Monday, 5 March 2012

Hard day at the office...

Well what an amazing day it's been in Shetland today, spring or may be even summer has definitely sprung.


Today was a toughy at work though. It really was as we've been all full of cold here for the last week. Beren has even been off school for a week and is still struggling. However I managed to struggle through the best part of a day on Scat Ness and Ness of Burgi at the south end. Sadly we had to cook our lunch on a fire and then eat the mountains of bacon butties  and fried onions we'd made. Life is some times tough eh? 


Well my chest and throat didn't appreciate the smoke, I had the trouble of sun burn and I got my feet wet too. Truly awful day!


We stopped at a cove at the end of Scat Ness just before the chain gangway to the Ness of Burgi. There's always a good sea to admire here and it obviously comes right through to the eastern side at times as the storm beach of boulders testifies.


We discovered a great rock pool to come back and may be even swim in at some point, but not today!



Our drift wood fire slow go going, but it did eventually and in no time we were frying bacon and onions in Shetland butter, all washed down with erm... strawberry ribena! Not my choice, I think we need a camp kettle.


A lovely spot on a sunny spring day. A lonely fishing boat was heading round to the east coast of Shetland, the birds were in flight and the waves were mesmerising.




All to soon we had to get moving and head along the chain gangway on to the Ness of Burgi and on wards towards the Burgi Block House.


Looking back to Fitful head...


 And forwards to the block house with the fishing boat now passing the headland...


And after the final holm next stop is Fair Isle...


Looking back past Fitful Head, Foula was showing itself. A wonderful clear day...


Then it was back to the office to stink them out with camp fire reek and then home to find out I'd missed the Risso's Dolphins up at Catfirth for a second day in a row! See them here. Yesterday I was too ill to get up there and today, well as you can see I was having a hard day in the office...

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