Sunday, February 15, 2015

sun between storms

Tsiknopempti, also known as Fat Thursday elsewhere, is supposedly often sunny and nice here in Cyprus. One could believe the gods wanted to ensure they could fully enjoy the smell of meat from the many active souvlaki grills on this day.

While it was stormy, wet and cold, otherwise all week, on this day the skies indeed opened up. With kids still in their uniforms, we went straight from school to look for sea shells that might have been flushed up the shore during the storms. The sea was magnificent. Leo found an impressive triton shell.

On our way home we passed an area usually with orchids early spring. Already, we could spot some from the car's windows while driving really slowly. There's an all time low temperature heading, since we moved here. We shall see if the orchids endure it, until the next time when we go to see them.
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Monday, February 09, 2015

limassol seafront snaps

This Sunday:
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I'm knitting. On a poncho. So, I will soon have a finished object to show you. It's knitting up into a big chunk. Made of lambs wool and some angora goat mohair. So warm.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

walking, snacking and discovering small things

A city promenade to everyone's liking involves a snack break. If it can be topped with a lunch at KFC by the Marina, with a sea view, it can give a long good after taste. Not that the kids will be relaxed and well-behaving well home the rest of the evening, as a gesture of gratitude. But with rosy cheeks there will be spontaneous sweet comments, such as "what a great day we had", "thank you mama for treating us with KFC", along the evening. That, and the stretching of our legs and getting to enjoy the small things we discover as we walk is what we treasure a lot.
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Walking from the Marina we discovered that the extended wooden walks along the Molos sea promenade are one by one made open to the public. On our way home, after a coffe and some croissants at the new La Croissanterie at Anexartisias Street, we passed that Opera Travel copper plate sign that I just love. I don't think the business is located there any more, but I hope they will save that sign.

Can you just not like those old doors with bright paint fading, so typical for south Europe. A fig tree by one of those charming door step's definitely made me smile. Did you know that the somehow recently renovated water tower in Limassol was the source of water for all Limassolians from when it was built 1930s until it was closed 1947, as underground water supply system was set up. It has a historical value for many Cypriots as it's one of few monuments of mechanics in Cyprus.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

fishing

Last weekend Leo and his papa wanted go fishing. At Akrotiri Fishing harbour we where alone except for a man fishing at the end of a stone pier. No fishes where caught this day, but great time was had by son and husband.

The rest of us made a little promenade. I'm always up for a brisk walk along sea, filling my lungs and head with well needed fresh air. Tiny shells can be distracting for a little girl though, and I guess because we hadn't been out there for some time, it took some convincing before all had found their walking mojo.
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I'm impressed by the Cypriot wine makers, the great wines they produce and with such enthusiasm. You can follow Wineries Cyprus on Facebook to see what the wineries are up to.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

winter at lady's mile

Flamingoes by he bumpy Lady's Mile road. A well needed promenade with lovely people we've met recently. The morning also involved kite flying, an attempt to fish, and shell picking.
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In the last pic is a small version of the Pen Shell, a fragile, long and triangular shaped shell. It normally lives in the sediment with the pointed end anchored using a "byssus" fibre. In the Mediterranean area the long silky bussys fibre has since ancient times been used to produce "sea silk". Fishermen also in Cyprus used to be eager to find them for the silk-like fibre, which after combing and drying in the sun could be used to produce various items. Sea silk was considered an extremely fine, rare and valuable fabric, and for centuries it's been used in manufacturing of gloves, shawls, stockings and cloaks.

boxing day

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Limassol shops are busy with sales nowadays. Should get into the craze some day to grab shoes for the smallest. In the meantime we are being lazy, eating left over food from Christmas, strolling the old town, beach promenading, having fika with one of my favourite neighbour Eleni. Still no knitting done. Realizing it's been more than half a year now. How about you? What are you up to these days?

Nice Cyprus cooking blog: here.