Oh wowzer… Shetland was completely inspirational. I’m still getting my thoughts together (and waiting for a delivery from Jamieson’s of Sandness), but the first thing which really hit me was the sheer depth and range of colour.
And that’s even when compared to Sutherland and north Wales, my yardsticks by which I judge everywhere else. I even felt I needed to change the header image (those particular Shetland sheep were on West Burra).
The island of Mousa (with its famous and exceptional broch) is in the background. Have a close look at the colour of the paintwork on Sand Lodge, too – pinky red.
The sea from St Ninian’s Isle. That turquoise. Amazing. And I’ve been walking around in a bracelet which was bought for me by my father years and years ago in Sutherland, never knowing it was based on the St Ninian’s treasure. I took it home! (Mind you, I brought it back, ho ho, not that much of a romantic.)
Let’s get more down to earth.
I do have a tendency to collect colours. Among my photographs are things like these mooring ropes, at Hay’s Dock by the Shetland Museum and Archives, and the fish box at the end of the world:
All sorts of stuff ends up on Shetland’s beaches, and I also have a photo of a bright orange rubber glove. I’ll spare you that one – though I wouldn’t mind betting it’ll turn up at some stage.
We were there at the right time for the flowers; they were just starting to get into their stride. The carpets of daisies were beautiful, and the pinks, vetches, squills and orchids – I’m reduced to wowzer again. The yellow flags weren’t quite out, but marsh marigolds were everywhere.
This boat is at Tangwick, near the Tangwick Haa museum. If you’re ever in Northmavine, it’s worth a visit.
We were there, of course, at just the right time of year – though I suspect every time of year is perfect for something. But we hit the simmer dim, the nights when the sun barely goes down. This shot was taken past 11 at night.
I want to knit a hap shawl using the colours of Shetland, rather than the traditional natural fleece colours (well, I want to do that too), but I’ve revised my choice of colours now I’ve been able to scan all the photographs I took.
It has to be based on blue, with some white for the sea, the sand on West Burra and the Shetland flag.