Donna H.

Category: Shetland

Scalloway, Shetland

These pictures are from June 24th, a few weeks ago.  I know pretty much all of the UK except Shetland is getting amazing weather right now so it’ll be good to post a few nice Shetland photos from before I went away to remind me it’s not as hellish as I currently believe!  Since I came home it’s been mist and rain – so unmotivating and gloomy.

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These pictures were taken on a walk me and Ross went on in a village called Scalloway.  Scalloway is Shetland’s ancient capital and is only about a 10 minutes’ drive from Lerwick (the main town/current capital).

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Balamory style!

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Ross with a truck with his name on!

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Won’t be gone so long this time – off to draft some more posts from my trip away and some more Shetland times…

 I seem to have found myself with three summer jobs but hardly any shifts!  Hopefully it picks up as I am skint.  In the meantime here is a huge mishmash of what I’ve been doing in my joblessness, other than applications.

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I painted my nails with newspaper which was a lot easier than I expected. Here’s the WikiHow page I used. It honestly took no longer than normal nails!

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Lovely photo of Nanny and my brother’s friend Jim! My brother, his fiancee and my nephew are all home just now too so both my brothers and I had people over at the weekend before we went out. It used to always be so busy but since we all left home it’s been ridiculously quiet. It was good to have a houseful again!

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I’m going to paint my room and furniture over summer. Don’t think I like any of the samples I got but I’m thinking a mint green if I ever get started.

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Can’t get enough of Snapchat. I cannot quite describe how delicious Vimto lollies are. If you see them, buy them.

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These photos are an insult to how beautiful they really are but you cannot beat a Shetland sunset.

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I customised these shorts that I’ve had for about 5 years to cover up the edges which were starting to wear (no wonder!).

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Sunny skies on the way to work.

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Cooking up a veggie curry.

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I found this old magazine scrapbook I used to keep when I was about 16 because I was super cool!

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Lerwick by night.

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Trip to Fine Peerie Cakes with Lynn. (Shetland dialect for ‘nice little cakes’)  Had some butternut squash soup followed by a delicious chocolate banana cake!

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My brother, Kevin; his fiancee, Annika and my nephew, Lukas.  We went exploring!

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Hay’s Dock – Outside Mareel & the Museum in Lerwick.

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These photos are all from St Ninian’s Isle beach in the South end of Shetland which is the largest tombolo in the UK and where the St Ninian’s Isle treasure which is now in Edinburgh Museum was found.  Read all about it here!

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Hopefully my next posts will be less sporadic although I only find out each day if I’m working on that day with one of these jobs I’m doing which is pretty annoying and doesn’t allow me to make many plans!  It’s all about the money ca$h dolla though and it’ll be worth it when I’m in London in a few weeks and Munich in September! 🙂

Today Dad taught me how to clean and dress a crab, as well as languostines, scallops and mussels. Then we had a feast with mam, a delicious feast! This is what I love about being home. You can’t beat Shetland seafood.

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The End of my 3rd Year…

So 5 boxes and a suitcase into my packing, I realised I didn’t have enough room for all my stuff.  How is it possible to gather so much rubbish over the course of a year?! I HATE PACKING.  It’s that time of year again.  I’m gathering all my wordly belongings together to leave Glasgow and head home to Shetland for the summer.  This is always something that makes me feel a mixture of excitement to go home, sadness to leave Glasgow and panic that another year is over.  But this time I’m feeling even more dramatic.  Because this may be the last summer I ever spend at home.  September marks the beginning of the 4th and final year of my undergraduate degree and then who knows what’s in store… I’m not ready for it to be nearing an end.  I love Glasgow.  I love being a student.  I love my long summers back in Shetland.  And I love going back to work in the little shop I have had a part time job at since I was 12.  I don’t want any of it to end.  (If I’m feeling this now, god knows how much of a drama queen I’ll be once 4th year is over)

Reflecting back on third year, it’s been a strange one.  I was telling my mam on the phone how Glasgow hadn’t quite been up to scratch for me this year since all my flatmates are gone.  I’ve been feeling a little bit lonely and sorry for myself.  But looking for photos for this blog post was nice because it made me realise I actually had a great year.

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I moved into my new flat in September.  There was 5 of us girls who shared last year.  We first met in halls and I’d now class the girls as some of my best friends.  Two of them did their third year abroad – Padova in Italy & Hong Kong! So the Cate, Anna and I, who were left in Glasgow were moving in together again for the year.  Because of illness and placement in London, the two of them also left Glasgow come 2nd semester which was why I was feeling pretty alone! There was no more spontaneous nights out, duvet days in front of the TV or just general chit chat whilst cooking my tea.  I hated living alone at first. But as time went on it grew on me then my course-mate Judith moved in with me a little while later. I still had my other Glasgow friends as well as Ewan coming through to see me/me visiting him in Edinburgh.  So it wasn’t all bad, just not quite the same.  

Halloween

I think winter is my favourite season. I absolutely love the sunshine and how happy it makes everyone but there’s something magical about Christmas lights, fireworks, hot drinks on a cold dark night and the number of parties that are thrown.

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Between that and the fact my flatmates were around, I think the first semester of 3rd year wins hands down!

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My birthday is in winter too so that helps! It was my 20th but soon after Christmas, it became the year of the 21st for our group of friends which has so far been great fun. Not a clue what I’ll do for mine yet.

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Another thing I love is the Christmas markets! I manage to spend a small fortune every year at the one in Glasgow at St Enoch Square. I just can’t help it with the mulled wine & cider, the pick n mix, the fake snow and most importantly – olives! Olives get me every time.

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While I was home at Christmas, The View came to play at Mareel, our new cinema and music venue in Shetland. I love them and we don’t usually get many famous bands up so it was pretty exciting and a great night.

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Auld Lang Syne at New Year. I was ill and on lots of medication so didn’t drink this year but ended up having the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in a long time.
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My beautiful nephew, Lukas was born in January – definitely the highlight of my year.

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My brother playing a house gig in Edinburgh in the coolest house I’ve ever been in. If you like folk music then here are the links… Link to the band, Aamos’ page. My brother’s website. Here’s the Twitter page for the house that hosted the gig too, although I believe due to problems with the council they’ve had to find a new venue.

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Love me some pizza.

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This is my go to starter when I’m cooking for people now. Makes me look a bit posh when really it’s far from it! I use 2 glass dishes from Gu puddings – one for balsamic vinegar & olive oil and one for olives. The focaccia and the olives are both from Aldi so cheap as chips but tasty and well presented!

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As seen in my April posts (Here and here) I had a great time in Norway for my nephew’s christening over our Easter break.

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I’m always admiring the views on the train/bus when travelling around Scotland and I aim to see more of it next year. Ewan and I went to Oban last weekend to visit his Gran for her birthday. I hope to share my pictures from that with you soon, although they’re just taken on my phone. It was lovely and the scenery the whole way there was amazing – especially Inveraray and Connel.

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Pancakes – yum! My sister has started making pancakes every few weekends as my nieces and nephew loved them so much on Pancake Day. Pretty envious to say the least.

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Studying for final exams in both January & May was obviously the worst part of each semester but the January results paid off and hopefully the May ones have too! Fingers crossed.

So all in all, it’s fair to say I’ve had a pretty great year. Now here’s to a great summer too!