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My word of the week

My Maltese isn’t great, and I do apologise for this, but I grew up in Germany (so spoke German) moved to France in my 20s (so learned French) got to Malta in my 30s (and didn’t think I’d be here so long) and then spent a lot of time working in Italy so had to learn Italian.

However, I do pick up the occasional word and one that I’m hearing a lot of is ‘mezzu temp’. This, for the other non-speakers out there, signifies the mid-season – what the fashion world creates cruise collections for; those days when it’s neither summer nor autumn or winter or spring. Now we are pretty lucky to have blue sky days more often than not, but they can be cold and colder than when I first arrived, I’m sure. You feel silly in boots but definitely need to wear warm clothes, unless you’re having an al fresco coffee or lunch where you may need to take something off as the sun may still be warm.

Layers are key and long sleeve polos, hoodies and jackets, are perfect for treks – even if you get as far as down the stairs at Riviera and have a drink before trekking back up the stairs. Or for picnics and walks by the seaside which take some time and mean that the weather can significantly change during your outing.

Perhaps you’re making the most of it and having a relaxed lunch or spending time with family where the house can be colder inside than the outside is! Having a hoodie is perfect for most of these occasions and you can drape it over your shoulders or tie it around your waist if it’s too warm… or use as a blanket for picnics! Our gilets squish up into a very small space or use a pillow when cloud-spotting.

So be prepared for whatever the next few weeks throws at you…!

My Maltese isn’t great, and I do apologise for this, but I grew up in Germany (so spoke German) moved to France in my 20s (so learned French) got to Malta in my 30s (and didn’t think I’d be here so long) and then spent a lot of time working in Italy so had to learn Italian.

However, I do pick up the occasional word and one that I’m hearing a lot of is ‘mezzu temp’. This, for the other non-speakers out there, signifies the mid-season – what the fashion world creates cruise collections for; those days when it’s neither summer nor autumn or winter or spring. Now we are pretty lucky to have blue sky days more often than not, but they can be cold and colder than when I first arrived, I’m sure. You feel silly in boots but definitely need to wear warm clothes, unless you’re having an al fresco coffee or lunch where you may need to take something off as the sun may still be warm.

Layers are key and long sleeve polos, hoodies and jackets, are perfect for treks – even if you get as far as down the stairs at Riviera and have a drink before trekking back up the stairs. Or for picnics and walks by the seaside which take some time and mean that the weather can significantly change during your outing.

Perhaps you’re making the most of it and having a relaxed lunch or spending time with family where the house can be colder inside than the outside is! Having a hoodie is perfect for most of these occasions and you can drape it over your shoulders or tie it around your waist if it’s too warm… or use as a blanket for picnics! Our gilets squish up into a very small space or use a pillow when cloud-spotting.

So be prepared for whatever the next few weeks throws at you…!

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