Ponies, Sheep, and History

The last day on Shetland I managed to find a tour guide who would customize a half-day trip for me. He was really good – found me what I wanted and threw in a lot of Shetland history as well, which i really appreciated.

We headed west from Lerwick to the old capitol,of Scalloway where we found some Shetland ponies, one of the things on my list. This group was not really afraid of us but quickly moved off.

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So we headed south to find some we could get a closer look at. These fit! A bonus was they had young foals. And a real cute one who decided to take a roll on the grass as we watched!

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As we headed south, we came across…..not ponies……not sheep…..but seals, sunning themselves on a gorgeous beach! As my guide said, their idea of a day to sun bathe is definitely different than ours!

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Before a serious hunt for some Shetland Sheep, we stopped at the Crofthouse Museum. I am really interested in earlier life on the crofts and this museum was great. What a setting right by the North Sea.

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Inside, a peat fire burned. You may laugh, but on my fourth trip to Scotland I FINALLY get to see and smell a peat fire – and I loved it! Rather smoky but so interesting to someone who grew up with a wood fire being a regular part of our evenings.

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A Shetland lace shawl adorned the wall.

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The beds were box beds that could be closed to keep out the cold and the windows were small for the same reason.

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I think I could have stayed a bit longer to smell a little more of the peat smoke but we were on a mission to find some Shetland Sheep. You would think not that hard but my guide guessed a lot of them were up in the hills. Besides Shetland Sheep on the islands there are Cheviots and crosses and I am pretty sure I saw a few Suffolks.

We did find these, however, which are Shetland or perhaps crosses but really pretty colors. Enough to feel I had seen some of the animals I came here to see, even without that wind keeping me from Foula and Fair Isle. Another time!

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