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

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

November days

I want to start off by thanking all those of you who left a comment on my last post. I didn’t reply to each of you individually but just left a general comment to express my gratitude. A month has passed since Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and, to date, we have no answers. Not even one single suspect, if any exists, has been questioned by the police. The silence is deafening. Frighteningly so. And yet, life goes on for the living and November has all but flown by. Lots of people here love to hate this month because it brings with it shorter days and cooler weather and also because, in the not too distant past, it was dedicated to the dead.

Autumn colours

I look at November as a month of transition: from autumn to winter and, personally, I enjoy its anticipatory feel. Some Christmas lights have already gone up in places, even in our neighbourhood, and I am looking forward to decorating the house, baking cookies and other naughty treats, lighting candles and making home-made mulled wine, while dreaming about Vienna. Because Vienna is absolutely magical and breath-taking at this time of year and it smells of roasting chestnuts and gluhwein and spice and all things nice.

Autumn colours

But back to the present and back to reality. Because before Christmas there is Thanksgiving and, even though it it not a holiday in Malta, in this house it is celebrated. So I’ll be making some lists, doing some shopping and remembering all the people and things that I am so thankful for. It’s not easy, sometimes when so much of the world seems shrouded in darkness. to sit back and reflect on all that is good and beautiful and wholesome, But we have to do it. For the sake of our sanity and for our children, we have to let go of all that’s ugly and rotten and, instead, give thanks for our multitude of blessings and look with hope towards the future..

Nov 2003 - autumn 003 (5)

Happy Thanksgiving

These photos were taken a long time ago (in 2003) when we lived in the US and I experienced my only Thanksgiving in America.

7 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!
    November fan here. There is something magical about November when Natures allows us to see it all before the winter winds and cold.

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    1. My favourite month is probably December because it brings Christmas with it but March is also a firm favourite.

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  2. TIME FOR YOU TO COME BACK FOR THAT HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!
    Beautiful photos.............
    NO SUSPECTS!!!!!!!!That seems odd on such a small island!
    Time to don that TREE and start the SHOPPING!ONE month from today............XX

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    1. I'd love to come back for Christmas maybe we'll get to see some snow. Started decorating today :)

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  3. Dear Loree - I am late wishing you a happy Thanksgiving. Hope it was wonderful and filled with lovely thoughts and memories. Yes life does have its dark side but you always manage to find the light. God Bless! Hugs Debbie

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    1. Thank you for your wishes Debbie. There are some days that seem bleak but I strive to search for beauty and light.

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  4. Belated Happy Thanksgiving! I am having Thanksgiving blues as I'd really want another four day weekend. I'm very sorry to hear about Daphne. May she rest in peace and I am hoping justice will be served.

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