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Lucy Farmer, Qualified Horticulturist and author of Darwin’s Women of Mother Earth

Where do you live?
Alone! – no time for distractions! – in a small village close to Paphos, next to the beach.

Best childhood memory?
Visiting a small farm owned by two adorable adopted grandparents – milking goats, helping grow organic vegetables, picking apples, fruits and loving the connection to animals and nature!

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Seven St Georges in Yeroskipou and all of George’s organic dishes – full of the flavours of home grown organic vegetables and wild Cypriot herbs!

What did you have for breakfast?
Fruit, fruit and more fruit – mostly from my trees – and lots of hot coffee! Coffee is my addiction and my only vice – ‘We are what we eat!’ is my motto!

Would you class yourself as a day or night person?
Day person – I get up at 5.30am every day and still don’t find enough time in the day.

What is your favourite night out?
Sitting outside in the warm summer evenings having dinner somewhere with my girlfriends – talking nonsense, having fun and allowing my mind to chill from my hectic life. My girlfriends are very important to me – they are my rock of stability – couldn’t do without them

Best book ever read?
My own of course! Darwin’s Women of Mother Earth had to read it hundreds of time while editing but the results shows – 5 star ratings on Amazon. To be honest I have tried not to be influenced by many books as my own autobiographical account comes from a life-time’s study and research – something that has never been discussed in the history of humanity

Favourite film of all time?
I do not have one particular favourite film, I just love old black and white films in general; I love them for their innocence – the kind of innocent ‘real truth’ or hidden wise meaning behind them, something we are missing in films today.

Favourite holiday destination?
I have experienced many trips to other countries and yet Cyprus and Greece have brought me the most wonderful memories and, even though I live and work here, Cyprus feels like living the best holiday ever – every single day of the week.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I have one of the oldest double cabs in Cyprus! The radio packed up about ten years ago…

What is always in your fridge?
Fruit & vegetables – home grown, if in season, and home-made soup. Yummy! Oh, and cat food

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
I’m in it

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama – I am not a Buddhist but I practise mindful meditation every day and believe altruism, compassion, loving-kindness, positivity, non-violence, peace and purity of mind is the only solution for healing ourselves, humanity/Earth from all of its struggles – past, present and future.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
I would swim with the elements of the sea and enjoy every single minute of the silence and peace around me, just like every other day.
What is your greatest fear?
I do not fear – I have used mindful meditation practices to remove fear; fear is part of the egoistic mind’s memory and creates mental instability (all in my book!). Instead I practice only self-love, compassion, loving-kindness, positivity, peace and purity within.

Tell me a joke?
A child asked his father, How were people born? So his father said, Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on. The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now. The child ran back to his father and said, You lied to me! His father replied, No, your mom was talking about her side of the family.

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