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.