This week everyone in Malta seems unreasonably obsessed with cold weather. Apparently a cold front from the eastern continent will be reaching us in the next few days, dropping temperatures by a few degrees. Now I’m not one to call an expected high of 9°C ‘cold’, not when I lived through a few winters in Michigan. (Oddly I keep missing the quiet of snow, but that’s matter for another longer post.) Still, one has to admit that indoor temperatures on the island are generally not comfortable, not when we basically live in man-made caves. The A/C helps, thankfully, and hot water is free most of the year with solar heating.
So between that and with work starting again after the holidays, I thought I’d share something from the warm light of late summer. I took this during a walk in Il-Majjistral last year. I have no idea what this marker represents, I couldn’t see any others, though doubtless there must be. One would generally expect these to be distance markers of some sort, but the presence of the anchor symbol is rather odd. It’s clearly a concrete structure, I would expect from the late British colonial period. The area was used by the army for training, there’s an abandoned firing range nearby and barracks structures, complete with chapel.
I tried to look for information about these markers online, but if there is any, I couldn’t find it. If any of my readers can shed some light on this, please leave a comment.