Saturday afternoons are precious in this household: for my long suffering husband because it gives him the , ‘time out” to escape to The Mill in Peyia Village for a few hours and for me , because Tony escapes to The Mill for a few hours so I can do whatever I want without the TV blaring and the commentary from the phone over something else!
“whatever I want”, tends to translate into, ”whatever we need” , eg washing/dog walking (though this is a great pleasure) and, if I’m lucky , an hour curled up with a great book in the peace and quiet!
Tony and the ”inmates” of our lovely local wine bar, have a different agenda. In fact, they have many different agendas each with the same objective: put the world to rights, don’t watch the football though it’s on and try to discuss the important things in life, whilst not being able to remember anyones real name or, in the case of the movie discussions, what that movie title actually IS and a good description of the actress or actor!
Today’s discussion included two subject matters which were, quite literally, ”revealed to Toný” in the past couple of days eg “What is a suitable dresscode for a very busty lady to wear to an Indian restaurant where poor unsuspecting diners, (for this read Tony), may be put off their meal by the ”golden globes” being shown to them” and “”how to young ladies bottoms get so hungry that they ”eat” the bikini bottoms of the wearer?” – again a site which affected Tony deeply whilst we were out walking at the seafront – so much so that he had to photograph the evidence to share with The Gathering today!
It’s all world shattering stuff! And The Mill can be a very difficult environment! Tony has only just rung to tell me that, once again, in a village on this quiet hillside, his car is ”blocked in”, so he cannot leave! Today, the blockage is, allegedly, a motor bike parade. Last week, it was a wheelie bin and tractor – and next week, apparently the members of The Gathering have bribed a local farmer to bring his goats down the hill!
I don’t know how the boys cope with the pressure of debate and the unknown of escape! They are true heroes and we’re lucky to have them – especially when they are together LOL!
If you’d like to join The Gathering, rent a holiday villa with clean pool, in the heart of the village of Peyia this year. You’ll be able to walk TO The Mill but who knows, if you are lucky enough, the pathway fairies will block your exit! Email for deals on villas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh dear! Our beautiful, 65 kilo American Akita, Barney T. Rubble, has serious “flu”!
Not just any flu, according to Tony , my husband, but ”serious man flu”!
Nikolas, Barney’s vet, agrees that our doggy has a cold but that’s not enough for the males in my life and Barney has to have flu! that said, his blocked up nose could rise an elephant with a blocked up trunk and Barney has been sneezing and coughing enough to make me really worry about him – but he’s okay and just needs meds.
Like males everywhere , (Yes a generalism and apologies for it !), Barney has THE WORST COLD OF ALL MALE DOGS EVERYWHERE – and , in reality , he has the snuffles and is under the weather….
Actually, I love when the two males in my life need me: normally, they are too independent and too interested in their stuff to be interested in mine, so with Barney being poorly and Tony being under the weather too, I’m in BIG charge and will sort them both out BUT they’ll pay dearly!
If you book a holiday villa or apartment, did you know that the owner of the property is liable under EU regulation EN15288-2, 18.104.22.168 , for the cleanliness of the water in their swimming pool and to ensure that the person/s cleaning the pool, are qualified in pool water cleaning.
The above is all for the wellbeing of you, the swimmer. Clean pool water is for healthier swimming – and unclean water is very unhealthy and potentially dangerous.
We’re lucky that, the 99.9% of the owners we work for, entrust the cleaning of their pools to our sister company, The Pool People (www.thepoolpeople.eu). This company trains and retrains it’s staff to the NSPF CPO standard (National Swimming Pool Foundation, Certified Pool Operator). This means, in a nutshell, pool water is cleaned properly, 52 weeks per year, twice per week minimum – and the people cleaning the pool keep records of all they do to keep the water right! (The 0.1% of owners who don’t work with us, employ someone trained by The Pool People to clean the pool, so all good here too!).
More importantly, this means that the you, the swimmer, can be confident that the villa you’ve chosen, has a clean pool- which will make swimming or chilling in the pool, an even better experience!
To book a villa with clean pool for your Spring or Summer holiday, email to email@example.com
One such villa, is Laurel, a beautiful, comfortable 3 bedroomed villa set in Peyia village. This well loved villa is a perfect example of a holiday home which is cared for so well by the owners, that walking into the villa is like walking into a dream home!
The furnishings are quality and very comfortable. The kitchen is equipped with everything you could need and the villa is immaculate! Add carefully chosen artwork, a spattering of Mediterranean colour in cushions and soft furnishings – and you are in one of the nicest, best value for money villas in Peyia village!
The owners even have equipped the villa for babies, with travel cot and buggy!
Poolside, there are sofas and sunbeds, a BBQ and pretty shrubs. Set at the top of a quiet cul de sac, Villa Laurel is a pleasure to offer to you – and it sleeps 6 adults too!
In July and August, this lovely villa is only 850 sterling per week! That’s under 142 sterling per person for a family of 6 for a quality villa within 15-20 minutes stroll to the centre of Peyia, past Savvas Grill…….
So if you are looking for a home from home villa, which gives you all you need but won’t break the bank, choose Villa Laurel – you won’t be disappointed! Email to me for availability and offers to Lynn@cyprusvillas.uk.com
What an interesting world we live in. Every day, something new, someone different or something out of the ordinary happens.
- The daily magic is in the tiny details: the unexpected meeting; a kindness; something to make you smile – it’s all so very precious.
- There is so much to be grateful for despite so many things to have to accept and work through – eg on a light note, working out why this blog is being marked in ‘pointers!’ Lol!
As this year is drawing close to its end, I am reflecting on the journey and starting to open my eyes and heart to what is to come. Change can be difficult but necessary for life to do it’s thing and make room for more magic. So bring it on!
“Learn the dance that you’ve been shown, by anyone you’ve ever known, until the dance becomes your own – then lead it!”
What a beautiful day it is here in Peyia, Cyprus. The sun is in the heavens, the birds are singing, Barney T Rubble is snoring and the goats are climbing slowly up the hillside…..pure bliss!
There is something extra special about Sundays here: whether it’s the fact that the village is very much quieter than on other days of the week, or maybe that it’s a day of reflection and thought for many – the air feels charged with peace and hope.
Even the departures from holiday villas around the area, then the welcome arrivals, cannot disturb the feeling of wellbeing and ”good to be aliveness”……am so grateful to be here, now.
Of course, every day is wonderful here in Peyia – so if you are thinking of booking your 2019 holiday villa with private pool, drop me an email and I’ll be very pleased to share good news with you! Lynn@cyprusvillas.uk.com
Oh deary me. I’ve made two phone calls in the last hour, each of which were scary and both have left me feeling a little unsettled. I’ll explain.
My first call was to Tony Without Teeth, my wonderful , if not a little crazy, mother in law. At 85 , she is completely brilliant and doesn’t cease to amaze me but the revelation she made today, shocked me to the core!
She’s finding pleasure again in reading, she was explaining to me. Ah, I thought, how lovely – until she then expanded on the subject matter which seemed to only be bylines around the main event: a series of torrid sex scenes! More worrying was that she said she enjoyed them so much, she’s reading the book for the second time- then is planning to visit her boyfriend, Wicked William, aged 95, who should be warned and will be VERY scared!
Managing to finish this call, I rang my Mum, Marlena Dramatic, who can make an issue out of eating a digestive biscuit! Not for her the perfunctory ”yes and no” – oh no. Why say less when you can say so very much more and expand on every theory going?
Anyway today she couldn’t chat for long: apparently her neighbour, David, a singleton who calls to see her regularly, was ”showing her his chimes”………….I hung up!
Now I know men should look at the mothers before they marry the daughters but I tell you what, no man should venture near either of these two without being escorted safely in and out of the their presence…….
(Now , what was the title of that book Tony Without Teeth was telling me about?)…..
Holidays offer a great time to catch up on reading – and spend time with your own mother if you dare! If you are thinking of a break, somewhere hot but not too heavy, come to Peyia, Cyprus. Email to me for deals on villas with pools, to firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo below is of Wicked William and Tony Without Teeth – just after she’d explained chapter 6!
I cannot say today is harder than yesterday because everyday since our precious Molly Mou passed away, has been so very hard.
Sometimes, I just feel overwhelmed with the loss of her, looking for her everywhere in the house and garden and waiting to be ”pounced upon” by this loving little doggie.
Today, reflecting on the happy times we shared, memories of each of our precious pets came flooding through. From Dan, a beautiful big black Labrador whose family had emigrated and left him back at the kennels where we met, to the day we emigrated here, with Alfiedog, Cloudy and Tiff cats with us to share the adventure… and each of the many precious dogs and cats in between.
Peyia is filled with memories of some of our pets. Alfie spent a huge amount of time in the vets in Peyia, with Nikolas and Anni helping him through his brave cancer battle. Jake, our first Akita, fought a brain tumour but succumbed to epilepsy at the tender age of 5. Our cats, grew in numbers and mischief and have left marks on trees, furniture and our hearts…. life rolls on, doesn’t it?
Preparing to walk Barney T Rubble up the hill this afternoon, I’m tearful but happy in equal measures. Grateful to have shared the love of those who’ve joined the angels and happy to have the joys of spending time with our special big bear , Barney, now.
A great friend of ours says there is nothing like a good walk, to help a person feel better -so off we go for our walk, knowing we’ve got to keep facing forward but remembering to stop and smell the flowers on the journey we take.
(The photo below is of our Family Tree of Pets – so far!)
Today is the birthday of my beautiful middle sister. She is celebrating by having a mud bath – and taking a breath, knowing she’s beaten one of the odds of reaching this date, since the Big C came along and held a gun against her life…….
Tomorrow, would have been our Nanna’s birthday with mine , the following day, so from my sister and I being very young, this time of year was ”ours”: spent with Nanna is a haze of fun, piano playing (badly!) , cake and a ”nice cup of tea”….
Nanna was great fun: she loved to play dress up; act the fool and perform on any stage that would let her – from dropping us off at school dance where she’d ”do” a little jig to going to the Club, where Grandad would hide in his pint.
She made our young lives magically – and solved every worry and problem, with a ”nice cup of tea”.
My sister is with her children and grandchildren in the UK today. I’m thinking of her, our nanna and such very happy times in the North East of England, where tea flowed but everything else seemed to be sparkly and magical in what were very tough days in a working life for our young parents.
Every life should have a Nanna with the spirit of ours; a sister with the courage of mine and the chance to be filled with the richness of memories and the promise of things getting better!
This is why I love to welcome holiday guests here to villas and apartments: their holiday is a metaphorical ”nice cup of tea”: some respite from normal stuff and , with luck, filled with fun and magic!
I’ll put the kettle on while you email to me on email@example.com