July 2008

We arrived on time in Aberdeen this morning. I got up and got dressed quickly, but Emma and the girls were a little slow in getting out of our cabin and going down to the lower car deck to move our car when we were called to do so, so…

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Spent our final day in Shetland in Lerwick, where we bought a few last-minute souvenirs and gifts, before briefly heading back to Paul and Teresa’s and then onwards to the ferry terminal via the Shetland Museum, where Paul now works on a part-time basis. We said our good-byes outside the…

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Today was given over to Shetland Bus day. Having read about the Shetland Bus operation in David Howarth’s book after our visit last year, I wanted to visit the main places involved in the operation. Howarth himself was charged with organisation of the operation, which was an Special Operations Executive…

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After breakfast and having packed our stuff back into the cars, Paul, Emma, Tristan, and I went to the Unst Boat Haven, while the others went to Muness castle. Following a short stop at a playground afterwards, we headed to the beach near Haroldswick. On the way back to catch…

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Today, we made the journey from the Shetland mainland up to Unst. The journey involves driving to the top of the mainland, taking a ferry to the island of Yell (approx 20 minutes), driving across Yell, and then taking a short ferry crossing from Yell to Unst. Paul and Teresa…

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Initially went into Lerwick with Emma, Murron, Maddy, and Tristan this morning. Murron and Maddy are getting on very well and both ended up buying the same set of clothes with their money. We met up with Paul, Kate, Tom, and Philippa afterwards and all went swimming afterwards at the…

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Not a great start to the day weather-wise today, but by the mid afternoon the sun had burnt off the clouds and the weather had turned very nice, so we headed over to St Ninian’s Isle and the beach that joins the island (or peninsula) to the mainland by the…

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Awoke just as Shetland came into view this morning. I quickly got dressed and went out on the top deck with the girls, to be joined a short time later by Emma and Tristan. The skies were clear and gave a good view of our arrival at 07:30. On arrival,…

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Set off just after 08:00 this morning from Scarborough on our journey up to Shetland to stay with my brother Paul and his family, who live there. We didn’t have to rush, because our ship didn’t leave Aberdeen until 19:30 in the evening, so we broke the journey up into…

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Drove up to Scarborough today to Emma’s mum’s flat, where we are saying overnight tonight to break up the journey up to Shetland. Arrived mid afternoon and then we had a family walk along the sea front with Emma’s mum, Joyce.

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