If lurgified isn't a word, then it should be. It's finally happened, the COVID lurgy managed to get me. It was actually a bit of a surprise when I tested +ve because the symptoms I'd been having, though pretty horrible, were nothing like the symptoms everyone else I'd known with it had experienced - at least in the initial stages. However all that is now passed and I'm definitely on the mend and testing -ve (unless you are in a very, very good light!) so it's back to the grind stone. Monday is yet another Bank Holiday so that class is easy to leave till next week when I'm a bit more with it, but Tuesday I should be back in attendance. No I don't intend to be bouncing around much but I'm sure I can wave my arms around as much as normal and that will do for now. I hope I'll see everyone there - the brilliant stalwarts who turned up last week need to get the chance to show off their expertise if nothing else!
My last blether was less than 2 weeks ago, but feels like much more. We've been blessed with 2 Easters since then, the 'Western' one and the Orthodox one. Somehow we managed to limit our Easter egg consumption to the first event - but there's been a few tricky moments of temptation. We did do the 'proper' bit too and attended both the 'Western' Good Friday midday service, and the 8:15 a.m. Easter Sunday service of the Anglican Church here in Paphos. (At Ayia Kyriaki Church near the harbour - also known as the Church by St Paul's Pillar). Both were moving to attend, but the Sunday service was especially fabulous - there is nothing quite like traditional Easter Day hymns sung by a full church and accompanied by an amazing organist who was obviously enjoying himself too, you came out of church both shaken & stirred - and pretty well fumigated too, because Easter day is one of the few services they use incense - it certainly adds to the atmosphere in more ways than one!
Because we are lucky enough to live in a village that still celebrates in very traditional ways, the next weekend we also had the benefit of being woken by fire crackers at random times of the night (no, I have never managed to stay up for midnight despite always having my candle ready - one day), and then enjoying the children's games, music, entertainment and bingo in the village square to celebrate the Orthodox Easter with the villagers - though not, after the first year of experimentation, the food - definitely a cuisine you have to grow up with!
Dancing has carried on throughout all this excitement, except for last Monday's beginner's class - a bank holiday for everyone meant our numbers would have been too low - and we are gradually mastering dances that once needed multiple walk-throughs. We also welcomed both returnees and a new and very talented dancer to our midst... they all enjoyed themselves at our last class, which meant it was great for the rest of us too - long may it continue!
Although the attendance was disappointing (another date may have been better attended, but all our diaries are crowded) we had a really lovely morning and very convivial lunch with those people who did join us.
We presented a well deserved 'Certificate of Appreciation' plus an impressively pretty bunch of flowers (great choice Doug) to Doris, who is stepping down as 'Chairman/Group Leader' after so many years that the exact number was under dispute! I'm now officially 'Group Leader' which doesn't change anything significantly as far as the website and dancing is concerned, but in our organising meetings I get to talk even more without anyone telling me to stop!
Unfortunately the excitement of being officially Leader made me forget to take any pictures so the only thing to post as a reminder of the meeting in 'Past Events' is the invitation that was sent out - but never mind, it's more important to thank the really brilliant volunteers from the Phoenix Club, Jean, Mark & Juliet, who set the place up beautifully for the meeting, manned the bar, cooked the food (the chips were really excellent) and generally helped make it a very successful meeting with a great atmosphere.
And one other VERY important thing - tickets are now available for our wonderful summer dance on the patio of the Elea Golf Resort, the 'June Jamboree' - contact Irene to get yours.
Firstly, congratulations to our Irene, who very kindly managed to arrange reaching 75 years on this earth, for a Tuesday night. This allowed us all to indulge in wishing her a heartfelt Happy Birthday whilst consuming an outstandingly delicious carrot cake - so delicious that very little was left for her to take home (sorry about that Irene), but now we know where to source it we just need an excuse to get more! One excuse might be this Saturday's 'Members Social' - though we won't promise anything because there'll be plenty of good simple food to eat without cake. Have a look on the Future Events page for the menu.
You can order on the day, but you can also contact Irene with your preferences beforehand - which will hopefully give you slightly faster service once the kitchen opens - and will definitely ensure your choice is available, in case there's a run on a particular item! We'll be there from 10:30 a.m. - that should give us plenty of chatting time - so many people are suffering at the moment from various aches & pains, breaks, bad backs & who knows what else it's not surprising that the dance sessions are low on numbers, but hopefully we can all enjoy a weekend catch up whatever our physical condition. I will also take the opportunity to update everyone on the 'Group Status', just in case anyone is interested, but I promise to keep it short! Don't forget, 10:30 a.m., the Phoenix Club, this Saturday... I hope to see you there... Jx
Originated in Manchester, England: Worked almost 20 yrs in the United Arab Emirates: Lives in Cyprus. Teaches Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS qualified 2015) -just the average life! Also loves Photography & Photoshop, Gardening, Music, Sewing, Design, Reading, computers, God, my husband & my cat (not necessarily in that order). Hates - crowds, hypocrisy, 'Reality' TV, corrupt politicians, cruelty and greed of any kind.
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