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A Boxing Day storm on Shetland

Bad weather in Shetland is a funny thing. No laughing matter, of course, but it’s a source of wry amusement that what qualifies as bad weather in the rest of the UK is unremarkable here – and that when we … Continue reading

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Auroras and shooting stars

It’s quite a night outside tonight. One of those dreamlike, rare Shetland evenings that come so infrequently in December. I’ve just come inside after a couple of hours wandering around Skaw drinking it all in. It’s still and clear out … Continue reading

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On the nature of patchwork

I recently blogged about my poor old neglected boots. They’d served me well, but I noted in passing that I’d been less than faithful to them. I was seeing other footwear – and I didn’t take as much care of … Continue reading

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The Symbister egret

How does that old chestnut go? You wait ages for a Little Egret and then two come along at once. (Or something very similar to that, I’m sure). And so it happened today. A month after the high drama of … Continue reading

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Winter is coming

While there may yet be a rare bird or two to come to Shetland in the dying gasps of autumn migration, the view from the kitchen window is increasingly wintery in recent days. Great Northern Divers are gradually massing in … Continue reading

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Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Occasionally something very magical happens here in Shetland – one stumbles across something totally unexpected, something that sweeps you off your feet. The moment your paths cross, you know this is an extraordinary encounter. It happened earlier this morning whilst … Continue reading

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The welcome return of a rare beauty

Last year I was stopped in my tracks by the discovery of something the likes of which I’d not seen before in Shetland, something beautiful, and all the more precious both for its rarity and the sheer unexpectedness of our … Continue reading

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