Monday, July 29, 2013

Lazy Summer Sundays

As each summer rolls by, and the heat seems to be more and more intense, I have grown to seriously dislike Sundays. Sundays are meant to be a 'day of rest'. To be honest what else can you do in this awful heat feeling like a totally worn out wet rag but rest? More like going into a deep sleep which almost borders on hibernation!
Yesterday we were not totally lifeless - we made the effort to go down for a nice long early swim. Heaven! Nobody about, water was refreshing and we got a good dose of exercise. Next breakfast and up to 9.30 mass - the children't mass - by far the most interesting and fun. Buy the Sunday Times of Malta a loaf of bread and head back for a shower and .............F L O P! We did actually come back to life again in the evening and ventured down for another quick swim, but nowhere near as refreshing as our early morning one.

There was a great interview in the Sunday paper with our now world famous opera singer, and No.1 cultural ambassador for Malta, Joseph Calleja. I was most interested to hear his thoughts on various local hot topics, and even more interested - or should I say intrigued (not sure if that is the right word) - to see that his thoughts mirror mine exactly.


Image copyrighted by Times of Malta

There were a couple of more things that caught my attention in the paper. One of which was an article about the names Maltese parents are giving to their new born babies at the moment. Very amusing! There is a tendency (and I hasten to add that I do not think this happens just here in Malta) to name offspring after football players (who on earth would want to be called Rooney?? Yes they actually do use surnames as first names), the obvious pop stars like Kylie, Enya and Miley (who's he or she?). There is even an Angelina Jolie and no doubt there must be a few Brads lurking somewhere! The good old fashioned christian names seem to have gone by the by and according to The Sunday Times there were only 3 Josephs last year. Quite amazing when you think that every other man of my generation and generations before me are called some form of Joseph - be it Joe, Joey, Guz, Zeppi and other Maltese shortened variations of the name. Now there is more awareness about Joseph Calleja it may start to become a fashionable name once again. AND OF COURSE there is our new Royal George Alexander Louis.

Other interesting headers were:
''Pink Panther Escapes Jail''
Apparently a member of the so called Pink Panther jewel thieves escaped from a Swiss prison.

''Bird Suspected to be an Israeli Spy''
I mean who on earth thinks up these titles? Having said that they do catch your attention and take you away from the monotony of all the boring and, unfortunately, tragic news  the newspaper is full of. I shall quote from the newspaper for the above heading :
''Turkish authorities detained a bird on suspicion it was spying for Israel, but freed it after X-rays showed it was not embedded with surveillance equipment.''
Poor bird was innocently flying by - little did it know it was being taken for the feathered version of 007!



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Photo of the Day


My photo of the day. Sunrise over Mellieha Bay.


Another sunrise shot in black and white.




Sunflowers in cactus - view from San Pupulju terrace.




Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hot Summer Days = LETHARGY

I was meant to write this post over the weekend whilst having a rare relaxing time in 'San Pupulju' in Ghammar, Gozo. To come to the point, I was feeling far too lethargic to bother putting fingers to keyboard.
So.....talking about feeling lethargic, that is what this blog post is all about.

Gozo is full of magical moments. I would say, if not all, most of these magical moments are enjoying the simple things in life. I was sitting in one of our favourite spots in the house (top of external staircase overlooking the fields and view up to Ghammar Hill). That day had been a scorcher, now this favourite place was in the shade. The afternoon was coming to an end and a slight thermal breeze had started to flow through - first the odd little gust then a steady, ever so light, breeze to cool you down. The silence was almost noisy! The odd cicada made itself heard with the odd grunt coming from the gecko camouflaged and hiding behind the drain pipe. The water melons in Bernarda's field are coming along nicely and she seems to be growing some corn for the first time this summer.

Whilst drinking in all sites, sounds and atmosphere around me I could not help but think of fab books I have read like ''Under the Tuscan Sun'' or Carol Drinkwater's ''The Olive Farm'' etc. Reading this particular type of book one always gets that feeling that these people live in an idyllic world of their own...............that was the exact feeling I experienced at the top of our little steps last weekend. 

Thank God I can still experience that feeling of living in an idyllic world albeit for just a short amount of time.





Summertime snack


Friday, July 12, 2013

Windsurfing Feature in Watersports Supplement

Today the local Times of Malta contained a supplement on water sports. One of the main features was on our youngest son, John. The article can be seen HERE, but unless you subscribe to The Times you will not be able to read it all. Below is a pic with the whole article which you will have to enlarge to read it.





Thursday, July 11, 2013

Exciting little Muslin Parcels

This is now the third little package I have received from an ebay shop called ''Eyes of India''.
They have lovely things - the goods are actually sent from India so they do take around 3 weeks to arrive. So far each product has been worth the wait. 
What I love so much is the way they are packed. The item is first totally wrapped up in brown tape, then put into a cotton bag where the top end is sewn up by hand and wax sealed with  about 4 seals along the sewn edge. With it comes a  little envelope (very tastefully printed) with a little thank you note inside. The way the whole package is 'created' makes it an even bigger pleasure receiving a parcel.
Needless to say I am delighted with my latest buy!











Thursday, July 04, 2013

Day Charter in Malta

If anyone is interested to charter a typical Maltese Luzzu for the day contact NEPTUNE CHARTERS. 'Neptune' was actually built by my grandfather in Gozo over 50 years ago now and is still going strong. Now, having been taken over by my grandfather's great grandchild, it is lovely to see this lovely large 40 foot luzzu still gracing our seas.
It is suitable for family events, business days out, special occasions, private parties .......... whatever the event you are guaranteed a great day out. Below is their new video release:




For more info and tariffs take a look at this link NEPTUNE CHARTERS.




Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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