Returning to the UK

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Several folk have asked if I am sad about leaving, Cyprus. The answer is, no. I am looking forward to a new life path back in the UK. Things have changed for me as a person. I now write novels. I no longer work long, hard, nursing shifts. We have a granddaughter of 19 months, and our daughters have different lives. One is married, and the other has a home with her boyfriend. They are adults I want to get to know. Our son is in Canada, and we have to add extra flight costs to visit, if we remain living here. The same for him when he visits the UK. The great thing is we will get to see him when we land, as he is visiting other family members! So a new lifestyle is waiting.

Somethings I have missed, and will address when I return. Certain foods will fill our cupboards again, and the odd fresh cream cake will be had for tea. Cream here is … different, and mostly artificial. Walks along rivers, and fishing in lakes will be added to our ‘to do’ lists. Then there are the libraries. Eight years without sitting in a library will be something of the past. There is something magical about a library. Clothes shopping will be something I will enjoy. I do not normally enjoy this, and can never find anything to suit in Cyprus. However, I have lost weight in the past couple of years, and I have renewed interest.

Doing my housework without melting. I melt in July and August over here, and spend all day in the pool. We won’t have a pool in the UK, but then I don’t expect I will melt very often.

Christmas. Christmas in Cyprus is a warm affair, and lacks the spirit I remember in the UK. I visited England in November, and there was something magical about the shops. I know they pump it out from August, and it can get annoying after a while, but there is a spirit that is missing for me, and I cannot wait to feel it again.

I have no regrets of leaving the UK and living in Cyprus. How can I? If I had stayed I would never have come out of the writing closet, and written the books I love so much. I have no regrets about leaving Cyprus. I have met some amazing folk, and will take good memories with me. The recent crisis has been a worry for us and it is simply time to move on.

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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4 Responses to Returning to the UK

  1. Val Mills says:

    Enjoyed reading this update, Glynis. You are obviously ready to return. I wonder what new writing will come out of this 🙂

    • glynissmy1 says:

      Val, I wonder that, too! My fourth novel is based where I will be staying for a few months, so inspiration will surround me.

  2. hilarymb says:

    Hi Glynis .. yes moving back is always strange .. at least your husband will be with you ..and then the children are around to help adjust to the change back. It’s the culture that drew me back, yes relatives and friends first, but for some reason it was the history of our land .. that I’ve educated myself about so much through blogging .. I’m pleased I returned.

    Cheers and enjoy the last month and a bit!! Hilary

    • glynissmy1 says:

      Hilary, I miss the culture, too. Also, the lush green land, with flowing rivers. The sunshine is good but there are other things in life. We aim to have a ‘holiday’ the last week. The shippers are coming to take everything, so it will be eating out at our fave taverna all week. 🙂

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