I have lived in Shetland for 17 years. I am passionate about Shetland, its history, archaeology and folklore. I enjoy sharing that with others.
Shetland has some amazing wildlife, and, if you know where to look, it can be very accessible. In the summer, the puffins return and (in the right places) are very happy to pose for the camera. Orcas and whales visit the islands and are easily seen from our extensive coastline - but you need friends who will alert you when they arrive. And there's lots more to see!
I am a member of Archaeology Shetland, a local citizen archaeology group. We regularly visit the less well known sites around the islands.
My wife and I are hosts at one of the local venues for the all-night party that follows Up Helly Aa, the Shetland fire festival at the end of January each year. Shetlanders certainly know how to party!
We also have a large garden and a Polycrub, a robust version of a polytunnel which can cope with Shetland's winter gales. Shetland has a Horticultural Society and several local gardening clubs.
I enjoy photography and walking. Shetland has an extensive network of signposted walking routes, but there are plenty of hidden gems too!