but there is a really nice atmosphere there, with decent Turkish music, instead of the usual piped rubbish and we stayed for a long time. The restaurant did get busy and no problem for them, if more customers came through the archway, they just moved another table out! BUT the service didn’t slip. It really was just like the old days in North Cyprus, a large bottle of water, mezes, cake and fruit, Turkish coffees and brandy ALL “on the house”. It’s nice to go to a restaurant here, where they actually want your custom! Long may they last! Our total bill was 54tl!!!

Anyone in the Alsancak area, give it a try, they really deserve to do well. Their phone numbers – 0542 851 6166 / 0392 821 8427.

Tașmahzen Restaurant


Thought for the Day – “ One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.  ~ Luciano Pavarotti 

Thursday 30th August 2012

Bargains – Backpack for £7.50 (great for school) & Debenhams 20% off beachwear & swimwear & M&S Sale has started.

An update on Kulaksiz 5. It doesn’t seem like justice to me.

We spent a lot of the day moving furniture, sorting ‘junk’ out and cleaning! As soon as it gets cooler I guess it will be decorating next.

I planted some basil as well that I had bought in Mr Pound. It’s “Dark Opal Basil”, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. I do love cooking with basil.

In the evening, we sat and watched the Blue Moon come up from behind the mountain, well not strictly true, tomorrow night is the “blue moon”.


Thought for the DayYou have to be able to appreciate these things. How many people can say it was a full moon last night and appreciate it?  ~ Sandy Miller

Wednesday 29th August 2012

Bargains – Friedland Wireless alarm system – half price & Mamas and Papas Rocking Horse (now is the time to start looking for Christmas presents!!) And Mini ceramic hair straighteners . The hair straighteners are small, lightweight and great for travelling with.

A much better day weatherwise with a lovely breeze. We went off to pay our Mulitmax bill and then did a huge shop in Lemar. Still no Gold Fassl to be had on the whole island , much to Mal’s annoyance. It happens every summer because they “run out of bottles”. We tried saving them once and a friend of ours took them all to the brewery. They didn’t want them!  Well, you can guarantee when they do finally appear, there will be a price increase. Meanwhile Mal has to put up with Efes. We bought Cyprus Today. Some interesting remarks in there.

Late afternoon we went to David and Kenny’s along with Margaret and Phil and Kenny had cooked us THE most delicious Kleftico. Mal declared it was the best he had ever eaten…it was very good and we had a lovely evening with good company. Thank you both.



Thought for the dayEvery human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. ~ Stephen R. Covey

Tuesday 28th August 2012

Bargains – £5 off Debenhams Luxury Flowers & Lightweight Walking Boots for ONLY £15

Another cloudy and humid day.

Margaretha came round in the morning.

In the afternoon we went for a walk along the beach. Ther are a lot of sea daffodils down there on the sands.


Thought for the DayThere is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else. ~ Peyton Conway March

Monday 27th August 2012

Bargains – Cheap Lightweight Sewing Machine & Red Letter Days 20% off

Phew, what a humid day, clouds and high humidity. I took Jill shopping in the morning and we were both dripping the whole time. Poor Jill struggled round Lemar on her crutches. I think she had really had enough by the time we got back. I came home and jumped in the pool!

Mal nor I felt like doing too much at all. The weather made us feel very lethargic, so we spent  a lot of time in the pool!

A cloudy day for August!


Thought for the Day – “You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being — not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money — but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Sunday 26th August 2012

Bargains – Monarch Sale & one for the gardeners & Eurostar Half Price Breaks

Just as I said, the hunters were out very early and of course woke us up. Mal and I have been saying we don’t walk now we don’t have Rosie and we really have to make the effort. As we were up early, we decided to go for a walk on the beach.

How lucky were we? As we walked along, tiny turtle footprints from one of the nests and the turtle volunteers had just arrived, so we watched them excavating and finding the tiny turtles. I never cease to be amazed seeing them.


Thought for the day – “Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.” ~ Bill Copeland

Saturday 25th August 2012

Bargains – Extending baby/dog gate  & 75% off towels  & 30% off bed linen collections.

I did notice the Asil Nadir saga was on the front page of Cyprus Star yesterday, not so with this mornings Cyprus Today, owned by Mr Nadir!

Scarlet, Jack and Torin came on the web cam. Jack is just like his dad, not only in looks but is motor bike mad! Scarlet asked if Nanny could visit today, a bit of a long way to go!

We watched the football in the afternoon. One of the Premier matches was called off….owing to “the deluge of rain” and later in the Chelsea v Newcastle game it was reported “Pardew has just reached for his top coat!” This is AUGUST for goodness sake. I guess it is customary weather for a Bank Holiday in the UK.

Motor bike mad Jack!


Torin, Scarlet and Jack


Thought for the Day – “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” ~ Barbara De Angelis