Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Shetland Wool Week 2018: Day 22: Sunday Teas and Eshaness

Sunday 30 Sept 
The last Sunday of wool week is always one of my favourites, as the Shetland Guild of Weavers, Spinners, Knitters and Dyers put on a Sunday Tea. 
However, I was distracted this morning as I had got something in my eye and was unable to concentrate on thinking about anything other than my eye.
I tried having a shower, washing out my eye and using eye drops but nothing was going to work.  M had told me there was quite a large spike that looked like grass in my eye but he had been unable to remove it. So after breakfast we decided that A and E was the place to go, but wondered what our son (an A and E consultant in England) would say!  
We parked easily at the hospital and noticed there was no ambulance queue, which is normal in England. M took another look at my eye and said the spike was near the corner and he thought he could get it, which he did. Hurrah, no A and E needed and no need to tell my son I had  been to A and E in Lerwick. We then picked up a few provisions in Tesco as we were driving past and went to Mareel  for a congratulatory coffee and croissant. 
We decided we would drive on to Brae slowly and be there in time to get ourselves some lunch in the van before the Tea and Exhibition opened.
It was a good day for Rainbows as we were driving over to Brae

There were two other events close by so we thought parking might be at a premium. 
We got one of the remaining parking spots at the Hall. I chatted to Eve as she had arrived well before us and at 14.00 we went in. 
It is a lovely that there is a display of members work and the chances are the makers  will be there so you can talk to them, or watch them demonstrating spinning or knitting and even possibly buy one of their items.  

Kathleen Anderson’s lovely fine lace shaped shawl

I think this is a Pearl Johnson’s, just look at that rib.

There is a short video on my Facebook page taken at the Tea,  you can see me wearing my ‘wool week’ jacket and of course talking about knitting.(1)

It was a lovely afternoon and I did lots of close looking, talking to Wool Week friends and to members of the Guild which is very special.   Providing the food for the tea and managing the giving out of the tea is a serious undertaking and both the drinks and food were constantly being refreshed. It is an amazing extra burden on the Guild, many of whom would have been involved in classes during the week. It is a wonderful end to the week. As always we were some of the last to leave - too much talking M would say! 

It was getting very blustery. We decided we would treat ourselves to Frankie's Fish and chips for an early supper. First we thought we would take the opportunity to drive over to Eshaness and see what the sea was looking like there. It is a beautiful drive  over  and as soon as we could see the sea, it was clear it would be a dramatic experience. I took lots of photos, firstly with the iPad and then with my ‘real‘ camera, but all from the comfort of the van. 
Very atmospheric

As we turned to begin the journey back to Frankie's, we were so pleased that we had decided to visit Eshaness and saw one or two more couples from wool week who had decided to ‘take a look’ too. 
What a wonderful end to Wool Week this was.  However, we had two more days left and I had a special day planned for Monday. 

(1) I can’t copy the link due to my lack of technical skills, but I posted it on my Facebook  page on 1 Oct  18 

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