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Published: June 22nd 2015
What a celebration in a most beautiful setting. Richard and Catherine being married in Villa Rosa overlooking St Georges Bay. Family and friends were gathered from UK , Sweden Malta and Dubai.
After welcome drinks the ceremony took place on the terrace with myself and Christer as witnesses signing away my son and his daughter in a happy union. At 5.30 pm as the sun shone down on us we were glad of the fans which had been provided for the ladies!! And so to greet and congratulate the bride and groom we wandered in the gardens by the pool ( 2 swans-not real ones-swimming happily around). Then we were seated for a gourmet 4 course dinner along with toasts of sparkly and lots of wine. The best man , Ben - a friend from uni days, succeeded in telling embarassing tales about Richard to much hilarity. And so the fun went on and on ...there was disco , there was dancing there was a singer who after midnight was joined by some of the boys at the microphone. This really was a grown ups wedding apart from our little 2 year old Maya and Catherine's niece and nephew and
we wondered how did Maya now the dancing party girl keep going until midnight. It was a most fabulous wonderful evening with so much joy and happiness. Well done to the new Mr and Mrs Brown for organising the whole event- it went so smoothly.
And celebrations were not quite over as the following day we were all to get aboard the Turkish Gulet sailboat, Fernandes, and sail along the coast of Malta to Comino the little island off Gozo...mooring in the Blue Lagoon we would have some hours to swim and roam on shore or relax on board. After the previous night's partying there was a lot laofing about on board and dozing off in the sun. But some of us made it down the ladder and into the sea to swim.
A few months ago Richard and Catherine bought a house here in Sliema, an traditional honey coloured stone house with balcony.. and they have done a wonderful job renovating it and making it their own. And the best thing is I have about 3 weeks living in said house while they have gone off on honeymoon to Africa. My job is to look after Alice,the
dog, and the house. It is not such a great hardship ... here I am with a roof terrace if I want to lay in the sun, a shady courtyard to cool off and a walk to the sea in about 10 minutes.
With family here for part of the weeks and friend, Lesley also there have been excursions to Valletta , Medina and on the bus to some of the sandy bays in the North of the island. If you have been to Malta you will know that much of the coastline is rocky and in the bays near here some kind folk in the past have cut out pools in the rocks and put down ladders and walkways so there is no excuse not to get into the clear blue sea. This is my 4th or 5th time here now and I don't mind at all repeating visits to Valletta and its beautiful cathedral or taking the 2 Harbours Cruise ( 4 times) - there is always something new and much of the massive fortifications work in Valletta has now been completed and as Malta will be European City of Culture in 2018 there will be even
more renovations completed.
Medina in the centre of this small island is a gem and on this 4th visit I was still wandering through streets I had never seen before.... and to sit in the cafe atop the city walls with its amazing views is stunning- not to mention they have very good carrot cake.
And so living the life in this lovely house in Sliema , walking the dog around all the nearby streets I am almost getting to be a native here - I don't get lost!! Its a week until I go home and would you believe it I am only there for a few days and must repack and head off on my next trip to Bulgaria.
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