Tuesday = flute lesson = Mozart weeping in his unmarked grave.
Hey ho. So, afterwards, Daisy and I drove to Lerwick for our messages. These days, I have a very routine life – a narrow comfort zone. Needs must.
The Up Helly Aa galley had been paraded earlier down the street with the Jarl Squad (the main Viking squad) and was sitting waiting to go again this evening down to the park to be burned.
I have never been near the galley to examine it so I used the opportunity to take a few snaps.
And there was the statutory hand cut off at the wrist, ready to be thrown onto the Shetland shore.
It was an amazing boat. So much craftmanship.
It seems a pity they are going to burn it.
The street was buzzing. Folk were wandering around in knitted Viking hats. This afternoon, the Jarl Squad in full kit were busy visiting Primary Schools, Hospitals and eventide homes as well as the Museum. They appear again at 19:00 for the torchlight procession with the boat as well all the other squads (approximately 30, I think, don’t quote me!).
The Bill is placed at the Market Cross.
It is a proclamation specific for 2017 and for the Jarl Squad.
And still, we featured in teatowel form, as well as a jigsaw puzzle!
It was lovely to see the street alive with people.
Once our messages were done, Daisy and I had to rush home because the vet and SSPCA were visiting to check over the latest additions – Gina and Gypsy.
Ponies before people.
If you want to watch it – Live Web Stream – kick off is at 19:00. It is a tad feisty out (howling gale and rain) so enjoy Shetland’s most amazing festival from the warmth and comfort of your own home.