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This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Girna And A Moment That Took My Breath Away

There is a saying which goes something like this:

Life is not counted by the number of breaths you take but by those moments that take your breath away.

I thought that there was not much left on this little island that could take my breath away. I felt I had seen all there was to see. But sometimes I come across something which, in its sheer simplicity, is so pretty that it literally does leave me breathless for a moment or two.

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This humble girna did just that and so much more. I suppose it all had to do with the fact that it was so unexpected – the contrast of the hash stone and the hundreds of vibrant yellow flowers. It seemed like the perfect place to be alone and write or read a good book. Or to just close my eyes and let myself be deafened by the silence. While the structure itself does not look like much more than a hovel, yet the view and its surroundings are fit for a king or, in my case, for a queen. And I would not mind being a queen of all this for a day, or even for an hour …

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Note

A girna is a small hut built of stones often found in fields or in the countryside. They were used by farmers to store their tools, as shelter for livestock or as a short term dwelling when work in the fields became particularly intensive. These small buildings come in a variety of shapes but the most common shape is circular or oval. The interior is always domed and the roofs are flat.

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While these corbelled stone huts are quite a common sight all over the countryside this girna at Fawwara is one of the most picturesque that I have seen.

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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics as usual! Love your description of the scene too! :)

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  2. What a lyrical description! You took us there with your words as well as your photos.

    thanks,

    Astrid

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  3. Beautiful post! I can't believe you lived in Chesterfield!! We were neighbors ;) Wishing you a lovely week. xoxo, B

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  4. i love the bright yellow flowers as well. it's my first time to hear about the use of girna.

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  5. what a beautiful quote.
    i can almost feel the warmth of the sun. you captured it perfectly.
    do you have a guest room? ;)
    big hugs!

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  6. Very interesting to learn about these structures. This girna looks so beautiful with the yellow flowers and blue sea. Indeed, breathtaking!

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  7. Hi dear Loree... 'YOUR' island is just so pretty.. and I think those cliff top views would take my breath away..!!

    Hope you had a lovely easter.. ciao xxx Julie

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  8. Your delightful prose is matched only by the exquisite photos... I understand just how this took your breath away!

    Your island is a treasure and how wonderful that you are still discovering its secrets!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  9. You know, I don't think those stones are harsh, they are soft to me and blend in so well. It is definitely a lovely little beauty and so interesting, too!

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  10. Ahhhh, what a pitoresc historical building on the countryside! It reminds me to the Italian Trullis in the deep south of Italy. Thanks for this interesting post and hugs from Luzia.

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  11. It is as lovely to look at as to read you describe it. Have a wonderful day ~ xox Alexandra

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  12. Wow..such stunning photos! i love this series Loree...fabulous! Picture #3 steals my heart..brilliant!

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  13. It IS beautiful! So sculptural and I just love stonework ... all of those organic shapes so carefully fitted together... and with the flowers and view!
    Just lovely Loree!

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  14. Oh, I can see why you were smitten with this find, this view. there is something quite special about stone work, stone walls and dwellings. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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