Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bloomin' Bush

Yup, it's that time of year again. That damned bush, which I have previously threatened to introduce napalm into, is now in full bloom. And even a grumpy old devil like me has to admit it looks bright and cheerful on an otherwise dull night.
Peerie Trowie bought a lot of plants last weekend, and she's busy doing something with them.... so here's my latest 'bum shot'.. I honestly don't understand what she sees in these plants, but then again she's not colour blind, so maybe they're not all green/grey weeds in her eyes. ;)
Guess I'll get shot for that pic...

Now for something completely off topic..
While trying to find the above pictures in my computer tonight, I stumbled across the following image, and as far as I can see I haven't posted it here yet, so here goes,,,, explanation will follow......
But, I'm a tad sleepy tonight. So the Guinnness in the oven explanation will just have to wait for another night.

;) ;)

Yun's aa fir enoo

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Reflections is a good title for this post.
Mainly because, reflecting on the amount of beer and wine I consumed last night, my bladder made a very definite decision that I should get out of bed at 6am this morning. I'm glad that I had to get up early since it was a stunning morning. Here's a few pictures which explain without words why I love this place.

I actually took 2 shots of the last picture. One with the camera upside down. And flicking between the two images on the computer was fun to see how little difference there was. It's not often that water is seen so calm. And from the point of view of a Shetlander it is a total rarity.
The second last image above is one of a series I took. I stitched them together with a program called Panorama Maker 3, and here's the result.
That image is from 4 pictures which the program spliced together. It still amazes me how good that bit of software is,,, and it's a free download, so google it now. ;)

Not much else happening just now. The wife has become interested in the garden again,,, (grumble, curse, damn),, which meant a visit to the local plantie crub (I can't remember what the English word is,,, but it's where you buy plants) yesterday. I was just driving, since I'm too scared of Bees to venture into one of those places again. I damned near had a heart attack when we visited one last year.
Anyway, a car load of seedlings are sitting ready for planting. And at this moment they are being copiously watered by nature.

We're having a long weekend just now, since Tuesday 17th, is Norway's National Day. I'd rather be working tomorrow, but I have to admit that I'm really impressed with the national spirit that exists in Norway around this time. So I'll just go with the flow, enjoy the break, let my aching old bones heal a bit, and be very proud on Tuesday to be staying in this fantastic country.
Maybe a few pictures then, if this damned rain stops..

yun's aa fir enoo

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ants,,,, It's that time of year again :(

These little buggers appear about this time every year.. Sometimes in small numbers, and sometimes by the thousands, if not millions.. They're harmless, and fun to watch.
Apart from a few hundred which have been sucked into the dust-buster (to feed the odd wasp that suffers the same fate), we've not had too much trouble with them this year.
It's always amusing to see what they're up to, and tonight I caught them in an extremely busy state on one of our small trees. Every emerging blossom on the tree had ants busy eating/harvesting.
They were running along every twig.

There seemed to be a basic traffic control system in operation, with the up traffic staying well clear of the down traffic.
I just hope that these ones which were coming down the tree,
were heading for the wife's underwear drawer....

That would give me a chance for a real 'wild' life post ;).

Nothing much else going on here.. Had a lovely walk along the voe yesterday, temperature about 23C. Today the thermometer hit 27C, not the best for working with hot metal, wearing heavy overalls.

yun's aa fir enoo.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The last week....

I just never seem to find the time to post at the moment, and there's not a helluva lot going on anyway.
But this last weekend, on the 1st of May, I churned over yet another year on the calendar of life. .. 54 now :(

May 1st is a flag flying day in Norway. The Norwegian flag is flown proudly, and rightly so, on most houses. But our house was a bit different, we flew the Shetland flag for my birthday. I'm not really sure which flag I have most pride in. I would like to think that I can honour the land of my birth, but with the disastrous state that Shetland is getting itself into, I can see a time coming very soon when I will hide the Shetland flag in a bottom drawer and proudly fly the Norwegian Flag on my birthday.
Anyway, here's possibly the last time a Shetland flag will fly in Vestnes. Even the shop flags in the background are more honest. ;)
Rant over. ;)
The garden is coming along nicely.... And by the way, I forgot to mention that all these pictures are taken with the fantastic new Canon 550D camera which Peerie Trowie gave me for my birthday....

 Tulips and Daffodils. Interesting, but not as nice as scenery. So we went for a run around Tresfjord on Sunday afternoon. Including a run up to the head of the valley at √ėvstedalen.
 We were just pottering around and enjoying the sunshine, and 20C temperature.
This small river looked nice.
 And check out the stone arch on this bridge.
 Here's a view from the east side of Tresflord, looking through the valley of Skorgedalen.
 From the same point looking towards home, with the shipyard I work in left of centre.
 And a view back into the head of Tresfjord.
 It was a lovely day, as birthdays go, apart from being older. But I thought I'd mark the occasion by letting the wife take a birthday portrait of me, using my new camera.
These cameras now come with all sort of added gizmos, but they ain't figured out how to make a Trowie hold the damned thing level yet. LOL..  Maybe in a few hundred years time, when historical analysts are reviewing old images, this tilted picture effect will become known as the 'Trowie Syndrome'
But. I wouldn't change the image, because I wouldn't change her. So I'll just lean a little, and go with the flow.. LOL

Yun's aa fir enoo..

Doctors gave me the all clear again today.... Me very happy