A Letter From A Smallholding In Cyprus Part 2

Corresponding with David from Cyprus is so interesting and has allowed me to check out my holiday snaps of my visit to the Troodoos Mountains. 

It is also great to learn a little of the landscape and farming techniques used in the area, especially as I once considered moving out to Cyprus myself.

Hi Sara

Many thanks for your email. I am sorry to hear about your website problems but hopefully all is now well. I do enjoy reading the articles and reports on the livestock.

I am currently in the process of staking out the land for the planting of vines which should be in April. Two friends Neofytos and Nitsa run the Nelion Winery at Praitori and Neofytos is to provide me with the vines and I hope the expertise to produce some good grapes. He will also press the grapes and I hope provide me with some of my own wine. All in the future of course but it is quite exciting. Olive trees will be planted later in the year.

I have several fine maple trees and almonds on the site and we have been undertaking some pruning and the removal of crossing branches etc. This is acceptable to the forestry department but once olives are planted they cannot be cut down by law so the siting of them will be important.

Some 28 trees are listed on my land deeds but the bulldozer destroyed a number of almond trees so some re-planting will need to be undertaken.

Thank you for your photos. I think I know most of the sites. Did you ever see Moufflon in the wild? They are extremely timid but very agile and with their curved horns they are rather splendid.


I have attached a photo of some of the land which may be of interest. It shows about one third of the site so you can get some idea of the whole area.The maple trees are on the two levels and at the far end of the site you can see one of the surviving almond trees.

It is still raining here but I think this will be the last  heavy rain we will see until next November. I will be up to the site again this week to start building my wooden field house for storage of materials and the odd night stay. I will also visit Nelion winery for some more supplies.

Good luck with your Ready Steady Cook show.

Best wishes


I believe that Moufflon are wild sheep. I wonder why they are called moufflon. Maybe David can enlighten us. I only caught a glimpse of the moufflon on my jeep safari through the Troodoos mountains. Let’s hope David has some good photos of these timid yet agile creatures with their curved horns.