It has been a ‘long and winding road’ as the song goes since my last post. I made the decision to move to Cyprus to live and in January 2017 I sold my house and moved here. Things didn’t quite work out as planned as I hadn’t been here more than 6 weeks when I had a stroke.and lost the use of my left side. I won’t go into all the details but with a great deal of help and support from both family and a circle of terrific friends I found myself in a rehabilitation centre in Lefkosia`(Nicosia) for three months where they helped me walk again and get use back in my arm. I have been living on my own in a ground floor flat in Polis for the last year totally independent. It’s a quiet spot with a country lane at the bottom of my road full of olive trees , a pleasant walk of an evening in the cooler parts of the day . Of course I am still a work in progress and continue to work on improving my mobility by walking and exercising in the pool which I am lucky enough to have use of on our apartment complex.
I am gradually regaining my sense of self by doing the creative things I used to do. I belong to a photography group which meets once a week and we go to different locations to experiment with different light conditions and settings on our cameras. Last night it was sunset at the beach which was fun and a few weeks ago we practiced shaking the camera while taking the photo, this gives some unexpected results. Here are a few examples of recent experiments.
Earlier in the year I managed a long held ambition of creating a mosaic patio table. It was a great therapy, a sort of working meditation in coloured glass. As it was done on a glass top table the light shines through it creating a stained glass window effect. The finished result gives me a great deal of pleasure and brightens up the whole patio area. Today I decided to re- start writing to get back in the swing of things. Onwards and upwards.