Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Monday 13 th October Our Last Day in Shetland

It was a glorious bright day and we had to go and say goodbye to Tesco before the trip to Jamieson and Smith to collect the stash of wool. However as we going home to move house and move back to Norfolk we were not going to 'go overboard' in terms of buying wool. After all there was the Internet and I do have a shade card and I wouldn't be spinning or knitting - just packing for some weeks!
So I bought:
2 fine fleece (one for a friend)
Kilo of jumper weight yarn undyed - for dyeing & knitting ( ? Fair Isle cochineal based jumper)
Jumper weight yarn –  a holly red- for Michael - this will be the first jumper off the knitting machine when we have moved I have got it set up
Shetland Supreme - 2 balls - for a fine Unst scarf

Then as it was our last day it had to be lunch in Hay's Dock Restaurant, I had the wonderful Seafood Chowder.
A quick look at the sea encouraged us that it looked calm - this is encouraging for the crossing  as our bed tonight will be on the North Sea!
A view from the restaurant with the ferry for tonight in the background.

Then as it was our last time in the wonderful Shetland Museum we had to visit the Museum shop and were delighted to 'bump into' Michael's birdwatching friend from the Gardiesfauld hostel on Unst. Some nice bits were chosen as Christmas presents from the shop mainly for me, including a super folder and glasses cleaner (see below)  and goodbyes made and then it was onto the ferry terminal and we got on the boat at 4.45pm.
'Goodies' from Shetland Museum Gift Shop

Soon after arriving on board we met Eve again and chatted for most of the evening. The journey was made more interesting as we were accompanied for part of the journey by the coastguard helicopter carrying out an exercise for about an hour. So we had a meal on board and as usual good nights sleep and were well rested for the next day and the beginning of the journey home.

What a superb experience this has been!

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