By Margaret Sheard …
The friend of Northern Cyprus shares its Daily News of Life and Times around the world
By Ahmet Abdulaziz …
I believe that all humans are multi talented. We are all born with this precious natural gift, however right from a very young age, sometimes parents, sometimes teachers and mostly the society forces us to not practice most of our talented gifts.
Reader’s Mail ….
By Weng Chamberlain ….
I recently joined a sewing and sewing machine class run by Stephanie Kuyucu at her new Kyrenia Academy for Education and the Arts (near the Bellapais Roundabout), as I felt a relaxing hobby would be a good idea for the winter period when more time is spent indoors.
By Margaret Sheard ……
A while ago our friends Chris Schubert and Fred Katzenberger spent many hours trying to locate the Canakkale POW cave in North Cyprus, and although they were very close, they did not actually get there. Following their article, we had a comment from Mark Miller with some photographs of the elusive cave Chris and Fred were looking for. To see the article written by Chris and Fred click here
In 1915 Turkish prisoners of war were captured in the Canakkale (Gallipoli) battles by the British forces, they were transported to Cyprus and kept in a POW camp (Caraolos) near Famagusta. Some of them escaped and were hidden by Turkish Cypriots in the so called POW cave.
To read a previous article about the camps “Exodus to Where? – the missing camps of Cyprus” click here
We received quite a few comments about the cave at the time the article was published, including the one from Mark Miller, who we had met at the Vouni King Restaurant at the time of a Strawberry Trek in Yesilirmak, and he sent us some great photographs.
Mark and his friends are great “cavers” and he has made the following comment about their other adventures.
I attach some photos from the ‘Hot cave’ – Sicak magarasi in Turkish, which is high in the St Hilarion mountains near Agirdag (North of Pinarbasi). We found this one in March this year. It goes down about 70 metres I believe, we missed the deepest chamber first time but Jim found it later.
Our friends Jim and Bren Kenyon are the cave brains behind our various exploits. They were with us at Yesilirmak. They have discovered (uncovered) many caves here. We have photos for the hot cave at Agirdag and one beyond the famous cave at Cinarli. Jim really deserves much of the credit for all our great caving days.
by Mo Davies…….
The Crazy Crone…..
If you rolled your eyes at my article last week click here about my work with crystals and you thought I was a bit flaky, fear not, because it’s exactly what my husband does. He is very logical and I’m very off-the-planet. In fact he was quite mortified when I suddenly hopped into the crystal work and is still threatening to dig a big hole and bury my crystals. But since I threatened to pile all his n-gauge model railway gear on top before he filled the hole, we’ve reached a bit of a truce!
I know that for many people the idea of working with crystals in our daily lives seems quite whacko but when you look through the annals of history, you can see that people – from ordinary through to kings and queens – have felt drawn to have crystals and gemstones in their lives. Indeed, the more expensive the gemstone – diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, etc., – the more it’s been a symbol of royal or very wealthy status.
Lapis Lazuli – mostly composed of Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite – is a rich medium to royal blue with gold flecks (pyrites) and has been associated through the ages with royalty, gods and power, spirit and vision. In today’s times, just think of the jewellery collection of the Queen of England and you can see how stones like the Koh-I-Noor diamond are not only renowned for their value but also the history of the stone’s powers.
I’m happy to say that my own collection of rocks, stones and gemstones is on a far more modest scale. Happy because they are relatively inexpensive and happy because I haven’t needed to insure them nor have fears about burglars breaking in to steal the valuable gemstones which don’t exist in my own collection!
Before I go any further, I felt it would appropriate at this stage to talk briefly about our logical and intuitive qualities which, hopefully, might make working with crystals more easily understood. As you can see from the graphic, the left side of our brain governs our logic, words, analysis, mathematical skills, and so on. The right side of our brain governs imagination, intuition, creativity and so on. Neither one is better than the other, but we work more effectively if we can combine the two and achieve a balanced approach to our way of living.
As an example, when I sold crystals I’d often get people come in who’d read a book about crystals (using their logical side), picked out the one they thought suited their needs, only to walk out with something completely different because it was that one that drew their attention (using their intuitive side). You can read all the logic you like in books but once you start inter-acting with crystals, intuition kicks in whether you like it or not and your feelings draw you to the crystal you’re meant to interact with.
So on to what I’ve collected over the years. This past week I’ve revamped my work studio so I thought I’d share some pics of my crystal collection and talk generally about how I work with crystals. Most of my stones have been bought on eBay in the US, Australia and the UK, as well as at gem fairs in Australia. I always wait until I’m attracted to a stone then consider purchasing it. It does, of course, have to be within my means as I’m on an age pension and many is the time I’ve lusted over hugely expensive crystals in the knowledge I’ll have to admire them from afar due to their cost. I’ll give you one example – crystals from the Messina mine in South Africa very often have the rare papagoite and/or ajoite included in the clear quartz but, as the mine has now pretty much been exhausted, prices for these stones can go into the thousands of dollars. I do have some ajoite and papagoite but in a very cheap form rather than the papagoite- and/or ajoite-included quartz pieces.
I have always worked on the basis of gathering rocks to my collection to which I’m drawn rather than for their name or rarity, and it’s worked well with me. I started off by voraciously reading as many books about crystals as I could but, over the years, I’ve come to understand that the only rules that count are ones that suit you. And I’ve reached this conclusion not just from my own experience, but from watching people interact with crystals and rocks.
When I started selling crystals, I’d usually have bowls of the relatively cheap tumbled stones of amethyst, clear quartz, amethyst, aventurine, jasper and so on. All the stones looked alike but people would fossick through them until they found one that they’d grab and state was for them. And as I wrote above, people would come in for one stone, and go out with a completely different one. So it seems to me that, while you might have a general consensus that rose quartz – a lovely pink stone, readily available and cheap too – relates to love. But within that paradigm, each stone has a unique energy for a particular person.
I have dreamed about crystals and connected with them the next day – the first time up in Scotland where I dreamed about a stone beginning with “i”. I wasn’t sure whether it was iolite or indicolite, both blue stones, indicolite being blue tourmaline and very expensive. The next day I went to a mind, body, spirit fair in Aberdeen, asked a lady at the first gemstone stall I saw whether she had any indicolite and she had one piece, a polished tumble stone, which was just within my budget and which she hadn’t yet displayed. The iolite I found later when I had moved to the north of England and came across a gem quality pendant, small, again within my price range, and which I won on an eBay auction.
Another piece was what is called a growth interference clear quartz crystal which I saw on US eBay the next day and won in the auction.
It’s only one form of clear quartz crystal so in my next article I’ll look at the various types of clear quartz as there’s a huge variety of shape and form.
Introduction by Margaret Sheard …..
When we have time we try to keep up with the many events happening in North Cyprus and many people send their news as they know it will be shared widely by cyprusscene and other media outlets. We have today noted on Facebook the review of the Ozankoy Gardeners Forum which was held today, 22nd February, which is shown below.
North Cyprus Forum (the friendly forum), which we also manage, now has a members’ calendar where they can post events and this, and membership, is growing by the day.
The calendar can be viewed by all visitors to the Forum but to use the calendar it is necessary to register as a member. This members’ calendar will become a funnel through which North Cyprus events news will be noted and published in the cyprusscene weekly events calendar and shared with many media outlets which can help maximise attendance.
By Barbara Burton …..
We had a meeting of the Gardeners Forum today the 22.2.17. We met at the Courtyard Inn and 20 members attended.
David Potter and Patricia Jordan led the meeting. Several different kinds of cuttings and plants were brought to be shared for those who wanted them.
A lot of information about bulbs suitable for our area was shared. David brought along a beautiful bowl of crocus just beginning to flower.
Future plans for a day out to visit Howard and Patricia’s garden, a garden centre and lunch during Easter week were discussed.
Our next meeting will again be at the Courtyard Inn on the 29.3.17 at 10.30
By Chris and Fred (Kuzey Kibris and Nord Zypern) ….
Hard Luck! Or: How to find a Memorial Tank by accident!
Fred, who has been travelling to North Cyprus since 1981, told me once that a friend of his told him years ago about a tank from the war in 1974, which is still somewhere up in the mountains. Curious as I am, I was interested in this story, but I expected it to be somewhere unknown, so I dropped the idea of finding it, especially after some locals told me they had never heard of it.
One day, we made the decision to look for the Pigades Sanctuary, as it was one of the few last remaining tourist attractions named in almost every guide book, and we hadn’t visited yet. Too bad it is nowhere near where it was stated it actually was.
I had a chat with a friend from Turkey, who is married to a Turkish Cypriot. We were talking about this and that and which tourist attractions we both had already visited. I asked him about the Pigades Sanctuary and as he didn‘t know about it, he asked his wife. She is from Taskent village and told us, the Pigades Sanctuary must be somewhere in or near Hizarköy.
On our next trip to North Cyprus, we made the plan to go from Famagusta via the motorway to Güzelyurt and then to Kormacit (Korucam), as we were not very familiar with the side roads back in that time. We wanted to go to Maria‘s place for lunch and of course to meet with her and her family. On our way back, we wanted to go to Hizarköy and look for the Pigades Sanctuary. No sooner said than done!
We came to the road from Camlibel and took the first road to Hizarköy. After searching in the village and nearby, we gave up and took the second road back to the main road again.
Too bad the Pigades Sanctuary is located on the main road between those two roads leading to Hizarköy, instead of near the village. However, we found it anyway on our next trip to Kormacit and Maria‘s place.
We were heading towards Nicosia, when I noticed something interesting at the turn-off towards Kozanköy: A sign saying Anit Tank! After the failure with the Pigades Sanctuary this could really make my day! We followed the road to Kozanköy and passed the village. We enjoyed the stunning views of the beautiful area, and as the Panagia Katharon monastery aroused our interest, we decided to pay it a visit.
After a short while, and because it was getting late, we continued our journey, hoping to be able to find the tank, while we also enjoyed the stunning landscapes.
Half way to Karsiyaka, we found another sign saying “Tank: This way up the mountain“. We followed the narrow road on the mountains crest, while we spoke 100s of prayers before every bend and hoped there was no car coming our way. After some minutes and holding our breath many times, we saw some tank treads beside the road and a stunning view over the north coast. Some other cars were there and people were wandering around. We parked our car and after a few meters on the way to the tank treads, we saw a something like a memorial sign and a Turkish and TRNC flag next to it. The Tank must be close! And yes! After a few more meters we saw it on the hillside next to the road! Still there after all these years. The rumours Fred‘s friend told him once, were true!
We were excited! We had found the tank and also the Panagia Katharon monastery. The stunning views we had on our way were a perfect compensation for missing the Pigades Sanctuary.
We held our first Ladies Craft Morning on Tuesday January 31st 2017 from 11.00 until about 13.00 (1pm) at the Doğanköy Coffee Shop.
I was the first to arrive and shortly afterwards Cecilia arrived, when I welcomed her and asked where she was from, expecting to hear fairly local, was delighted to find she had come on a dolmuş, from a small village near Güzelyurt to Girne and then by taxi. Cecilia moved to the TRNC about six months ago and is looking to increase her circle of friends. Shortly afterwards, the other more local ladies arrived, namely Paula and Liz (who came up with the idea to help develop friendship in the village and beyond). Selma, from Zeytinlik and Janet, from Ozanköy were other ladies from outside the village. Two local ladies Sheila and Valerie came to make up our initial group of eight. Incilay joined us a bit later.
In no time ladies were discussing the various crafts they enjoy. Patterns for knitting were exchanged, Selma bedazzled us with her incredible bead work and she took some time to explain to a small group of us what is entailed!
A couple of us (Sheila and I) were more than happy to watch the others demonstrating their Knitting and Crocheting skills, preferring our colouring books for adults!
By the end we all agreed that this had been a very useful use of our time and we look forward to the next meeting on 14th February (Valentine’s Day).
Paula asked me to point out that if anyone, reading this, wants to learn any particular skills then please come along and ask e.g. quilting etc! Several of the ladies have carried out most activities in their lives and are very happy to teach anyone.
So, even if you are someone who has NEVER even held a pair of knitting needles, threaded a needle to sew on a button or anything similar, please come along and talk to us.
Paula said if she doesn’t know the particular skill requested, she may well know someone who could come along and help!
By Barbara Burton……
I wanted to confirm that our next meeting will be on Wednesday 30th November, and will again be at the Cirali bakery garden cafe in Karakum. I hope you enjoyed our September meeting there. Patricia has sent me some notes from our last meeting, which are shown below.
For those who are coming to the Argonye herb garden next week on Tuesday the 25th October, Sandy and Steph have asked for you to meet us at Karsiyaka at 9.30am. If you come along the road through Lower Lapta you will see the Tolga Restaurant on your left. Just after you pass this you will see the village square on your right. Sandy tells me that there is a lot of work happening on the square and you will need to park on the left opposite the square.
Sandy and Steph will be there to take the lists and the money and will give directions for us all to get to Gaziveren Village and the Herb Garden. The price will be 65TL, this includes the talk and lunch and also lunch for the speaker.
If you have any problem you can ring me on 0542 8657916 or Sandy 0533 8463528.
With best wishes – Barbara
FROM PATRICIA AND HOWARD:
Potting compost—always take it out of the bag and break up any lumps. Add in some loam, Perlite and some slow release fertiliser
Home made compost– bins or heap? If using bins drill some holes in the sides and bottom and stand on soil, so that any liquid will drain away. Alternate layers with dried material, including shredded personal papers—a good way of not letting others get at your personal details. Three bins are best as you can have one with fresh stuff, one maturing and one ready to use. This is what I use.
Animal Compost—never use it fresh, as there is always ammonia in it. Let it lie for up to a year. There is always the danger of weed seeds.
Stop watering amaryllis bulbs now, so that they can rest. Plant Paperwhites about 6 weeks before Christmas if you want to give them as gifts. Remember to leave the neck and shoulders above the soil level and do not let the bulbs touch each other.
Wait to plant other bulbs until the soil is moist or they won’t make roots. Tulips can go in last of all, as they flower much later than the narcissus or hyacinths.
Mealy bugs on Hibiscus—Howard uses the finger and thumb method, or you can spray with Neem Azal T/S, which is available in the south.
Woolly Aphids usually infest trees of the apple family (rosa), pyracantha and cotoneaster. Catch them early by stroking them away with methylated spirits. Take off any badly infected stems and leaves and burn them. You may lose some flowers this way. Feed the bush with a good all round fertiliser and keep a watchful eye for them next season. They are extremely difficult to eradicate!
Patricia – www.gardenclubofcyprus.com
Organiser and branch Communications Officer Martin Derbyshire explained: “I have had the idea for a sponsored cycle ride since completing the experience with a friend 3 years ago. I spoke to our branch chairman Major Brian Thomas and we agreed that the 2016 Poppy Appeal would be the perfect beneficiaries of the proposed ride. So we then set about enticing keen cyclists to join us and I am delighted that, although we lost one rider to injury, we still have 14 confirmed riders for the 2016 ‘Poppy Ride’ which will take place between the 18 – 24 September. This includes two ladies, a Frenchman, several OAP’s and the oldest cyclist is 72 years young. We aim to set off at around 8.30am on the Sunday morning from the Olive Press Bowling Club in Lapta on the north coast. Heading eastwards along the coast roads to the Apostolos Andreas Monastery in the Karpaz before turning west and heading all along the southern coastline towards Paphos, then cycling northwards over the shoulder of the Troodos mountain before heading eastwards again along the northern coastline to finish back at the clubhouse on Saturday lunchtime where a BBQ and party will await us.”
Major Thomas added: “This is a fantastic experience for us all to be involved with and with many of us not having done much cycling before. We are currently peddling 3 times a week in training covering up to 100 miles per week in the roasting weather. Most have bought a new bike for the occasion and we are all paying all the costs involved ourselves, including accommodation, petrol and food charges, although our sponsors have kindly paid for our cycling shorts and shirts, so that all the sponsorship monies raised goes directly to the Poppy Appeal. Last year the branch sent back nearly £17,000 to the Appeal so we aim to raise as much as we can again this year, and the Poppy Ride seemed a perfect way of doing this. We have passed the £1,500 total already in sponsorship and the expat community are right behind us with this project. As a branch we also hold a Poppy Ball, Poppy Walk and a Pantomime in November which will also add money to the Appeal. With nearly 350 members we are a thriving branch now in our 6th year of existence. We are blessed to have our main sponsor’s Creditwest bank on board and we also now have Astute FMA sponsoring us along with Footloose Footcare Ltd in Alsancak.”
Miss Figen Kaymak, the Çatalköy branch and expat Executive Manager for Creditwest Bank said: “As Creditwestbank we are proud to support the Royal British Legion which is a very worthwhile charity here in the TRNC. .We are very happy to be sponsoring such a different and challenging island-wide event and we would like to thank all that are taking part and wish them a safe and enjoyable ride.”
Astute FMA director Scott Kennedy said: “FMA are proud to be sponsors of the Poppy Ride, we are delighted to help and assist the local community and we fully appreciate the work and effort of all the poppy riders and support teams, raising money for a worthy charity, well done guys and gals!”.
Meanwhile Susannah Birt of Footloose Footcare Ltd said: “My father served in the RAF so we are more than delighted to sponsor the poppy riders and wish them well in this enormous challenge. Go for it guys and girls you know you can do it!”
Martin Monks-Appleton, the joint owner of the Olive Press Bowling Club said: “We have assisted the RBL Kyrenia Branch in fundraising on numerous occasions in the past and we are proud to be the venue for the start and finish of this epic ride, the party at the end will be a blast and details will be announced shortly.”
If you wish to sponsor the riders then please email your proposed donation to: email@example.com