This is the second of a three part story about my recent trip to Scotland, Shetland, and Norway. I’ve read a fair number of essays about a traveler’s first impressions of the Shetland Isles. Many of these begin, quite reasonably, with the surprise one experiences in suddenly popping out of a cloud in a tiny … More Part Second: Where sheep watch the sea.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust This is the first of three posts about my 2013 trip to Scotland, Shetland, and Norway. For me, one of life’s greatest joys is in revisiting corners of the world I have previously explored. This has always struck me … More Part First: The traveller returneth.
In 2011, I had the good fortune to be part of a textile tour of Estonia led by Nancy Bush. I had traveled a fair swath of Europe and the UK previously–as far south as Crete and as far north as the enigmatic Old Man of Wick at the northern tip of Scotland–but the Baltic … More Sunsets and Sweaters on Kihnu Island.
I have a fairly short list of things without which my life would be greatly diminished–such as sheep, tea, travel, textiles, and books (not necessarily in that order.) The very best is when more than one not-to-be-without item can be found in one place. Tea drinking sheep, perhaps not. Historical textile books with a unique … More Common Dress