Several folk have asked if I am sad about leaving, Cyprus. The answer is, no. I am looking forward to a new life path back in the UK. Things have changed for me as a person. I now write novels. I no longer work long, hard, nursing shifts. We have a granddaughter of 19 months, and our daughters have different lives. One is married, and the other has a home with her boyfriend. They are adults I want to get to know. Our son is in Canada, and we have to add extra flight costs to visit, if we remain living here. The same for him when he visits the UK. The great thing is we will get to see him when we land, as he is visiting other family members! So a new lifestyle is waiting.
Somethings I have missed, and will address when I return. Certain foods will fill our cupboards again, and the odd fresh cream cake will be had for tea. Cream here is … different, and mostly artificial. Walks along rivers, and fishing in lakes will be added to our ‘to do’ lists. Then there are the libraries. Eight years without sitting in a library will be something of the past. There is something magical about a library. Clothes shopping will be something I will enjoy. I do not normally enjoy this, and can never find anything to suit in Cyprus. However, I have lost weight in the past couple of years, and I have renewed interest.
Doing my housework without melting. I melt in July and August over here, and spend all day in the pool. We won’t have a pool in the UK, but then I don’t expect I will melt very often.
Christmas. Christmas in Cyprus is a warm affair, and lacks the spirit I remember in the UK. I visited England in November, and there was something magical about the shops. I know they pump it out from August, and it can get annoying after a while, but there is a spirit that is missing for me, and I cannot wait to feel it again.
I have no regrets of leaving the UK and living in Cyprus. How can I? If I had stayed I would never have come out of the writing closet, and written the books I love so much. I have no regrets about leaving Cyprus. I have met some amazing folk, and will take good memories with me. The recent crisis has been a worry for us and it is simply time to move on.