Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A quick trip to Bressay

I've been off today to care for a pox infected Beren. Luckily it looks like they're clearing up now and he's not been too itchy. With any luck he'll be back at school before the end of the week.

It's been a mixed day so we decided to get a few jobs done and then go over to my friends' croft on Bressay with a dog cage for them and to see their new lambs and other beasts.

I'd never been to the Bressay Heritage Centre before so first stop off the ferry was there...


One of the main reasons I wanted to go was to see the rescued and re-constructed burnt mound. Burnt mounds are places with stone 'tanks' that are presumed to have been filled with water and then had hot stones added to heat the water for purposes such as cooking or curing hide and then the stones were discarded around the area creating the  mound once they were too shattered to use.


This mound was nearby and in danger of being lost to the sea until the Bressay History group re-sited it in it's present location. Unusually there were still lots of the internal structures of the mound preserved all to see...

This whale head and vertebrae are just next tot the entrance along with a kettle used to process cutch for ropes and sails.


Inside is a mock up of a room from the war days along with many artifacts of WWII and life at that time...





Including a display on weddings in that era...


And a great old stove...


Sadly it wasn't really the place to look round with a 5 year old suffering with cabin fever, so after a quick nose about it was off to our friends for a chat and a cuppa.

After our visit we headed out to Kirkabister Lighthouse. A place I usually visit when I'm on Bressay as you can get down under the arch that's below the lighthouse and take in the view.

The rocks down there show some lovely honey comb weathering in parts and this fulmar had picked fantastic place to nest in it's own sculpted gallery...


Around the other side a shag was nesting in a less glamorous location and it wasn't happy to have visitors!


We didn't stay long so as not to disturb it un-necessarily...


Back round on the seaward side of the cliffs we thought we might spy some seals. We didn't but we did spy my friend on his way back into Lerwick on his morning run of the Seabirds and Seals trip on the Dunter III


We were just about to go down to the old lighthouse harbour where there are often seals when Beren preceded to have a coughing fit and spent a few minutes alternatively coughing and vomiting.  Once that was over neither of us were wanting to do anything other than return for the next ferry. Though Beren still wanted to get fish and chips for dinner!

2 comments:

  1. See the joystick from the Plane which is in one of the display cabinets that came from the Bristol Blenheims which crashed over Bressay Sound and ended up in what is now our back garden!

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  2. The we did see it Tom. Looked like you'd had a shipwreck in the garden too ;)

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