Now that the clocks have changed the nights are quickly drawing in, even more so when the weather is poor. The sunsets have been great to watch from our living room window, even though we can only see out of one half due to still having a board in place- we may get a new window in time for Christmas if we are lucky. The position of the sunset has changed since summer, now setting further south which gives us a better view.
The gales the other day ripped our new rose bushes up so I have replanted these and tied them to the fence. With the wind normally coming in from the south west it hits the bushes but these should eventually take and start to produce flowers then rose hips next year. Force 9 gales hit again last Thursday but this time the roses stayed in place , thanks to the wire holding them in place.
We found out that the ferry that set off from Lerwick on Thursday didn't arrive in Aberdeen until 22 hours later, it should only take 12 hours. Wouldn't have liked to been on that one.
You cannot help but notice that winter is here, its turned cold, become wetter and the wind is more persistent but saying that we still have calm sunny days and its great to get out and explore a new place. We went up north to Kirkabister the other day in perfect conditions and had a different view of Lunna on the opposite shore. You have to wear wellingtons now as most of the hills hold considerable water making it difficult to walk in places.
This week we have been out most days and nights. Plenty to do if you want, with the Accoridan and Fiddle club just having restarted after half term, although we don't play its great to hear young and old alike playing some great Shetland tunes. Tuesday was a bit different with a Brass Band concert in the Town hall, it was the Lerwick Brass Band's 150 year anniversary and a great event.
As you may know November 5 was bonfire day so we went down to Sandwick Social club who put on a super bonfire and firework event, followed by drinks and burgers inside.
Then on Friday night we went to a variety concert down at Dunrossness, it just shows the great talent and community spirit that Shetland offers.
I start my new job with the RVS soon and I cannot wait . Having applied for over 650 jobs in Sheffield before I stopped counting, it was great to apply for a job and get a reply, never mind an interview. The good thing is that in Shetland you encounter little traffic and there is no potholes. To do a 12 mile journey it takes about 20 mins, back in Sheffield in rush hour it would take at least 1.25 hours.
I did start my own Photography & Photography Training business in 2009 which was a dream come true I worked with so many great people and always enjoy taking photographs. If you would like to see more, visit my other two blogs at:
All went well and I was offered the job, only the second job I have applied for in Shetland, the first one with the council was only really advertised to comply with procedures as it went to an internal candidate -so not a real opportunity. Most of the work in Shetland is part time and people have a couple or three jobs making life interesting.
I will also be starting to deliver courses for Shetland Adult Education on Monday's in Lerwick (morning) & Sandwick (Afternoon) in January 2015, If any one is interested in any of the following they should contact the centre at Lovers Loan:
Phone: 01595 743888
Introduction to Nature
Digital Photography for beginners
Intermediate Digital Photography
Place are limited so book early.