Friday, April 27, 2012

Gozo Farmhouse Rentals Website Updated

Cic enjoying sitting on the wall in Gozo  - one of his favourite places

Our Gozo Rental site for good quality accommodation in our houses in Gozo has now been updated with the new photos and price list for San Pupulju. The renovation is finally over and we have a very good 2012 promotional offer going. This is not just an off season offer but an offer for the entire 2012 season to get San Pupulju up and running. The offer is a stay 7 nights and pay for 6 deal. Go onto our website to read more.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Team Seb & Ben are doing well and stand in 3rd place right now out of the teams fighting for the remaining 5 places for the Olympic Games this summer.

Read the write up on their WEBSITE

Keep the pace up guys!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

White Killer Whale Spotted

A white killer whale has been spotted off Eastern Russia. This is believed to be the first white adult 'Orca' to have ever been seen. Read the full story on this LINK

Monday, April 23, 2012

Malta International Fireworks Festival

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This week is the Malta International Fireworks Festival. You can read more about it on this LINK.
Saturday it moves to Gharb in Gozo - so if you are in the area it would be well worth a visit. This weekend there is also the 2012 edition of Seher il-Punent which is a folk festival held in Gharb every year.

These are the links for some of the events taking place during this event in Gharb this weekend:

There will also be a motorcyle show.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

70th Anniversary of the George Cross in Malta

Pic from  Left is the George Cross and right is Lord Gort presenting the George Cross to Chief Justice George Borg (Nannu George) who received it on behalf of the Maltese people.

Last weekend marked the 70th Anniversary of the Maltese people being awarded the George Cross for bravery during World War II.  The Duke of Gloucester flew to Malta to attend the ceremony and to attend various functions that have been organised to commemorate this important event.

To us, as a family, the George Cross has an extra special meaning because the gentleman on the right above, Chief Justice George Borg, was my husband's grandfather - know to us as Nannu George.

There are several articles written about this event which can be seen on the The Times of Malta website.

Friday, April 13, 2012

An moment

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The above driver of a local car towing company had to face an embaressing situation yesterday. Not only did he have to be rescued from a perilous stretch of traffic infested road himself, but had to live down the humiliation of being the subject of many phone cameras, belonging to the numerous drivers passing by. To top it all, have it broadcast all over the world through the net (just as I am doing!).

Just a few days ago Jessies Bar - which you can see in the background of the above photos (and pictured below) was also a hot news item, locally, as it is closing down. You can read all about Jessies Bar HERE.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Comfort in the Familiar

The above is my local church in Mellieha which is dedicated to the birth of Our Lady the Virgin Mary.
After daily mass this morning I was walking out of church listening to the familiar sound of voices (generally coming from the rather advanced in years) from people I see at church almost every day. 
''Aw Fredu''
''Orrajt Guz?''
''Bongu Mari''

And so the daily familiar greetings go on and the usual small huddles of people stop for a quick chat - usually saying the same they have already made their Minestra (vegetable soup) for todays lunch, or they are off to buy some fresh bread, the air is still cold and weather unsettled or what a lovely day today - very good for drying the clothes,
have you been fishing lately?
are you going to the field today?

Normal day to day chit chat for the average Maltese housewife and retired male counterpart.

As I walked back to the car listening to all this around me it gave me that very comfortable satisfying feeling one feels with the reliability of day to day normal events that go on in a village. Maybe it is the comfort of knowing that each day that goes by that will always be there............but then will it? Will the younger generation, or even my own generation carry it on?
One wonders!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Getting a Bit off the Beaten Track in Malta and Gozo

My daughter has recently revamped her BLOG (click on to see link) and one of the items is about getting away from the usual touristic attractions in the Maltese Islands. If you are planning a holiday to this part of the world please click on the link and have a look. Even if you are not planning a holiday or actually live here please click on and read too!

Malta 49er Team coming up to the Crunch

Read an update about Seb and Ben's journey towards trying to achieve their Olympic games goal.

You can read all about it by clicking on this LINK

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter to All - You can now Eat your Figolli!

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In Malta and Gozo the traditional Easter gift is a FIGOLLA which is basically pastry shapes with an almond filling. A good figolla is delicious and should be moist and made with real almonds. If a figolla is dry then it is almost inedible. If you don't make them yourself then it is worth paying a bit extra to buy one from certain well  known establishments or 'home made' ones sold at charity bazaars etc.

After the fasting in lent, the figolla is meant to be a sweet treat to be eaten on Sunday to celebrate Easter - the Resurrection.

During lent at school children often have figolla making sessions which ends with great excitement as they take their figolli home with proud looks on their faces.

This morning it was lovely to see all the children at Sunday Mass come with their figolli to be blessed and their ''karus'' - another lovely local tradition. The ''karus'' is a little box filled with all the pennies the children have saved during lent (supposedly the pennies they would have spent on sweets and chocolates which they gave up for lent). The children file up the aisle to present their ''karus'' to the priests and these funds will go to charitable institutions.


Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Spring Surfing

A happy car with  my kit in it

Yesterday afternoon had a great unexpected couple of hours on the water in an ESE light force 5. Used my Starboard Evo 81 and Tushingham 5m. Spring sailing/surfing is so uplifting - what more does one want? A planing wind, clean sea (no jellyfish!) and clear blue skies. Bliss!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Renovation Finally Over - well almost!

Below is a sneak preview of ''San Pupulju''. 
Our renovation is now complete - still many many little bits and pieces to do and roof terrace and BBQ area are not yet ready but we are more or less there finally! It would be great to have some feedback.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

Main Bedroom

Twin bedroom which has a ''mezzanine'' area with two beds in it

Entrance and dining area

Sitting room



Upstairs landing area

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