Monday 30th September 2013

Bargains – Brighton Sea Front Stay 3 course dinner B&B £109 & Kindle Fire Tablet 7″ LCD Display 8GB £99 & Holland and Barrett Glucosamine 50% off + Free Delivery & Asda 1.7 litre 3kw Fast Boil Kettle £9 & Christmas Gift Ideas from Gift Ideas for Two 15% off everything & Free Delivery

Gardening and swimming. I think Mal has given up with the swimming, he says the pool is too cold!

There seem to be a lot of praying mantis around at the moment, the trouble is they seem to settle on the ground so we have to keep looking where we are stepping. I’d hate to squash them.

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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 29th September 2013

Bargains – Eurolines to France for £19 & Dunelm 30% off bedding & Asda 2 slice toaster £9 & 2 night getaways for £94 & Virgin Experience Days 12% discount code & up to 40% off


Home for Sale in Cyprus

We went for a walk in the mountains, through the village up the mountains and looking down on our house. We also collected a lot more pine cones for winter fires!

Some people have been experiencing problems with Multimax. If so, read this. I have to say from our personal experience they have been excellent and far superior to our previous ISP.

We had long conversations with River, Sol and Tariq. They all seem happy at their schools and Sol is now going to Air Cadets.

I just had to watch the Motogp and a podium position for Valentino!!

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Thought for the day – “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

Saturday 28th September 2013

Bargains – Marks & Spencer up to 50% off Sale now on & Hoover Washing Machine now only £249.99 & Paintballing for 4 including lunch now only £24 & Boots 10% off £70 spend & Interflora Flowers & Gifts for Grandparents Day on Sunday 6th October & Brantano Footwear 25% off Ladies and Mens lines & Wireless Weather Station £19.99 + Free Delivery

Shopping at Ileli and Cyprus Today. I have to agree the harbour is one place we gave up going to a long time ago!

We watched the Spurs v Chelsea game in the afternoon, followed by the Man U game, which they lost!

We seem to have a surplus of cats at the moment. The Russian house have a lot to answer for. At least they don’t come in the house.

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Thought for the Day – “We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.”  ~ Robert Coles

Friday 27th September 2013

Bargains – Toprooms 5% off all bookings & Thorntons 20% off £25 spend & Flying Flowers 10% off + Free delivery & Phase Eight Sale now on & Days Inn 2 nights for £60 & Brantano 10% off Ladies Shoes & Debenhams Discount Code

We did a lot of gardening and also went swimming. Mal says the pool is cold now (25 degrees!) I told him to “man up”!! It’s fine once you start swimming.

In the evening we were debating where to go out for dinner and decided on Tasmahzen in Alsancak village. We had been there previously and had a very good meal. We sat at the table and were asked what we wanted to drink. Brandy sour please. “We don’t have them” was the reply. We make them at home and they are not difficult to make, so couldn’t really understand that one.

They had kleftico on the menu so we both ordered it. A few mezes came first and then the kleftico arrived along with a large potato in a yoghurt pot! Yes, we buy our yoghurt from the supermarkets in these dishes. That didn’t matter, kind of inventive I guess! Along with that came a plate of chips which weren’t cooked all the way through! How disappointing, the kleftico was very fatty and greasy and it didn’t taste as though it was fresh from the oven. The desert was good. Then the Turkish coffee and brandy. I have tasted far better coffees and the brandy was extremely rough!

When we were half way through our meal,Robin came into the restaurant with some friends. I hope his meal was better than ours. I’m afraid it won’t be on our list of places to return to. We went home and Mal made me a brandy sour!

Kleftico in a yoghurt pot
Kleftico in a yoghurt pot

Thought for the Day – “We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” ~ Alfred E. Newman

Thursday 26th September 2013

Bargains – Phoenix Canariensis Palm Tree £23.99 & Bargain Crazy 15% off electricals & Dunelm 30% off Toasters & Kettles & Blacks Sale + Free Delivery & Morphy Richards Blender set now half price £20 & £5 off £40 spend at Aldi

More hedge cutting.

I bought some squash at Ileli and made some delicious soup with it. Of course we ate it when it was cool but it was lovely.

This coming weekend is freshers weekend at the universities. Brings back (bad) memories of when I worked at Canterbury Christ Church University College and it was compulsory to work all weekend. I hated it but we had no choice. All those “lost looking” students who didn’t seem to have a clue about much! Poor things.

In the evening we watched The Life of Pi. I gave up half way through the book! The film is better. We have a stack of downloaded films but it is only now it has cooled a bit in the evenings that we have started to watch them.


Wednesday 25th September 2013

Bargains – Bargains Crazy 20% off all Fashion & Footwear & BHS Sale all Sale Items Half Price or less & Redken & L’Oreal Hair Products Supersize Half Price & Debenhams Half Price Sale with Half Price Delivery & 1.5kw Oil filled Rad. £34.99 & The Hut 20% off all Homeware with discount code

Mal started on the hedge cutting. Problem is that he has hurt his arm, so it was a bit of a slow process.

I went to lunch with Sue and Tanya at The Cabin. A lovely meal and very good company.  There was also a lovely breeze coming off the sea. Cyprus Today. Then back home for a swim.

The north a “little discovered delight”.

Sue and Tanya
Sue and Tanya

Thought for the Day – “Friends are hard to find. In a lifetime you get only a few. And when you find them you always know them by sight and heart alone. You always grow a little bit taller in your soul and you know you have been blessed just to know them.” ~ Ashley Rice

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Bargains – Simply Be up to 50% off  & Grapevine Golden Champion £2.99 & Acer C7 Chrome book £199 & Amazon Summer Clothes Sale up to 70% off & Russell Hobbs Fusion 5 piece pan set only £34.99 + Free delivery & Cotton Traders 15% off


A short shopping trip in the morning and three motor cyclists without crash helmets. Two of them on an extremely powerful bike. At least when Torin rode a motor bike he wore full leathers, a helmet and boots and when a car bounced him once, he was still injured and in hospital. It really does turn my stomach when I see them speeding along. I guess nothing will happen to them..ha ha. But it is the law to wear a crash helmet!

We were overcharged in Lemar, Alsancak but when we pointed it out, the cashier apologised (and meant it) and refunded our money straight away. That is certainly better service.

We had a bank account opened when we transferred money over here. It was a sterling account, last used 8 years ago. We thought we would put some more money into that account. When it was originally opened they told us there were no charges apart from when we transferred money. So we went into the bank today to put more money in only to be told the account had been closed. He then printed out a statement showing us all the charges!! They did not tell us the truth when we opened it. All our money gone! I can’t say I am surprised as this is the bank when years ago we transferred £25K, it hadn’t arrived. Imagine how we felt. After 2 hours investigation we were then told “Oh our systems have changed and you have a new account number”. The cashier just opened our book, crossed out the old number and wrote a new account number in! Erm, OK thanks for letting us know so where is our money? We discovered our money was sitting in a bank somewhere in Limassol. Yes, that was a little stressful at the time. I think that was one of the days we sent out for sandwiches and were still sitting in there when the bank had closed! I guess things must have improved since then?!