Sincerely, Loree is a lifestyle blog that focuses on travel, books, culture, fashion and slow living on the small Mediterranean island of Malta.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

February faves

February Faves is the first (it should be the second but I had to deal with a few Blogger glitches in January because of which that instalment did not get published on time) in what I hope will be a monthly round-up of articles or photos that are worth more than a cursory glance. I hope that you will find these links worth your time and that you will discover new blogs to read.
Mediterranean heather
I don’t want to bore you and make my post cumbersome with too many links so I will stick to 5 articles and one Instagram photo per month.
So here are this month’s favourite articles:
  1. Lou Bradford writes A Love Letter to the Planet and talks about how we can all make a difference, no matter how small, to help our planet before it’s too late.
  2. I was fascinated by this story of Sister Irini who first arrived on the Greek Island of Amorgos as a tourist  and returned, decades later, to live in an old monastery she has restored herself.
  3. Lizzy from What Lizzy Loves shares some tips about how to  Create Perfect Outfits Using the Colour Wheel.
  4. Ann Voskamp’s article For the woman who feels passed by & wrinkled & a bit busted by life really tugs at the heart strings and spoke to me on so many levels that I have book-marked it as a favourite.
  5. Amanda shares the reasons why she things blogs will make a comeback in 2019 in this article. I hope Amanda is right. Blogs are such a perfect way to share snippets of our life with our online friends on a platform that requires a bit more engagement on the part of the reader than Instagram or Twitter (although I am glad to say that I have not succumbed to the Twitter bug yet and probably never will as I find it pretty pointless).
And now on to the Instagram photo that made me stop in my tracks: a beautiful sunrise in Glencoe, Scotland by Paul Bullen.
On a more personal level, February is one of my favourite months because it is my son’s birth month. This year he joined the teenage ranks and we celebrated with a party for him and his friends at LaserMaxx followed by dinner at the Hard Rock  Cafe in Paceville. I made a triple chocolate cake for the occasion that everybody absolutely loved and I will try sharing the recipe soon (or as soon as I have mastered the art of food photography – which probably won’t be quite as soon as I would like).
Asphodel
In nature, February is the time for Asphodel, Mediterranean Heather, Cape Sorrel and Crown Daisies – all of which are pretty wildflowers that burst into bloom and paint the countryside in swathes of white (asphodel), pink (Mediterranean heather) and different shades of yellow (Cape Sorrel and crown daisy). There are hints of spring everywhere, from the earlier sunrises to the later sunsets and the sun is warm without the burning heat of summer. But I won’t think about that. For the moment, I will live in the here and now.
What are some of your favourite things about February? Any February faves? Please share.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

How to beat the winter blues

It’s more than 1 week into February already and, for someone like me who loves winter, the season is going by way too quickly. No one can really complain about winter in this country – the sun shines nearly every other day and we only have 2 to 3 weeks of weather that we can really call cold. So miserable winters are not really something we have to deal with, but people complain anyway. But for those that do have to contend with dreary grey skies, rain or snow and mind-numbing temperatures, the lack of light, warmth and colour can easily bring on a case of the winter blues. So while I am loving every minute of it and wishing it will last at least till June, I know that many people struggle with their moods at this time of year so I thought of sharing a few things you could do to help you cheer up.


Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ten beautiful places in Italy

Italy is full of beautiful cities that are famous all over the world. The country is a fascinating blend of unique architecture, unusual traditions, delicious food and turbulent historical events, set against the back-drop of a stunning natural landscape. It is hard, if not impossible, to visit Italy and not come to love one or more of the aspects that make up this remarkable country.
I could, of course, talk for hours about each of the ten places I have chosen to share with you today. But, since we all lead busy lives, I will try (try is the key word here)to limit myself to a few sentences about each.
Lucca
Lucca, Italy
Lucca is a walled city to the north of Pisa. It is famous for its excellently-preserved  Renaissance walls, cobblestone streets, medieval churches, and the Giunigi Tower that is crowned with holm oaks. It is the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini and his house is now a museum. In the heart of  Lucca is the beautiful Piazza del Anfiteatro which was built on the site of a Roman amphitheatre and still retains its elliptical shape.
More about Lucca:

Thursday, 3 January 2019

2018: My year in pictures

Instead of the usual annual soliloquy that has characterised my end of year posts, this time round I decided it might be more  fun to share some of the highlights of 2018 by using more pictures than words.
In January I started this blog with much high hopes and expectations that I didn’t live up to as well as I should have. Let’s say work got in the way. Hopefully I will do better this year.
After another very mild winter, spring came early this past year with the almond trees blossoming in January. This is probably the earliest I have seen them blossom – which is probably a sign of the times.
Almond blossoms

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Culloden, Benromach Distillery and Cannich

Culloden

One of the reasons for going to the Highlands was to visit Culloden Moor – the site of the battle that ended the Jacobite uprising of 1745. The battle of Culloden  Moor took place on April 16, 1746. It was the last battle to be fought on British soil.Culloden Moor


Culloden Moor 2

It was a bright, sunny day when we visited Culloden Moor. Perhaps it would have been more in keeping with the atmosphere of the place if the sky had been grey and the rain fell – but it wasn’t and it didn’t. Yet the sapphire blue sky did nothing to detract from the sombreness of the place.

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