Saturday, 16 November 2013

Latest News from Burra, Shetland.

A couple of weeks ago we had a great morning out at the Tingwall craft fair.

Well, Autumn is defiantly here in Shetland, and as I write this post the rain is lashing at the window and the wind is howling around the hus.  The weather has been like this pretty much all week, and off course, the days are becoming shorter.

This morning we went to the craft fair at the Clickimin Sports Centre in Lerwick, there was some lovely stuff, knitted products including Rae's favourite, the Burra bears, lots of jewellery, wood turning and the like and brilliant food. 

Whilst at the sports centre I enquired about gym membership as I am finding my muscles are, well, getting a bit soft as are my hands which are cut, grime and callous free and are worryingly silky smooth...!! 

To be honest, the one thing I am finding hard about doing this otherwise enjoyable academic stuff is the lack of physical activity. In the past I was kinda used to hefting large lumps of wood about Ash's yard: spending days caulking; followed by days of power planing; followed by days of belt sanding and ..... well, you get the picture. So hopefully, a couple of sessions a week at the gym will keep me muscles chipper for when I get back into a bit of traditional wooden boat building, with perhaps a bit of a Nordic twist.

Zephon is settling in to her new berth.

Zephon is the only sailing boat in the marina!

View of the marina from the car (on our the way home for a lovely cup of tea).

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to go to the pony show organised by Barbara Tait. We had a great time there watching the ponies and their owners strut their stuff and generally doing horsey things which both Rae and I know absolutely nothing about!  But it was great meeting the ponies and their proud owners. 
Barbara Tait recently organised an Autumn Shetland pony show. 

The pony show was great, I didn't have a clue what was going on but it was fun and it was great meeting new people. 

Sandwick Bay this morning at low water. 

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