A lost soul

Well, it’s official. The time is upon me where I have to wear , ”cover up clothes; highlighting eye cream and, OMG, SENSIBLE SHOES”…………..am doooooommmmeeeddd!

Look, it’s not funny! So I’ve broken my back; had two huge ops on it in the past 2 years, then broken bones either side of my left knee now my right knee is ”goosed” BUT I’ve the heart and spirit of a ballet dancer, want to Flamenco my way around the supermarket and LURVE heels!

“NO”, cry my tired joints. “Get real: you are a Nanna Dumpling and cannot, in any circumstances, continue to pretend otherwise”…

So today, my long suffering husband DRAGGED me to the local sports shop and MADE me buy shoes which not only fit, (which is rare for me) BUT are also quite comfortable…. and I can walk in them BUT IT’S NOT THE POINT! They look horrible. Accentuate my fat knees and square bottom – and I’m depressed!

So , I’m walking now at night. In the dark. In a hoodie. (Course I borrowed it! Don’t believe I would ever own one LOL).

Still, there could be a Goddess of Shoes: The new walking ones have memory foam apparently – and Tony reckons they’ll be so traumatized by the shape of my feet and the way I walk, that they’ll wake up tomorrow, remember what they went through – and run away!

So I’ve left them outside to make it easier for them to escape!

Anyway, if you want to escape to the Cyprus sunshine in Spring or Summer 2018, to a holiday rental villa or apartment in Coral Bay or Peyia, email to me at enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com and I promise I’ll wear decent shoes to check you in!


The ”’Wife” Frequency!


So it’s official!

Tony REALLY cannot hear me when I speak. According to the Doc he’s seen today, after suffering 8 months of ear problems/infections and dizziness, it seems he had limited hearing ability on a certain frequency which , guess what, is the frequency my voice resonates at!

It didn’t need a qualified Doc to tell him that he wasn’t listening to me – I could have diagnosed that easily over the 34 years we’ve together! However, it’s great to know that it’s the level at which I speak he cannot hear – so there’s only one thing for it! I have to SHOUT!!

Deep Joy! Cannot think of anything more therapeutic that shouting as loud as I can to make him hear me – but whether he listens or not, is a whole other thing…

Now I need the ”brain Doc”, to see why Tony cannot understand what I shout at him….there MUST be a reason other than being ignored, surely? LOL!

Anyway, we’ve loads of offers on villas to shout about but I’ll whisper the prices to you so friends aren’t too jealous! Email to me (quietly), for information on villas with clean pools and apartments in great locations: enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Oh and Easter has come to Peyia (see below) – and that’s something else to shout about!

Smile! You are going home!


Tony and I have had a wonderful 10 days in the company of one of  Tony’s longest standing friends, who has been staying with us, helping Tony to decorate our home.

Protecting his identity, to save his blushes , (more later!), this hard working pair became known as ”Bodgit and Scrappit” – probably unfairly seeing as how they did a brilliant job and even extended the ”Scope of Works” to include varnishing the staircase which has dog bites all over it – and repainting the outside front of the house!

Still, today was the day it was all over – well it is now as our friend has boarded the plane to take him home to the snow.

Was he sad to go? I think so. So much so that, as we were on the way to the airport, he remembered he’d left his ”smile” in a glass in our bathroom at home…………so we had to nip back and retrieve it so he could take it with him and show his lovely wife that we was pleased to be home and not a ”glum gum!”

Seriously, he’s been brilliant and great fun – and I’m grateful for the last laugh today over these ”left items” which are now safely back in  his, erm, custody! (am also very grateful for the huge Easter Egg he left me which has been ”tested” already and is very acceptable!).

If you’d like to smile, come to stay in a villa in Coral bay or Peyia . With prices to grin about, in locations to make you dizzy with delight , email to us for information on Spring and Summer deals : enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

(Thought the photo below of Wicked William and Tony Without Teeth would make you all smile! They are both gorgeous!).

The Itchy Bum Dance!

Our beautiful little furry daughter, Molly Mou, now 17 and very doddery, has been in the wars recently.

In fact, last Wednesday, I honestly thought we were losing her as we hurried her to the vets in Peyia, where Annie and Nikolas loving cared for her and helped her , and we, feel so very much better.

Seems we really are in the ”Christmas time” of her earth life and my heart is broken to pieces BUT I have to remember to show the sort of strength, determination and humour that this gorgeous little doggy has always shown to us.

Part of her health condition now, includes problems with her bowels. I won’t go into detail but as well as have to ”excavate” her regularly, we have to be careful to get out of the way when she squats down, back legs in the air either side of her tiny body and she begins to whizz around the house, trying to ”scratch” a deep itch which is obviously driving her crazy!

The speed at which she shimmies, is impressive and the noises she makes as she concentrates on direction and force, hilarious but it’s not too good when you have a houseful of guests, which we always do.

Anyway, it’s Molly’s house and we pray it remains her protected/safe place for as long as her earthly life allows it, then she’ll join some of her furry brothers and sisters, in the pretty shrubs in our garden while her spirit continues to do the Itchy Bum Dance around the kitchen!

If you’ve got the ”holiday itch”, let us scratch it by finding you a wonderful villa with pool, or apartment in great location, in Peyia or Coral Bay. Email to enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Thoughts are living things.

So sad to hear of the passing of Stephen Hawking this week – though I have to admit to not being aware enough of all he stood for and gave to the world.

What has inspired me so very much reading about him, are two keys things: that he lived 55 years longer than he was advised he would – and the words he wrote about the Universe, which I will possibly misquote but were beautiful : “It wouldn’t be much of a Universe if it wasn’t home to those you loved”…..so lovely and so true.

It’s a huge world with so many different people and ways/styles of daily life. The Universe is immense and 99.9% unknown but isn’t it true that, without loving and being loved, what would be the point? Even the process of thinking of those who matter to us, makes us feel so very much better – and I really believe thoughts are living things and carry with them, the energy to warm a soul, whatever the distance.

Another thing to warm a person, is a good old rest in the sunshine on a well deserved Cyprus holiday, so if you are thinking of booking somewhere to spend time with your loved ones this Spring, Summer or Autumn, email to us on enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.co and I’ll put as much energy as I can into sending you some great options!

Thanking you for reading this blog and wishing you a wonderful weekend on this incredible planet!

kindness ..

In a busy world where we are all working hard, whether employed or not, it’s so good to take a moment now and again to show a little kindness, isn’t it?

I’ve learned the past few days, that it’s so special to be on the receiving end of a kindness too: in fact, I cannot find words to say how special it is to be given an unexpected gift which lifts your heart in a way you didn’t expect.

On Mothers Day, despite not being lucky enough to have had children, I was so very touched to receive a bouquet and card from my  ”adopted” Cyprus family. They are so precious to me and so very loving too , I try to ”watch over them” and help where  I can but in truth, I could never do enough to repay all they give to me just by sharing in their day to day life.

Today, I’m gobsmacked by a kindness: Mary, the lovely wife of John, with whom we do work locally in Peyia, has called into the office to tell me that she is enjoying some writing I’m doing for our village. I love to write but never expect anyone to read it- and that Mary has not only read it but loved it AND come to tell me this, is overwhelming! Thank you so much Mary!

I’m so happy, I’m inspired to be even kinder – and I’ll start by offering great offers on holiday villas with pools and apartments in great locations! Email to enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Our friend Bob.

Tony and I were so very sorry to hear , late yesterday, that Bob, a friend of ours for so many years, had passed away in his sleep at home……though my first thought was how happy his soul would be, to be reunited with his precious wife Val, who took her angel wings 6 months ago….As for Val, I suspect she’d have rallied the angels around to prepare for Bob arriving and told them to , ”get the chair and the newspaper ready and he’ll be happy, letting us get on with our heavenly duties while he is content catching up on the day – and don’t let him know where the spirit horses race coz he’ll have  a lot to say about how we’ve been running this and what they are doing!”

I cannot help but smile thinking of Bob: he was one of the ”real, proper” Northern men, whose wife and family were everything. Achieving great granddad status would have meant the world to him: it was all about those he loved – with a little R & R in the Club thrown in!

We met Bob and Val around 30 years ago, in Cyprus where we were all holidaying and where we now live and they continued to visit. They each play such a starring role in our love for this island: special people who crossed our lives in a special place and who continued to weave their worlds with ours, despite so many differences – not least age!

Bob was an honest, straightforward person. No nonsense and ”how it was” but full of mischief , which showed itself in the twinkle in his eye – most obvious when he was winding Val up. One favourite memory of ours was, around 25 years ago when we were all on a minibus from Pissouri going back to the hotel and Bob, who was sitting at the front of the bus, decided to serenade Val who was sitting at the back – and the song started off with,, “I  love my wife”……(ah we all thought), then continued with “she’s got big…….”” – at which point Val rushed to the front of the bus and boxed Bobs ears! He just couldn’t stop laughing!

Another was when he came here to our home in Peyia a couple of years ago and told a friend of mine, “I met Lynn when she was young and thin, not like she is now!”……Again, his ears were well and truly boxed by Val!

Sadly in todays world, where much seems disposal or changeable – and a persons perspective of what they aim for, is often skewed towards possessions,  men like Bob are rare. He is the father everyone wished they’d had: constant, hardworking, devoted and loving – always quietly sat in the background, keeping a watchful eye on things . Happy to be in the presence of his own and content with his world, A real man who lived a proper, often tough but always loving life .

So proud of his life achievements: the love and patience of Val, one of a kind – and the family who grew, moved forward, learned much but stayed close to this special man.

Probably the most fitting thing for Bob was, though he’ll have been very sad to go, he began his heavenly journey at the end of day filled with his ”special possessions”: his family, who he’d have listened to as they chatted in the kitchen of his home then enjoyed some time with great friends in the Club – then he came home , got into bed and I’d like to think made a pact with Val to begin his travels home to her in the heavens, safe in the knowledge that the gifts he’s given the whole of the  Coates family, are the understanding of what is real and what is not; what matters and what doesn’t and how to LIVE , valuing the right things and holding each other close.

Though Tracey, his daughter, imagines her Mum  Val would have told him to hang around here a little longer so she could enjoy a little more peace, we all know she’d be so very happy to welcome him home so they can both ”hold witness” over their wonderful family and guide them through the tough days ahead.

Our hearts break for the loss Bob’s family will be feeling but are also warmed by the fact we were two of the lucky people who got to share a little of this earthly journey with this lovely, friendly and precious man. God Willing, we’ll keep close to his family as the years unfold so we can share many more happy stories about Bob.

Sleep tight old friend x


the word on the wind..


There was the most wonderful storm last night: from nowhere came very heavy, warm and swirling winds which seemed to snuggle around the house for hours.

We could hear outside furniture being blown around, strange noises as the gusts blew through various areas of the garden – and created night music to keep us all awake.

There was something quite magical about the storm. I went to sit on the balcony to be enveloped by the warm gusts and started imagining the ”spirit of the winds” , as the rushed across Peyia and Coral Bay, believing they were ”blowing away” old stories and ”spreading the new” as they travelled.

I could ”hear” words tumbling around me and felt that , if I put my hands out, I grab some musings from far away lands and learn more of the world..it was that time of night!

Maybe they were winds of change, or travelers from another world, checking us all out to learn about us…..whatever, it was a mystical night (and I  hadn’t had wine!).

If you fancy a blow out on holiday here in Peyia or Coral Bay, drop me an email; booking is a breeze and we are here to help you from enquiry to departure! Learn more about the wonderful offers here on villas with clean pools and apartments in great locations! Enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Seeing red?


A lot of the owners of the villas we look after, are here now or planning to come to organize the annual repairs/redecoration and put in new bits and pieces.

I love this time of year! There is a ”frisson of excitement ” in the air, as shopping for villas is done/pools are relined and gardens are gifted new shrubs and furniture. The village of Peyia feels like it’s waking up too – with restaurants polishing their signs and refreshing menus.

Soon, the streets will be filled with tourists – and I’m looking forward to what the returning guests think of some of the villa and apartment upgrades!

Most interesting , is the fact that some owners this year, are choosing to paint the interior of their villas in bright colours! Gone are the days of simple, cool beige or cream: we’re now in the midst of primrose yellow, dove grey and Mediterranean terracotta: just gorgeous!

No doubt, there will be a ”’them” somewhere, whose advice is to keep everything neutral to eg calm the senses or comfort the tired amongst us! Tough! This year, we are going for vibrant/welcoming/interesting and warm….

Come and stay in the full colour of Coral Bay or Peyia this year and get away from the black and white of normal life! For villas with clean pools and apartments in great locations, email to enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

Sunday, Sunday…


It’s a beautiful  morning here in Peyia. The sun is in the heavens, temperature is a warm 19 degrees and the birds are singing.

There’s a very rare bird in our garden today, which has eaten the bread I dropped and the bacon bits Tony left : this one is a long haired, long tailed, 65 kilos, 4 legged one who doesn’t seem to be able to fly but can certainly run like mad when he is told off!

I’ve been nattering to a friend , who was bemoaning the snow in the UK and telling me how lucky we are to live here. She asked me what I’m up to today and would I be sunbathing/chilling?…..It always makes me smile when people imagine life here is a large GnT anytime of day (?), feet in the pool, wine tree growing in the corner and ”fairies” to do the housework/shopping……The truth is, same stuff, different temperature to do it in…..

That said, I hung my washing under the lemon tree this morning, taking in the view across the mountains. Had to chase Barney T Rubble away from the bird food, while looking down towards the magnificent coastline of Coral Bay – and I’ve to pop across to Latchi, driving through the beautiful hills and villages, to take some photos of a project we are working on……….so there are HUGE advantages in living here and I know we are lucky.

We’re also lucky to be able to share this area with you. We work for the owners of a wonderful selection of quality villas and apartments and are so very happy to help you find the right one for you, whatever day of the week you enquire!

Though, as it’s Sunday, and you may be snowbound at home, take a moment to look at our site and choose your Easter or Summer sunshine holiday property. Ready and waiting for your email: enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com!

Let’s talk soon!