Visiting Shetland – A Brief History of Lerwick & Da Street

Known locally as ‘Da Street’, Commercial Street in the beautiful capital of Lerwick is a Town Centre and commercial hub like no other. It has such a wide-array of shops, businesses, cafes, bars and restaurants that there is always something for someone – whether you are a local or a visitor. As a modern shopping […]

Postcards from Shetland – Winter Wonderland

There is something so beautiful about Shetland when the sun comes through after wintery showers. The way the light reflects off the snow. The way the fresh snow crunches under your feet. We have been a little luckier with the snow this year – as has the rest of Scotland, we are so used to […]

The Compass Wart

By Hayley Anderton If you walk west across the spine of the hills from Burrastow house towards Littlure, or east from Littlure towards Burrastow and keep a careful eye to the ground you might be lucky enough to spot the Compass Wart. Wart in this case seems to be a corruption of Varða[i]. Warts were […]

In Conversation with Donna Smith

I was looking through the many photos on my mobile phone, all of them carrying special memories, and I came across a few shots from January 2016. We were in New York at the Vogue Knitting Live show with Shetland Wool Week, and it still feels quite surreal that we were able to take a […]

In Conversation with Wilma Malcolmson

Wilma Malcolmson is one of my favourite knitwear designers in Shetland. Her subtle colour combinations are instantly recognisable and her garments are simply stunning. Wilma has been on the Shetland textile scene for a long time and her expertise and skill are highly valued, not just locally but internationally too. And as Wilma is one […]

Fair Isle and Storm Dennis

Notes from a February Fair Isle Adventure Wednesday 12th February ​After a long time the dream is finally coming true – we’re going to Fair Isle! ‘A bright green spot like an emerald on the wide ocean, this place is quite a world in itself; covered with grass of a most vivid luxuriant verdure.’ The […]

Ten Years of Shetland Wool Week

I had the privilege to be involved in organising Shetland Wool Week from its beginnings right until last year, when the time was right for a change and I left my full time job with Shetland Amenity Trust. As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event here are some highlights and notes about how […]

Fitful Head and Fulfilling the Dreams

You know the feeling when you’ve been planning to do something for so long and it just doesn’t seem to happen. You’re always too busy, too tired or simply can’t be bothered because you’ve had a busy week at work, there’s all the housework to do, the garden… I have a long list of ideas […]

Meet Penny and Alan from Transition Turriefield

Today I’d like to introduce someone very special to you – Penny Armstrong and Alan Robertson from Transition Turriefield. Since the first time I met them, back in 2013 I think, they’ve had my utmost respect and admiration for what they do. Not only they grow fruit and vegetables in Shetland’s extremely harsh and challenging […]

Lodberries

The most photographed building in Shetland must be… The Lodberry. If you are one of the Jimmy Perez’s fans you will recognise this iconic scene. And for those of you who don’t know Jimmy yet, he is a detective inspector from Ann Cleeves’ drama Shetland, that has become a worldwide sensation I get often asked […]