We drove down to the airport to meet them. Unfortunately, their flight arrived 20 minutes early while we were sitting in the coffee shop. By the time we walked to the arrival meeting area, they had already hailed a taxi to the marina. Not to make it an entirely wasted trip, we drove to the south side and purchased another month of insurance allowing us to drive the rental car across the border. Now we are set with the rental car through the date of our departure for our trip home in December. Later, back at the marina we hooked up with Ruth and Randal and offered to drive them to the supermarket so they could stock up on the things one always empties from the boat when leaving for any extended period of time.
|Hail several inches deep|
There were skid marks all through the hail. And one car was resting in a field about 4 feet below the road level. It did not appear that anyone was injured and several people already were attempting to assist, so we continued on our way. Not like our little car would be capable of towing another vehicle up from down there anyway. This is the third time we have seen hail in the past 2 weeks. A guy who has lived here several years said he had never seen hail here until 2 weeks ago. Weird. The brief heavy rain also had caused many mud patches across the road. Some of the fields looks like small lakes. It has been raining almost daily for a few weeks and I guess the ground is so saturated that it could not absorb this downpour. Farmers have a hard time on this island. For 8 months it does not rain a drop; then it rains very frequently for 4 months. Rainy season starts in November. Looks like we will have a wet cold winter.
Not long after passing the accumulated hailstones we were startled to see the brightest rainbow any of us had ever seen! It was actually a full double rainbow, but the outer rainbow was very dim -- especially compared to the brilliant inner rainbow.
The crappy low-quality camera in our cell phone captured these images of the rainbow. These photos do not do justice to just how bright this rainbow really appeared. I have not edited these images other than to crop them. The colors were remarkably brilliant.
Wish we had brought a camera so we could have gotten decent photos.
The ends of the rainbow were so bright they appeared to be glowing. Most amazing rainbow I have ever seen.
|Eastern tip of Cyprus looking south|
|Wild donkey in valley|
|Turkish type of zucchini|
Diet Coke is a thing just for the United States. Almost everywhere else in the world this beverage is called Coca-Cola Light. Other countries object to the term "diet" being applied to any foods or beverages. They seem to think "diet" means something for diabetics. Notice that cans of Diet Coke look much different in Turkey and Cyprus than these cans appear back home.
One day Bill walked over to the laundry room to help me carry back the heavy laundry bag. He cracked up laughing when we saw how a worker had plugged his electric sander into the electrical wall outlet.
Wouldn't OSHA have a ball with this!!!
|My hubby's freezing!!|
BTW, he did not stay like this for long. He warmed up quickly all wrapped up into a cocoon like that.