Girl … Retrieved!

About a year ago I wrote a blog post entitled “The girl who used to be me” – filled with sadness but also with enthusiasm and energy. There were subsequent posts written while this elusive girl kept peeping out from behind the bushes and then disappearing as fast as you could focus – a quantum phenomenon.

But, the good news is that I have found her! I am retrieving her as we speak.

One simply does not comprehend the fear of insecurity until the situation changes. On the 5th of February I finally – after an almost 12-year struggle – managed to get the property registered in both Donald’s and my names as we owned it jointly. According to the law, it first had to be registered into both names and then, because I’m a non-EU citizen and cannot own more than one plot of land, the three plots have to be combined into one. This is happening as we speak and after that has been done, it will eventually me registered in my name in accordance with Donald’s Will.

Having had the property released from the clutches of the developers, has made me feel euphoric. The security this property represents is enormous and I didn’t realise just how big until the title deeds were transferred. What a battle that has been ever since Donald’s passing – one delay after the other and I often felt it was artificial … which made me worry even more!

Since the 5th of February, the feeling of ‘weightlessness’ coming out from under the heavy burden of worry about developers, bankers and the financial situation in Cyprus has made me feel like flying! Perhaps the Year of the Horse may have something to do with it as they say the horse (Chinese calendar) will pull us out of the mire … I hope it will be so for the entire planet! It certainly feels like there is a different flow of energy since the end of January.

Unfortunately we have not had enough rain in Cyprus this last winter. I fear that summer might be as hot as a kiln and that we will once again have water restrictions imposed on us. The price will go up and those of us who live on South African Rand income will suffer badly. But, we will survive – we always do! I have started my veggie patch in the kitchen garden and being inclined to vegetarianism, will be able to feed myself quite nicely. That is one thing about Cyprus – fresh produce is really fresh and not at all expensive, albeit not always organic. Mine will be!

A few Sundays ago, a friend and I went to a Farmers’ Market and what a wonderful experience that was. I have been ‘friends’ on Facebook with several of the people who sell their wares at these markets and finally to meet them was such a joy!


Steni market

The drive up to Steni where the market was held was terrific – such beauty in the countryside in spring; looked more like Ireland than a chalky Mediterranean island. After buying loads of goodies and visiting the museum – a really good one – Jennifer and I made our way to the other venue where they hold these markets: The Herb Garden at Pano Akourdaleia, now named “Heaven on Earth” … and it is!


They serve glorious teas and yummy things to eat!

Gosh, what a wonderful surprise! Donald and I went to the herb garden perhaps eight years ago and it was in disrepair and in need of a lot of TLC. This it is getting now, in spades – excuse the pun – as it was taken over by my osteopath (Clement Rhein) and his very lovely wife, Caroline Evans. They have breathed such an invigorating breath into the place that it almost felt sacred just being there. It has become one of those places one could visit again and again and always discover new things, within and without. They are both finely attuned to the forces of Nature and the voice of the Universe … and they listen – that is obvious! I wish them success and abundance in every way. It will certainly be one of my regular visiting places in the future.

The visit made me acutely aware of the TLC my own garden needs and as it looks as if Spring has sprung, the time has arrived to get out there and suck it all up. But first – or perhaps simultaneously – there is the spring cleaning that definitely needs doing! A lovely, lively period ahead of me – and gratitude in every moment.

My art is also taking a turn for the better as (I think) I have finally discovered My Style. I have been painting for so many years and somehow always tried to emulate others. Now, at long last, I feel as if I’m embarking on a whole new (ad-)venture. Actually, not so new, as My Style is very similar to that of Jerry Fresia’s, my teacher in Italy. Since taking his classes, I have tried to emulate him! Wrong!! However, I will soon be able to show some evidence of my new-found inspiration.

Katie has fully recovered from her last eye operation and the Leishmaniosis/Leishmania is firmly under control. Her medication will continue until September though and there was a blood test a couple of weeks ago. Jessie is as playful as ever since she was put on thyroxin for an under-active thyroid. They are now just over eight years old and in peak condition. Both blood tests were perfect.

They keep me in good condition too as they get walked daily and it’s like working out with weights … I don’t have bat wings! The chic French women believe that walking is the key to everlasting youth – let’s hope they are right! I have had to start walking them separately again as together they are just that bit too much to handle, especially when cats are around!

May your summer be filled with all the pleasures of all the senses – mine will be. Till next time, when I will tell you all about my home decorators and the decorating, as well as the new art venture, I send you love.

At the herb garden

Girl … retrieved! Oh, alright then – old woman retrieved!!

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