The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Fabulous Fridays: Pinterest – So What’s The Big Deal?

So what is Pinterest exactly? Well, I have come to think of it as a virtual clipboard. It is a place where you can pin all the beautiful images you see on the Internet without having to save them on your own computer. In a way, it’s a little like creating your own virtual magazine using only images that you absolutely love. You can pin any images you find on the internet to your pin boards (you can create different categories like: travel, food, home décor, photography … anything you can think of, really).

Once you join Pinterest (you have to request an invite but it only took a day for me to get accepted, or if you prefer, you can ask me for an invite) you can start pinning. Any photo that you pin is automatically credited to the site is was taken from – so it saves you having to link back to the original site. You can also post photos that you have taken yourself and posted to your blog or website. Of course, like all social networking sites, you can follow other people’s pin boards and they can follow yours. It seems that many people are getting the Pinterest bug. At first I thought that this wasn’t for me because the last thing I need with my tight schedule is to be following PinBoards. But then I thought about it again and I decided that it was a great way to keep track of the things I love without using up valuable memory on my own PC. Somehow, that sold me. What about you? Do you think you will eventually give in to the Pinterest bug too

                                                                                                      Source: via Lorna on Pinterest

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Wise Words

Image via Pinterest
Just thought I’d share this. I think it is so true.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The Garden

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We spent an evening here the other day. There was hardly anyone when we arrived and the was a sense of calm was broken only by the sound of the trickling water. It’s a peaceful little place,  ideal for my Mischief Maker* - a place where he was able to play in a safe place.
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The fact that it also happens to be the President’s (and formerly the Grand Master’s) Kitchen Garden is just a minor detail. It feels good to be surrounded by history nearly everywhere we go. It gives a sense of continuity - to me, at least. Four long centuries have passed since these gardens were first used. But that does not mean that more recent times were forgotten or neglected. Mickey and Donald look quite at home here, don’t you think? Although, admittedly, they could do with some more fur and feathers of the leaf variety. I guess the sweltering heat doesn’t really help. Hopefully they will perk up during the rainy season.
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*I’ve decided that from now on I will stop referring to my son as ‘the little one’ since he is not exactly little anymore. So from now on, he will be known as the Mischief Maker - and that suits him perfectly.                                                          
Photographed at
The Kitchen Garden
San Anton Palace

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


I told you that summer would bring with it many distractions … so many, in fact, that I have not had too much time for posting and visiting.
Because how can I stay inside when this is out there beckoning me?
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I feel a sense of giddiness in the air; a longing to cram every free hour with fun and laughter; an overwhelming wish to make memories, to look back on it all and remember. Remember – not the heat and the stickiness and the pesky insects – but the good times, the magical moments: the mischievous giggle of a little boy wetting me with the hose-pipe, the shrill cry of the cicadas, the honey colour of ancient buildings at sundown … the little things which I will look back on during dark winter days and which will warm up my heart.
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And as the day draws to a close, I long for fresh breezes, rest and peaceful dreams  and for a boat to sail along the golden path of the dying sun and to sleep to the lullaby of the whispering sea …
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Friday, 1 July 2011

Fabulous Fridays: For All Lovers Of Turquoise

It’s summer in the  Mediterranean and if there is a colour that I associate with Maltese summers it is  turquoise. There is a quality about it that just evokes images of the crystalline sea that surrounds our island.
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Photographed at the Blue Lagoon in Comino
For many years I grew up with turquoise in my room. My bed covers, curtains, carpet and furniture handles were all in shades of turquoise. It was a vibrant colour that transported me to summer during many a gloomy winter’s day. Over the years my love for this colour has not diminished.  I think that turquoise and all its variants (like aqua) works very well in bathrooms since turquoise, when coupled with white, imparts a sense of cleanliness together with an image of pristine waters. Perhaps it’s not the best colour to use for winter but during the hot summer months I find that it has a calming and cooling effect. Of course, turquoise can work well in any room as long as it is well-planned.
With this in mind and turning to the internet for inspiration, I was browsing through various design blogs when I came across one which stood out for its sheer love of the colour turquoise. Erin at House Of Turquoise features rooms, accessories, lighting (and anything else that you can think o)f which have one thing in common: turquoise, of course. I fell in love with Erin’s blog quite some time ago and thought I would share House of Turquoise with you since I am sure that there is plenty to inspire all those of you that love turquoise.  And if you plan on getting married soon and would love to introduce turquoise into your special day, Erin has posted  a tonne of photographs from her wedding from where you can get your inspiration. Check out her post of June 24.
As for me,  I’m on the hunt for turquoise items with which to surround myself. So here are a few items – from the whimsical to the eclectic – that have really caught  my eye. I think some of these are so much fun and I would definitely love to get my little paws on some of them soon …
Image via: Décor Pad
Image via Deal Nay
Image via  Carter & Rose
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Image via Retro Art Glass
I am a bit late with this post but yesterday I spent the evening on Facebook playing Zuma Blitz. Are any of you as addicted as I am???


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