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Uradale Almanac


Green, an old carpenter told me, is a colour that “stands” well on a boat. His concerns were for the painting of sea-going fishing boats. Green, although deemed unlucky by some fishermen, was seen as a strong colour, which was unlikely to fade and wear...

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Yule in the Valley

Today was Hannah’s birthday. At 22 and with a First Class degree in Drama she has the world and her life before her. Tomorrow she must travel back to England to pursue her career. The house will miss her as she has grown into a beautiful, talented young woman....

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Iron Age Beef

Autumn in Shetland is a time of to-ings and fro-ings, with every day seeing migrations of birds moving south and shipments of livestock being sold to Scottish farmers. Every year around 100,000 head of sheep are sold by crofters for fattening on the verdant pastures...

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