Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Some Pics from Today

Some pics I took today in Ghallis. All this wind we have been having and not able to sail.....grrrr! Have at least another two weeks to go before the knee should be totally healed. Fingers crossed.

Jamie Drummond riding the waves at the ''bollard''

Keith Bartolo 

Some decent sets came in occasionally near the ''bollard''

Gamblu at 'The Point'. Not very sharp but even zoomed out max with the 300mm lens ''The Point'' is a bit far off for super clear images.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

A Good Start to the Windsurfing Season

This past week has been a great start to the new season for windsurfing and there is more to come. Let us hope this past week has been a good omen for the coming months.
Today had a great short sail down at Ghallis - came in to change down cos was way overpowered with a 4.7m and did a very stupid thing by deciding to come up in a stupid place. Hence got whammed by a set breaking on the rocky shore and damaged my board a bit and had to pluck a couple of sea urchin spikes out of my fingers. But ..........all in a days sailing. Well not quite cos only had 45 minutes! But enjoyed every minute of it. Took the opportunity to take some video and shots - couple of which are below.

Click on the pics and see the slide show.

Jamie Drummond

Jamie Drummond

My hubbie can still do it! Anton Cachia

Chris Spiteri

Thomas Meachen

Matthew Fleri Soler

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Valletta - Malta

Photo taken from www.maltainsideout.com

Photo taken from www.ottsworld.com

A rare visit to Valletta - a place I have not visited very often lately. The increased amount of traffic on this island has put me off any journey (no matter how small) unless it is totally necessary. A couple of days ago I had no option and at 7.45am felt very happy the occasion was forced upon me.

As I walked through the city gate I examined the progress being made on the new contraversial parliament building. My initial impression after I saw the original plans a few years ago was confirmed - a total monstrosity to greet you as you enter the city ''Built by gentlemen for gentlemen''. Enough said about that!

I walked down Republic Street (I still refer to it as King's Way) and through various other streets...St. John's, Merchant's Street, Zachary Street, Melita Street (formerly Britannia Street) etc. with a sense of pride for our beautiful capital city - shame at myself realising I no longer knew this wonderful place. So many renovations, conservation projects, aesthetic improvements - what a city! No wonder so many of my guests make it a point of spending a couple of nights or more here during their holidays to be able to explore in great depth and breath in the culture, history and atmosphere in the air. I need to do the same!

I had some time to spare so I headed over to PREGO. How can one visit Valletta and not go into PREGO? One of the last remaining original cafes. The decor has not changed in the last 50 years. I have been going there since I was around 7 or 8 years old and I have watched the brothers get older the same way they have watched me grow up from a child into middle age! I wonder what will happen when they retire. It doesn't look like family will be taking over - please don't let this be another future modern cafe project. Keep the old tiles, wood panelled glass cases displaying the various whiskies, brandies, vermouths etc, the same padded benches and old chairs - please don't change all that.

I left the cafe with an aim - come back soon camera in hand on a journey of rediscovery.


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