Winter Nights Drawing In

The winter nights are beginning to draw in now and some days we get impressive skies.  Today is not one of them (it is dreich and windy), but from a few days back.

Sunrise from my window (probably the same day)

And a sunset from when I went out to put the ducks and hens to bed for the night.  Superb.

Because it is getting darker, my daily routine has reverted back to my winter one.

Animals are fed and watered in the morning.  Then, after lunch, I make a sheeple ready for next year’s buyers. No one wants them now, which I find a bit depressing, but I shall keep on stabbing away all winter ready for next year’s rush.

I have also re-visited my Great Great Aunt Kate’s diaries, which I am busy transcribing. I do this after supper for a couple of hours.

I have now reached 1933 and Kate is 54 years old.  I would be lying if I said her life was a riot of excitement (she is currently holidaying in Champfèr, St Moritz on a ski-ing trip with friends) and I keep thinking they have no idea what is waiting for them just around the corner – World War 2.  My grandmother, who is 24 (Kate’s neice) has passed her shorthand diploma with 92% while my grandfather occasionally visits the family too. He is an old family friend.

I am trying hard not to think “this time last week”, because although I had the best time and loved every minute south, bar the travelling home bit, I have lots to keep me busy here.

6 thoughts on “Winter Nights Drawing In

  1. Judith

    Somehow I’ve been stuck in 1916 for some time now. Time for me to get reading Aunt Kate’s Diaries again. Pepper really does look like Conis!

    I’m ever so pleased you’ve posted sky pictures today! We’re currently decorating our attic bedroom after having some insulation put in and my idea is to have a cloudscape on a sky blue ceiling. Blue background done,
    added the first lot of cirrostratus type clouds (using sponges) but I want to add a taller, cumulus type cloud. It’s surprisingly difficult to paint things that change all the time. I’m going to see whether I can use some of your Shetland cloud pictures, tee hee!

    1. Frances Post author

      It is and it is painted by her. Apparently the art critic for The Times said “obviously the artist understands women” thinking it was painted by a man. Kate signed it K.Boyd having been told to never sign your full name.

  2. Kris

    Might you tie a little red/green bow around the sheeples’ necks to attract the Christmas crowd? Or maybe top them with a mini red felt “Santa” hat with white ball or green elf hat? That might be just enough to spur some purchases at this time of year. Or would that spoil the intent and make it too commercial?

  3. Judith

    I’m so sorry, I accidentally mistook Pepper for Ted. Of course it’s Ted who looks like Conis. I hope he’s not feeling too put out! Kate’s self-portrait is really lovely! I bought some of your sheeples for part of my Christmas decorations last year. How about suggesting them as part of a Christmas crib in your blog? – Maybe some more of your MyShetland readers would like to have sheep for their cribs.


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