Sorry about the gap! I've been stricken down for a week with a really horrible flu that I brought out from the UK with me and which rebounded with a vengeance here in Cyprus. Have literally been confined to bed. Feeling much better today though, although I look absolutely dreadful. No doubt some fresh air and warmth will help complete the recovery.
Made a new discovery just before all this: a lovely day spa/beauty salon about 10 minutes drive from the house. The Amore Tanning and Beauty Salon. A really lovely building on three floors decorated in a mass of pink and Cath Kidston style guaranteed to make even the most tomboyish woman discover her feminine side. They have a full range of services including shellac manicures and pedicures, facials, non surgical facelift facials, massages, waxing, tanning, wraps.... I had a shellac pedicure which was both expertly done and very enjoyable and it cost about £15. Will definitely be going back. Would recommend to any of our ladies groups coming out - they offer some great day or half day packages.
Today, the men began remodelling the bathrooms. They are doing the family bathroom first and when that is complete they will move on to the master ensuite. As I write, they are going at it hammer and tongs. Talk about working flat out.... It's just as well I'm feeling better. Can't wait to see these bathrooms done. The old ones were perfectly functional but they are ten years old now and lacked pazazz. Hopefully these new ones will take us on another 10 years. By early afternoon they had it all stripped out. Looks dreadful obviously! They're back at 0830 to start again. Looks like wall tiling as they have moved some of the boxes upstairs already. Very tidy workers so far. Swept up and taken all the rubbish out into a pile which they are going to clear at the end. You do have to be watchful with some workers here. The Cypriot instinct is to hurl rubbish over any convenient hedge. Tragic but true.
Looking out of the window, the garden is looking so beautiful at the moment. The geraniums are massive and in such colours and the bougainvillea is out too. The main attractions to me at the moment are our two bottlebrush trees which are just bursting with colour and blossom. We thought we'd lost them a few years ago when a builder hit them with a jcb but they are definitely thriving.