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to hear it’s a dying art. She talks about the skill disappearing from the island because the youth of today have no inclination to learn such a time-consuming skill with such little commercial value. My time on Gozo is too short to


master lace-making, but one skill I do pick up, thanks to farmer Rikkardo, is milking a goat. Following his “squeeze and pull” advice, I’m chuffed when milk squirts out on my second attempt. Although what the poor goat thought of being manhandled by five novices is anyone’s guess. Rikkardo also shows us his vines,


used to make Gozitan wine, and how to make gbejna, a soft sheep’s cheese, a speciality on the island. We sample the melt-in-the-mouth


Rikkardo makes a fresh batch of cheese Katherine tries her hand at milking a goat, and traditional Gozitan lace (inset)


cheese, wrapped in fresh ravioli, in his Ta Rikkardu restaurant in Victoria.


Protecting the island Government officials on Gozo are placing their faith in the benefits of lagging a step or two behind the


more developed Malta and hope that preserving its traditional lifestyle will help it attract more visitors. So they are investing in Eco Gozo, a vision to make Gozo an eco-island by 2020. With sustainable tourism on the curriculum for Gozitan school


children, it’s likely that tourists will be able to enjoy Gozo’s natural beauty for years to come. The best way to show support is to visit Gozo, and stay for several days, to enjoy its scenery, local traditions and home-grown produce and wine. I can vouch for that. After our


biking, kayaking and goat-milking exertions, we head back to the


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