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    Posted: 12 July 2019 at 11:24
Last month my wife, son and I travelled to Lerwick by bike, train and overnight ferry. After disembarking and having breakfast at the excellent Peerie Shop cafe in the town, we battled against the headwind worried we’d miss the 11:30 Mousa ferry but arrived at 11:15 with just enough time to lock our bikes and take the essentials of clothing, food, boots and camera. You can’t book in advance and we were lucky to squeeze in as the boat was full when it left.

1. Storm petrels nest and hide from predators in the rocks.


2. The Mousa Broch is the tallest broch still standing and amongst the best-preserved prehistoric buildings in Europe. It is thought to have been constructed around 100 BC, one of more than 500 brochs built in Scotland.


3. The interior staircase still stands but great care is needed to ascend the very narrow steps, it’s necessary to plant your feet sideways. The handrail is the only modern alteration.


4. The broch from the boat as we returned to mainland Shetland.


5. We stayed overnight near the southern tip of the mainland. The next morning was wet so we walked to the Jarlshof prehistoric village, dating from 2500BC and remarkably well preserved.


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7. Blue sky returned at 2 pm so we cycled the short distance to Sunburgh head.


8. Puffin on a tuft of sea pinks with sandeels for its chick.


9. The closest I got to a bird in flight!


10. About to leave our accommodation next morning. This is Betty Mouat’s Böd, run by the Shetland Amenity Trust, you have to take your own sleeping bags. Her house has been modernised with showers and inside toilets since she lived here in the 19th century. On the 30th of January 1886 she boarded a ship for Lerwick to sell knitwear, the sea being a better option than the poor quality winding tracks of the day. The three-man crew and their sole passenger set off on a three hour, twenty-four mile voyage, Betty having a small cabin for the journey.

Just thirty minutes later the Columbine ran into trouble in high winds and heavy seas. A rowing boat carried two crew back ashore, bringing news that skipper Jamieson has been accidentally thrown overboard and drowned, leaving Betty Mouat alone with a broken mainsheet, drifting in darkness.

Betty clung to a rope fastened to the roof of the cabin in order to stay seated. At no point in her ordeal could she contemplate sleep, rest or even lying down. Her only sustenance was a quart bottle of milk and two half-penny biscuits which she rationed carefully. Wrapping herself in the skipper’s jacket, she took comfort from his ticking watch, the closest thing to company.

Betty was at the mercy of the sea and the weather for nine days and eight nights before her luck changed. The Columbine ran aground on the Norwegian island of Lepsoy, twelve miles from Alesund. The boat miraculously arrived at the island’s only beach, avoiding collision with dangerous rocks. Betty was carried ashore by locals and taken to a fisherman’s house to recover. News of her rescue was telegrammed to Lerwick and Betty’s four hundred mile ordeal was over.
 



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Number two is outstanding. Just curious if you tried lifting the shadows a tad in the structure to bring out a little more detail? Even left untouched I still really like it
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Thanks Chris, I already lifted the shadows slightly, didn't want to overdo it for fear of the HDR effect. I took one from the sun side too but prefer this side for the clouds.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 July 2019 at 13:49
Fantastic Alan! I love those islands. I was there in my analogue days; I hope one day I'll get round to scanning my negatives ...
Thanks for these!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 July 2019 at 14:04
Alan, what a super set. Love all these images and the interesting stories they convey.
The Broch is quite amazing and I love that interior of the stair.
The prehistoric village reminds me of Skara Brae which I saw on a visit to Orkney many years ago.
The puffins are always so lovely to see, and the story of Betty's remarkable survival is almost unbelievable. What a wonderful thing to have stayed in her house.
Thanks for sharing, and looking forward to more.
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Thanks Leo and Joe, more coming!
 



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