Today we had nothing planned although we were going out in the evening quite early to catch up with Peter and his son before they return to the UK. As it was a lovely day I persuaded John to go down to the coast and get some fresh air. We are so lucky that some of the most beautiful coastline is only about 15 minutes away from us and in the winter on a clear sunny day like today the sky and the sea is so blue - so much bluer than it appears in the summer.
We headed for Limni - a favourite spot which may change beyond recognition if they ever build the two golf courses that are scheduled to be built there along with some super-duper oh so expensive resort which may do more damage to the environment than any benefits there might be from the increased holidaymaker footfall. This is an area where the endangered turtles nest and this is a cause for concern because apparently, where they have done 'improvements' in Argaka (including two petrol stations and more street lighting), the turtles have been confused by the increased light at night and this has affected their nesting patterns. Anyway there wasn't much sign of any development happening in Limni but it does look like the Polis go-carting track is now closed for business and the land up for sale. We have never seen anyone using it so that won't be a great loss to the area but if just left to deteriorate because it is empty it will become more of an eyesore than it is already.
There was only one other car at Limni pier although no evidence of the occupants - hopefully they had not gone and flung themselves off into the choppy waters below!
We had a little walk but it was really quite windy there and the wind was chilly so we didn't stay too long preferring to move along the coast to an area of the beach we had visited this time last year and picked up quite a bit of drift wood. We decided to investigate because having had such stormy weather recently there was likely to be some there for certain. It was really lovely on the beach - the sun was warm and it was totally empty and we did find some driftwood which didn't actually seem to be overly wet.
It all helps when it comes to keeping us warm - the only trouble is that we are running out of space for storing any more but we put the good stuff in the back of Kenny - it will provide some good kindling once it has dried out.
Warm days give way to cold nights - the driftwood may come in handy sooner than later!!! Some of the plants in the garden are now showing the effects of dipping temperatures - the bougainvillea has begun to lose its leaves and the duranta's leaves have turned almost purple and will fall off soon. On the plus side the wisteria seems to have nice little buds forming so it is not dead as does the new passion flower at the front gate so that is good news - fingers crossed that the next couple of months will be kind - the long term weather forecast for our area is pretty good - a few bits of rain but nothing prolonged and according to Accuweather my birthday in March should be a sunny day although there is plenty of time for that to change.