Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Good Morning to you,
Sadly, today is the day when Phyllis leaves us to travel back home.  We have had a lovely two weeks with her and we have had great fun together.
Yesterday we went to the city to have lunch and enjoy a little bit of shopping.
When we arrived in the city centre, we were greeted with some wonderful African music.  I am sorry I cannot tell you the name of the band as we were unable to find out, but their music was very infectious, as Phyllis and I were swaying in time with the music.
Look to the right of the picture, do you see the chap wearing the big sombrero.... I have a feeling he was expecting a heatwave, or was he just camera shy, mmm not sure, but he continued to play his drums without raising his head. Maybe he was enjoying the moment.
We headed to the shops and came across this young busker, singing his heart out.  The bicycle was placed for a quick get away as buskers tend to be moved on by the police.  I love listening to buskers as it makes the shopping experience much happier. Like many before us, we put some money into his violin case.
One of the reasons we went shopping was for Phyllis to buy a new watch.   The Seiko watch she had worn for over 40 years had finally given up the ghost.  We had it cleaned and taken apart every time she visited us in Cyprus, but now it was time to say goodbye and find a replacement.
She wanted the watch face to be a little larger to make it easier for her to tell the time and she was thrilled with the one she chose which was a very fashionable DKNY watch.

We then decided to have a manicure, which Phyllis thoroughly enjoyed.  She chose a pale pink nail polish by OPI.  You can't see the colour very well in the photograph, as it was a little darker in real life, but it was a very pretty colour.
 It was then time for lunch.  So we stopped at our favourite restaurant and enjoyed chicken, mozzarella, parma ham with salad and pesto sauce, it was heavenly, with lots of fresh flavours.
I have to let you into a little secret, this wasn't the first photograph......this was,
and at what I can only describe as mouth watering excitement in wanting to eat my lunch,  I forgot to take a photograph.  We had decided to have some fries as an extra and I had just placed my fork in the first fry when I said to Phyllis..... oh no, I have forgotten to take a photograph, so it was down with the knife and fork and out with the camera.  I'm afraid  I don't always remember to take photographs, I'm usually busy enjoying the moment. I have lost some great photo opportunities, but hey, I'm getting better and I thought this photograph would make you smile.
When we finished lunch, we went out and about and came across a street artist.  He had so many chalk drawings of dogs, that I couldn't resist taking photographs.  I did ask if he would mind and he seemed very pleased to accommodate me.
Aren't these a couple of cuties.
and look at these handsome fellows
Do you see  the King Charles Spaniel, how I sighed when I saw this drawing as we used to have a King Charles.  Her name was Chloe and she was gorgeous. Sadly she is no longer with us, but she was part of our family for 14 years.
The Boxer dog reminds me of Toby my Auntie Molly's Boxer.
As we headed home, we came across our young busker again, he had a long day singing his songs, so we decided to place some more coins in his violin case.  He said thank you and waved us goodbye.....yes he stopped singing, well to be fair he had finished his song.

We had a lovely day together and in the evening I helped Phyllis pack her case ready for the morning.
She had a lovely holiday and she made lots of new friends.  Hopefully it won't be too long before she travels north again.
By the time you read this she will be in the air flying south and I will be a little sadder, but I must remember there will be a next time.
See you soon, take care until then,
Best Wishes
Daphne xxx
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