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Okay, it’s actually cold and wet and damp here in Cyprus as I write this on the last day of November 2018. But it’s about this time of year many people, in Britain at least, look to booking their summer holidays. According to official figures from the Cyprus government, the number of tourists arriving here […]

It was getting toward the end of the year, my tomatoes were done and the grapes on the vine are finished. What’s left of the grapes are being allowed to shrivel up in the sun to form currants and raisins which I’ll use in the fruit loaf I bake that my wife loves to eat. […]

A couple of years ago I went through a phase of wanting to grow various salad plants. I’ve had some success with tomatoes in tubs, particularly the Roma variety. Lettuce has been sporadic and this year is a disaster mainly due to a ferocious heatwave in May. I also tried a few plants I could […]

There are those of us who cannot stand the thought of meeting a snake face to face. Some won’t even watch wildlife programs on TV that feature snakes. And there are those who would never in a million years contemplate handling a snake. I don’t, I hasten to add, fit in any of those catergories. […]

What a difference a few weeks makes. The front garden had a makeshift rockery made up of concrete broken paving stones, with nothing but a yellow rose bush growing close by. Now we have nasturtium, pink daisies and African marigolds as well as the rose and a few other plants… most of which I have […]

It’s not just fruit I’m cultivating, though that’s my main target. But flowers also play a big part of my garden and I’m trying to develop a garden that will attract wildlife and it seems it may be working. I’ve plantedĀ  nasturtium and that’s attracted butterflies and today I’ve seen only the second Praying Mantis […]

There’s a silent war going on in Cyprus. Nobody talks much about it and certainly nobody says much about the death and destruction being wrought in gardens island wide. War? Destruction? Death? Okay, okay, it’s fine to come out of your bomb shelter. I’m not talking about an invasion by a hostile power, I’m talking […]

Stand outside, in the middle of any given night, in Cyprus when it’s very dark and the sky at night is clear and apart from the stars you may see something interesting. A shooting star in various colours, satellites on occasions, sometimes passenger jets, other times drones, the odd military helicopter, Santa at certain times […]