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Simmer Dim

Welcome to this month’s issue of Shetland Life. This is the Simmer Dim, or midsummer, and we are spoiled with daylight –  basking in it for up to 19 hours a day. This means more opportunities to get out and about. With this in mind, Shetland Life have been getting out too. This month we head to Fethaland, Hoswick Visitor Centre and Alex Garrick-Wright takes to the water to find out about competitive rowing as the season kicks off.

Having so much daylight has other implications, and demands other aspects of our time – in the garden everything is bursting into life. Shetland has a very short growing season – under 100 days – that means that most of our growing is done now. With this in mind Ali Grundon Robertson visits local producers at Turriefield in Sandness and Misa shares some of her tips for the garden this month.

And you’ll remember Fenton and Friends from last month? Yes, they’re back for more adventures this month!

Next month the schools break for the summer holidays, and we would like to help you make the most of them. We’re compiling a summer holiday bucket list for you to cut out and take on your adventures. But we need your help. Do you have a favourite place to visit, picnic or play? If so, get in touch and let us know and maybe it will be added to the list. Send your suggestions to sleditor@shetlandtimes.co.uk. 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.

Even if you’re not in Shetland, you can still keep up-to-date with all the latest. Remember you can subscribe to Shetland life online at https://shop.shetlandtimes.co.uk/pages/subscriptions#shetland-life and let us know if you have any comments or suggestions at sleditor@shetlandtimes.co.uk.

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

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We’ve chosen to showcase Shetland in our main feature with a photography special and fantastic photos from around the islands. 50 top tips from well know local photographers are also included to help you take your best photos ever. 

An interactive music page, delicious recipes, film reviews, health and wellness, competitions, updated puzzle page and fast paced article sections are just some of our new items.

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Expedition Otter

11-year-old Hakki Hunter was absolutely delighted when he won a day out with award winning photographer, Richard Shucksmith in our March competition. So delighted, in fact, that he wrote an article all about his experiences of otter hunting around Shetland. You can read Hakki’s writing and see some of his spectacular photos in the magazine this month.

Zandra enjoys work experience prize

Zandra Polson was the winner of our February competition. The lucky lady won a session of work experience at local ceramics studio, Aa’ Fired Up.

Zandra had a fun-filled yet busy morning, working with Aa’ Fired Up owner Gemma Tonge, who had plenty of tasks lined up for her. Here she is, rolling out clay and cutting it out into heart shapes to make lovely little decorations.

After a lot of rolling and cutting, Zandra made these cute clay flowers which she then painted delicate pastel colours.

Zandra (who also works for Shetland Soap company) said the morning had been “great”. She is looking forward to seeing her creations after they have gone through the kiln.

Huge thanks to Aa’ Fired Up for providing such an excellent prize.

Calling all nature lovers…

We have a truly amazing prize up for grabs this month. We’re offering our readers the chance to go on a day-long wildlife expedition with award-winning photographer Richard Shucksmith.

In addition to being Shetland Life’s regular wildlife contributor, Richard is also the co-author of Otters in Shetland: The Tale of the Draatsi.

Turn to page 38 of March’s Shetland Life to enter our spot the difference competition and be in with a chance of a day with one of Shetland’s most talented naturalists.

Good luck!

June Issue Out Now!

Welcome to the Shetland Life blog. Over the coming months we’ll be posting some great content here, so do stay tuned. The magazine is changing – and now we have a beautiful blog to share updates, bonus features, news of competitions, reviews and much more. We’d love to hear suggestions and requests from our readers. What do you want out of Shetland Life?

Each year, at around this time, someone (usually a long suffering mother) quips: “Father’s Day? Huh! But every day is Father’s Day!” This is simply unfair on the many selfless and devoted fathers I happen to know. What’s more, Father’s Day has always seemed so much more fun than its maternal equivalent. Give me barbecues and beer over peppermint foot scrub any day of the week. There’s nothing in the Father’s Day rule book which says we can’t all join in the fun – is there?

With this in mind, the June edition of Shetland Life celebrates fathers and their special day. Our photographic feature from John Coutts is a stunning tribute to his dad, Dennis. You can read all about a Sandwick dad’s style makeover at local gents’ clothes shop, Halcrow’s. Are you stuck for a Father’s Day present? Alex Garrick-Wright is here to help with a review of locally available craft beers. Buy a few for your dear old dad, then rustle up some of Marian Armitage’s amazing salt fish dishes and you’ll give him a day he will never forget.

This month is not just for dads though. I’m confident there’s something for everyone within these pages. Over the next few months you’ll be seeing some new content in Shetland Life, starting here. For example, our “In the hot seat” feature gives children the opportunity to interview a local celebrity and ask them anything they want. This month, primary 6 pupils at Bell’s Brae school decided they wanted to put their teachers Catherine Williamson and Mark Sandison through their paces. The resulting interviews were great fun, and I’d like to thank Catherine, Mark and all the pupils for taking part so enthusiastically.

What else is new? Well, this month sees the first bimonthly gardening column from award-winning young gardener Liam Anderson. It’s packed full of practical tips for budding gardeners. BBC wildlife reporter Sally Huband takes us on an atmospheric walk to Silwick in the first of a series focusing on lesser known Shetland walks. We also have a brand new fashion column penned by the effortlessly stylish Louise Thomason. Does Shetland Life need a fashion writer? Having fielded multiple entries for the Father’s Day makeover competition I can assure you that it most certainly does.

On top of these new additions, you’ll also find your usual favourites. Vaila Wishart kicks things off with her monthly comment column while Jacqui Clark interviews film stalwart Kathy Hubbard. Meanwhile, on the musical side of things, Jeff Merrifield talks tracks with Lewie Peterson and Chris Cope looks ahead to the musical delights we can enjoy in August.

One of the challenges of living in Shetland is managing to keep on top of the packed programme of cultural and sporting events which we are so lucky to enjoy. “Oh, no! I can’t believe I missed that!” is a common refrain I hear. With this in mind, we’ve created a handy cut out and keep guide to June’s most unmissable events.

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and the first month of my editorship has passed by in a happy blur. Working with local people, contributors, and the fabulous staff at The Shetland Times has been a privilege, and I’m already very excited about next month. See you in July!

Genevieve White