The indigenous people of Cyprus are generous. We all experience examples of their good nature. I remember a few of them.
As new arrivals, I complemented an elderly woman working in the field of her smallholding and she cut and gave me cucumbers, tomatoes and aubergines. As we collected our dogs, I commented to our vet that the yellow bulbs in bloom in his garden were pretty and he gave me a bunch. We admired the tree with the large crop of oranges and the owner gave us five kilos of juicy oranges from his grove, which we freshly squeezed daily for breakfast. We had a family staying with us at the time so they appreciated Cyprus oranges too! I asked the identity of an orange blossom-covered tree and the owner gave me two pomegranate twigs which are now large fruit bearing trees in our garden.
Recently, we bought a jar of fresh honey from the honey products shop of a local couple. On request, his wife took us to see his production room and hives. She gave us some honey comb too. It was delicious on wholemeal toast.
These acts of kindness make me hesitate before complementing others. I don’t wish for a present but it is rude to refuse one. However sometimes saying something pleasant gives not only the recipient a warm glow but me also.