Good cheer from the northern isles
Today has been bright and sunny, with a bitter north wind. Our morning walk should have been lovely: blue skies and icy puddles to stamp on. Unfortunately, this sort of weather reminds me too much of Spring terms being made to play lacrosse at boarding school on the east coast of Scotland, where the frequent fine weather was always accompanied by a skin-shredding wind. Apparently, some people actually enjoy lacrosse….
However, my kind husband brought me back to the present by reminding me that schooldays were, for us, a very long time ago and that we were going home, not to the spartan miseries of dormitory life, but to hot coffee and a wood fire. I am still hoping for more snow: we have had a dusting over the past couple of days but not enough to soften the hard bones of the end-of-winter landscape. Inside, though, all is warm and cocooning. Just in time to brighten the dark days after Twelfth Night, I discovered a source of wonderful crafts from the Shetland Isles. For example, this Fair Isle bunting is the perfect thing to cheer up this raw time of year: cosy-looking, slightly daft, knitted in wonderful traditional designs and it makes everyone smile:
It arrived in a packet with a title in English on one side and in the Shetland dialect on the other:
I had no immediate plans for a ‘foy’ (party) but couldn’t resist hanging it up straight away. Other delights from www.designedinshetland.co.uk include this tea cosy, so thick and stretchy that I have been almost tempted to wear it as a hat:
whereas I think our comfort-loving Westie rather covets it as a fireside cushion. No chance.