|at Da Knab looking across the bay|
My parents loved to walk here when they visited Shetland and they had a plaque outside their home in Canada that said "Da Knab" Mum was telling me on Skype yesterday that once someone came to the door and asked if she was "Mrs. da Knab!!!"
I am enjoying the visit to a place where almost everyone is my family. Cousin Johnny is pointing to the man cutting the grass, the man walking his dog, the woman in the garden……He knows them all! I visited my cousin's shop in Lerwick and bought some Sea Salt scarves. I wish that we had this line at home because it would be ideal for our coastal life style. I would really like one of the tin cloth rain jackets for walking. As many of the people here are related, the sizes in the shops reflect a certain homogeneity. As a plump, slightly under 5'4" woman, I would have no trouble shopping on the main street of Lerwick. Alas, Madame has too many clothes at home and a jacket could probably be Fedexed at a different time.
|a house by the harbour|
|sign in the harbour|
There is a lot of pride in Shetland history, culture and dialect. 2014 is the Year of Dialect and poetry is everywhere on the island. Even in the public toilet cubicles!
Having spent 25 years teaching emergent writers and ESL students, I pick up language easily and enjoy reading the poetry. So much to see and to learn, so little time!
|Can you read this?|