A Day in Town

Flute lesson = Tuesday morning – and then on into town to do our messages.

First stop the agricultural feed merchants to get essentials for the horses and sheeple.  Animals first. Always.

Next up, lunch – me? haggis and chips.  This is the view from our lunch table!

We always find a nice spot.  It is important.

There is always an audience.

They play the guilt card.

And sometimes bring their friends but I am used to this behaviour and have learned to ignore it!

While Daisy was finishing her lunch (white pudding and chips), I wandered round the car park taking a few snaps so you can see just how unique and wonderful Lerwick is.

There were a few boats in.

The usual harbour tug.

Some history – Lerwick was first founded in the 17th century as a herring and white fish seaport to trade with the Dutch fishing fleet, though there is evidence of settlement since 1000 BC.

Our newly restored town hall set at the top of the hill.

I love Lerwick’s architecture.

“The name “Lerwick” means bay of clay. The corresponding Norwegian name is Leirvik, leir meaning clay and vik meaning “bay” or “inlet”….. ” from Wikipedia because I do not know these things!

This area is known as The Lodberries – merchants’ wharfs extending out to the sea.  They are the oldest buildings in Lerwick, some dating back to the 18th century.

The salmon-pink building is an old toll-booth, again built in 18th century on the site of an older version.  It is now home of the RNLI shop and station.

The RNLI have a long-standing presence in Lerwick.  This is the Severn Class RNLB Michael & Jane Vernon.

I think, writing this blog, I have learned something today!

9 thoughts on “A Day in Town

  1. Celeste Nossiter

    I too love Lerwick and am thrilled to say that I am coming in August! I was there about 15 years ago on a knitting tour and I’m coming on another one. Of course I have to meet you and all your critters. I’ll let you know closer to the date so hopefully we can arrange a meeting. I can hardly wait!

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  2. Rebecca Final

    The buildings you get to live around are so stunning. Here in America, a building is ancient if it is 220 years old. There is simply nothing like the wonderful architecture that you have. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Margaret Robinson

    This was truly fascinating; think you should do a once a week (or once a month, depending on your mood) historical background with photos of Lerwick. It’s such an interesting place with buildings and shops that are truly unique – at least to us. Even the seagulls are entertaining!

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  4. Terri

    I enjoy seeing your surrounds — Lerwick has a special charm. Do you think gulls would like haggis or white pudding? (definitely the chips!)

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