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Springing into Action

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Well, Spring is definitely here in the UK now, the clocks have gone forward and there's no looking back. My garden is looking very jolly with the fresh greenery and yellow daffodils which always cheer after the drear of winter. Everything seems to put a terrific spurt on this time of year and plants spring up at such a rate that you would be forgiven for thinking that they are literally on springs. When the sun shines, as it is today, the light even has a clean freshness about it and of course we have more of it now the days are stretching out I feel I can also stretch out and breathe a little deeper. 

Mixed Relations

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 I have just spent and hour writing a blog only to loose it all when my lap top suddenly quit. Hey Ho I will start again but it will not be as long. The main subject of my ramblings was around the subject of migration and immigration. The reason these subjects have been on my mind is because I had recently read an article on the internet about a scientific study done through collaboration of  UK and Germany from which data a 'genetic atlas' has been compiled. Not surprisingly it shows the Cypriot genome pops up in populations far and wide and in the Cypriot population it shows the DNA is made up of  26% Greek but also 20% Italian!! The article can be read here http://cyprus-mail.com 

The Green Clean Lent Machine

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Happy Green Monday everybody or is it Clean Monday? They are both employed to describe the Monday beginning the seventh week before Easter, also known as Ash Monday and Pure Monday all signifying the leaving behind of sinful ways and non-fasting foods at the start of Lent. In Cyprus it is delightfully celebrated as a day with family and friends all taking to the roads out into the countryside or to the beach with a picnic, creating what in the UK would be a Bank Holiday road jam. Kites are made and flown for the kids and even if you don't stick to the Lent fasting for the duration this day is still enjoyed by all. 

The Art of Friendship

art of friendshipI had the delightful experience last week of meeting for the first time, someone I had made friends with through my blog.

Sarah is a practising artist who lives in Holland married to a Dutchman, she is also a keen crafter. She popped over to the UK for a short break and was doing some walking over Lewes way in East Sussex, so decided to contact me to see if we could meet up. Initially she was keen to see the village where I live and particularly our community garden of which I often mention in my blogs.

Another One Bites the Dust

food on a plateWell the long prepared for day came on Saturday when I was due to give my demonstration/talk about Cyprus, food and crafts. I had been cooking up colocassi and shamali, skordalia and trahana, and gathering authentic Cyprus fare from far and wide...well London actually. With the help of my food writer  friend  Rosemary Moon we launched into the session with a humble offering of village salad to accompany the other delicacies, while Rosemary prepared some koupes I made my kieftedhes.

Tsakisstes were on offer with some yoghurt to accompany the spread and of course some proper halloumi to top it off. It was a pleasure to see a fully filled quota of people on the course and all had some connection to Cyprus either through relatives or from being stationed there while serving in the Forces.

I had made quite a few notes beforehand and surprised myself by enjoying the experience without chopping off any fingers or making a complete fool of myself. 

Tres Elies Captured in Time

I finally received my copy of 'Treis Elies- A journey in Spring last week' by Ethan Hubbard. My cousin's daughter brought the copy back to London with her after spending Christmas in Cyprus and we met for the delivery. I was delighted to finally have it as I have been joyfully anticipating being able to spend time reading it. And it did not disappoint. The book is printed in black and white, the photographs are extremely descriptive, a valuable  record of mountain village life which is fast disappearing, indeed since his visit the village has reduced its population by a third. These photographs alone tell a story but they are enhanced by Ethan's short notes in the form of a diary written during his two month stay in Treis Elies.

Prep

It's been a while and I don't honestly know where the time goes. Life seems to involve sorting out so many details that all need attention and take time. As well as  maintenance jobs around the house and garden I have, unusually these days, a commission of detailed painting work to do that involves concentration and patience. Around these  I'm also trying to prepare for a talk and demonstration I'm booked to give in February at a local college, West Dean.

Auld Lang Syne

 As the old year draws to a close and the New year is shimmering unformed on the horizon, tantalizing us with promise, it is always worth while taking some time out to reflect on the past and plan for the future. 

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