EXpats

Oulas event BBQ_sizedI’d never seen myself as living the Expat Life. My impression had been of too much drinking, too much time spent hanging out in bars, conversation focused on criticising other people, small mindedness. Of course some of it can be like that but not by any means all.

Last evening we went to a BBQ to raise funds for Tala Monastery Cats. There were lots of folk from diverse backgrounds who share a common appreciation for cats and their health and well-being.

Yes there was a fair bit of liquid consumed, some of it alcoholic. There was good food, live music and a fair bit of karaoki. There was fun and laughter.

And as I looked around at what our common connections were I realised that it’s more than the cats, it’s people who have been inspired or emboldened to change their lives, to leave the country of their birth, their families and friends to make a fresh start, connected by this shared experience of the adventure.

Since I mean to stay in Cyprus, I look around at the people who share my life here and I experience a feeling of deep peace and contentment.  And now that we’re here, enjoying dining al fresco in an atmosphere of camaraderie, how lovely that it is also for a cause we all love.

For more on Tala Monastery Cat Park visit http://www.talamonasterycats.com or their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/talamonasterycats

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Getting on

At last I can get up the garden again! Alas it has suffered for my absence and I just can’t wait to get my hands on things. The lavender needs trimming, few weeds here and there.

The kitties are what have kept me sane through this period off enforced inactivity. They’ve been wary of the wheelchair, rightly so, and cautious of the crutches also, so we are all happy that we are getting used to being able to get about a little more easily.

three_tnHere’s Missy, Milly and Brindi, sisters three, taken just before I broke my ankle in April.

Cats are so relaxing to be around. They waste nothing. Every moment is spent consciously. So in the moment. And they show appreciation and contentment and share it with you through their purrs.

Did you know that their purr has a vibration conducive to healing in humans? It’s true; see here for more: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/the-healing-power-of-cat-purrs-infographic

Eat, play, sleep! This seems to be their edict.

Reviving my Blog

New Year and time to start writing again. I am amazed to find that I wrote nothing at all last year, and I’m already a day late this year, but here I am now, so that will have to do.

I’ve hit a snag already since I find I can’t upload a little video from my phone as the file type isn’t supported. So you’ll need to use your imagination or try seeing it on YouTube https://youtu.be/bXXC4Gsux0s

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Keeping Warm

New Year’s Day it snowed. Proper snow, and settled just a little. Here in Stroumbi, we are said to be on the snow line, so it’s not often, and not much.

It was Archie’s first experience of snow and he didn’t think a lot of being outside in freezing temperature. So he cuddled with his big brother Freddie first and then curled up with little sister Tinkerbell.

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Keeping Warm

Cats are so wise, they do the only obvious thing to do – conserve energy, share body heat, seek comfort.

Doesn’t seem a bad idea at all – perhaps I’ll do the same!

Many blessings for 2016.