Sunday, 7 September 2014

Johnnie Notions' Böd

We booked Johnnie Notions' Böd this weekend for a little back t basics chill out time. An old camping barn with basic bunk beds, a peat stove, running water, loo and nothing much else. But what else do you need when there's fine weather and a great coast to explore?



The böd is named after Johnnie Williamson who was born there in 1740 and amongst other things was famous for developing a small pox vaccine which saved many of the local population.


There's a colourful traveller's tree outside...





We arrived on a lovely calm evening with the moon just up...



Candles lit...


Fire on and time to relax...


Dining table and bunk beds, there were two sets of bunks...



 It wasn't long before were ready for bed and awaiting a sunny Saturday...



The böd has 4 bunks and a seating/dining area inside and a separate outhouse with two flushing loos and a sink and worktop area. No electric or gas, so bring a camping stove and candles.

The next morning Beren was up and down at the beach (in wellies and PJs) while we were still sleeping; only in Shetland! He came back to the böd to wake us up and show us the first grotty buckie he found...


Later we went out around several stretches of coast looking for grotty buckies, agate and any thing else of interest.

 We also did a bit of geochaching...


Which Beren loves as it adds to his collection of useless tat!


I took the chance to do some long exposure photography in between mooching around beaches.

South Head...



Muckle Ossa...


Dore Holm...


And a few panoramas. Here's The Drongs from Braewick Cafe...



Here's a short video showing you around the böd and some of the coast...


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