Volunteers need work

This is the third year during which we have accepted volunteers into our home to help us improve and ready the place for our summer visitors.

Our first volunteer of 2016, Trent, arrived the day before yesterday. As ever, the arrival of a volunteer has its moments. I was expecting Trent to arrive at the bus stop adjacent to Koulla’s fruitaria on the beach road and so at the appropriate time I drove down there and parked. It wasn’t long after that my phone started to ring, a number that I didn’t recognise, a voice that I did recognise. Trent had been dropped off in our village, he was standing outside the main church in Maroni with his backpack and bags.

The bus driver, in an act of kindness, had dropped our man off in the village where a local person had loaned him their mobile phone so that he could call me to tell me where he was.  Such is the way of things in our rural community. Small acts of friendship that help make the world go around.


Polygala is a large genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Polygalaceae.

If, like me, you are a fan of the film ‘My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding‘ you will doubtless be aware of the oft repeated phrase used by Gus Portokalos, the father figure…

“Give me a word, any word, and I show you that the root of that word is Greek”.

In the case of this shrub Gus would have had no difficulty in explaining that poly means much and gala stands for milk. Commonly known as milkworts or snakeroots, the genus is distributed widely throughout much of the world in temperate zones and the tropics.

The genus name Polygala comes from the ancient Greek “much milk”, as the plant was thought to increase milk yields in cattle. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygala

We have a few growing in our garden at the villa. Since they have been growing for a few years, they have reached a good height and I am considering trimming them. Before I do I have a couple of questions in need of answers.

1. Can they be pruned and if they can, when is the best time to prune them?

2. Is it possible to propagate further plant by taking cuttings? If so, when is the best time to take cuttings and what is the best method of propagation?


Summer Antics – recapping 2015

Hi Joe,
I’m almost amazed that we managed to catch up with you, compliments of the season! The Colombian mountains sounds intriguing. Guess your notebook is getting filled up with quotable quotes, memory joggers and fun stuff, how I, small e, envy you!! We’d look forward to catching up with you if and when you return to this part of the globe. We had a busy year with volunteers helping us to press ahead in the early months of ’15 then we were off on our travels in our campervan – we made it to a bunch of sites we wanted to see, experience and photograph in France before going to UK to visit family and friends then we headed down to Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy before zipping across the Languedoc Rousillon and back into Spain where we left our camper for the autumn winter and life back here on Cyprus. That was it!

The New Year will see us with the motorcycle repaired and plans to travel to places we have yet to visit. We expect to visit the States but our planning is still in its infancy on that one.

Happy New Year to you and your girlfriend,

Andy & Niki