On this first day of January 2018, I see a beautiful blue sky and blazing sunshine, I decide to walk in a different direction. My walk takes me along the cliff road from Ghajnsielem towards Hondoq Ir-Rummien on the South coast of the island of Gozo. It’s an easy road and it is no surprise that there are quite a few people walking. The man from next door with his little dog is there too and we exchange a few words. People pass and say hello or nod. Today I went out not only to connect with nature but to make sure that on this first day of the year I connect with people. Being far away from family and friends makes itself felt on days like today. Luckily nature is a great solace, a balsam to the soul.
And first and foremost today was about exploring yet another part of the island. So I took a totally different direction, and walked where I had not walked before. The road stretched out before me, lined with wild flowers, plants and trees, a delight to the eye, beyond that the rocks going down steeply, and then the sea, the Mediterranean, sky blue with only a few white horses disturbing its surface.
The road was climbing, lined with stone walls, bright limestone locally sourced, built by men long ago, sturdy and functional. Due to the most recent rain plants are green, sharp new growth, buds of almond blossom and giant fennel are fat and ready to burst.
I see lots of wild flowers, a delight to the eye, colourful and bright they are fierce and upright even if the strong wind tries to blow them down. My hair flies all over the place and I have to keep it back in order to look through my camera window and take a steady photo. I relish the freshness and feel all the spider webs disappearing, all last year’s less beautiful happenings fade away, even all the problems of humankind, all the suffering and pain that people go through, all disappear for the time being. A new year starts and one hopes that it will finally bring Peace to the earth and with it kindness and happiness in every soul. I know that is wishing for a lot but I still wish it.
The road winds its way up the hill, I see houses, signs of life. I think that I am coming to a hamlet but I don’t know what it is called. It seems very nice and the views over Comino island and over Malta and the sea are wonderful. I’m almost enticed to go into a tavern to have coffee but then I see that the sun is getting low in the sky and it is still a long walk back home so I decide to retrace my steps. Such a beautiful place this is, I intend to walk this more often and check out more of the wild plants as the months go by. It’s all down hill now, the sun is low in the sky, I see church towers of all the surrounding villages, there is Nadur, and Xewkija, and Ghajnsielem churches, the spires high toward the sky, the domes silhouetted against the setting sun. I notice that all those villages are on heightened ground, hence they can be seen from far-a-way. In my mind I can walk all over the island, it does not seem far! In reality it would take me a long time, but it is good to dream at times.
I get home before dark, but not before I take a few more shots of these lovely surroundings. I see the ferries busy and many cars waiting in line, all on the way to Malta where life is eager to get back to normal after all the festivities. I make a mental note of what I will do tomorrow, another year is starting and I am wanting to jump right in. Like one of my friends said today, we are going to make a good one of it, we are going to enjoy each moment and live to the full. Grateful for another chance, another opportunity, to be kind.
Happy New Year to all my dear friends, wishing you a year full of Blessings and Love, Peace and Goodwill.