Things I Love Thursday

  • Getting my notarial warrant – I still can’t officially work (my name has to be published on the Malta Government Gazette, and I still need to take the oath on Monday, plus give the Attorney General my specimen signature – it’s a LONG process), but things are finally moving forward
  • My thesis viva – I can’t really believe that it happened (all 80 minutes of it), but I’m so so so proud of my little research project
  • Shakespeare – he wrote some good stuff, believe it or not
  • Writing about a beautiful experience at a winery – yum
  • Some pretty awesome people in my life, old and new!
  • Celebrating after my thesis viva – so many cocktails, drinks, and lots of great food
  • This crazy-amazing drink that my awesome friend Nathan makes – it’s basically like melted nocciola ice cream. YUM.
  • The beautiful, beautiful sea on a sunny day – so refreshing
  • A Daddy-daughter lunch date
  • Surviving a blood test really well (for once)
  • Kelp

Delectable wine at Tal-Massar (Gozo)

Tal-Massar July 2014

This is just a quick post to talk about a really wonderful collection of wines that I discovered on a trip to Gozo a couple of weekends ago. My boyfriend had written an article about this Gozitan winery called Tal-Massar, and we popped over to the vineyards in Għarb for a wine-tasting session. The weather was glorious, and the setting was just perfect.

After a short informal presentation about the process of wine-making, the wine-tasting “proper” started, with plenty of more information being provided. The lovely couple (who are sweetness itself) also gave us plenty of incredibly tasty nibbles to accompany the wine – including delicious homemade sundried tomato paste on bread, and the creamiest ġbejniet ever.

The highlight of the afternoon was certainly the wine – they have four absolutely beautiful wines (a white, a rosé, and two reds – one red is a really “deep” port-like wine). I’m clearly not very good at the descriptions of wine – but let’s just say that I thoroughly enjoyed them and have consumed copious amounts (both on the day of the wine-tasting, and on many of the following days).

I’d highly recommend a visit to the Tal-Massar vineyards next time you’re in Gozo (especially if you’re there with foreign friends), and you’ll leave full of wine and tranquillity. And while you’re still in Malta, head over to Farsons Direct for a couple of bottles of these delicious wines. Mmm.

(PS: this is not an advert, and I paid for the wine-tasting session – I was just really impressed by these wines. SO GOOD.)

Music Mondays: In the violent moonlight

I’ve got my Doctor of Laws thesis viva today, and I really need beautiful songs like this one to help me centre myself and calm down while I’m preparing for The Horror that is this oral. So much terror. I’m ever so proud of my thesis, but I’m a little terrified about potentially being “attacked” about it. We’ll just have to see what happens…

{ Villagers // My Lighthouse }

Sunday Photo Mishmash: a few snaps from Cyprus

I went on a trip to Cyprus with my family last week, and it was lovely, relaxing, and super fun. I ate a lot of food, had many drinks, and drove around quite a bit too.

The highlight was obviously the Camel Park in Mazotos, where I met lots of beautiful animals, including the wonderful donkey, above. We also went on a camel ride (below) – the poor camel was so strong and graceful while carrying 165+ kgs. Not counting David’s camera stuff.

I’m pretty annoyed at Emirates for their mental health policies, but I have to admit that their unlimited gin and tonics + movie selection (I watched Divergent) were pretty awesome.

Today week we heard mass at a gorgeous 16th century church, and then spent some quality time by the pool. Bliss. (I promise this wasn’t the only dress I took with me to Cyprus.)

And one final photo of the sunset on our last evening in Cyprus – this was taken just before taking a quick dip in the sea. Mmm, the Mediterranean is fantastic.

Hope you all had a great week. I have my thesis viva tomorrow (AAAAAAAAARGH.) so I’m a little nervous, but I’m hoping for the best. Yes.

Things I Love Thursday

 

  • The new office pet: a fish called Ralph. He’s the best and the flappiest.
  • Cyprus!
  • Ticking things off of To-Do lists
  • My wonderful boyfriend with whom I had an absolute blast in Cyprus
  • Mountains
  • The occupied side of Cyprus – so fascinating
  • Avocado
  • Old friends
  • Random drinks with friends
  • Loving work (still!)
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – I finished it on the flight back from Cyprus, and it is Really Good. 5 stars.

Medley of Miscellany

Receiving letters/postcards/messages is one of the best things about life and friendships.

I could look at this gif for ages.

20 ways to find calm when life is busy.

A beautiful piece about how life can change even if things might seem disastrous.

A gorgeous hair tutorial.

An inspiring skincare guide.

Hope you enjoy these links and that you’re having a great day.