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Postcard from Cyprus

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Dear All, hello from sunny Cyprus!

Right now we are sitting in Chloe's living room, It's about 19 degrees outside, the chillietst day of the week!
This week's diary: Sunday - really good flight, pilot did a stand-up turn then caught up 20 minutes flying time. Booked into hotel at Lemesos then had a fantastic pizza 'cos we'd missed dinner.

Monday - Walked along the prom at Lemesos, saw an octopus swimming under the jetty, went to Pissouri and went swimming in the sea (well one of us did!) Got sunburt then lost the plot in Carrefore before going back to the hotel for dinner.

Tuesday - Went to the Germasogeia dam, which is a nature reserve and very peaceful, then up the Troodos Mountain. We found a 9km nature trail that we thought was within our capabilities. It was - just - but then we found it was another 3km down the road back to the car park. We slept well that night.

Wednesday - Had a terrific morning at Governor's Beach - lots of little sandy coves, crystal c…

Sun & Daughter

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You may or may not have noticed but we have settled into a routine of blogging on Sunday nights, this week we’re writing on Saturday because tomorrow we’ll be in Cyprus! We are going to see Chloe, Dave’s eldest daughter, for her birthday. She ‘Passed Out’ from RAF basic training just over a year ago and her first posting was Akrotiri in Cyprus. At the moment it’s about 10 degrees and raining outside so we’re looking forward to a spot of sunshine in the Med. No doubt there will be the odd photo or two next week.

As for things at home, Dave is still busy getting the 2CV on the road and Ann-Marie’s week has been spent packing and getting ready for the holiday. We have left the keys with the estate agents in the hope that the recent sunshine may entice a viewing while we’re away.

The Matiz was sold on E-bay, however, for one reason or another we are going to have to relist it, this time with ‘Spares or Repair’ and ‘Lincolnshire’ translated into as many different languages as possible.

We’…

Happy Mother’s Day Mum.

The people who came to view last week decided the garden’s the wrong shape for what they want to do with it, but the feedback from the estate agent was that they liked the house and there’s nothing we need to change.

We’ve both been busier at work now that spring is here. Dave brings in cut flowers from Holland; Mother’s Day makes this their busiest week, 17 trailers a night as opposed to the usual 5. As for Ann-Marie, the new lettuce season is getting underway; the field teams have started planting so she is busy helping to get the new payroll system up and running.

On the payroll subject, our numbers finally came up on the Freshlinc pay lottery; Dave got his 36 hours that have been missing since Christmas, yippee! However ...

As part of our seemingly endless vehicle saga, Dave returned to the Kontiki to find a lump of wood sticking out of the wheel arch, attached to the tyre by a 2” nail. A trip to the tyre place on the way home means it’s all patched up but his pocket money took a …

Spring Sticking? Ring Recovery!

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Sometimes we just don’t seem to get the timing right, we waved goodbye to Frankie’s Panda on Sunday and on Monday night the Matiz died. Again. Ann-Marie spent a rather chilly couple of hours in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere waiting to be recovered. How’s this for a small world; the very, very nice man who picked her up used to go racing with the guy we bought our house off and once sold a 2CV to Dave!

Anyway, that left us with just one working car so Dave is using the Kontiki for the time being. It very nearly got to meltdown point on Wednesday when the Kontiki gear linkage unlinked but, being Dave, he went mad with a welder and managed to get it fixed in time.

So, the Matiz is on e-bay and Dave is busy in the workshop getting the 2CV back on the road. In a way it’s forced our hand, all the cars have to go sooner or later. We had our first viewing on Friday, some people came, viewed and went, it was all a bit of an anti-climax really. Now we know what to expect, we …