Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tomato Season is in Full Swing

Summer is in full swing - far too hot at 40C or a bit lower. That means tomatoes are also in full swing and Gozo is one mass of tomatoes. Above is local  produce from and made by our neighbour (with the exception of the Basil which is my own home grown). From left to right are freshly dried sun dried tomatoes, kunserva (the local tomato paste which I consider to be the best in the world - even better than the Italian produced tomato paste - and home made is even better). In the foreground, obviously, the delicious tomato which can be used in so many different and interesting ways. I think our personal culinary skills here in Malta/Gozo would be at quite a loss without the precious tomato, whatever the season.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Great Late Afternoon Surf

Chris Spiteri in the foreground, Henry Copperstone sailing out and if you get a strong lens out you can see little old me in the background

Andrew Ward enjoying the other side of the island

Chris Spiteri - 360

All pics by Sandro Pace

Day before yesterday we had a brilliant afternoon on the water. As we had not had any decent wind for a very long time quite a few people made it down, including some kiters who have nowhere to go now all the sandy beaches have the swimming zones down. Was lovely to be able to surf with no wetsuit though I was the victim of probably one of the only jellyfish around - but I was having far too much fun to bother about it and the pain soon left me - must have been a little one!

Roll on the next bout of wind. When? Good question!

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Monday, July 09, 2012

The above cactus flowers just once a year and only lasts 24 hours. Magnificent flowers that look so beautiful - the rest of the year it is just a prickly evil looking ball! Taken on the wall of SAN PUPULJU FARMHOUSE in Gozo


Saturday, July 07, 2012

Kahlija - from the Malta Fishing Forum

Parrot Fish - from Wikipedia

Amberjack - from Oceanwide

Burqax -  from

Xilep - from aquarium

Gharusa - from Malta Fishing Forum

The crab that seems to be invading our sea - you can read about it HERE

This afternoon we went for a late afternoon snorkel at an excellent spot on the outside of Selmun Bay. We always see a great variety of fish here and today this boulder strewn stretch did not disappoint us. Above are just a few of the variety of fish we saw. We also saw a sweet baby Cerna (Grouper) which is always a treat. The ''alien'' crabs are also very noticeable here. We first saw these a couple of years ago and since that time we have noticed how they have increased and are now seen practically everywhere you go snorkelling. On the link above you can read a report in the local newspaper about the crab and other species that have invaded our islands.

Although I have a photo above of the  Amberjack , I did not see these fully grown fish but saw just two of the baby ones known locally as Cervjola . They could not have been more than around 6 inches in length.


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