Going #Bananas

Banana Bread-Pre-cooking before house guests arrive, I’m going bananas. The banana bread is baked, sliced and in the freezer. This time I added chocolate chips and chopped almonds to the banana mix instead of the usual walnut chunks and halved glace cherries. Both are delicious at any meal time or snack time.
Banana, peanut cheesecake ice-cream-This easy ice cream contains no cream. It uses mashed bananas which can be already frozen and over ripe. Peanut butter, honey and broken digestive biscuits are stirred in. Mmmmm.

A banana tree in flower

A banana tree in flower


Here in Cyprus, the farmers grow a small sweet variety of bananas.
A local banana growing area

A local banana growing area

#Simplicity Along The Cyprus Coast

Travelling along the north-west coast of the small island of Cyprus, things haven’t changed much. The coast is beautiful, the hills of Paphos forest are rugged and the sentry posts are isolated. A couple of towns and original villages remain stubbornly unchanged.

The town of Pomos below

The town of Pomos below


Arriving at one of the remote crossing points before the border with South/Northern Cyprus, a small rustic beach bar seems a good idea in the forty-one-degree heat. On entering, an extended family and a pair of middle-aged men occupy two of the many old wooden tables under the trees. As we approach a table overlooking the sea, we’re told it is reserved and we notice the reserved sign. On perusing the old menu, we notice a whole cooked fish like sea bass etc, costs twice the usual amount. In this time warp, maybe visitors are discouraged or just tolerated.
Having finished our cold drinks, we return back along the well-surfaced road winding through the steep-sided hills. Moufflon, the national emblem of Cyprus, and goats graze undisturbed.
The rugged Paphos forest

The rugged Paphos forest

How We Dogs Keep #Cool

We Great Danes, Stellar and Venus, love to be wet. Before food, he drops Venus in the long thingy. I jump in too. He throws squelchy thingys. “Fetch bone.” So we swim to them. They smile when we pick them out of the water and swim back to him. We don’t want to give them back. They’re ours! He takes them out of our teeth. Off we go again. Up and down, up and down.
The things we do for food.

Stellar and Venus retrieve rubber bones.

Stellar and Venus retrieve rubber bones.

Ideas For White #Bougainvillea

Place it in a sunny spot and bougainvillea will reward you with its flowering bracts. Make it into whatever form you prefer.
Plain Area-Allow the bougainvillea to cascade. Plant it with a contrasting climber for interest.

Bougainvillea and blue morning glory decorate a plain corner.

Bougainvillea and blue morning glory decorate a plain corner.


Arch-Weave the long branches into an arch. To make an arbour, allow the front branches to hang down from the arch.
A shady arbour

A shady arbour


Container-Stunt the growth of the plant in a pot. Make it into a standard by removing all lower branches. It becomes more manageable. When the flowering bracts fade, cut off about half of each branch and it will bloom again.
The  trimmed plant with a purple passion flower below.

The trimmed plant with a purple passion flower below.

Try #Solitude In A Crowd

Sometimes all we need is quiet and time to let our thoughts run. We can recharge our emotional and creative strength this way. We can be inspired without spending money. A beach may have other visitors but if you choose one away from tourism, you can find peace.

A Northumberland beach, UK

A Northumberland beach, UK


A country area may be filled with traffic along the major routes. Turn off and find beauty. The view below was beside a local farm.
The rolling hills of Northumberland, UK.

The rolling hills of Northumberland, UK.


A small park in the middle of a city can give us a sense of wellbeing. A bench under a tree or a group of attractive plants can raise our spirits.

#Treat Yourself To This

Your body deserves the best ice-cream, not substitutes. Ditch the cheap palm oil ice-cream. For a treat, respect your body and feed it real ice-cream made from milk and cream.

Ice cream from milk and cream

Ice cream from milk and cream


Farm ice cream is perfect as not only are you supporting farmers but also feeding your body the real fats it needs for health. However, everything in moderation.
Jersey cows supply the milk and cream

Jersey cows supply the milk and cream

Are We As #Loyal As These?

Frequently, as I look out of the window early in the morning, I see this frail elderly man. In most weather conditions, he walks in a hunched and slow manner. Always, his dog is on a lead and close to him. I wondered where he went.

The elderly man leads his dog to the field.

The elderly man leads his dog to the field.


Eventually, I saw him on the large mown grass field. He had let his dog sniff and stroll.
Leaving the field

Leaving the field


I was touched by the fact that, generally, he leads his dog on the way to the park. When he is tired, his dog leads him back. I see a relationship of mutual trust, loyalty and companionship.
Returning home with the dog leading.

Returning home with the dog leading.