By Margaret Sheard …

Rotarian Ben Benoit and his wife Ayten opened their lovely garden in Karsiyaka for a garden party for the Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan and many Rotarians and friends joined them around the pool where many tables had been set out for the occasion. The garden is very large, very well set out and interesting, with lawns, shrubs, little annexes with seating and buildings housing birds.

We joined the incoming President Hakki Muftuzade and his wife Behiye at a table, however being near to the music speakers, we decided to move ourselves to another area so we could chat and later another couple joined us and we had some very interesting conversation with people we had not met before.

Someone had been very busy preparing food, judging by the huge and varied plates which appeared on the tables laid out for the buffet, it was hard to choose from the many different items of food which kept coming.  Later a selection of desserts were laid out and so time to start again, but this time we resisted.

While all this was going on a few people started to dance alongside the pool, including a couple who gave an excellent Salsa demonstration.

Raffle tickets had been sold and then came the raffle draw which included some very nice prizes.

This was a very nice informal garden party and Ben and Ayten had arranged it for 5pm onwards to avoid the heat of the afternoon, so it was very pleasant weather-wise and, as always, so nice to catch up with the Rotarians and others.

Thank you to Ben and Ayten for spoiling us in your beautiful garden, it was a really nice event on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan.