I have obviously been texting friends in north Cyprus following our journey back via Istanbul on Tuesday and I was very impressed to receive this text from my phone provider “3” last night…..”Because of last night’s events in Turkey, we won’t charge you anything to call or text Turkey from the UK today or tomorrow to help you contact friends and family. All calls and text will be free until midnight 30/6.” I am very impressed.
No rain forecast for today, so off we went on our walk. The drizzle started and continued to get heavier! The broad beans in the field behind us have grown so much in two weeks. The apples are starting in the orchard too.
I dread to think how many weeds have grown at Mal’s allotment. He did pop down in the afternoon and said it is covered but we have some nice potatoes he dug up. The bad news is that slugs/rabbits have been having a feast at our expense! Our garden is bad enough too, the bushes have covered the path and had to be cut before we could get to the shed.
There’s always so much to do after a break away.
Of course then I had to watch Wimbledon. An easy match for Murray.
Thought for the Day – “Life is short and temporary. Don’t waste it with your stress just because you can’t get what you want. Love and appreciate what you have.”
We always stay at Torins for the night when we fly to Stansted. Well, it was nearly 4am when we arrived!! He had been waiting up to make sure we arrived safely, having heard about the bombs at Ataturk on the news. As usual he went off to work very early and we only slept for a couple of hours and then took Millie and Boo for a long walk.
We then drove home. We stopped on the way back for something to eat and some coffee to keep me alert!
We called in at Lou and Rhys’s to collect Ellie who was so pleased to see us.
Back home and we couldn’t believe the height of the grass on the lawn. There certainly has been some rain in our absence. Not quite the summer we expected and Cyprus sweltering. It would be nice for some middle ground.
Thought for the Day – “A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”
So we were up early and cleaned the whole house ready for our viewers. Steve and a Turkish lady, total con merchants who could sell our place for us and the buyer pays the commission and every estate agent here is useless etc etc. He acted as if he was a millionaire but if so, one who had extremely badly scratched sun glasses, obviously clouding his vision. You have to see the funny side of it. At least the place is spotless now.
We packed and then went for lunch at Green Heights.
It’s very relaxing there.
We then headed off to the airport, a very humid 38 degrees when we arrived there. We waited and waited, a lot of plane delays but as usual no one told us why.
LONG DELAYS ON FLIGHTS BUT WE STOPPED IN TURKEY AT Sabiha Gökçen NOT ATURTURK. OBVIOUSLY HIGH SECURITY,terrible for the dead and injured. We are safe. This is the second journey we have had when bombs have gone off in Istanbul.
We didn’t know anything about this until someone new boarded the plane in Istanbul. We had our passports checked thrtee times whilst we were waiting on board the plane. It was a very long night!
Thought for the Day – “Today is a new day so don’t worry about yesterday’s problems because today you just might find your solution.”
We spent the morning over at David and Kenny’s with Mal showing David more uses for the Firestick we brought over for them. I think they are impressed.
Clear skies and a nice breeze today, this is the view looking back at the village of Malatya.
Our last night so we decided to go to Merit Royal where we have heard good things about their Italian Restaurant. We have eaten in the main restaurant but not the Bella Italian. We were seated outside and were really quite surprised that the prices were reasonable for a 5 star hotel. Mind you I suppose like most Merit hotels they make their money from their casinos.
We had an excellent meal, we each had three courses, I had the King Prawn (40tl) for main and Mal had the steak medallion(47tl).
We hadn’t realised included in the price were hors d’oeuvres and a huge basket of home baked breads and also all the bottled water was included.
Had we known there was all this I don’t think we would have had a starter!
It’s a place well worth a visit. On the website it said Bella Merit opens at 7pm. It doesn’t it opens at 7.30pm!
Oh I forgot to mention we just sat down at our table and had a phone call someone who wanted to view our house! We have arranged for them to come tomorrow. Is this the first Brit bailing out??
We were back just in time for the football. I wish we hadn’t rushed. THE most appalling England game I have ever seen.
It now seems that no one is in charge of anything in the UK as Hodgson has resigned. There is a trend going on here. It seems Sturgeon is the only one who is doing anything and she is being pro active and working in the interests of Scotland!.
Thought for the Day – “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ~ Dr Seuss
Our early morning visitor through the kitchen window
and then he was off! A bit camera shy.
I find mantis fascinating the way they wobble their heads to look at you.
We decided that Sunday will be our do no work day, not that we have been able to do much anyway in the heat. Swimming and reading in the morning and then we went to Acmenya for our lunch. It is such good value there and the waiters are so nice and the deserts! Big mistake, I forgot I will be back at Fat Club when I get back home! I also had a brandy sour as they make such good ones, lost my willpower totally today!
They only put a few out to start with or they get too hot! Yes, that is ice cream too at the end!! Unfortunately deserts, brandy and coffee is go and help yourself! This is after a starter and roast lunch and all for 25tl (about £6).
We watched the football later.
Thought for the Day – “Life is not a competition. Find the stuff that makes your soul sing and be your own uniquely beautiful self.”
I went to buy Cyprus Today and more cherries of course! For any other cherry addicts they are 13.90tl (£3.50) a kilo at Atakara.
I thought my laptop had died, no sound at all and then all sorts of odd things happening to it or rather not happening to it! A good thing I have a Mr Fixit Techie. Even he thought it was possibly a new one needed but he is persistent and sorted it out for me. One of the problems today is the high humidity, the clouds may have something to do with it!
For a change we thought we would go into Girne in the evening. We walked along the harbour and discovered meals were not as expensive as they used to be. Prices were hiked up as obviously this is one of the main tourist areas. We ate at The Harbour Club and I was even able to choose which sea bass I wanted. We had a large meze to start and Mal had Kleftico, not bad for 45tl each considering where we were and yes another beautiful sunset. Mal was also impressed with the 70cl of Efes for 10tl!
The waiters were very good and friendly and placed huge fans by each table with diners, it was still very humid. Our ice bucket lasted for 10 minutes and then it was warm water!
Dinner was followed by a walk along the sea front.
It was nice to sit in the harbour and remember our first visit in 2001, not so many people there then! My goodness a lot has changed in this country since then.
Thought for the Day – “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.”
To be honest it isn’t the heat that gets to us it is the humidity when the temperature lowers from 40 plus!
It’s quite amusing reading all the comments on Brexit, the majority seem so confused now. So what does happen to ex pats in Spain etc and there was an agreement to allow us as EU citizens to cross the border here and use Larnaca…will this stop? So many questions. Our priority at the moment is painting and it is just too hot, we have tried and the paint is just drying on the brushes.
We swim to cool off but the pool is now up to 32 degrees!
In the evening we went to Hanimeller, it just had to be a restaurant next to the sea, in the hope it would be a little cooler. It was very pleasant there……and another beautiful sunset.
Back home and in the pool again! After that we sat under the terrace and watched our house geckos playing in and out of our ornamental tiles and squeaking to each other. There were four of them out tonight.
Thought for the Day – “Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world but their world.”