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A minute with Miranda Tringis Herbalist Dip HM (Inst. NH) and creator of CyHerbia Herb Gardens.

Where do you live?

I live in Oroklini with my husband and two daughters.

Best childhood memory?

Summers spent in my little rowing boat in the numerous canals in Holland, with a duck for company in the rear of the boat.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?

1900 Art Cafe in Larnaca. Here the food is home cooked, with fresh, honest ingredients, always with a new twist, the atmosphere is warm, walls adorned with art. My absolute favourite dish is good old fashioned Dutch kale with potatoes, gravy and meat. (You can take a Dutch girl out of Holland but you can't get the Dutch out of her!)

What food would you really turn your nose up to?

I would never eat snails, brains or anything else that's slimy.

What did you have for breakfast?

A slice of Pumpernickel bread with Gouda cheese, sliced tomato and lettuce.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What's your idea of the perfect night/day out?

I'm more of a day person. This is what I do: I get up early and go to the beach at 7am when the sea is calm and smooth as a mirror. I take a long walk, barefoot, then go for a kayak ride to the horizon and back. This is my meditation time. After that, breakfast on the beach, then reading a book in the sun for a while. Then off to the herb garden in Avgorou, take a walk in the gardens, see which plants need harvesting, and spending the rest of the day making herbal medicines and teas, seeing people at the herb garden. A perfect day ends with a lovely meal with my family and a good glass of wine.

Best book ever read?

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. I like the way the contrast of the outer beauty and inner depravity of the soul was described, how it consumed the main character.

Favourite film of all time?

The Dead Poets Society. I really believe this film should be compulsary viewing in schools. The message of the film, to pursue your dreams, to make your life worthwhile, to be free thinkers, is still relevant today.

Favourite holiday destination? What's your dream trip?

Italy. I love the countryside, the food, discovering beautiful places. My dream trip is a long road trip travelling from place to place and wherever we like it, to stay a few days, then move on again.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?

Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories.

What is always in your fridge?

Avocado. The fridge is not satisfactorily stocked unless there's a couple of avocados in it.

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

A Hobbit house in the middle of the forest, near a brook with spring water. The house must be small and cozy with only the bare necessities, but oozing comfort. My 'office' will be a hammock hanging over the brook and I will share the use of it with the animals of the forest that live around me.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?

Jesus Christ. He has the words of life, he holds the keys to all knowledge and understanding. To be in his presence is everlasting life.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?

I would cook a fantastic meal for my family, we would give thanks for our lives, eat together, share our best stories, and hold each other in loving embrace… If there's still time we would also play a couple of rounds of Cluedo!

What is your greatest fear?

To lose one of my children. I don't think anyone can ever get over a tragedy like that.

Tell me a joke...

A man is praying to God. "Lord," he prays, "is it true that to you, a million years is but a second?"

"Yes," the Lord says, "that is true."

"Well, then, what is a million dollars to you?"

"A million dollars to me is but a penny."

"Ah, then, Lord," says the man. "May I have a penny?"

"Sure," says the Lord. "Just a second."

A lavender festival will be held at CyHerbia from June 14 to 29, during which lavender oil will be distilled every day while visitors can also taste biscuits, ice cream tea and liquer with the flavour of lavender, all made on site. CyHerbia Botanical park, Avgorou. Tel: 99 915443

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