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Three Strikes and In: Fair Isle, Shetland, 12th-17th September 2022

We disembarked from the Northlink ferry at 07:30 on 12th September and headed to Tingwall after a brief visit to the Co-op and an abortive attempt to find breakfast in Lerwick (not on a Monday, apparently). Our flight to Fair Isle was due to leave at 11.00, but this looked unlikely as we travelled through … Continue reading Three Strikes and In: Fair Isle, Shetland, 12th-17th September 2022

Don’t Be Told What You Want To Need: Sheffield etc, 29th August to 11th September 2022

We ended up in Yorkshire for longer than we anticipated. The plan was to spend the last week of the school holidays in Sheffield and then head north. For various reasons, our plans for Scotland fell through, and then we left it too late to book hotels for our new dates ... so we just … Continue reading Don’t Be Told What You Want To Need: Sheffield etc, 29th August to 11th September 2022

Gower Power: Gower, Wales, 24th-28th August 2022

According to the weather forecast, our first day in Gower, on Wednesday 24th August, would be wet. It rained overnight, but some light drizzle soon cleared and it was dry for the rest of the day. Must be the Gower microclimate. We spent our first day exploring Port Eynon, controversially hyphenated in some places on … Continue reading Gower Power: Gower, Wales, 24th-28th August 2022

Three Countries in Three Days: Aberdeen to Gower, 21st-23rd August 2022

Three countries in three days. Ridiculous. Never done that before. Well, maybe on a cruise in the Caribbean ;-). Anyway, we arrived in Aberdeen in Scotland on Sunday 21st and drove to Musselburgh to see grandsons Kieran and Brydon. On Monday 22nd we drove from Musselburgh to England, visiting my brothers in Kirkby and Southport. … Continue reading Three Countries in Three Days: Aberdeen to Gower, 21st-23rd August 2022

The Joker and the Thief: Unst etc., Shetland, 1st-20th August 2022

So, you go all the way to Iceland to see Harlequin Ducks ... and then one turns up on your doorstep! Idly checking my phone on the morning of Friday 5th August, the top message on the Unst birders WhatsApp group just stated 'Jesus Dave!' so I guessed something big had happened. Turns out that … Continue reading The Joker and the Thief: Unst etc., Shetland, 1st-20th August 2022

Farewell to Cape Farewell: at sea, and Orkney, 6th-10th July 2022

It was grey and overcast with a freshening south-easterly wind and increasingly frequent rain on Wednesday 6th July. It was hardly very enticing on deck and a few quick trips out only produced Fulmars and four Brunnich’s Guillemots. We passed Cape Farewell sometime during early to mid-evening. Even if it had been clear, and by … Continue reading Farewell to Cape Farewell: at sea, and Orkney, 6th-10th July 2022

A Whale with a View: Nuuk, Greenland, Tuesday 5th July 2022

Nuuk, formerly Godthåb, is Greenland’s capital and largest town, with a population of almost 19000, or almost four times the size of the next biggest settlement. Its Greenlandic name means headland, as it is situated at the end of the peninsula. It is hemmed in by impressive mountains, certainly more so than the other settlements … Continue reading A Whale with a View: Nuuk, Greenland, Tuesday 5th July 2022