We’ve had a very peaceful and sunny festive break so far, celebrating Christmas day with very dear friends who also live here in the Peyia/Paphos region. Time has drifted by gently with moments filled with laughter, some silly cartoon movies and welcome companionship.
This week is a time when we get to reflect on living and working here, while we walk our lovely furry gang for hours, choosing different places each day to take in the sheer beauty around us.
Mindful that for many people, this has been a very difficult time eg the storms and troubles worldwide, I’m deeply grateful to be sitting here in a quiet corner on a Peyia hillside, having a moment or two , to myself….
Watching the news, we saw that the village in Yorkshire, where we lived before moving here, is completely waterlogged – again. We remember 2000 well and the problems the water brought. Really hoping for a resolution to the problems with the sheer amount of rain water versus the flood defence systems – and for strength for all the people affected…..
I’m also mindful of how lucky we are to live here in Peyia. Not a life for the feint hearted or one in which to make a fortune, it’s still a life filled with riches that only nature can share…. Today, the sea, in front of us, is calm and reflecting a little light from the sun as the inevitable rain clouds begin to gather on the hills to the left of us. The village of Peyia and area of Coral Bay, nestled in front of our home and down to the coast, is bathed in golden light and seems to be asleep – though nothing much happens here at the end of December up to Epiphany on 6th January.
Behind us, the Pikni Forest is rich in smell from the Cypresse trees and has that wonderful ‘alive ‘ feeling that only a forest can bring: pine cones sit on tall branches or are wrapped in the autumn debris which crunches underfoot. The bees are busy around their hives and only a few walkers are exploring the hidden trails in the trees….
I know that, within 10 minutes, I could be in Kathikas or Arodes; two old stone built villages which are traditionally Cypriot in their centre but have each started to branch out on the hillsides, to welcome new people, new beginnings and new life. With Latchi, the harbour there and the majestic coastline only 20 minutes from us too, I see again how lucky we are….
Cyprus: it really is an “island for all seasons”: a place where you can find anything you desire which is freely available from nature and which is shared openly with the local people. From mountains to coastline, villages to monasteries, parks to golf courses, turtle beach to harbour, rugged rocks to snowy hilltops…………it’s all here: and we look forward to sharing it with you, in 2016.
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The photographs below are two of the panorama from the Pikni Forest, taken yesterday.