Is this A Stomach Ulcer?

They’re talking on that thing a lot. They sound sad. Now they’re happy. What’s going on? She’s making lots of things in the smelly room. She eats tiny bits. Can we have some please? She puts them in the very cold box.

It's ok, I love you as much as the telephone!

It’s ok, I love you as much as the telephone!

Me-I’m happy as the visitors are here. They weren’t coming but now their flight has landed. One has a gastric problem. She came at the last minute. I cook dishes like Chicken and Mustard Stroganoff, Cranberry and Chilli Pork Chops, Carrot and Ginger soup, Shrimp Spread. As I cook, I leave a small portion of each dish without spices for her and I put it in a plastic bag. The rest of each dish is spiced according to the recipe with maybe mustard, chillies, ginger or garlic. I bag those too and they all go in the freezer. My friend is pleased as she eats what we eat but without the stomach irritants. She likes fresh fruit, simple crudites of vegetables with a dip like tuna and yogurt and she drinks hot water with a caffeine free infusion.

Let’s Be Grateful-Positivity

We Great Danes, Stellar and Venus, love food, running, smells, sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. Oh er yes, um, soft things in our mouths, being stroked.
What do they like? They like US.

It's mine!

It’s mine!

Me-Yes we love our pets but we also like- waking up to sunshine, swimming outside, appreciating the plants in the garden, looking at the sky, changing weather (not too much change in Cyprus!), local creatures, showering, preparing fresh food, our loved ones and friends.
Most of these things are FREE.

Heart Attack-How Do You Help?

So your partner/friend/relative has trouble breathing. Best to go to the doctor, ring for an ambulance or go to hospital-whichever is quickest. You pack a hospital bag. Take over all functions until your partner is in hospital.
You drive your partner and take him/her to the doctor. Listen to the prognosis.
Check visiting times.
Bring favourite fruit. Ask what to bring for the next visit(s), if allowed e.g. electronic devices, books/magazines/papers, change of pyjamas, food (healthy) etc.
Ask if your partner wants visitors.
Tell friends/relatives whom you wish to know.
Carry on as normal. Complete your necessary activities. Follow your usual routine between visits.
Care for yourself-Eat properly as you need strength and energy.
Ensure you have enough sleep for good well-being.
Feel proud that you’re coping and positive.
Feel reassured by the sympathy of others.

Fruit is always welcome

Fruit is always welcome

How To Be A Good Substitute Parent-or try!

They’ve gone out/gone away. We’re the replacement. How do we cope? What do we do? Do what we did with our own children? Time moves on. Fashions change. The young and fancy free become loving parents.

Respect the parent(s). Ask for a time-table, if there is one. Ask what food to give and how much. Ask if there are any behavioural problems and how they handle them. Ask what toys/games/tv they like. Ask if there are any rules.

Give the child/children smiles, hugs or kisses. Make them feel secure. Be positive not negative. Give praise when it’s due. Follow what they know. They will accept you. Their parents will thank you. All will be happy.


Why Visit Cyprus?

CYPRUS-an island in the Mediterranean sea
sunny most days
beach lifestyle
Mediterranean plants thrive
historical remains influenced by different invaders of the island e.g. Mycenae, Crusaders, Phoenicians, Venetians, Ottomans
rustic in parts
picturesque vineyards, mountains and beaches
Meze of assorted small dishes (vegetables, meat and fish) is tasty
Botticelli’s painting, The Birth of Venus, used the view of Aphrodite’s rock, near Paphos

Aphrodite's Rock, Paphos, Cyprus

Aphrodite’s Rock, Paphos, Cyprus

Why Visit The UK?

different weather every day
smart sports complexes
garden centres with an abundant variety of produce
huge choice of branded and non branded shops plus market stalls
historic destinations abound from pre-history
vibrant cities
large choice of indoor entertainment
multi ethnic cuisine
changing picturesque countryside (moors, estuaries, mountains, coves, valleys, hills, beaches, forests, gorges, rivers, lakes, woodland)
interesting architecture
small country so easy to tour

Newcastle, UK -Four of the Five Bridges

Newcastle, UK -Four of the Five Bridges

Gekos And Ways To Prevent Mosquitos

We Great Danes see tiny ones. We want to catch them. It’s hard. They move on the walls and up there as well as down. They’re so fast. We smell them under the wood things that go squeak when she goes into another place.

Maybe this is where the mosquitos enter.

Maybe this is where the mosquitos enter.

Me-Our geko visitors keep mosquitos away. I grow basil near outside doors as they don’t like the smell. On a hot summer evening we spray lemon (citronella) on our skin. This works well. Of course there are the can sprays and plug- ins too plus mosquito nets and fans. Shutting window and doors helps although fresh breezes are then kept out.
In a wash basin so I'll have to rescue this one.

In a wash basin so I’ll have to rescue this one.