02 January 2010


Originally Tramontana was what I had wanted to call this blog, for not only the sound it makes when it rolls out of your mouth but  also for it's meaning, the wind from the north, often specifically meaning from the mountains.  Most often here though it refers to a cold strong wind (like there is encirlcing and beating at the windows of our little stone house today). It also has another meaning though, that of an outsider of things from the other side of the  mountains.
It is an angry fretful wind today and as the older two children head off to the panto with their grandmother and auntie I am happy to have a quiet day in with little Destructo.

*side note -- one of my favourite things about the Maltese language is that it has specific names for all the winds (I think there are six) each with it's own personality.


  1. different names for all the winds? wow! that's probably something a city bred girl like me will not know much about.

  2. Actually I got it wrong there are 8! Clearly Malta was a sea faring country where knowing which winds were blowing meant a great deal.

  3. I love the different names for different winds. For me, it makes perfect sense.

    Have you already received my envelope? I hope it didn't get lost during X-mas.

    Wishing you a fantastic 2010, dear. Lots of love!


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