Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Treats! in photos...

 Yummy! Christmas Cut-out Cookies - by Henry an I

Christmas Eve Party at the Haa ( most folks had left before I took any photos)   :(


Tree at the Kirk Christmas Morning

Ho Ho Ho? more like Who Who Whooo!
Long-eared Owl in the Lower Stoneybreck garden.

Lego Santa Dance! (still from video)

Watch Lego Santa Dance!

My Christmas cartoon for the Fair Isle Times newspaper.

Winter can be the best time to photograph the South Lighthouse with the sun low on the southern sky.

Monday, December 24, 2012

White Christmas? Storm in the South Harbour


Yesterday's gale, but it looked like this most of the weekend with no planes or boats since Wednesday.
This is the view from my bedroom window, those are the rocks know as the Keels, they are 60ft. high!
Suddenly it went calm late last night... allowing all folks, food & mail in for the holidays. cheers!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Children's Pantomine "The Grinch" and a Night of Christmas Music

With only 6 children in the Fair Isle Primary School they can still put on quite a show as they did with last nights performance. (Dec 17th) Starting with Raven & Henry"s Fair Isle rewrite of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Bravo Kids! but you need not take my word for it watch the video below.

Part 1

Part 2

Yes, it is easy to tell by the video footage which child is mine.
No apologises, that's what Henry's Grandmas & family in America want to see.
With 9 splendid musical performances last night I only have video of the 3 below.

The Beatles would be so proud. Love it I do.

Tea & coffee with mince pies after the show.

Ythan, Henry, Raven, Maria, Amber & Robin
give a big thanks to their awesome Head Teacher Nick and amazing Music Teacher Lise.
Plus special thanks to Tom & Neil for sitting in on "Love Me Do"


Merry Christmas!
Henry Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Making Waves! Big Storm Fair Isle.

The waves through rocks over the road in the Havens.
I didn't even go outside until the afternoon but a gale blew all the night before... even so the rain and wind made it hard to take photos with out hiding behind something. I think the Isle got a bit smaller today because of all the erosion. The winds came from the east and the Havens were protected with Buness taking the brunt of the waves but still a lot of damage was done from the wash around. Most of the big storms here come from the west or Atlantic side of the Isle.

Wave over the brakewall - North Haven

You can see the water pouring off the pier as it was just under water.
the skips have been pushed/floated down the pier.
You can see the northern end of Buness and the North Haven brakewall are under water.

This fishing boat was riding out the storm on the sheltered west side of the Isle.

I found this Gurnard among the seaweed at Kirki Geo. 

Goosander! uncommon on Fair Isle.
This is only my second sighting of this species since moving to Fair Isle six years ago.
 Sheltering in the North Haven this Goosander was riding out the storm with the Eiders, Shags & a Scoter.

A Dunlin & some Purple Sandpipers have joined the flock of Turnstones on the Haven beach.

Wind blown and in need of a clean up and a few repairs... all are well on Fair Isle.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sunny Day - Fair Isle Landscape

SouthHarbour - low tide

South Harbour - panorama 

Raevas - Hjunkni Geo - Hoini - panorama 

Hjunkni Geo  and the cliffs of Hoini

My honey on Hoini

If you can see that speck with her camera up top?
 That might give you some sense of scale.
Liz Musser taking advantage of a sunny day, gathering landscape video for her new project.
Now Liz looks like a giant at the cliffs edge,
 believe me the awe of Fair Isle's landscape makes one feel humble, quite mortal but alive.
No wonder our son Henry's drawing won a place in the NHS Shetland - 2013 Heath & Safety Calender.

"Birds fly People don't!"
The Raevas
The rock formation Long Kole, also know as "da Queen"
Said to look like Queen Victoria's profile when viewed through the Reavas from Shirva.
as in this photo...
Snow Buntings
I had a peak count of 57 Curlew the other day.
Yeah! The Christmas Trees came in last night on our Good Shepherd ferry.
Which had not sailed for 2 weeks due to bad weather and high seas.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

More Great Tit Humour.

  The Great Tit has been here long enough that we have started seeing things. 
My son Henry say this Sheep's Ass looks like a Tit?


         Henry and I get a good laugh from this too...

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Financial Times Interview with Liz Musser - Fair Isle

Liz Musser & Henry South Harbour, Fair Isle.
A few months ago Liz gave a phone interview to Nick Foster for the Financial Times (newspaper). They asked me to take some photos of Liz, some I have posted below. Here is a link to the article:

Liz & the Auld Haa Guesthouse
Henry, Tommy & Liz


Fair Isle Adventure Video by Liz Musser

Everyone loves Liz!
 but believe me she would rather be behind a camera instead of in front of it...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Moorhen! Garden Tick! and other Birds about.

Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
 Moorhen sightings are sort of rare on Fair Isle maybe one or two a year.What a surprise today to see  this one hanging out in my garden and pond. This Brambling was  a surprise this morning as well.

 I wired up a old freezer basket to make a feeding cage for small birds.I made it for the Great Tit that was being bullied by the Starlings and Rock Doves. Also the House Sparrows and this Brambling seem to like it just fine, while the Starling hate it.

Bohemian Waxwing
My Resent Birds of note:

Nov. 23 - Hen Harrier, Great Tit, Waxwing, 20 Snow Buntings

Nov. 24 - 2 Waxwings, Skylark, Water Rail, 12 Snow Buntings, Great Tit, 5 Snipe, 3 Blackbirds.

Nov. 25 - 14 Waxwings, 3 Robins, Great Tit, 20 Snow Buntings, 140 Fieldfare, 20 Blackbirds, 12 Redwing, 3 Woodcock, 3 Snipe, Long Eared Owl, Chiffchaff, Blue Fulmar
(took a Sunday drive which added to my totals)

Nov 26 - 3 Waxwings, Brambling, Moorhen., Robin, 3 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 6 Snow Buntings Woodcock. 5 Blackbirds

A Chiffchaff is a strange sight this time of year.

The rare Great Tit is still hanging about the south of the Isle.

Blue Fulmar still here too.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Scallop Shell Santa - Christmas Ornaments

Ho Ho Ho! look what Santa's helper made.
Made from the flat Scallop Shells. Once you see the Scallop Shell Santa you may never be able to just see a plain Scallop shells again with out thinking of Santa's face and beard. I made some for the Fair Isle school Christmas sale and have a few left over. If you want one send me 10. pounds, that includes shipping. contact info

Or you could make your own? it could be a great group crafts project!
Great for kid or adults.
 Easy!  1. drill hole - 2. paint face - 3. spray clear varnish - 4. string & bead - 5. hang on tree

Santa with hat variation. 

Just remember I made them first.
I couldn't help it, painting all those Santas I started to see myself...
Inspiring this shell self shell
portrait while messing about the studio.
Might of been better if I had looked in the mirror but funny just the same.
Each Santa Shell Christmas Ornament comes with my Fair Isle Collection Tag.

 I also made a few clocks:
Fair Isle Island Time - clock

Fair Isle Clocks 15. pounds