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by Hulland
Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Explorations, excursions and walks in the countryside
Topic: The peril of tac-'Cawl' - 12 Nov 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 24266

Live your life - do it ! don't be a spectator !

I myself embark on many such "adventures" both on land and also underwater. If diving a "new" site, you often have the added danger (choice) of the exit being in a different, and unexplored place, as well as the wave situation changing in the 90 minutes / 2 hours that you may be submerged. In spite ...
by Hulland
Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

1) I don't mind the heat ( often stay on the beach from 9.30 - 7PM) 2) I found - and photographed - many plants that were of real interest ( to me at least, possibly first time this late in the season for me). 3) I don't smoke and hardly drink, so my only real vice is UV absorption. But nevertheless...
by Hulland
Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Thanks Stephen, no urgent panic though on my behalf. Today I tried an experiment. Got the bus to Mgarr, walked all round Wied Santi, Wied il-Hmar and Wied Il-Gnejna, - up to the top of a fortified hill ( Il-Gudja). Then down to the beach at Gnejna, ( cold orange juice !) back up the cliff to the cav...
by Hulland
Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:19 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Hi Stephen,

I have not forgotten about this project, and I have made a slow, but nevertheless, a small start with the word lists. I have the Maltese fonts installed and hope to use the correct spelling. Hoping this will come through on the site too?
by Hulland
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: I know it is " TUT" but what is the real name?
Replies: 2
Views: 11524

Thanks Sigra am going to copy / paste it and stick it on the back of the toilet door...
by Hulland
Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: I know it is " TUT" but what is the real name?
Replies: 2
Views: 11524

I know it is " TUT" but what is the real name?

Have been trying to learn " Tommy tuta, tuta tyba" etc etc etc for 25 years--today was the first time I ate one--magnificent! Now, I want to know all about it. The tree I found has its roots in sea water! Is this a preference of the plant? Are they common? Do they fruit and flower at the same times ...
by Hulland
Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Short lunch by walking right round Salina
Replies: 2
Views: 13040

Short lunch by walking right round Salina

Love to know the English for " tut" they were EXTREMELY tasty !

Finally got some decent pics of Il Mazzarrel ( Dragonflies) today too. Managed to spot an " anqbut"...as well as a Spanish Dancer ( Nudibranch) near the surface.

Hope you like the pics.

Ian.
by Hulland
Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

I have considered your offer, and although I am not of Maltese nationality, I think at the very least it may add to the iterest on the site?

Therefore, although I am not sure exactly how to begin, I think it may be an interesting development. Thank you.
by Hulland
Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Good morning Stephen, It is a specific interest of mine-the old Maltese words. The biggest disappointment to me though is, when I DO find an old, traditional word ( example;- dragonfly -- il- Mazzarrel. NOT " il-Helicopter" !) and mention it to my numerous Maltese friends, they either " never heard ...
by Hulland
Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:54 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Thanks for that info--very interesting.
by Hulland
Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Large Yellow bells on woody shrub?
Replies: 6
Views: 23076

Thanks Sigra--I saw an IDENTICAL bush today-the same in every way---except the flowers were very bright red ! I assume it is the same plant anyway? Always been yellow before !( In the ruined building on the way to Mgarr) I really feel stupid because I can't find plants on the site because I don't ha...
by Hulland
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Large Yellow bells on woody shrub?
Replies: 6
Views: 23076

Sorry - forgot to attach the pic !
by Hulland
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Large Yellow bells on woody shrub?
Replies: 6
Views: 23076

Large Yellow bells on woody shrub?

I seem to have no luck whatsoever, at any time, being able to identify flowers by colour-perhaps I am simply mentally retarded ( mentally " challenged" ?) .As an example I am VERY familiar with the large woody shrub, with(6inches) yellow bells all over Malta --usually used as boundary plants. A frie...
by Hulland
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Open day at the Gaia nursery--Bajja Tal Mixquqa
Replies: 1
Views: 11730

Open day at the Gaia nursery--Bajja Tal Mixquqa

Went here on Sunday. Good to see the labelling of plants in English / Maltese / Latin--well worth a visit here to really identify the local plants and flowers. The lady ( Carmen I think) is a real expert on natural remedies and potions, how to prepare them and what they treat. I don't agree with man...
by Hulland
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Gaiai Foundation Nursery- Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa
Replies: 0
Views: 11934

Gaiai Foundation Nursery- Il-Bajja tal-Mixquqa

Went to the open day last Sunday--really interesting, at least I got to see plants labelled in English & Maltese as well as Latin. Although I do not agree with all their aims, they certainly are informative about plants. The lady ( Carmen I think) is an expert on all the herbal recipes and medicines...
by Hulland
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Another one of my most favourite walks is along the valley that comes into the sea at Mistra Bay. I usually begin under the bridge on the approach road, near the Palace, then follow the valley right through to Id-Delli--a farmer once told me that locally it is called "Kalkara" valley ( Lime-burning?...
by Hulland
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Gnien Garnaw
Replies: 6
Views: 19699

Yes, agreed, I have been there up and down three times in three weeks, never the same place twice.
by Hulland
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

OK I stand corrected, I have looked at the images of Mespilus germanica, and it looks very similar to the common one.Is there anything particular that would help one to distinguish from the common one? Perhaps the flowers may have differences?
by Hulland
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Gnien Garnaw
Replies: 6
Views: 19699

Thankyou--I usually take far more than I need, but with digital it is definitely the best way to go. I use automatic batch processing, which helps to cut down a lot on the time, but I still have over 300 from this week alone to "file". I hope more people start to post their own pics, it would make a...
by Hulland
Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

This is what I know as Naspli... here it is in Gnien Ingraw last Sunday.
by Hulland
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Common Medlar ? Unless I am mentally retarded, that is In-Naspli? If so there are literally dozens of those trees in the wild. At the moment they are in flower-at Ghar il-Kbir, Mellieha, etc etc Perhaps I am confused?
by Hulland
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Gnien Garnaw
Replies: 6
Views: 19699

Yes I hope to visit one of the reserves this Sunday and combine it with a walk around Ghajn Tuffieha/ Il Qarrabba, maybe
by Hulland
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Gnien Garnaw
Replies: 6
Views: 19699

Gnien Garnaw

This week I got the bus from Qawra to Mellieha and got off near the roundabout at Ghadira. I walked up the hill and then took the first rough track off to the left, and followed Gnien Garnaw through the fields right up to the punic caves. Then returned down the next valley to the West ( Wied San Nik...
by Hulland
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:57 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Thanks very much Stephen. Mystery solved. - Actually, I didn't wonder for " several months" a soon as I saw the tree, I thought " aha! Malta Wild Plants will know!". Also I thought it might stimulate a bit more interest in the forum too. I didn't want to pick too many Quinces, so don't have enough f...
by Hulland
Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...
Replies: 26
Views: 45800

Weird fruit-not apple or lemon...

Did a long walk yesterday across the fields ( Ghadira to Qawra Point) on the way (in the beautiful "Kalkara Valley"--near Xemxija) I found a fruit tree with strange fruits on it. They taste a little like apple-quiet sweet, but in shape they resemble a lemon. They have a very strong smell as unbroken...
by Hulland
Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Looking for the Archbishop's Palace-Rabat woods.
Replies: 10
Views: 24986

Good ! needs a little (select) publicity..
by Hulland
Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Looking for the Archbishop's Palace-Rabat woods.
Replies: 10
Views: 24986

Palazzo Tal L' Isqoff.

For anyone interested, this is the original palace that apparently was swapped for Manoel Island. The stone in its wall says "23 Augusto 1792". To get there;- Follow the main road to Busket. Under some trees is usually a vegetable wagon on the right next to a small razzett.But nearby is a perfect ma...
by Hulland
Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Looking for the Archbishop's Palace-Rabat woods.
Replies: 10
Views: 24986

Looking for the Archbishop's Palace-Rabat woods.

Managed eventually to find the Palazzo ta L' Isqoff--fantastic area for wild plants too. Sorry to see the ceiling has started to collapse in the last rains. Outside are these strange markings in the cement--I wonder if they could be caused by ivy, since removed, digging into the mortar? A pleasant c...
by Hulland
Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Two plants seen last Sunday?
Replies: 4
Views: 9609

Two plants seen last Sunday?

The small yellow flower is common but only about 5 mm diameter?

The green plant (herb?) is always inside caves and, in this case in a Punic tomb at the cart ruts. A Maltese friend thinks it is a type of parsley (Turcine?) any ideas please?
by Hulland
Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:44 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Freshwater crabs doing battle in Wied Ir-Rini.
Replies: 1
Views: 9336

Freshwater crabs doing battle in Wied Ir-Rini.

I have a short video clip I took of two of the "rare" fresh water crabs sparring in the stream-three weeks ago if anyone is interested;-

http://www.badongo.com/vid/982842

feel free to watch it or download it -- 18 Mbytes

( not HD quality).....Ian. ( L' Ingliz)