Some friends from one of our churches in the UK have been staying in Limassol for the past week. Today they caught a service (shared) taxi to Larnaka, so they could see us, and also visit Richard's office, and see our new house. They spent the morning with Richard while I was helping at the mothers-and-toddlers group, then came to lunch at our house.
We chatted for a while, then - as they didn't have a whole lot of time, but were interested to see something of Larnaka - we took them to the nearby Salt Lake.
Of course, after no rain for about six months, there's no lake at all - it's just salt crust:
We went up into the bird-watching observation place, to get a better view. Looking to the right, everything is very brown:
.. and not much better looking to the left:
If it doesn't rain soon - and in quite significant amounts - Cyprus is going to be in big trouble next summer.
(To see how very different it looks in the spring, this post shows photos of the Salt Lake eight months ago)