Friday, August 31, 2012

Visiting Fair Isle descendent Dawn Williamson

Photos & Words by Dawn Williamson,

 150 years after my family left Fair Isle for Canada, I returned with my husband Paul for our second visit to the island.  We enjoyed a week (plus one bonus day, courtesy of the weather) at the Auld Haa Guest House with Tommy and Liz and Henry and enjoyed many opportunities to interact with Fair Isle family and friends.  We look forward to our next visit.

Dawn & Paul
 Some of my fondest memories involve food:
eggs warm from the hens,

mushrooms foraged near the North Light,

fruits of the sea,

and lamb as far as the eye can see.

 Not to mention the homemade bread and the fine desserts.  And did I mention the whisky?  Slow food is alive and well on Fair Isle!  In spite of the inherent danger of over indulgence, I know I’ll be back for more.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fair Isle it's great to be home.

Fair Isle descendant Dawn Williamson & Husband Paul Blood percussed one of my Fair Isle paintings to take back to Vancouver Island, BC. Canada as a reminder of the landscape of  her ancestors. 
Malcolm's Head - View from my Lighthouse Studio / Oil on panel
After a month away in the "States" it is great to be home. Our first guests arrived before our jetlag could were off. Paul & Dawn are such a pleasure around the house, we miss them already. Henry is back to School with the new teacher and loving it. I have no guests to feed today, so I finally have time to post some photos from the past week & a half... enjoy!

Nick the new Head Teacher at the Fair Isle Primary School
also from Canada.

Red Backed Shrike in the Auld Haa Garden

Foggy Fair Isle Fulmar & Sheep Rock

Harbour Porpoise seen near the fishing boat.
Great to see... not so great for the fishing though.

Dogfish - little shark with small teeth but sandpaper skin.


Nice Haddock

Night ringing Storm Petrels  

Banding & Branding
Rock Pipit

Scarcely recorded moths found recently in moth traps on Fair Isle.
 Moth # 1.  Juniper Pug Eupithecia pusillata

 Moth # 2. Common or Lesser Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis agg.

 Moth # 3.  Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

What kind of bird are you?

Fair Isle Mouse

Sharyn from Australia loving her newly purchased Fair Isle Knitwear.
Headband by Triona - Hat by Mati

Return visitor Jim Stuart wearing a Fair Isle hat knit by Margo Murray in 1974.
Jim said he bought this hat for 1.50...
I told him "Next time he sees Margo, he should give her a extra tenner."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wild USA! Random wildlife vacation photos from New York & Virgina

Big Green Frog!

Just a few wildlife photos from the USA while visiting friends & family in the States this Summer.

Red Backed Salamander

Eastern Painted Turtle

Red Eared Turtle & Henry's friend Zephyr.

Large Yellow & Black Garden Spider of some sort?

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Blue Heron

A well tattered Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly


Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

American Toad

Cedar Waxwing

I'm a "Sucker" for American Wildlife...