Wednesday 31st July 2013

Bargains – British Airways cheap holiday deals &  Pet Photo shoot now only £14.50 & Boots Lift and Luminate Collection now only £50 (half price) & Bon Marche 10% off for new customers & Silentnight Supreme Comfort Pillow only £7.50

I was up at 5.30 and seeing as it was only 27 degrees (later in the day around the 40’s!), I decided to go for a walk around the village. It’s a lovely time of day. I saw one of the ladies from the village going for her morning walk as well, so we had a brief chat in Turkish. Very brief in fact as I seem to have forgotten a lot of my Turkish! It’s not quite the same walking without a dog.

Back home and Mal had woken up, so we went to Ileli to get some shopping. They are so nice in there, it is a pleasure to shop there. Cyprus Today.

Water rationing has started again! So, on our way back we called in to Alsancak Beledeyesi. We enquired what was happening with the water supply seeing as we have our own waterfall in the village. Their reply “It is summer, maybe it will be there in a day or two”!! Very helpful.

Lemar now have a covered area in the car park!

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Thought for the Day – “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”  ~ Ogden Nash

Tuesday 30th July 2013

Bargains – Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Collection now only £50 (was £106.45!) & 3 Oleander Plants for £10 &  Paintballing for 4 incl lunch now only £24 (was £49!) & 50% off 2 night stay for 2 people in the New Forest £87 & Thames sightseeing Cruise for 2 + London Pride only £28

No internet first thing, David and Kenny had it so we tried all the usual problem solving, not us. Mal called Multimax and it was soon back on! No idea why it had been off.

Happy 14th Birthday to Tariq! Of course we called him first thing in the morning, he was waiting to open his presents as River and Sol were out on a run. So, River is still keeping it up! They are all going out for a meal for Tariq’s birthday.

A very Happy Birthday too, to both my nieces Julie and Wendy.

As for us, it was hot and the pool was cool (ish) and so we had a very lazy day.

Happy Birthday Tariq
Happy Birthday Tariq

Thought for the Day – “Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.” ~ Hartman Jule

Monday 29th July 2013

Bargains – Boots No.7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum x 6 bundle £65.80 & Brantano Footwear 30% off everything & Marks and Spencer up to 70% off sale &  Monarch Airlines Extra £20 off flights

My internal body clock seems to have linked with yesterday mornings alarm! I was up at 4.45am. At least it was nice sitting under the terrace watching the sun come up.

The TRNC elections were held yesterday. Of course most of the ex pats are not citizens and therefore were unable to vote.

Mal and I spent the whole day designing a web site and swimming of course!

Our house as viewed from David & Kenny's
Our house as viewed from David & Kenny’s



Thought for the Day – “Summer has set in with its usual severity.”  ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sunday 28th July 2013

Bargains – Boots save 10% on £60 spend & Asda 20% off all babywear & Simply Be Free postage and packing on sale items with code & Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature set now only £64.99

We were up at 4.30, had some breakfast and made sure River had all his belongings and then off to Ercan. What a lovely sunrise there was on the way to Ercan, just had to stop and take a picture. He checked in and then we had a coffee with him and then had to say goodbye. What a disgrace having your grandmother crying at the airport! He has been an absolute pleasure to have staying with us and we will really miss him.

Mal and I spent most of the day a bit miserable, wishing River was still here. He arrived back safely, thank goodness his flight back was with Pegasus so there would be no chance of him wandering around the airport in Istanbul, as we did on the journey over with Turkish Airlines! The rest of the family had organised a BBQ for his return.

Sun rise on the way to Ercan
Sun rise on the way to Ercan

Thought for the Day – “Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.” ~ Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal

Saturday 27th July 2013

Bargains – Vango 3 man Pop up Tent £70 & Babyliss Britannia Mens Grooming Kit Now only £22.50 &  Boots save £22 with over £100 spend & Comfortzone 2uvet , (yes a 2uvet!) 30% off &  Lowcostholidays Summer sale 50% off

River was up early as usual running up the mountain for the last time as sadly he leaves us tomorrow to start his new life in Herne Bay along with the rest of the family. It must be strange going back  to a different home but I know they will all love it there as it is a lovely village and only 4 minutes walk to the sea.

River and I went to Atakara for fresh bread for breakfast and Cyprus Today.

We then went down to The Cabin in Lapta that David and Kenny recommended to us. Time on the beach, in the sea and we stayed there for lunch and very good it was too. I can see why they recommended it! A  really lovely lunch.

More swimming in the pool back home and then River packed. We will miss him, it has been so nice having him here. Hopefully he knows what he has to do about schools now and fingers crossed one of the Grammar schools will find a place for him.

A last few games of cards in the evening and then early to bed to get up at 4.30am!

Thought for the Day – “We do not remember days; we remember moments.” ~ Cesare Pavese

Friday 26th July 2013

Bargains – Debenhams Free Postage and Packing with code & Avis 3 days car hire weekend for the price of 2 & Betty Jackson Leather Purse £10 & Interflora Free Delivery

We went into Girne early as River wanted to buy his brother Tariq’s birthday present. From there we went down to Rosy’s Place in Lapta and on to the beach and stayed there for our lunch.

In the evening we went to Pearl’s 1st Birthday Party at the Black Olive. She is so cute and I guess will be growing up tri lingual, clever girl. Thankfully Ed (dad) was allowed to come home from the army for the night. It is such a long time since we have seen her.

Ingrid, Pearl and Ed
Ingrid, Pearl and Ed

Thought for the Day – “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” ~ Johann Schiller

Thursday 25th July 2013

Bargains – Red Kite Travel Cot £25 &  Thorntons Classic chocs worth £6.99 free for £20 spend & Interflora free chocs with flowers & Meccano Super Construction Set £49.99 + Free Delivery

Swimming in the pool in the morning and then we were invited to David and Kenny’s for a BBQ, which was delicious. River made a trifle to take over there! Jekka and Loppie now seem to be getting on well together and Loppie (who was a stray they rescued) is improving daily, bless her. A really lovely time in good company.

River, Kenny, David and Mal
River, Kenny, David and Mal

River with trifle!
River with trifle!

Jekka and Loppie
Jekka and Loppie

Thought for the Day – “When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” ~ Joyce Brothers