Our Lovely New Pool and Garden

New pool

This year’s big changes have been a great team effort…

The Pergola

New pergola at night BBQ table and pool

Firstly huge thanks to the multi-talented Rhys and Dave who custom-made and installed this fantastic new pergola. Quite a challenge, due to the dimensions, but – we think – the perfect size for the outdoor dining area.

And the finishing touch is a neat dual-purpose canopy from Victoria Tents. Giving shade from the year-round Cyprus sun, along with waterproof protection from the off-season rain, this will make the patio a much more versatile space.

The Pool

New pool steps

The biggest change, though, is with the pool… It all started with the idea of replacing the liner and adding a border of ceramic mosaic tiles to help keep the waterline in tip-top condition. After meeting the wonderful Yiangos, and seeing his examples of his work, the job grew quite a lot bigger!

The pool depths have been altered… with the deeper end reduced, and the shallower depth slightly increased. The idea is that now at 1.5 metres adults can stand up in the deeper end, making it better for games like water polo, but keeping the shallower end for children. Also with a 1 metre depth, you can swim all the way to the Roman steps – no longer bumping into the bottom.

New pool steps close up
Colin the chlorine dispenser
Meet Colin – floating around, topping-up the chlorine. 😎

The simple new pool edging is granite. On the surrounding terrace, the previous patterned concrete has been replaced with anti-slip tiles recommended for swimming pools. The old earthquake cracks are a thing of the past, and everything looks fresh and neat. New post lights finish the updating. We are delighted with the finished result – hope our guests feel the same.

(We also took the opportunity to renew the pipework and install new equipment to make the pool run more effectively, bringing it above ground in the process.)

Yiangos has stressed that to preserve the new pipework, we should use a floating dispenser to keep the chemical levels correct – hence our new friend Colin the chlorine dispenser.

The Garden

In preparing for the pool works and pergola, elements of the garden had to be considerably reduced. Some shrubs we had fondly watched maturing over many years were removed and the fragrant stephanotis on the old pergola cut back. Although initially a bit of a shock, we soon got used to the new look, and came to like it at least as much, if not more than the old one. Without plants encroaching on the path, it’s easier to walk round the pool and there is more room for sun loungers. That, the tiling, and the new gravel make the garden look bigger. It feels like we’ve had a massive declutter!

New: easyJet Onboard WiFi

easyjet onboard flight map
2 easyJet onboard menu

A new feature for 2023 is ‘easyJet onboard’ closed-loop WiFi. Once logged on, you can browse the food and drink menu, check out the duty free shopping options, play games, and – our favourite – access the flight map to track your journey in real time.

How To Connect

1 easyJet onboard QR

This feature is available once the aircraft has reached an altitude of 10,000 feet. With your device in flight mode, search the WiFi networks for easyJet onboard and once connected, either type onboard.easyjet.com into your browser, or scan the QR code shown on the card in front of you.

easyJet Onboard Games

3 easyJet onboard games
4 easyJet onboard sudoku

A choice of six entertaining games helps pass the time. As a sudoku addict, I was very happy with their simple, yet absorbing version.

The Flight Map – “Are We Nearly There Yet?”

A fascinating rolling slideshow of interactive views showing the live flight progress, with stats in alternating metric and imperial measurements. You can also drag and drop to see different perspectives. The perfect answer to the perennial question “Are we nearly there yet?”

WiFi Questions

The closed-loop WiFi is an internal onboard system with no access to the Internet. Access is free, with no data charges.

Blue Flag Beaches: Cyprus Remains the Best in Europe

Cyprus Blue Flag beaches 2017

With Europe’s highest proportion of Blue Flag awards for the 12th year running, Cyprus is celebrating its best ever year. This year’s total of 63 beaches and 1 marina (Limassol) also beats last year’s 57.

And we are proud to report that Pissouri is enjoying its 21st consecutive award.

🏆 Congratulations to all! 🍻 Yia mas!

Full list: cyprusbeat.com/64-blue-flag-beaches-cyprus/

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