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Home or away

Welcome to this December issue of Shetland Life. This issue has a festive feel. We speak to Shetlanders who are spending Christmas home and away and Eileen Brooke-Freeman takes a look back at the sport of festive fitba in Shetland.

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea? Lindsay Tonner shares her pick of the best books of 2019 available in the Shetland Times Bookshop.

Elsewhere, Ali Grundon Robertson considers how we can all have a more sustainable Christmas without removing the joy and Gill Nadin shares a makkin project so that you can decorate your tree with some beautiful hand-crafted decorations.

December is a month filled with Christmas parties and to get your party started Alex Garrick-Wright has been to Mareel and sampled his pick of the best cocktails to get your celebrations off to a flying start.

All this and more in the December issue of Shetland Life – OUT NOW!

Remember to send any comments or suggestions you may have to And, whatever you’re up to, we love to hear about it, use our hashtag for the chance to be featured online or in the magazine #myshetlandlife.

As ever, have a great month and enjoy Shetland Life – OUT NOW!


Home or away Games:

The tissue box game
Toilet paper target practice

Face the cookie game

The cereal box game

Spaghetti tower marshmallow challenge

Intergenerational working

In our April issue of Shetland Life, we feature a piece on intergenerational working and the Inspiring Purpose Project which saw Shetland scoop the top prize at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh last year. The full feature is available in the April issue (out now). The following are the stories written about the servicemen who were selected and researched as part of this fascinating project.

We have also included a piece from the Shetland Life archive which looks at the story of ‘A Shetlander who influenced the course of World War One’ (Shetland Life, August 1987).

We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we did and please give them a share on Facebook!

Insipring Purpose Stories

Christian Tait & Aimee Williams

Morag Nicolson & Vaila Thompson

Pat Christie & Elise Rendall

Sonia & James Inkster

A Shetlander who influenced the course of World War One

Magnus Nicolson Story

The Magic Toolbox

Jane Cockayne shares with Shetland Life her short-story, The Magic Toolbox which is aimed at helping children deal with everyday emotions. In the April issue we published the first of a series of Tool Tricks which can help children identify and deal with their feelings and emotions. This is the full story and each month Jane will provide Shetland Life with a new Tool to use.

David is full of energy
David is cool
He rides his bike
to Scalloway school.

Some days David is happy in class
Other days he shouts, ‘NO’
He says to his mum;
‘I am NOT going to go.’

Mrs Fox was the head teacher
She has curly hair,
David waits outside her office
Sitting on a chair.

‘Come in David, tell me what’s up?’
He says, ‘my feelings are messy inside,
They feel too big,
I want to run away and hide.’

Mrs Fox looked at David
and had a think
‘I have a great plan’ she said
and gave him a wink!

‘Call all the children and Caroline too
She will come, she knows what to do,
In the basement is a dusty box
It’s time to look inside,’ said Mrs Fox.

Caroline came in a jiffy
Wearing stripy tights
The children tried to sit still
But they were high as kites

Caroline said,

Inside the magic box
Are lots of feelings tools
You can use them anywhere,
At home, outside, in schools!

Feelings are visitors
Watch them come and go
Feelings can move fast
Or sometimes they slowly grow

Feelings are important
Each and every one
Lets open the magic box
Our work has just begun…”

All the children enjoyed
Using the feelings tools
They can use them anywhere,
Not just in schools

David tried using the Still Stone
‘Am I using the it the right way?’
Caroline smiled and said,
‘Yes! It takes practice each and every day…’

APFELKUCHEN MIT BUTTER-MANDEL GUSS (Apple cake with butter-almond topping)

APFELKUCHEN MIT BUTTER-MANDEL GUSS (Apple cake with butter-almond topping)
by Katja Stuebiger of Katja’s Cakes



  • 300g plain flour
  • 150g sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 200g unsalted Shetland Dairy butter


  • 50g raisins
  • 3 tablespoons golden rum (eg. Mount Gay, Havanna Club)
  • 1.5kg apples (eg. Bramley)
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 100g unsalted Shetland Dairy butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 100g flaked almonds


  1. Knead together flour, sugar, salt, egg and butter into a smooth dough and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.
  2. Butter a round baking tray, roll out the dough evenly and place it into the baking tray.
  3. Soak the raisins for a minimum of 15 minutes in the rum (best do this first thing before you start baking).
  4. Peel and core the apples and chop them into small cubes (1.00/1.5cm).
  5. Mix the apples with the raisins, sugar and cinnamon and put the mixture into the baking tray.
  6. Bake the cake for 35 minutes/160 degrees/fan oven, 180 degrees/conventional oven.
  7. For the topping, melt the butter, stir in the sugar, let it caramelize and add the flaked almonds.
  8. Take the cake out of the oven after 35 minutes, pour the topping mixture evenly over the cake and bake for further 15 minutes.
  9. Switch off the oven and let the cake rest for another 10 minutes in the oven with closed door.
  10. Take the cake out of the oven, leave it to cool, carefully remove the tray and enjoy with Shetland Dairy whipped cream.