After those strange couple of ultra changeable days, the weather has settled back into its normal summer pattern of hot, sunny days and warm nights. The skies have been super clear. Turkey clearly visible although its over 60 miles away. In case you were wondering, Cyprus is too far and too isolated for it to be a tempting destination for refugees. Much easier to cross the few miles into Greece via the Dodecanese Islands off the Aegean coast.
We have now begun our last week here this time and are beginning to take stock of the few outstanding jobs remaining. The ensuite bathroom will be finished today. To all intents and purposes, it is already finished. He just came back today to test and then clean up. We've been so happy with this chap and the Pakdus company in general. Next year we will probably renovate the downstairs bathroom and they can do that too. A couple of pigeons have decided to make their home behind one of the a/c exterior boxes and we have to more them on. Bob is making a wire frame to go around it and to close off the favoured gap between its top and the wooden fascia board of the house.
In taking some photos today, I cannot help but notice the rate of growth of the plants over the last month. The grapevine over the terrace is really going full tilt. Guests in August and September are going to be able to lie out on the couches and hand pick grapes! The geraniums, jasmine and passionflower have also really pushed on. The perfect combination of good soil, warm sun and water, I suppose. Certainly we have seen a massive difference in growth rate since we have installed the watering system. It is fed by waste pool water and now topped up with mains water. The latter will make a massive difference in the very hot summer months about to begin.
Our lower garden is planted for shade and the trees down there are mature - great for reading under or shady meals in the heat. The trees are jacaranda and tulip trees. The jacaranda blossom blue/purple and the tulip trees pink/mauve. They are just beginning to come into blossom. We notice that ours are always a few weeks behind the trees down at sea level. I hope they come out more before we leave. It is a lovely sight when they are all in blossom together. The jacaranda in particular are just so exotic. I mean, a blue tree!!!
For the g&t lovers amongst our guests, we have two more lemons coming on the little tree behind the bbq. Later in the year the figs and pomegranates will be ready. Please do help yourselves to any of the garden's fruit and veg.
Last couple of nights have seen some spectacular sunsets. We have enjoyed them sitting outside on the terrace with a nice glass of wine. Must do a blog on the wines available here soon....