Holiday in Malta 2017, day 6

And so we come to the final day. Indulging in an abundance of caution, we decided not to go anywhere further than walking distance away, lest we be late for our flight home. Even though the flight wasn't until 8 in the evening, we still felt it prudent to arrive several hours early, even if it meant sitting in the departure lounge reading to pass the time. Still! That doesn't mean we didn't go anywhere - we had a nice stroll around Birzebbuga since it was a nice day. Several hours of sitting around waiting, our plane was ready, and »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 3 (part 2)

Il-waqfa li ymiss: Rabat, and thence Mdina. Eventually, at least - we got a bit lost in Rabat as a result of my not-very-clear memory of the town's layout, and my attempt to find what I thought was a nice café (it wasn't that great in the end). After lunch we headed into Mdina itself. After Mdina we got the bus to Marsaxlokk to meet my parents for coffee and a wander about. Finally we all headed to Marsaskala for dinner. So that was day 3, rather a full one! »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 3 (part 1)

Today was quite a busy one, so I'm splitting this post into two parts to avoid having 33 pictures one one page. First up: the Blue Grotto. We had planned on going here the previous day but the bus didn't show up, which turned out to be a good thing as it started raining not long after we got on a different bus to head back to the flat. The weather today though was lovely - sunny and, when out of the wind at least, warm. The sea was also quite calm, which made the boat ride out to the »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 2

This day: Valletta, the capital city of Malta. We were a bit concerned as the weather forecast was for cloud and rain, but we got lucky: it stayed sunny almost the whole day, only raining once we were on the bus back to the flat. We started out with a short wander around Birżebbuġa, where the flat is located, then had a coffee while waiting for the bus. Then it was off to the city! »

Gunton Cliffs

Had a bit of a headache, and had been sitting indoors all day, so I went for a nice walk around Gunton Cliffs. X-T2, 14/2.8, 23/2, 60/2.4 »

Carlton Marshes, somewhat desiccated

I last went to Carlton Marshes just under two months ago, and it was rather wet and muddy then, despite the sun. Now, in late March after a week or so of sun and no rain, it's much drier. Still cold, but not unpleasantly so - in fact, by the end of the walk I was wishing I hadn't brought my coat. X-T2, 14/2.8, 23/2 and 60/2.4 »

Carlton Marshes in winter

As mentioned in the previous two posts, the atmosphere has been conspiring against me. New camera, no good light for taking pictures. Well! Today that all changed, as finally the sun came out at the same time I had the opportunity to actually go out and make the most of it! Hurrah! Carlton Marshes is a nature reserve I've been to before, but until now have never managed to really make any pictures there worth showing to anyone. It's a really nice place, albeit very muddy at this time of year. It also really highlights just how flat this part »

Gorleston, a Sunday stroll

It's getting a bit wintersome now, with the sun hanging lower in the sky and vanishing over the horizon earlier and earlier. It's still fairly warm, but soon it won't be pleasant going out without a coat. It's a nice time of year, and perhaps a bit melancholic - I mourn, in a minor way, the cheer and brightness of summer, and once again feel a little shame in knowing I didn't really make the most of it while it was around. Yes, there's always next year, but what kind of attitude is that? I spent about an hour slowly »

OCOLOY Week 38

For some reason I'm at loss to explain, a couple of days ago I started a Week 39 OCOLOY album in Capture One, thinking I'd already done 38. I was a rather dismayed that I'd left it so late in the week, further so because of the dreary weather since then. Of course, this post being titled 'OCOLOY Week 38' shows I was mistaken, and could in fact make use of several nice pictures I took earlier in the week in considerably more aureate light, which is a relief - I'd almost resigned myself to making this an experimental post »

OCOLOY Week 27

Quite a local week, this one, as I didn't really have time to stray far from the house during the day, and the weather was often quite a disincentive to venture further out anyway. Still, there were moments of light, although few enough that I had to use some of the photos I took the previous week to make up the numbers (which allowed by The Rules!). Regarding the last picture: yes, that's our house, ready to have a leak repaired in the roof. The repairers are working on it as I write this, and there is lots of banging »