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 Message 1 of 31 in Discussion 
From: Snow  (Original Message)Sent: 7/22/2007 8:05 AM

 Here are the famous Northern Lights You get this because there is no air polution
 midnight in summer it never gets dark at this time of year

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 Message 17 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 1/11/2008 10:05 PM
Of course i have named them...dave Dee Nosey Beaky and Titch
There are four boys and one Lady...We had a gosling that was born with a deformed beak and Susanne my new friend and I tried to keep it fed by distracting the others but it was all to no avail ...She just did not appear for breakfast noe morning....I was reallt sad about that but you have to let nature take it,s course..
 The little grey one at the back was the wee gosling that we lost
 The Furballs in the new house

A very sleepy Kizzie


 Message 18 of 31 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameravymavySent: 1/12/2008 5:00 PM
Awwww  great pics snow

 Message 19 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 1/14/2008 7:33 AM

 The burning of the ship in the village of Scalloway...each village will have it,s own UPHELLYA over the course of the coming month...These are known as the " Fire Festivals....It goes back to medieval Vtimes when the Vikings leved here...

 Message 20 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 1/15/2008 11:29 PM
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Shetland Crofthouse Museum is fairly typical of mid-nineteenth century Shetland croft buildings. A typical family unit included grandparents, parents and children. The sea, not the land, was the main provider and the crofter was a fisherman, seaman or whaler. Work on the land was done in his absence by his wife and family.

This type of building evolved over many centuries and was extremely well adapted to local conditions. It was built and furnished almost entirely of local materials. It was kept structurally as simple as possible, consistent with strength and comfort, to facilitate maintenance. The house was normally split into two rooms. The 'ben end' was the inner room with the outer room or kitchen end, being the 'but end'.

The intercommunicating house, barn and byre was a necessary arrangement which allowed a light to be carried between the units during the most severe storm conditions: it is impossible to tend animals in total darkness, and matches are a recent invention.

This theme of efficient function with maximum simplicity is very evident in the little water mill. A simple dam with two outlets affords perfect control of the flow while the rotary part of the mill, balanced on a moving beam, allows full control of the grinding process. This type of mill, known to archaeologists as Norse mills, is believed to have been introduced into Britain by Norse settlers.

Self-reliance and maximum use of local materials is very evident within the house. With the exception of items such as the clock, gun, iron pots and dishes, everything is home or locally made. Driftwood is much in evidence, often identifiable by the marine worm-bores. It was used structurally as well as for making furniture. Imported wood was expensive.  quotes closed

Shetland Crofthouse Museum seen from the rear
  Shetland Crofthouse Museum
seen from the rear

A Flaachter spade. Used for cutting divots for the roof.
  A Flaachter spade. Used for cutting divots for the roof.

Plan of Shetland Crofthouse Museum

Plan of Shetland Crofthouse Museum

A corner of Shetland Crofthouse Museum
  A corner of the But End

© Shetland Museum, Lower Hillhead, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0EL, UK.
tel: +44 (0)1595 695057  fax: +44 (0)1595 696729  email:

 Message 21 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 1/15/2008 11:31 PM
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The crofthouse, with its thick walls and thatched roof, was a surprisingly snug dwelling, warm in winter and cool in summer. Once inside and with a good peat fire going, the worst of winter storms were scarcely felt. Here in the but end (the living room), the family worked, cooked, ate and entertained their friends and neighbours. During winter, farming and fishing equipment was made or repaired; harnesses, kishies and meshies, simmonds for thatching, fishing lines, buoys, nets, clothing, knitwear, yarn and so on.

Everyone took part in what was being done. Stories were told, local gossip discussed, guddicks, were solved and the traditional knowledge of generations was passed to the young folk.

Neighbours dropped in and tales were told of their voyaging in the far corners of the world. The fiddle was the chief musical instrument of the Shetlanders; most men could play and many women also. A good fiddler was always welcome at any fireside.

The parents, grandparents and youngest children usually slept ben. Box beds gave privacy and most ben ends would have had more than one. The older children usually slept but; the boys up on the loft and the girls in another box bed. Older children often slept in the barn.  quotes closed

Carding and Spinning Shetland wool
  Carding and Spinning Shetland wool

Storytelling about ghosts...
  Storytelling about ghosts...

A shelf of personal items
  A shelf of personal items

Spring (Voar)  Summer  Autumn (Hairst)  Winter

 Message 22 of 31 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nickname→©C♥A♥C©?/nobr>Sent: 1/16/2008 9:11 AM
I love the info on Shetland Snow. I enjoy reading about how we used to live

 Message 23 of 31 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameravymavySent: 1/16/2008 1:04 PM
thanx snow...... it's very interesting info  on Shetland

 Message 24 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 1/16/2008 9:36 PM

aurura glow

Aurora glow, looking north towards Ward Hill
(l ights of Setter croft foreground)
Photograph taken about 2100UTC 18th October 2007

 Message 25 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 1/21/2008 8:21 AM
The making of the famous Shetland Shawl,,,I have not long finished knitting one of these and will post a pic after I get it stretched
 It is comonly known as a Wedding Ring shawl as you can pull the whole thing through your wedding is that fine

 Message 26 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 2/10/2008 7:41 AM

Bronze Age

Around 4,000 years ago the climate began to deteriorate and peat started to spread across the upland areas forcing people to move to the milder climate and fertile ground around the coast. Here they clustered together in small townships. It is thought that increasingly inhospitable weather impacted on food supplies and in turn on population size, and that there was also an increase in warfare. The arrival of bronze at this time gives its name to the archaeological period ?the Bronze Age.

  • Bronze Age smithy, Jarlshof, ShetlandHouses, field systems and a smithy have all been found on mainland Shetland and the settlements at Jarlshof and Scatness, both lying within a couple of miles of Sumburgh Airport, are essential viewing.
  • Crussa Field, Unst, has what may be a Bronze Age cremation cemetery called the “Rounds of Tivla??3 rings of banks and ditches surrounding a stony central area.
  • Feltar has the Haltadans stone circle

This is an amzing place to go see

 Message 27 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 2/11/2008 10:25 PM
11 February 2008

One of the humpback whales off Bressay yesterday afternoon - Photo: Roy LongmuirThe two humpback whales seen off Yell last week surfaced just north of Bressay yesterday afternoon (Sunday).

Ornithologists Martin Heubeck and Paul Harvey were on their way back into Lerwick on the survey vessel Dunter III after a winter seabird count around the shoreline of Nesting when skipper Jonathan Wills received a message from Robbie Leask, out fishing off the Score Point, Bressay.

Mr Leask said he'd been watching two whales for over an hour, from about half a mile away.

At first they were thought to be minkes but as Dunter III edged closer it became clear that they were humpbacks.

"When we were about 500 metres away I cut the engines and we just drifted," Dr Wills said. "After 15 minutes or so the smaller of the two animals, about nine metres long, circled the boat twice and then dived right under us. We could see its white flippers under water.

“It was an amazing encounter and the first time I'd seen a humpback in 16 years of looking for them around Shetland. I missed one off Sumburgh by five minutes about 10 years ago."

The whales were still feeding in the area at sunset, an hour later.

Dr Wills appealed to anyone else who saw the whales to follow the whale watching code: "All you have to do is shut down the engines and the sonar and wait. Like orcas and minkes, these are very curious animals and if you're patient they'll almost certainly come up close for a look at you. If you chase them at speed you'll just scare them off."

Local amateur photographer Roy Longmuir, who was crewing on the Dunter III yesterday, got some close-up pictures which will now be analysed to see if the whales can be identified from the markings on their fins and tail flukes.

 Message 28 of 31 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameDonno774Sent: 2/12/2008 10:49 AM
Hey Snow your pics are awesome lets have more!

 Message 29 of 31 in Discussion 
From: SnowSent: 2/14/2008 8:12 AM
This is Collafirth a village near here
 sunrise over Collafirth
 Rowing Regatta

 Message 30 of 31 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nicknamewishful460Sent: 6/3/2008 12:55 PM
i love your pics of shetland
it would be great o see more

 Message 31 of 31 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameKazAgainSent: 6/9/2008 4:58 PM
Love your latest Shetland photos Snow and I'll say it again, what an idyllic place to live.
By the way, did Mum and Dad goose only have the one baby
- Kaz

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