Up-Helly-A’ is over for another year, and those of you who have completed a dry January are hopefully toasting your success with a glass of something strong and sweet. We’ve really enjoyed seeing all your #myshetlandlife posts and photos this month – keep ‘em coming, we love to hear from you.
For this month’s issue of Shetland Life, we’ve immersed ourselves in the past. And, what better place to escape February’s biting cold? We visit Tommy Isbister in his boatshed and find out about his love of boat building and woodwork.
Maybe you’re thinking about celebrating Candlemas this year? Then let Alex Garrick-Wright take you on a journey through Shetland’s fascinating world of calendar traditions.
Or have you ever wondered about some of our place-names? Eileen Brooke-Freeman discusses some of the piggy place names around Shetland – this is the Year of the Pig after all.
And for those who are in search of a good story, and the odd trow, there are plenty of those to while away the last of the winter nights…
Finally, looking ahead we’ve been thinking about ways to get fit and beat the bulge. If you want to find out what we’re planning, pick up a copy of Shetland Life – out tomorrow!
This month Shetland Life are set to dive into the New Year feet first and we hope that you will join us for the ride. We go through the keyhole, taking a sneaky peek behind the scenes of Squad 43. And, with Up-Helly-A’ looming, we meet this year’s Jarl, John Nicolson, and discover how he became the fourth Nicolson Jarl – following in the footsteps of his father and brothers before him.
For those opting for better health and wellbeing in 2019, look out for our new columnist, Ali Grundon Robertson who this month focuses on consumerism. Finally, our new feature – in collaboration with RSPB Scotland – introduces a monthly Nature Calendar and examines the health benefits of a daily dose of fresh air, ensuring that you put your best foot forward into the New Year.
What are you waiting for? Look out for this month’s Shetland Life, in shops and online now!
Over the years, the local press has devoted a fair amount of column inches to Bressay’s woes: first there was the bridge debate, and the subsequent division among the community; then there was the gradual, painful demise of the local school, the closure of the Northern Lights Holistic Spa, and Maryfield House Hotel. News of these issues have wafted over the water from time to time: they say that bad news travels fast, after all.
Battered but not broken, Bressay has picked itself up, dusted itself down and is making a positive effort to bring a feeling of unity and shared purpose back into the community.
This month we spoke to Hazel Anderson, chair of the Development Association in Bressay, about some of the positive changes afoot. We also have some stunning photographs of Bressay life by this month’s featured photographer, Austin Taylor.