Today’s postcard is a private swap with Leena who joined up with Postcrossing almost the same day as I did, and contacted me to do a swap.
This amazing blue is the ‘Blue Lagoon’ of Malta. The water between the small Maltese island of Comino and an even smaller island – or large rock – called Cominotto, is so clear that it is an excellent spot for snorkeling. Comino has – apparently – a permanent population zero, three, four or eight people (depending what you read), but is a very popular tourist location with one 4 star hotel, so it seems that there is usually more than four people there! Comino is also a nature reserve and bird sanctuary today. The Mediterranean climate on Comino has temperatures ranging between 30 degrees Celcius in summer and down to 15 decgrees Celcuis in winter. There is very little rain so nothing much grows there apart from wild thyme and a few other small plants.
The most prominent building on Comino is Santa Marija or St Mary’s Tower (the white building in the middle of this picture.) It was originally built in the 1600’s as a watch tower in case of invasion, and was used again for this purpose during WWI and WWII It has also probably been used as an isolation hospital, an outpost to send misbehaving knights to, and a farm building. It appears to the property of the Maltese Armed forces, but is being restored by the National Trust of Malta and one of the purposes it is used for is a watchhouse to guard against illegal hunting of the birds on Comino.
The most odd thing, is that never having heard or read much about Malta before, I’d picked up a novel at the library a few weeks ago but hadn’t started reading it until last week – to find that it was set in Malta!!! The book is ‘The Brass Dolphin’ by Joanna Trollope writing as Caroline Harvey. It’s an ok book – probably if it wasn’t set in Malta, and I wasn’t reading it at the moment, I probably would not enjoy it as much as some of the other Joanna Trollope books that I have read though.