Saturday, March 03, 2018

Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, Malta

Last weekend we had a short break to Malta, staying in the capital city of Valletta. As a weekend destination Valletta has a lot to offer, lots of history, architecture, great places to eat as well as various museums and grand churches - lots with historical connection to knights and the crusades.
Whilst there we had to get a little garden fix, and took in the small gardens of Upper Barrakka and Lower Barrakka.
Both are free to enter public gardens, with plenty of tropical plants to whisk us away from the late wintery weather back home.

Lower Barrakka Gardens provides a great view of the Grand Harbour and the neighbouring city of Vittoriosa. At the centre of the garden is the Monument to Sir Alexander Ball, pictured above which is a neoclassical temple located at the centre of the garden. 

Upper Barrakka Gardens is about a 15 minute stroll from the lower garden, probably quicker if you are not taking your time as we were.
This garden is similar in style and has large terraces again providing great views.

We always manage to find some kitties to pet when we are away from home!

Terraces with great views

Valletta is not known for its gardens, however we always seem to need out fix!


Friday, March 02, 2018


Well spring still seems to be on hold in the UK as we are battered by the "Beast from The East" and Storm Emma.  Somehow the two names don't really go hand in hand, I mean The Beast is a good description of the snow and cold weather we are getting but Emma? sounds a little more tame. However for parts of the UK bearing the brunt the weather is anything but tame.
Fortunately in our little corner the weather is not too bad, we have had a few drops o snow but nothing too significant. Roads and Travel has some disruptions but main routes are open, trains are running and most flights from the local airport are still running.


But with snow and tropical plants comes some interesting photo opportunities, the picture above is pretty much from the doors of the conservatory, most of the plants in the garden should be unaffected by the weather (the lowest temperature has been -7C / 19f, so cold but not too bad. The more tender plants are mostly tucked up in greenhouses, although theres the odd one that we had hoped would be fine still out. Lets see what happens when it warms up.