Today we began to slowly pack our things up ready to leave tomorrow afternoon. Our flight is at 730pm from Larnaca so we are leaving here at about 330 to leave plenty of time. We have some things here at the villa that are too precious to us to leave out when we are not here. Nothing particularly valuable but things that would be irreplaceable if they were accidentally broken. So we began to put them into the cupboard that we lock up.
Marion came up in the morning for a last catch up and chat. She is having both of her knees replaced over the winter and hopes to be fighting fit again for the letting season next year. She has been suffering with her knees for some time so it will be a relief to get them done. The medical care here is excellent. Short waiting times and access to all sorts of tests that are difficult to get on the NHS at home.
Bob finished his last job which was to paint two bathroom cabinets and we emptied some of the pool water into the garden watering tank. I have ordered up a tanker to top up the pool, although we leave it a few inches below capacity this time of the year to allow for winter rain. If we have guests, it can be quickly topped up to overflow level.
Had a last walk around of the new trees, shrubs and the little orchard. It will be exciting to see how far they have grown by next year. They will probably put on a big spurt over the winter in the mild weather and with watering and rain.
Tonight we had dinner out at the Cabin. Bob fancied a fillet steak and they do a good one there. He had a mushroom and peppercorn sauce. Not to break the habit of the holiday, I had lamb cutlets with pistachios. No, I have not had enough lamb yet..... A very pleasant meal with a shared scampi starter and complimentary coffees and liqueurs to round off. About £13 each with a beer, a g&t and a glass of wine.
The weather was beautiful again today. Very clear so we could see Turkey and tonight a marvellous star field above us again. The milky way and the plough and Orion's Belt all very clear. It is a pleasure to just turn the patio lights off and sit out there looking up. I never tire of the view day or night.