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The woods are lovely, dark, and deep…

by Clare Mansell
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep…

This afternoon we headed for the Troodos mountains, we were in some bad need of greenery and cooler temperatures. It was 37c when we left home on the coast and 30c when we reached the highest point on the island an hour later. 7c difference may not seem a lot, but with lots of shade and lower humidity it was heaven.

There’s a good reason why most of the Cypriot population shut up shop and relocate to the Troodos for most of August, and after this afternoon I could happily join them. The lower ground of Cyprus is very brown at this time of year, but the hills are alive with trees and shrubs, and if you squint a little, between the pine trees it looks a little bit like Canada.

The cooler temperatures in the mountains also make it one of the few places we can take the dogs to during the summer and the walk to Kaledonia Falls alongside a stream, is doggy heaven.

When we reached the falls Macy won the heart of a 6 year-old boy who (with his parents) walked with us all the way to the car park holding her lead, admring her tail and feeding her treats, a rarity for her, as it’s normally the Little Dog that children home in on. So a good day for dogs and humans alike…

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~Kim at Golden Pines~ July 4, 2010 - 7:44 pm

Hello Clare! What a beautiful place for those with both 2 and 4 legs to enjoy and cool off! We’re feeling the heat here in Virginia too, and no end of it in sight!

Lululiz July 4, 2010 - 8:33 pm

That must have been such a welcome relief for you all, shadowy, cool forests, after all that heat. Gorgeous photographs.

Ninny July 5, 2010 - 1:53 am

A pleasant walk, indeed. Looks almost like a rainforest. Which is exactly what my corner of Oklahoma looks like right now. Hurricane Alex swept up over Texas and Mexico, the winds carried it over us and we’ve had three inches of rain since yesterday. I am longing for just a peek of sun…


Samantha July 5, 2010 - 3:36 pm

What a beautiful place! I had no idea that Cyprus had wooded hills, parks, tumbling water and such – yes… what a relief it must have been! Hope you get to keep going back to escape the heat! Just looked at your summer snowball quilt – how absolutely gorgeous! You are just so talented! It should be in a museum!
Hugs xoxoox
Sammie and Mom

sophie July 7, 2010 - 12:07 am

I’m squinting…and yes…it appears to be a Canadian look…I can’t believe it…seriously you could fool everyone….like…oh I’m back in Canada, see!


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