Driving along the quayside in Marsa, Malta, just past Bezzina’s Ship Repair Yard, I happened to spot this old Lifeboat by the side od the road. What drew me to it was not the actual boat itself but the spots of sunlight on the boat and on the rocks above it. The Caper bushes growing from crevises in the rock and hanging down added some colourful features to the scene, as did the fennel stalks pointing upwards towards the sky. On top of the boat, jutting out from the rock-face is a small niche housing a statue of the Blessed Virgin with Baby Jesus in her arms. A probable votive offering from a sailor or crew who found safety in the harbour from a violent storm or during the War.