15 May 2011


Small treasures spotted over the weekend:

Wild Purple Poppies

Appealing tucked away restaurants near by.

Old tiles spotted under my resting daughters bums.

Church corners and dead end alleys.

But my favourite of the weekend, was this..
Let me introduce Gracie

 she is somewhere over seventy years old, 
and  a part of that old time in Malta...a glimpse of what life used to be like here ( she is one of two old women in our village who can be seen very slowly moving down the road selling bits and bobs from their own garden, from fresh garlic to artichokes) their home made carts complete with rusty old scales and even plastic bags! Gracie even had the old wooden caper cup (I have heard talk of it but had never seen one being used). That is the way you used to buy capers, by the wooden cup full. Her hands gnarled from arthritis but far more agile than I expected, her smile easy and genuine. I spotted her slowly walking up a very long hill, she stopped and we talked (a good chance to use my Maltese) I bought capers, lemons from her courtyard, fresh broad beans, eggs, a huge bunch of mint and home made pickled beets. I was amazed how much she had tucked into her small cart. She was selling also home made carob syrup (good with warm water for a sore throat). 
The caper bucket

Now days most young people buy new apartments in more suburban areas and you find in the heart of some of the old villages a population of old people, sometimes only one or two left living in very dusty grand old houses,  really struggling to maintain them. Could go on and on as regards this topic but I will end it here as the day is soon to start. 

***The last term of teaching underway, Maltese and European history taking up all my spare time. 


  1. What a lovely tale, and I love the capers cup! Also just love the colours where you live.

  2. Beautiful, all of it.

    What a lovely lady!

    A big kiss for you all, Juniper.

    Cheers to friendship! xoxoxoxoxoxo G

  3. I had encoutered such an old woman selling capers by the "uzina" (I think) in Marsaxlokk ages ago!
    Yes they convey so much nostalgia, don't they!
    beautiful Malta.
    Beautiful old cities!
    and beautiful old people!!

  4. You live in a movie! It's just beautiful and interesting and hard for me to imagine a real place like that. I have to visit Malta one day...

  5. What a lovely lovely post! Take care my dear!

  6. This post is such a gift. Love the details of your environment, so much color, so much texture. Thank you for introducing us to Gracie - that's the real deal there. Capers in a wooden cup...I would have never known that if you didn't tell us! xo

    Want those tiles!

  7. Lovely post. I remember seeing Gracie on the road from Birgu. Warm smile, moving slowly. Good luck with the end of the term. C.

  8. Gracie has such a wonderful, expressive and kind face. I have no doubt her produce is delicious and the best.

    Beautiful post and it is always sad to see the end the old ways and the old folks


  9. A beautiful view of life in the village.

  10. I saw the lady selling capers in Zabbar, and thought immediately of you :-)


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