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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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?!