Tuesday, August 28, 2012

September Definitely on its Way in the Maltese Islands

We, traditionally, get our first rain anytime between Santa Maria (15th August) and the month of September. This summer has been an incredibly hot summer - heatwave temperatures lasting the whole of the summer months so far. Wind has been non existent, including the thermal afternoon breezes. Never known the water to be so still for such a long period of time - even the fish look lethargic as we snorkel our way over the boulders around pieces of the coastline.

This morning there is a real September feel in the air. Very humid south easterly air current, clouds are about and, looking over the hill and out to sea past the east coast of Gozo, it actually looks like there may be some rain.

I always enjoy this time of the year anticipating the change of the season. I look forward to every season but probably anticipate the change in September more than other months since there is a hope of wind glorious wind, and also some rain to start washing away the accumulation of months worth of hot summer dust.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Windsurfing in the Olympics Debate

                                                          Picture taken from www.boardseekermag.com

The' Windsurfing in the Olympics' issue is fiercely being fought at the moment and it looks like there will be a revote in November. There is a very interesting article about it all in Boardseeker Magazine which you can read on this LINK.

Monday, August 06, 2012

New 2013 Neil Pryde Video Out - Epic!


This is the latest video out from Neil Pryde. The action is, ofcourse, great but I just love the photography, filming and editing of it. They seem to get better and better.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Drowning in the Heat and Sun Blessed Maltese/Gozitan Fare

 Photo from DMC4EU

Nothing better than a Maltese loaf hot from the oven. Gone within minutes.

Photo from Olive Oil and Heart Blog

Hobz biz-Zejt (meaning bread with oil) is one of the most traditional and most favoured snacks on the Islands, especially during the summer months and preferably eaten on, in or by the sea.

Today was one of the rare occasions we had some time to spare and actually enjoy the fruits of all our hard work over the past two years during our re-renovation of San Pupulju. Taking advantage of those precious spare free minutes away from cleaning, odd jobs etc, getting the house ready for the next guests, we do the obvious and cool off from the hot mid-day sun in the luxury of our own pool. 

Absolute peace and quiet descends on our little Hamlet of Ghammar as the bells of Ta'Pinu tell us it is the middle of the day. By this time, in all probability, most of the Gozitan population have eaten their lunch and are now settling down to siesta away perhaps a bit too much red wine (some like it drowned in 7Up! ). We savour our little patch of heaven, but I feel there is that little something missing. I willingly drag myself out of the blissfully cooling water and eagerly go and fiddle about between fridge and bottles of olive oil and local bread. A few minutes later I am laden with a tray full of delicious Hobz Biz-Zejt sprinkled with our very own home-grown Basil and some spicy olives bought from our local mini market. A couple of drinks on the side and we settle down in a shady corner, feet dangling in the pool and savour the delights of one of the simplest and best forms of Maltese cuisine.

A perfect moment. Seated by my soul mate. Hobz biz-zejt going down like honey. A cold drink. The coolness of the pool turning the intense mid-day heat into a tolerable balmy warmth. Then to look up at our house taking in the result of a two year struggle bringing limestone, builders, wiring, plumbing, tiling, carpentary, and a thousand and one other jobs that go into a renovation, together. 

World's largest solar boat enters Grand Harbour - timesofmalta.com

Quite an amazing craft.

World's largest solar boat enters Grand Harbour - timesofmalta.com


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