#Gozo 2017 – Day 3 – Moving on and Motors

Toes in pool

It was time to leave our cossetted life at the hotel. I fitted in fifty lengths before a breakfast that I took full advantage of. Well it would be silly not too! Our car was delivered and as we couldn’t get into our next place until early afternoon we headed off to get some supplies for the week.

With our car weighed down with alcohol refreshing beverages, crisps and snacks healthy fruit and other assorted groceries we arrived at our villa in Qala. After unloading our goodies in the full heat of the day a rejuvenating Cisk and nap took care of the afternoon.

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The place we are staying in is magnificent! There is a terrific pool and the views are stunning. We can see right across to Comino and Malta and we are out in the countryside. There is a field next door with small straw bales littered across it following the harvest.

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At the bottom of the garden are orange trees and one lemon tree laden with fruit and we are told we can help ourselves.

Lemons

We sunbath by the pool once the heat has gone out of the day. Then later wander into the village to eat and, exhausted by having done very little, we retire early.

There is one thing that I have never managed to grasp on Gozo and that is the language. To my shame I can’t even say please and thank you and I’ve always managed at least that in any other country I’ve been in before.

Here Maltese and English are the official languages. Italian is widely spoken, German to a lesser extent. The Arab influence shows itself in the language, Maltese, 70 per cent of which is Arabic in origin.

As I was passing through the airport I picked up what I thought would be a handy little booklet of the Top 10 Maltese Phrases. Hurrah I thought! It turned out none of these were please or thank you.

I’ve put some examples below and this is the problem I have. Because of the Arabic influence I don’t really know where to start with the pronunciation.

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What’s the Wifi password?

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Let’s take a selfie!

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Where can I charge my phone?

All efforts to ‘have a go’ at the language are dismissed here anyway as English is so common but I must do better:

Please = jekk jogħġbok (not sure how to tackle that!)

Thank you = Grazzi (okay, so that one is embarrassingly simple… I am hanging my head in shame and just need to remember it for next time)

I have now got into my holiday reading and the second book, and review, I have for you is all about cats! Feline Cognition – Scientific evidence of cat intelligence and ways to test it at home by Carla Eatherington. This is a fascinating read and I don’t even have a cat! You can read my review right here.

Feline Cognition

Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. So here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

If you missed Day 1 and want to catch up, you can by clicking on this link here! And Day 2 is right here. 😀

Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of The Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. Following completion of the trilogy she has been asked for more and so has written a short story based on a favourite character from the series. Therefore, the latest to join the stable is The Joker and for the first time all her books are available free, with Kindle Unlimited. Georgia has just begun work on her fourth novel, this time it’s a standalone seductively called Project A ever since she found out that the name she wanted for it has been taken for a book about a less than savoury character who has dominated the news for the last few years…so it’s back to the drawing board on that one! She has also recently started running workshops and providing one-to-one support for those wishing to learn how to self-publish and you can find her, under her real name, at www.threeshirespublishing.com. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination! Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire where she lives with her much neglected husband, son and two dogs. Her daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out and taken her extensive cushion collection with her.
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4 Responses to #Gozo 2017 – Day 3 – Moving on and Motors

  1. E. L. Lindley says:

    It looks idyllic, G. I’m very impressed with your healthy eating and drinking regime ;D

    • Georgia Rose says:

      When you treat your body like a temple E you have a responsibility to continue that regime on holiday as well 😉 and it was idyllic, I can’t wait to return 🙂

  2. Skilbey says:

    Gosh! (Sigh) Looks and sounds like bliss. 🙂

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