Sunday, 22 November 2015

A wintery wander around Hamnavoe

I've been feeling a bit off colour this weekend, as if a lurgy is approaching,  but with a still wintery day we thought we'd best stretch our legs and have a wander. We settled on a short trip to Hamnavoe...



Beren wanted to go down the smuggler's cave as we could see the winter sun shining through it...


Trying to be arty...


There was some snow on the hills on Foula and it looked like a few snow showers too...


Da Muckle Loch was still and crystal clear. Inviting, but not that inviting!


We wandered around towards Meal Beach before heading back to Hamnavoe and then home for some lunch.


A lovely day!


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Not quite fireworks...

It seems that when there's been a solar storm lately resulting in great aurora photos from lots of places in the UK Shetland has been cloudy and when there's been no activity it's been clear and starry. Well atleast we got a show of the lights last night. Even if they weren't very active it was a lovely evening...




I maybe should have stayed out longer or gone back later, but I was suffering. Earlier in the day I'd been for a mountain bike ride off road around Quarff and Lerwick area and going too fast around a downhill corner took a tumble hurting my neck and shoulder. Ouch, it's stiff! Anyway it was a good ride out for a few hours with a friend.

Here's a quick mobile snap of The Broch of Burland down below Brindister...


Today I will be mostly groaning...

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Autumn's definitely here...

...and Clare's finished this lovely bespoke merino Icelandic style knit for me just in time!


I was actually supposed to get a jumper for Christmas, two Christmas's ago, but Clare decided she didn't like the pattern in the end and with some gentle ribbing about being owed a Christmas present it was slowly getting it knit, until she decided she just didn't like it.

After a suggestion that if she really didn't want to knit it she should rip it out and knit me something she did like, she did just that. And the above was knit in a flash, no pattern and lots of measuring and head scratching, but I think you'll agree it looks pretty ace. And just in time for winter!

As the title of the post says 'Autumn is definitely here'. We've had a few mild gales and some wet weather with a big land slip visible up on the Kames from a bog burst. Just along the top of that ridge line is where a road and large number of the monster Viking Energy turbines will be going. Not a good sign of stability of the blanket peat up there eh?

Photo from Shetland Times

Last night was Halloween. Beren chose this rather friendly design for his pumpkin...


And today despite force 6 winds and rain I decided to go for a ride and try to ride up the very steep hill to Collarfirth Masts just below Ronas Hill.


I did get up there as you can see, but only with the walk of shame for half of the main drag of the hill. I'd thought the road would be in the lee, but it wasn't. Not only did I have even stronger winds in my face, but a little hail as well as the rain!

Still I had a 52km ride of what was truly type 2 fun with strong winds, rain and hills around an area I've not cycled before. Actually maybe it was type 3...


I'll finish with a photo of the remains of a Catalina at the Catalina Memorial on Yell. After securing landowner agreement I've just got a number of gates in and a signpost to make this walk a little more accessible. I say a little more accessible, as most of the route is over peat moorland with plenty of gullies to cross and the odd bog too. Still if you go there atleast you don't have to do the walk after just getting out of a plane crash like the survivors did,  so no moaning right?!