Friday, November 30, 2012

Wind at Last


Jamie Drummond 29th Nov 2012 Mellieha from Bunty Cachia on Vimeo.



Finally the wind drought seems to have been broken. We had a lovely south westerly yesterday which made for good sailing in the bay. Weather forecast looking good over the next week with some very strong wind on Monday which should be good conditions for Ghallis.

A breath of fresh air has been put into the local windsurfing scene with the appearance of JAMIE DRUMMOND and his girlfriend, Jo, who are with us for a few weeks/months. Just what we need here in Malta. Our aging windsurfing community desperately needs a big injection of young blood and inspiration. It seems that the fast learning curve towards the big adrenalin rush of kitesurfing is proving more inviting to the younger generation. I can understand it.

Above is just a short clip taken yesterday. I am, at the moment, sifting through years of stills, footage, sequence shots etc. trying to filter out the right stuff needed for a new home movie I have been wanting to make for a long time. Still trying to get to grips with my Adobe movie maker but learning as I go along - though I am sure there are alot of short cuts I could take which I have yet to discover. Just hope the result will be passable!

Meanwhile, hope to enjoy some of the wind coming our way. Today............gloomy and rainy and squally........BUT we desperately need some rain so not complaining.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Wied il-Ghasri

A couple of pictures taken down at Wied il-Ghasri this weekend. Such a beautiful place. Reminds me of the sort of place Enid Blyton's Famous 5 would discover!







Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Hot Autumn Day

The Southerly breeze has been with us for the past few weeks with just the odd few days where a North Westerly has been thrown in to breath a freshness back into the air around us.






Today is no exception. As I look out over the fields in front of SAN PUPULJU FARMHOUSE, glistening dew drops teeter at the end of the potato plant leaves, overflowing into the freshly tilled soil filling it with nourishment only Mother Nature can supply.

Each weekend I stand, overlooking Bernarda's field, and follow the progess of the garlic and onion seedlings which will, no doubt, add plenty of flavour to our meals come the Spring. Cabbage leaves look full to bursting point already - yet they still have quite a while to go before they will grace our table. The joy of having wonderfully kind and generous neighbours!

The peace is almost loud! Then rudely interupted by the sound of overflowing water as the pool starts it's filtration routine. This soon becomes the soothing background sound which only the sound of water seems to be able to create.

................and that is just the start of the weekend!


Sunday, November 04, 2012

San Dimitri Fireworks Factory Just Exploded




Sitting here in San Pupulju in the quiet hamlet of Ghammar near Ghasri, Gozo. Suddenly a massive explosion rocks the whole house, windows and everywhere around. This is followed by another 3 or 4 explosions - not sure how many to be exact. We knew immediately what it was - it unfortunatley happened a couple of years ago aswell -  the fireworks factory which lies at San Dimitri point outside Gharb. We just hope there were no casualities but being the weekend there were probably people working there in their spare time off.

Above you can see the mushroom cloud that formed just after the explosion and below is the locality of the factory - photos taken from the very top of our roof.

So many seem to lose their lives each year due the obsession there is out here with fireworks for festa time. I know the fireworks look nice and they play such a major role in each village and town festa but is it really worth the amount of lives lost and families affected by these tragedies?


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