What is and isn’t, necessary?

I’ve just driven down to the house of a good friend in Peyia, to drop some things off to her and on the journey, had to pass the Cypriot and the Expats, cemetery.

Each of these resting places are sensitively designed and both, even though they flank left and right of a small , though busy road through Peyia, are very peaceful and ”give out” the feeling of serenity – so even the fastest of cars slow down, (well , most of the time).

Whenever I pass them, I remember that Christos, the wonderful young Cypriot electrician with whom we work and whose English is interesting (and way better than my Cypriot!), called the cemetery, the ”Necessary”.

I know I’ve mentioned this before but today, it really struck home that his word is really poignant: what is necessary? We are all going to die at some point. I’m not being morbid nor am I sad. I thank God every moment for my husband, family, friends and furry gang plus the opportunity to be here – but WHAT is necessary I thought today?

Well, for me, what is necessary are kindness; love; respect; care; understanding ; faith and hope. Everything else is a bonus but without these 6 things, I’d be lost. I try to live by them but fall short sometimes when ”ego” or ”pain” get in the way. Am working hard to put this right – but actually, in the working hard bit, I realized that having faith that all will be as it should be and the strength to live up to the others, makes way for miracles to happen.

I don’t mean to sound, ‘heavy” or to ‘preach”: I know nothing more that love is all; having faith is a huge comfort and gift – and that it’s necessary to respect, care for, understand and love those around you with all of your heart.

To be at peace with oneself: though not in the ”necessary” just yet!

The Chicken Mansion

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Since Emma, Christian, Charlie and Daisy moved into their lovely new home, in Coral Bay, they’ve been hard at work putting their stamp on it!

For Emma, this has meant painting everything pink. For Christian, this has meant a huge amount of hard work and having to face the pink paint! Charlie, aged 9, is learning to brew Zivania, helped by a very happy old Cypriot man who lives near them – and Daisy is learning to creosote – everything – including herself!

The tales from their happy household, remind me of stories from, The Little House on the Prairie – and they are great to listen to!

Today , the task is to finish The Chicken Mansion. Starting off as a project to house a couple of chickens for free eggs, this has now turned into a mammoth construction, which has the capacity for many, many birds – and children by the look of it! (though that may be the B plan!).

I’ll keep you informed! But expect to see photos of Daisy, aged 6, covered in feathers and drinking a glass or two of homebrew!

If you fancy a brew at your holiday home in the sunshine, book your 2018 villa or apartment today. Email for deals to enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com.

Ted

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Hello. My name is Ted. We haven’t spoken before but I needed to offload so my person let me use the blog thingy.

Barney T Rubble is my ”master”. I like him a lot – except when he picks me up and shakes me around a bit when he wants to play. At least he doesn’t shake me as much as he shakes the other teddy bears in the house. I mean, poor Angel teddy not only got shaken but she also had all of her clothes ripped off! That was mean!

Anyway, Barney is really okay most of the time. I know I’m his best friend. When he is tired, he takes me for a cuddle. When he is happy, I get shaken a bit and when he is lonely, he snuggles up to me and we just hang out together.

The reason I’m writing is that , yesterday, he locked me out of the house. I had to wait f.o.r.e.v.e.r. for a person to come home and find me and take me back into the house. I was frightened – and needed something to cuddle too!

So I want to report Barney T Rubble for cruelty to Teds. Does anyone know the address? Don’t tell him though coz he’ll probably get his monster little sister to bury me! (She does this with some of his other toys but I don’t tell him).

Thank you.

And book your holiday villa now. Because if you book, my person is happy and if she is happy, Barney T Rubble is happy then I’m happy. It’s all good! Email to enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Sleep tight!

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Ever since I was young, I’ve always been able to curl up and sleep: no matter what the problem; no matter what the worries, I’m one of the lucky ones. I lie down, tell brain to sleep – and I sleep. Tony has a theory that I can sleep on the sharp end of a chickens lip!

Sleep is so very important. Whenever we hit a big hurdle at work, whether personally or professionally, ”sleep on it”’, is the answer….

With the guests in our villas and apartments, I love the thought that, when they are all checked in, they are in comfortable beds and will sleep soundly. Rather like putting a baby into his/her cot and knowing they are content, I love to  know the guests are in, relaxed and sleeping well….

At this time of year, the weather is still hot but the nights offer the promise of cold. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t cold as such but they are cooler , not requiring a/c and , if you are cold blooded like me, they need to a ”top sheet”.

So I’ve found one: a beautiful, hand stitched, ”happy and loving” elephant embroidered top cover which makes me SO happy and which helps me sleep even sounder! I’d like everyone to have one of these. I go over to sleep ,thinking of the work and love and care that has gone into my handstitched, ”cotton cuddle” and I’m at rest. Perfect peace – and I love elephants too!

Knowing how  much care our owners put into the beds/bedding offered in their villas and apartments, why not trust your good nights holiday sleeps to us? Email to enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com and we’ll be happy to help you .

Sleep well!

Sharing the load.

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Chatting to Molly Mou and Barney T Rubble today, I realise there is something very wrong: I have all of the running around to do eg their breakfast and tea; shopping for them and us; housework; ironing; planning and working for a living – and THEY give ME ”the look”, when I dare to leave the house!

We’ve discussed how, as they are at home when I’m not, maybe they could put their paws to good use and eg do the ironing and make the bed, instead of just lying on it etc.

Molly loves housework : she follows me around, checking everything and can source dirt on her nose. Barney is more chilled out but can collect a lot of dirt on his back as he lies there rolling side to side waiting for his tummy to be tickled…..

There is definitely a division of labour here! Whatever they DON’T do, I love them to bits. Whatever I do or don’t , they love me anyway – but prefer to lie on made beds and eat freshly bought chicken. My job is to serve, I think!

Speaking of which, if you are looking for a winter sunshine holiday or booking early for 2018 please email to us for offers and availability: enquiries@peyiacyprus.com

Must dash! Things to do!

The song of life

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I’ve just been sitting on The Thinking Step , at home, talking to my Mum on the phone. I was telling her about a wonderful book I’ve just read, “”Tuesdays With Morrie””, which should be a MUST on anyone’s list…

Anyway, in the book, Morrie, a very ill old man, was serenaded by the wife of one of his former pupils, who sang to him, “The Very Thought of You””. This chapter was so very beautiful, I’ve re-read it several times.

I digress…telling Mum about this, we both remembered her sitting with my Grandad, at home in Hebburn, on a Sunday afternoon, when they’ve both get a cup of tea, put the Black n White movies on and prepare to cry – but not until they’d sung, “”I’m a little on the lonely, a little on the lonely side””……..oh, how my heart lurched then soared feeling their pain then remembering the love of my Gramps…..

The thing is, we’ve all got a ”song ” in our life haven’t we? Emma, our beautiful office angel was only yesterday, ”loving and listening” to four wonderful guests in a villa in Coral Bay. They’d only just arrived and it was their first holiday each without their partners, who had died within the past 2 years.. Emma listened closely; felt the music in their souls and ”loved” them enough to make them feel safe, welcome and at home.

Okay, so we rent out villas or apartments and book holiday guests in for commission from the owners BUT we also care: enough to listen; learn and dance to the tune of the souls who come across our paths.

Life’s music is everywhere and we each have a story. For Emma and I, we are proud to be a tiny pause in the orchestra of the days of our customers!

Come and ”sing” with us: enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Life and moments

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Lying awake in the middle of the night, yesterday, I was suddenly hit with the thought that the moments I was wasting worrying about things which could be resolved and those which may never happen, I suddenly got the giggles, remembering a true tale told to me by one of our dear friends, Tony D.

Readers of the blog will be aware of the magnificent, Wicked William, aged 94 and ”boyfriend” of Tony Without Teeth. Well, sadly Wicked William has had a tough year healthwise and suffered the loss of his only daughter and son in law.

He is a strong man: funny, stubborn, full of mischief and sadly, completely deaf. Deciding to plan his next Big move ie taking his angel wings, he asked our friend to go with him to the funeral parlour to book everything….

This wasn’t an easy task: Tony had to repeat everything VERY LOUDLY and Wicked William, replied EVEN MORE LOUDLY. eg “Would you like to wear a suit, sir?”, was met with, “What’s he talking about? I”ll be dead. I don’t care!”.

“What if people want to look at you to pay their respects, sir. Would you like embalming?” Tony D had to repeat ”embalming” a few times to which Wicked William replied, “Pay for bar meals? Not likely! They can buy their own food!”……

Luckily, our hero is on his way to much more robust health after being back in hospital this week so bar meals can wait – though Tony D needed the holiday he had with us !

If you’d like a holiday email to me for villa info on enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Consumers of the British Empire?

So, reading the press today , I wasn’t too surprised to read that sales of gin have increased significantly. In fact, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner!

It got me thinking that maybe Tonys, Aunty Carole, my lovely friends, Mrs Spence, Suzie Floozy  and I , could possibly be in line for a C.B.E this year? I feel that we have, mob handedly, helped with the promotion of aforementioned spirit and actively, if not enthusiastically, promoted consumption of the same, at every given opportunity.

Personally, I believe it’s my civic duty to help make people happy by tasting, (at sensible levels), this lovely drink – and I’m all for doing my duty, (though hope my husband isn’t reading this blog!).

Anyway, gin is also for sale here in Cyprus, with many types being dressed up for various cocktails in gorgeous sunset bars, across the island. Choose a holiday villa with pool and I’ll direct you to the best, closest place to enjoy your drink of choice , as the sun goes down. Email to enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com .

Oh and we can also get Yorkshire Tea for the more discerning amongst us!

Holiday Time – ours!!

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Oh, am so excited! Tonight is The Night that four friends, three of whom Tony went to primary school with, arrive at our home for a weeks holiday.

Between us, we have almost 348 years of life to celebrate; one recent retirement; birthdays; two big wedding anniversaries and the forthcoming wedding of one of the party’s, daughters

With grandchildren to discuss, life to consider, illnesses and recoveries to share, we are going to be VERY busy!

This will be the 7th year that two of the party have come to holiday with us. We’ll miss two others, very much (they couldn’t come- too busy on grand parent duty) but this holiday will be as special as the other – the problem is, the age we are at, not sure who will remember much about it!

Or will that be the wine?

We’ll actively help the economy and frequent the local tavernas, so it’s going to be a REAL Peyia break! Just as it should be. Where else would we go?

If you’d like to holiday with friends in a villa in Peyia, complete with swimming pool and easy access to the village, email to me on enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Cheers!

A Huge Get Well Soon, message!

On behalf of the lovely owners of Villa Garlands, Emma and I in the office and all of our team, we are wishing Mrs Rushworth, “Get Well Soon!”

So sorry you couldn’t come to Villa Garlands as planned in November but the sun will be waiting for you next year, when you are ready to travel to us.

Rest and relax – and look forward to a very warm welcome at this end!

Lynn x