Cyprus is full of wonderful surprises, from spectacular scenery to secret villages to quiet coves and new stories of the past . I love living here and sharing in what feels like a daily ‘fairy tale’ chapter: always inspiring, often awe inspiring and constantly beautiful.

Today was no different: I stopped at Nonie Gift Shop in Chloraka, to buy a pressie for Susie F, whose birthday is today. I’d seen this tiny shop a few times but was always in a hurry so didn’t take time to stop until today – and how I wish I had!

This gorgeous little treasure trove is filled to the brim of the most unusual, special and individual gifts and pieces I’ve ever come across – and I ‘love stuff’, as my friends and family know , so saying what I’ve said means this shop is FAB! Owned by a beautiful young Cypriot lady called Nonie, each piece is hand made with obvious love – and all are collectables. I could have spent all day in there – and all of my money too: just couldn’t decide what to get for Susie and also what to put on my ‘wish list’ for my family and our home.

I was inspired by the most simple pieces of wood, carved into various shapes, either to hold candles or a little wish; by trees made entirely out of wooden pieces; stones, painted to perfection and colours that brought the shop alive! Its gorgeous! And you can be sure ‘I’ll be back”.

Nonie and I talked for a while. Meeting her was as special as going into the shop. A mum of two young boys, she loves her work and her life with her family. I pray for her that she gets the success she deserves AND I’ll definitely be telling everyone about Nonie Gift Shop. I’ve tried to take photos of it but they don’t do justice . Please do log onto her Facebook page, nonie gift shop – or email to me to book your villa and I’ll choose a small gift for you as a thank you if you book before 6th May 2015! Enquiries@cyprusvillas.uk.com

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