Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Catching up with friends...

Today we were going to one of the most beautiful spots we know for lunch with friends.  Anyone who has been will recognise immediately the beach bar called Oniros which is down in the Sea Caves area and whose landmark is a shipwreck which arrived on December 6th 2011 on a wild and stormy night and provided a late season tourist boom for Oniros which was due to have closed for the seaon but which stayed open to serve coffee and drinks to those who came to view the wreck.

Opinion on the rusting wreck of the Edbro III is divided.  Some feel that the ship spoils the view whilst others say it gives a nice contrast to the natural beauty surrounding it.  It looks magnificent with the sun setting behind it and has become a popular site for wedding photographs.

Registered in Sierra Leone no-one seems sure what it may have been carrying, speculation was rife from nuclear weapons to refugees and diamonds, less romantically that it was a load of scrap metal bound from Limassol to Rhodes!

Whatever the truth might be it currently remains in situ and doesn't seem to have an adverse effect on the business at Oniros which was, as always, packed today.

It was much cooler but still pleasantly warm.  Part of the garden area had been set aside for a small wedding reception so the remainder of the tables were located under the fir trees which were busy dropping bits and pieces all over the table, the staff did warn us and we could see that we were fighting a losing battle but hey ho what is a bit of pine when you have such a beautiful view.

It was lovely to catch up with Wendy and Bill before they return to the UK for a family visit.  We let them off for getting the time wrong because it didn't really make a lot of difference as we were there to secure the table (good job too because by 1.00 it was full).  The food was lovely - fresh and beautifully presented.  We haven't been for a while and it was all the more enjoyable for not having done so.  I am pleased to report they still do the best Chicken Caesar Salad I have had on the island!

Just as we were arriving for lunch I got a phone call from a number I did not recognise.  I was over the moon when I heard the voice of our very very good friend Sally Allan coming from the other end to tell us that she was booking a short four day break with us in November - can't tell you how thrilled we are that they are coming as we all been together for nearly 6 years!  We used to have such laughs when we all lived in Yeovil.  In the photograph above we were out on an Oktoberfest celebration.  Sally is sat bottom right with the ginger beard and Tommy is second right at the back with his hands in his pockets.  This was taken in Middle Street in Yeovil and was just before we got barred from Wetherspoons!!!  Also featured in the photograph were - Frank and Cheryl, top and bottom left and Grant and Kirsten second left top and bottom.

This evening we caught up with Mike Barker - a fellow Blades supporter who we met at Elaine and Paul's wedding.  We keep in touch and when he is over we try and meet up to discuss the highs and lows (mainly lows) of SUFC.  We arranged to meet at the Droushia Heights - thinking Mike had been there before but he hadn't and was very impressed.  So much so he thought he might like to stay there when he returns next year.  It was only a couple of hours and we retired to our house for a coffee and a bit of cake before he drove back to Paphos.  Sorry for the old photograph Mike but I spared you the paparazzi treatment!!

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