Thank you for all the lovely comments and emails on my last post about the Shearers, its very appreciated and I’m really pleased it was of some interest to people other than my relations!
As I have mentioned Shetland, like much of the UK, has been suffering from a rubbish summer punctuated by one or two glorious days. Yesterday was like that so me and my boyfriend got up early travelled north and did a big (and very hilly) walk to Uyea.
An upside to all the rain is that Shetland is looking very lush and green, if a bit boggy at times! Of course we saw a lot of Sheep, most had already been clipped which I’m sure they were happy about since it was very warm – Not something you can say often! You can see in the picture above lots of hentilagets, that’s what we call the little bits of wool that fall off the sheep. I was tempted to pick bits up but I’d already been given trouble for keeping stopping to take photos of sheep so I thought that might be seen as odd behaviour!
After a couple of hours of walking along the coast we reached our destination. Uyea is an island made accessible by a beautiful beach only revealed when the tide is out. It is constantly changing, its one of Peters favourite places so we have been a few times, and each time i’ve been it looks different. We’ve always gone by driving in a 4×4 quite close. It was all the more satisfying to get there after walking the 4 or 5 miles.. I say this now of course having done it.
Its been a tough and busy couple of weeks with more to come so it was nice to get out of the town and just walk for a while, when its sunny in Shetland I would never be anywhere else.. which you can tell from this smiley if a bit bedraggled photo!
Rather than go back the way we came (which honestly I don’t know I could have done it!) we walked back on the track, we saw lots of birds as we walked and as we came near to North Roe there was a few crofthouses to be seen too, which you know I’m always looking for!
Of course being a pair of pessimistic Shetlanders we didn’t wear any sun-cream, a sure fire way for the sun to disappear again so today I woke up with a nice red nose and forehead..!
Speak soon x