This is a collage of what one may encounter on his/her way up the beautiful Valley of Il-Lunzjata, in Kercem. Gozo.
Starting at the top left, you can see the channels dug in stone-blocks, carrying water to one of the fields, right next to the small entrance gate. Next picture shows another entrance to another field. Next picture is that of one of the local farmers still using traditional tools to work his land. A beautiful bed of green lettuce can be seen behind him. The small arch near the beautiful purple flowers in the next picture, houses a small rectangular gutter-like channel dug out of solid rock used to collect spring water and filter it from twigs etc. before it passes on to the cistern underneath the ground. Second line of pictures: The one on the far left again shows a general view of the bottom of the public area of the valey, where the beautiful converted farmhouse can be seen again. Next picture is that of a recently renovated horse-trough once used to water the horses of the Nobility (the land owners) after the hunt. A part of the natural reservoir full of water, partially hidden by canes, can be seen in the next picture. Another wiew of the solitary farmhouse once used as a Summer residence and hunting lodge is seen in the next picture. Directly below this picture is one showing a specimen of one of the local ‘Gremxula ta’ Malta’- Maltese Wall Lizard (Podarcis filfolensis) Directly opposite to the left is a picture of the Xahmet l-Art-Ocellated Skink( Chalcides ocellatus). Below this picture and bottom left is once again a picture of the rock-hewn steps leadind down and up from the valley, on the opposite side of the chappel, while the next picture shows the rear and side of the chappel. The last two pictures show the back of the Arched entrance and a close-up of the statue of St. Joseph, this time with a local Sparrow on its shoulder. This my friends concludes the short visit to the Valley of the Annunciation. I’m positively sure that an actual visit in person in late Spring or very early Summer will etch the most pleasant of memories in anyone’s heart. That’s why I plan to visit the place again this Spring.

Comments

  • mikebov
    mikebovabout 6 years ago

    great work Anthony

  • Thank you Mike…..my pleasure to share some of the natural beauty of my little Island with you my friends of Redbubble.

    – Anthony Vella

  • johno4280
    johno4280about 6 years ago

    Love how you have done this Anthony
    It is a story in itself.

  • Thank you John…..this is dedicated to a very special friend of mine….a sweet Belgian Lady I’ve had the honour of knowing for quite some time now….my Dear Friend Gilberte.

    – Anthony Vella

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 6 years ago

    Thanks Tony..so much to see and to read…I wait for the next comments to be able to read the end of your narrative.When I hit “add comment” I can probably read more lol.
    Great work my friend. Grazzi
    It should come up

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 6 years ago

    Now I could read it all.Shall I tip the guide?

  • I just knew you’d write again Betty, that’s why I waited to answer your comment my friend. By the way, about that tip. Now that you mentioned it, how about a nice capuccino then? Glad you like these two collages Betty. If you like any of them in particular, just send me a mail and I’ll see what I can do for you.
    Sahha u Bonswa.

    – Anthony Vella

  • Christian  Zammit
    Christian Zammitabout 6 years ago

    PROSIT

  • Grazzi hafna siehbi. Wied il-Lunzjata ta’ Kercem hu wiehed mill-isbah wiedien li ghandna. Nispera li nibzghu ghalih.

    – Anthony Vella

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 6 years ago

    A cappuccino eh? We seem to be addicted to cappuccini!!
    I know exactly where I could offer you that cappuccino.In our nice tea-room, surrounded by three parks.You would of course bring your camera.There’s a big part for restaurant and tea-room with windows all around so you can see the outside terrace and the garden.The terrace can also be used when the weather is mild (not the case now) and then there’s the lounge with stuffed seats, very cosy, where we could exchange all our news, have that cappuccino with a waffle if you like with or without sugar and cream.I think before we would have told all our news, we ‘d need more than one cappuccino!! I have the feeling we are both rather talkative aren’t we?
    About the photos I shall e-mail you to-morrow; it’s already too late now.
    Arrivederci Tony.
    Sahha u Bonswa
    Betty

  • Good morning Betty. That sounds great my friend. If it’s too cold, then maybe we can switch to sipping something a bit stronger then. A ‘doctored’ coffee would be great under the circumstances.

    – Anthony Vella

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Tony!!

  • Thank you Marvin. The place itself is very beautiful my friend.

    – Anthony Vella

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 6 years ago

    excellent work well done to you

  • Thank you Steve. A bit of work, but all worth it in the end.

    – Anthony Vella

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynabout 6 years ago

    Anthony, did you look at the collage with frames around each picture? I found it hard to focus on any one photo… Love to see that way!

  • Hi Larry…..I’ve done this collage with each picture having a white border but somehow it did not look right as I sort of wanted all the pictures to blend in with eachother since they all came from the same place. However I’ll see what I can do for you my friend. Thank you for your suggestion.

    – Anthony Vella

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