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Summer bonanza! July issue OUT NOW

Welcome to this month’s issue of Shetland Life! Not only is this the day that your favourite monthly magazine is released, but it’s also the first day of the summer break for schools across Shetland, and all the children (and their parents and carers) will be gearing up for a summer of fun, adventure, and hopefully the odd ray of sunshine to boot. Shetland Life wants to help get your holidays off to a flying start, so the July issue contains an action-packed summer holiday bucket list for all the family. This cut-out checklist can be folded away in a jacket pocket, pinned to a fridge or snapped on a smartphone for quick reference. We want to thank all of you who got in touch with your suggestions – they have all been included in the list. Simply tick them off as you go, and remember to tag #myshetlandlife in your photos so we can see where your adventures take you.

Elsewhere we find out more about the sea-eagle in Shetland’s history with Eileen Brooke-Freeman as part of a new exhibition at Shetland Museum & Archives that traces the history and persecution of this impressive bird, now absent from our landscape.

Ali Grundon Robertson challenges the reader to go plastic-free for July, and our own editor gets challenged and put through her paces with the Tingwall barbarians as part of the Challenge the Editor series.

We have a fantastic sporting feature as Dougie Grant takes a look back over 90 years of hockey in Shetland, and Alex Garrick-Wright goes inter-galactic as he takes a look at the Shetland Space Station in Unst.

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

Remember to send any comments or suggestions you may have 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!

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!

February’s issue – out now!

It’s the time of year when we begin to look forward to longer (and hopefully milder) days. Time to adjust the slothful habits of winter so that we can begin to blossom into fitter and more streamlined versions of ourselves.

With this in mind, our February issue focuses on sport and well-being. Shetland boasts such an incredible amount of welcoming clubs and organisations that even the most committed couch potato could find something to interest them. Whether you’re new to sport, or simply looking to find a new pastime we hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

While not exactly a couch potato, I’m well aware that I could do with being much more active. It was my sincere intention to try out all the sports featured in this issue, so that I could report back on my experiences here. Sadly, work commitments meant that I didn’t manage to achieve my goal. However, we have started playing regular family games of table tennis on the kitchen table, and once my ability level has raised above the guaranteed loser mark, I’d love to venture to the Friday night sessions at Sandwick. In the meantime, picking up all the shots I miss is probably fairly good exercise.

I might ease myself into my new sporty regime by going to one of Lana’s popular yoga sessions. Her Darth Vader breathing method sounds interesting, and it’s something I could certainly do with trying out round about deadline time, when hyperventilation is usually more the order of the day.

After a spot of yoga, I may feel sufficiently energised to continue in the sporty vein. A flick through the magazine offers a bewildering array of options (and I know that there are many more not mentioned in this issue). I could make the most of Shetland’s beautiful scenery and try kayaking or horse-riding. While I have never kayaked in Shetland, I have tried Icelandic horse-riding and it was an experience I would love to repeat.

Or else I might follow in the footsteps of Andrew Aitken, Catriona Barr and Charlotte Black and try out the favourite cycle routes, outdoor swims and off-road runs they describe so beautifully.

The only sport mentioned in this magazine which I might draw the line at trying is medieval armed combat. But never say never…

And after all that sport, it would definitely be time to treat myself to a massage. Angela Sinclair speaks to Shetland Life about her work and her “no hands” style of massage. You can win a session with Angela, by entering the competition at the back of the magazine.

As well as sport, we have Richard Shucksmith’s expert advice on how to photograph otters, life hacks from Bryan Peterson, an interview with the brains behind the new musical enterprise The Bop Club and much more!
We’ve been enjoying reading all of your nominations for inspirational Shetland women. There’s still time to make a nomination – please contact sleditor@shetlandtimes.co.uk by February the 10th if you’d like a woman you know to feature in our special women’s issue.

Hope you enjoy the magazine.