And this is what I love waking up to, the view for breakfast in bed!
We had a viewing for our house, quite an elderly couple and didn’t want as much garden as we have. At least the agent called later to tell us they loved it all but too much garden for them.
Then it was time for the dentist for Mal again, a short stop on the way…..
When we came out of the dentist we drove round to L’Artisan where you can pretend you are sitting at a Paris roadside cafe. The best coffee! We bought one of their chocolate cakes for one of our neighbours (!) I know they will love it. Very indulgent. If you are a chocolate addict, don’t go near the place, they make their own chocolates and cakes.
In the evening we went to Silver Rocks. I wasn’t impressed when we had only just finished our dinner and we were asked to leave our table and have our coffee at a table and chairs they had just brought in from by the pool because “someone is waiting for the table”. Not good practice and I won’t be going back there in a hurry.
Thought for the Day – “In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” ~ Buddha
I forgot to mention that Frank and Joan were also in Veni Vici last night. They are also TRNC bloggers, left , moved to France and are now back again! We just float now from one island to another…..the other being the Isle of Thanet, only just make it being so near Canterbury! I don’t think many people know that it used to be an island.
More gardening, we also went to buy more ‘floc’ for the pool. We believe the one we had has lost its strength over time.
Then I met up with Sue and Tanya for lunch at Magarina Bulli. Always exceptionally good Turkish food. Thank you Kenan and Kezi. Tanya, Sue and I had a quite a few months to catch up with! Tanya is now a great grandmother!! As soon as I arrived at Magarina, I reserved some Kleftico and took it home for Mal, he really didn’t want to miss out on their food!
Too many gardens, too much work! Thought for the Day – “Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.” ~ Paulo Coelho
Another estate agent came round today. They agreed a similar price. People seem to be thinking there is now the best chance of a settlement with the new President in situ….I think we have heard that before.
A great day, no internet, two power cuts and the pool was just about ready to be back washed as most of the rubbish had settled, we turned on the pump and it didn’t work. It has not been used since the last repair. The electrician came up in the afternoon and has had to take it away as it needs greasing.
The electrician managed to get the pump sorted and brought it back, so we managed to do the first clean to waste. Then we heard from Margaretha and she asked if we would like to join her for dinner, so we went and collected her and went to Veni Vici and had a really good meal. If you manage to make it before 7pm, actually between 5-7, they have an earlybird menu, two courses for 28tl. Well worth it and we had coffee and brandy “on the house”.
Thought for the Day – “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. ~ Steve Maraboli
Gardening and cleaning terraces and then another trip for Mal to the dentist, back to work as soon as we were home again! Meanwhile a power cut in the morning and then the internet went down from 9.15am. Another power cut in the afternoon and the internet didn’t come back until 4.30pm! We can’t use the pressure washer without electricity!
I have been reading lot about Akıncı. I think the funniest article is in the Guardian. “In sharp contrast to the affluent south, the north is a step back in time with Turkish-run Nicosia resembling a dusty garrison town.”…………..a little behind the times I feel. I understood they had financial problems in the South??
A new cafe/bar/restaurant has opened in Alsancak, Macaron and as it is just down the road from us we decided to eat there in the evening. The a la carte restaurant is upstairs.. It has quite a comprehensive and interesting menu. We ordered starters and main courses and then a 7 dish meze arrived. We hadn’t realised or we wouldn’t have ordered starters! Mal had ordered the cheese plate and it was huge, I had the garlic mushrooms and by now I was wondering how on earth we were going to manage the main course! I forced mine down (!) as it was King Prawns with sea bass, delicious, but couldn’t manage all the chips/salad and vegetables that came with it. Mal had a pork chop and it was enormous. No way could we, manage a dessert. Prices here are good with Turkish coffee and brandy “on the house”.
Thought for the Day – “The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.” ~ Nishan Panwar
Mal and I were out doing more gardening. Again, I stabbed my forehead with a century plant. It hurt and blood was streaming into my fringe and into my eye!! I had to go in and bathe it and then Mal banned me from weeding around any of the century plants or the big cactus.
We went out for Sunday lunch. I don’t think I will say where because my understanding was that on election day (which today is), that premises are not allowed to sell alcohol until the voting has finished (18.00). So, I wouldn’t want to get anyone in trouble but as Mal assured me, it was just like the laws for wearing a crash helmet and not using your mobile phone whilst driving. I guess he was right and I was wrong!
But, I am sure my brandy sour was brandy less and that Mal’s Efes must have been alcohol free. Ha ha.
I don’t believe it, when we arrived home I opened the car boot and smashed my head on that, I really don’t know how. I have a headache!
I believe Akıncı will be the new President, a turn from right wing to left wing.
We went to Lambousa market in the morning. It seems much the same as it has always been, perhaps a bit more like a flea market nowadays.
We weren’t there long, bought Cyprus Today, nothing to report in that and back to the gardening. I have lavender everywhere in the gardens….love it!
We have to be careful how we weed the garden as it has been left so long. Mal just found these orchids. They nearly didn’t make it!
I also forget how dangerous gardening is in Cyprus. It is now mating season for the snakes so you have to be alert. It was this time of year that Rosie was bitten by a snake. I have also stabbed myself in the face/head three times with different century plants and they hurt!
We really must find time to walk in the mountains and look for more orchids. This is such a lovely time of year in Cyprus.
In the evening we met up with Margaretha and went back to Charcos. Mal and I had pre ordered Kleftico and very good it was too. A lovely evening and so nice to see Margaretha again. I think Mal and Margaretha were having a competition who could pull the weirdest face!
On the way home Margaretha introduced us to her newest dog. He is gorgeous. She now has seven dogs! Thought for the Day – “Never regret. If it’s good it’s wonderful. If it’s bad it’s experience. ” ~Victoria Holt
We woke up to an amazing sky and looking from our terrace Turkey was very clear in the distance.
In fact it was a beautiful day. I sat out on the terrace just before the estate agent arrived, just admiring our views, as well as the sea view.
In fact when the agent reached the top of the drive he said “Wow, why are you selling?” He took a really good panoramic shot. He also told us it is worth far more than we are prepared to sell it for. But so far we have been told so many different prices and prefer the lower one!! At least we know then it will sell.
Then it was time to go to the dentist. I had a check up and teeth clean, 120tl. Mal had impressions made for his extra tooth. As we were in Girne, we stayed for lunch and went to The Terrace as it was such a nice day. It really is years since we have been there and the food is as good as ever. Mal had pan fried lamb and I had the fish pie. Both excellent. We have certainly had some good meals since we arrived!
Since we have been back here, we have had two half days with no internet and six power cuts, not bad in four days! Make that seven power cut, another in the evening!
Thought for the Day – “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.”