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Whatchamacallit 168: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ring

I’ve previously noted that I am not really a jewelry person – and so here is the only ring that I own.

Although I rarely wear it, I love it: it is a Charles Rennie Mackintosh Ring by Shetland Jewellery. I bought it on June 1, 2013, paying £739.00. It had to be custom […]

Whatchamacallit 164: Shetland Pony Postcard

I sent myself this postcard from Baltasound – writing it while at the Baltasound Hotel Restaurant on May 30, 2013.

This is the best smelling restaurant I’ve been in in years – O.M.G. The first day in the Shetland Islands – Unst – Many Shetland Ponies seen. Lots of sheep/lambs. Amazing scenery – plus […]

Whatchamacallit 132: i’i shetland

This copy of i’i shetland is from my visit to the Shetland Islands in 2013.

i’i shetland is a magazine clearly aimed at locals – more so than any other magazine of this ilk that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

The reason I kept the magazine was the “celebrations parties” section at […]

Whatchamacallit 120: A pillow, or something, from Shetland Island

I have no idea what this is, exactly.

It seems to be a small square pillow with a hanging hook. It might actually be a pin cushion.

The tag, which I have never bothered to remove, says:

Hand made from recycled knitwear By Robyn Robertson, Eshaness, Shetland

Felt: 100% Pure […]

Whatchamacallit 13: Wool from the Shetland Islands

Back in 2013, I went to the Shetland Islands, which was one of my top vacations of all time. From visiting the northern most point of the United Kingdom (Baltasound), where I ate some of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. Later, I slept in a lighthouse (Eshaness).

Overall, I generally had an amazing […]

I love wool: A plunge into my closet in cold (and warm) weather.

Yesterday I decided to go out for an adventure in Berlin.

With temperatures the coldest all year – around -12° – and plans for a long walk around Berlin, I bundled up. Out came the long underwear (wool, even!), winter jacket, hat, gloves, and warm shoes. I went all out – my scarf trailing behind […]

Shetland Islands – What We Did on the Mainland

This is the Atlantic Ocean, as seen just northwest of the community of Brae. Isn’t it pretty!

When planning the trip, we sort of expected to be bored – to have time to stay in our lighthouse and read books – relaxing, if you will. And while we did some of that, we actually […]

Shetland Islands – Our Accommodation on the Mainland: Eshaness Lighthouse

The Eshaness Lighthouse was my home for four nights. Next time I’ll make it a week.

Back when we started planning our trip to the Shetland Islands in earnest last summer, the Shetland Islands was not really on our radar – until I picked up the Lonely Planet book for Scotland and read that […]

Shetland Islands – I was in the middle of something…

We stopped in Mid Yell for the obvious photo.

Traveling south from Unst to the “mainland” (the Shetland Island’s largest island), one crosses Yell, and past “Mid-Yell” – a shameless photo-opt ensued.

This was one of the narrower roads that we drove on — not the narrowest. Every so often there were passing […]

Shetland Islands – Unst

Welcome to Unst

Now that I’ve left the Shetland Islands, I have better Internet access, although, honestly, it was fine at our first port-of-call, Baltasound. I was just too busy to take the time to write anything – other than postcards.

Baltasound is a community on the island of Unst, the northern most occupied […]